livre d’heures…

Après un vol sans encombre, Montréal, Zurich, Varsovie, je découvrirai le sourire de mon ami Marcin Kieruzel.

Je profiterai de l’accueil généreux de mon jeune guide-interprète, il m’accompagnera pour la durée du séjour. Nous prenons un taxi pour nous rendre à Lodz et après deux heures et demie de route banlieusarde et de dépaysement, Marcin me déposera à l’Hôtel Savoy, 6 avenue Traugutta. Je connais déjà le lieu à travers le roman du même nom, de l’auteur Joseph Roth.

J’occuperai la chambre 323 qui ouvre sur la cour intérieure d’un autre temps, murs de béton gris, fenêtres hautes, nombreuses et en vis-à-vis. Je compterai neuf escaliers, larges, profonds, la prochaine fois, je prendrai l’ascenseur, liftier ou pas. Au bout du couloir, la vue plongeante surplombe, les cheminées nombreuses, effilées, typiques de la Pologne. Demain, je m’empresserai de visiter le lieu de fond en comble, espérant y retrouver quelques traces du fabuleux récit.

L’hôtel se situe à quelques mètres de la Piotrkowska, la plus longue rue piétonnière de toute l’Europe.

Je vide mon bagage, prends une douche rapide et descend dans le hall. J’ai rendez-vous, une rencontre internationale de passionnés graveurs. Nous nous rejoindrons sous la canicule écrasante de juin et dans la démesure de l’allée piétonnière d’une autre époque, emmurée d’ensembles architecturaux et urbanistiques. Les industries d’antan, aux briques rouges, silencieuses sont transformées en résidences ou en Musées et siègent encore sur plus de quatre kilomètres. Nous arpenterons églises, cathédrales, synagogues, galeries, écoles de cinéma, académie de musique et l`académie des beaux- arts, la galerie à ciel ouvert des grands fondateurs, bronzes de l’artiste Marcel Szytenchelm,  sept jours de découvertes au cœur de Lodz, ville de Palais et d’une seule voie, point de rencontre depuis des siècles. Autrefois les manufacturiers, les ouvriers, aujourd’hui les touristes culturels.

Muroir de mon séjour et ci-bas une des trois gravures qui me mérite ce prix d’excellence. Denise Pelletier

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:: 14TH INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF SMALL GRAPHIC FORMS, POLAND – ŁÓDŹ ’11

14TH INTERNATIONAL
TRIENNIAL
OF SMALL
GRAPHIC FORMS,
POLAND – ŁÓDŹ ’11

14th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Poland – Łódź ’11

Galeria Willa

ul. Wólczańska 31

vernissage: 9th June 2011 at 6 p.m.

09.06.2011 – 11.09.2011

Curator: Elżbieta Fuchs
Secretary of Triennial: Małgorzata Dzięgielewska

The international Triennial of Small Forms of Graphics, Poland – Łódź is a unique exhibition. Not only is it exceptional because of its 32-year-tradition of this event, but also because it gathers in one place – since 1979 it has been the art nouveau villa of Leopold Rudolf Kindermann – a few hundred artists’ unusual works from almost all continents. The artists are keen to send their miniatures, presenting the lovers of small graphic forms the newest tendencies prevailing the world’s artistic graphic art. They frequently refer to the great European or Japanese tradition of artistic graphics. What is essential here is the fact that more and more young artists regard this form of art as a tool which lets them fully express themselves artistically.

During this year’s edition the audience will have an opportunity to see a lot of innovative technical solutions, interesting combinations of graphic techniques, but also important current social or political subjects the authors have been concerned with.
Like in previous years, this year’s edition has only included prints of 12 x 15 cm format, made in the so-called “noble techniques”. 753 artists from 61 countries took part in the triennial. The international jury chaired by Dieter Ronte – professor, historian and art critic from Bonn, qualified 817 graphic works by 340 artists from 53 countries, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Spain, India, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, the USA, Great Britain or Italy.
During the thirteen editions of the Łódź triennial the Honourable Medal – the prize of the exhibition was awarded to 135 artists. This year the works of 10 graphic artists have been awarded with the
Honorary Medal:
Rafael Hiroshi Akahira – France,
Lida Dubauskiene – Lithuania,
Magdalena Kacperska – Poland,
Carl-Heinz Kliemann – Germany,
Emilia Kosakowska – Poland,
Denise Pelletier – Canada,
Edgar Daniel Pichardo Flores – Mexico,
Leszek Rózga – Poland,
Shigeki Tomura – Japan,
Majla Zeneli – Albania.

