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International Touring Fiber Art Exhibition „ASIA-EUROPE III“

January 12 @ 17:00 - March 10 @ 12:00

The Asia-Europe Fiber Art exhibitions where founded in 2009 by Erny PIRET. She was also the organizer and the curator of the 2 first editions. At the same time it was the occasion for her to thank the Japanese artist Kakuko Ishii for their long friendship.

Given her age, Erny PIRET had to stop the organization of the following editions. I agreed to succeed her and continue her work as the organizer and curator, to save this beautiful and successful exhibition and to give Asian and European artists the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious presentation.

For me, it is a great responsibility that not only requires a lot of energy but also many hours of work. But the appreciation and thanks of the participating artists encouraged me, in spite of the fact that administration and organization work is not my strongest side. I consider myself a full-time artist in the first place.

The concept of the Asia-Europe exhibitions is to show the rich and creative imagination of European- and Asian textile artists through their specific cultures.

The exhibition presents a particular vision of textile and fiber art works, signifying that artists exclusively use the technique to express themselves. This mixture of experience, intuition and ingenuity, frequently leads to unexpected and surprising results. There is something incredible and even magical in the repetitive movements, impregnate in the knowledge and the time spent in experimentation, transforming into a work of art. The artist is carried by this moment of freedom which provides synergy to the mind and the body. It is clear that the artist trusts his experience, and does not occupy himself with the influence of vogue.

This exhibition is a presentation of a friendly meeting and a dialogue between two cultural identities, in the continuity of their traditions.

If Asian works are authentic, and their culture is a continuation of their traditions, Europeans have nothing to envy, they have every reason to be proud of their ingenuity, diversity and originality. Convinced of these qualities I have accepted works, who are executed in traditional Asian techniques, only created by Asian artists.

Each of the selected European artists have made a personal research, experienced and perfected in a technique of their choice, attached to our European culture. They have realized an authentic and creative approach, with innovation of the various and often surprising techniques and materials. To give you some examples, I will first mention the weaving and the tapestry, but also innovation techniques of lace, crochet, tulle, embroidery, knitting, the use of the sewing machine and much more.

I conceive this exhibition as a work of Art in itself, in which I have invested my personality and my sensitivity. This is of course a perilous exercise, but also a very exciting one.

A variety of creations come from 3 Asian countries: China, Japan and South Korea and from 14 European countries: France, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands , Germany, Sweden and Italy. Whatever  the artwork is, hanging on the wall, suspended in the space, presented on the floor or on pedestal, the presence of each work in this exhibition is based on the wish for harmony.

Enthusiasm and the wish to participate in this event, several artists decide to create new works and to show them for the first time in this exhibition. I thank them very much! Other artists have joined the exhibition with major works, whose personal concept is the result of research for many years.

The first two editions of the Asia-Europe exhibitions where very successful, not only with  the visitors but also with the participated artists. This third edition raised high expectations with artists, museums, as well as with textile art lovers.

Given the visits and the “likes” on our blog and on Facebook, I could see a growing interest.

Marika SZARAZ
Curator of the International Touring Fiber Art Exhibition “Asia-Europe III”

This exhibition has been exhibited in the Deutsches Textilmuseum of Krefeld (Germany),  in the Central Museum in Łódź (Poland) and the last stop is in the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Kedainiai (Lithuania).

Exhibition participants:

HOLLAND:  Marian BIJLENGA

BELGIUM:   Nora CHALMET,  Jeannine De RAEYMAECKER

HUNGARY: Marika SZÁRAZ

CZECH REPUBLIC:  Blanka ŠPERKOVÀ

SPAIN:  Maria ORTEGA

ITALY: Kela CREMASCHI

LATVIA: Antra AUGUSTINOVICA  

POLAND: Włodzimierz CYGAN, Magdalena SOBOŃ

LITHUANIA: Lina RINGELIENĖ, Ausra SEDLEVIČIŪTĖ

LIXEMBURG: Erny PIRET

FRANCE: Jean MICHEL LETTELIER; Françoise MICOUD 

FINLAND: Raija JOKINEN  

GERMANY: Rina KOLESNIKOVA, Bara LEHMANN-SCHULZ

SWEDEN / KOREA: Jin-SOOK SO

JAPAN:  Kazue HONMA, Kakuko ISHII, Yasuko IYANAGA,  Akiko KUMAZAWA,  Miki NAKAMURA, Yukako SORAI,  Kyoko UEDA, Makiko WAKISAKA, Rieko YASHIRO, Mitsue ITO , Ken KAGAJO, Hideaki KIZAKI 

SOUTH KOREA: Young-SOON CHA, Yong-SOON CHUNG,  Sung-SOON LEE,  Yeon-SOON CHANG

CHINA:  Beili LIU