Monday, August 22, 2011

Makurazaki / "Wind from Europe" Part-2

In the evening after we arrived, we went to the famous local Brewery, the Kedogawa beer house. The beer is very special and tastes delicious.

The Chef himself is an artist, too. Not only for cooking and making beer, but he also loves making ice sculptures.

So while we enjoyed the delicious buffet and beer, he made this fancy sculpture.

The kids instantly found new friends. Later, the chef took a picture from us, too and wrote in his blog about us and the group-show.

The next day, we went to the opening...

Here you see Kinuko-san's beautiful Hindeloopen art...

...and also other paintings. I especially love her hanabi pictures.
Please visit her homepage, too. 

Here are Toshiko, me and Kinuko, ready for our speeches.
I was so nervous to talk in Japanese infront of all the guests, but everybody seemed to like it, even if it was not perfect sometimes.

Here we cut the band together with the major of Makurazaki and open the exhibition symbolically.

Later, some of the visitors wanted to talk with me about my art and it felt great to recieve so much lovely feedback.

Toshiko-san did a wonderful job representing the other European artists there. 

Here is once again the three of us... Toshiko-san, Kinuko-san (in the middle) and me.
Thank you everybody, for the wonderful time we had in Makurazaki !!! I'm looking forward to September to see you all again on the party !!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Makurazaki / "Wind from Europe" Part-1

After a 6 hours drive, we reached beautiful Makurazaki and went for Katsuo-Ramen.
Katsuo is a special fish, famous in this area. It tastes a little bit like Tuna and Japaneses often use it dried as flavour for soups and other food. 

This is "Kagetsu" (香月) Ramen, the shop, where Katsuo-Ramen was invented. The Ramen were delicious and I can understand, why it became famous all over Japan.

Later, we met my wonderful friends Toshiko-san and Kinuko-san and had a first view on the exhibition.
The show is held in the Nanmeikan museum on mt. Katahira and I'm always impressed by the size and architecture of this building. 
Last year I visited the famous Trienale here and it's an incredible feeling that I can take part here in a show as well. Kinuko-san did a wonderful arrangement for all of the paintings. Each artist has the "perfect place" for his/her painting. It was a big joy to see the all of the works form Europe and Japan together. Tomorrow I will take part in the opening-ceremony and I'm already excited. Here are some photos I took today... enjoy!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wind from Europe

Dear friends,
I can finally announce our group-exhibition in Makurazaki, called "Wind from Europe".
Different artists from Holland, Belgium and Germany will show their works in the Nanmeikan Museum of Makurazaki from Aug.20st-Sept. 19th.

I will come to the opening and hopefull also September 16&17.

Here is a the list of all the artists:
Please take a look at their websites to see their works:

Nagae Kinuko, Japan:
celebrating 20 years of her beautiful Hindeloopen-art

Els van Baarle, Holland:
She is coming toward the end of exhibition.

Helene De Ridder, Belgium:

Jacques Coenye, Belgium:

Ria van Dijk, Holland:

Erika Fiedler, Germany... a wonderful friend of mine,
who has already exhibited in Japan several times.
She will also have an exhibition of scarves in Makurazaki from Sept 13st- Sept 18st

 and Julia Takagi (me)

Here are my works, which will be displayed and also available during the show.
Looking forward to see you at the opening !!!

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