The 14th triennial is a review of graphic miniatures representing unusual artistic values. Most of the works have been made in the techniques of intaglio print: etching, aquatint, dry point, mezzotint. However also planographic and relief print, and most of all linocut and woodcut techniques won recognition in the creators’ eyes. Some authors, including the prize winner Rafael Hiroshi Akahira from France, made their miniatures experimenting with the use of several techniques. Most of the awarded works, however, were made in metal techniques, e.g. in mezzotint, one of the noblest, just to mention the subtle miniatures of the twice winner and simultaneously the authoress of the individual exhibition accompanying the triennial, Majla Zeneli from Albania. Professor Leszek Rózga has become the prize winner of the exhibition for the second time too. The jury awarded the set of etchings combined with watercolour, inspired by memories of the artist’s numerous journeys. Very personal, intimate etchings, this time in connection with dry point, were sent to the competition by Lida Dubauskiene, the prize winner from Lithuania. A set of poetical landscapes, made in the technique of dry point, were presented by Shigeki Tomura from Japan, who had been awarded five times at the event. The Canadian Denise Pelletier sent a dry point work combined with aquatint. The Polish Emilia Kosakowska presented lyrical landscapes, also made in the technique of intaglio print, whereas the Mexican Edgar Daniel Pichardo Flores – linocuts concerning the social-political situation in his mother country. The jury also awarded abstract linocuts by Magdalena Kacperska and graphics made in the woodcut technique by Carl-Heinz Kliemann, the representative from Germany.
The result of the previous exhibitions is a valuable, comprising of 10.307 works, collection of contemporary graphics from over 70 countries, which allows the Municipal Art Gallery in Łódź to promote graphic creation in Poland and abroad.

The solemn opening of the triennial will be held at the Willa Gallery, on Thursday, 9th June, 2011 at 6 p.m. This year exposition of graphic miniature will be accompanied by the following exhibitions:
1. Majla Zeneli, Splitting the Image, 10th June, 2011, Friday, at 12 p.m., the Bałucka Gallery, Łódź, Stary Rynek 2
2. Łódź – the City of Graphics, 10th June, 2011, Friday, at 2 p.m, the Centre for the Propagation of Art, Łódź, 44 H. Sienkiewicza Street.

Programme:

6 p.m.
Opening ceremony and decoration with Honorary Medals of the 14th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Poland – Łódź ’11
Villa Gallery, 31 Wólczańska Street

7.30 p.m.
Concert
Villa Gallery, 31 Wólczańska Street

8.00 p.m.
Auction sale of the small graphic works
Villa Gallery, 31 Wólczańska Street

Conduction: Wojciech Malajkat

Artists awarded with Honorary Medal of 14th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Poland – Łódź ’11

Rafael Hiroshi Akahira, Opętanie, 2010, technika własna, 3,7 x 3,2 cm

Lida Dubauskiene, State IV, 2010, akwaforta, sucha igła, 6 x 6 cm

Magdalena Kacperska, Prze-błysk, 2009, linoryt, 10 x 10,1 cm

Carl-Heinz Kliemann, Herbst, 2009, drzeworyt wzdłużny, 11 x 15,2 cm

Emilia Kosakowska, Pejzaż, 2009, druk wklęsły, 4,9 x 4,9 cm

Denise Pelletier, Madame Sue, 2010, akwatinta, sucha igła, 6,2 x 7,8 cm

Edgar Daniel Pichardo Flores, ¿300 000 Deads?, 2010, linoryt + pieczęć, 11,1 x 8,1 cm

Leszek Rózga, Miastko, 2000, akwaforta, akwarela, 14 x 9,8 cm

Shigeki Tomura, Nature. Summer VI, 2009, sucha igła, 14,5 x 9,5 cm

Majla Zeneli, Blue Line, 2010, mezzotinta, 10,3 x 8,1 cm

Honorary Medals of 14th International Triennial
of Small Graphic Forms, Poland – Łódź ’11
Design: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

Jury:
prof. Dieter Ronte – the chairman of the Jury
prof. Andrzej Marian Bartczak
prof. Eva Choung-Fux
Bogusław Deptuła
Elżbieta Fuchs – curator of the exhibition

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