Andalusia is known for its endless and impressive cultural treasures that can be found in every corner of the country. My friend Gabriela took me on a trip from the Málaga/Marbella coast to the “hinterland”. She introduced me to a very lively contemporary cultural centre in Alhaurin El Grande, El Artsenal Inoxis.
An impressively large centre set up in the high and huge rooms of a former fruit store house and run by two dedicated people: gallery owner Carmen Peña and metal artist Robert Heidegger. The number and type of artworks, paintings and sculptures of various kinds as well as vintage collectibles is almost endless and very impressive. There is something new to discover every time you look, be it a beautiful old Mercedes in the hallway or the part of a helicopter on the ceiling or old motor cycles – of which you will find much more in the neighboured workshop of Robert Heidegger.
I first had to take a deep breath and needed time to look into this immense variety and discover my treasures. In addition to the many vintage technical treasures, there are a large number of sculptures, many made of metal by Robert, who assembles them from various found objects and which have partly whimsical, partly practical properties. I had to take a second deep breath and needed a drink and
Its not brand new, but a new discovery for me. I am always happy to discover a new places that has the potential to become “my happy place”. The Mercado del Arte presents itself under the title: Art, Food, Events – a wonderful project by Maria Mena, Rosa Higuera and Emilio Mena, not far from the Congress Palace in Marbella.
The owner of the Art, Food, Events Mercado keep a wide range of offers in their portfolio: Galería del Arte, Eventos Privados, Colección Permanente, Artistas Invitados, Exposiciones Colectivas.
While Rosa is head of the events, Maria is responsible for the art and Emilio is the chef in the kitchen, creating menus which excite him and which flatter the palate of the guests.
Its a pleasure to walk through the restaurant and the gallery. Everything is set up with love and great taste which makes it a very special and unique place. We had a coffee and some tapas outside on the large terrace – also a artful and tasty experience!
I have been venturing the idea to make our home a place to feature exhibitions time by time, to make it an event gallery. That would be very convenient for me as an artist, but it was more a thought than a plan. So when I heard about Gallery “Art at Home” I was very keen to see it and meet the people who have the courage and spirit to do it in real!
Veronique Benouaich has maintained and nourished her dream of a gallery of her own. She always enjoyed art very much. When moving from Paris to the South of France she became very good friends with many artists. When moving from France to Winter Park in Florida she finally fulfilled the dream of establishing a gallery in the new house near Orlando.
She brought over many of the delicate art works from her artists friends in France and she and her husband transformed their new house into a space that served as a gallery and as a home. Regularly she presents new artists besides her rather steady exhibition. A Vernissage and the Finissage are the two official days for the gallery show, but visits of this beautiful white home and gallery are welcome in between by appointment.
Featuring a Korean Artist and several French artists in Winter Park
We had the pleasure to see some very delicate and explorative art by some of Veroniques artist friends and the featured Korean artist Hye Shin, who works with textil and paper elements.
Art work by Hey Shin
Art work by Hey Shin
Standing in front of a work by Hey Shin
A very attractive privat art exhibition
I enjoyed very much the visit and Veroniques explanation of the outstanding art works and the ideas behind them and unusual materials that were used. It’s a very special chance to look at art in a private atmosphere.
I remembered that two of my first exhibitions took place in the stunning house of my friends who were so friendly to offer there white walls to my paintings and we had a great time inviting their friends and mine.
Do you have experience with privat exhibition as an artists or visitor? What do you think about it?
If you happen to be in the Orlando region and you want to enjoy the exquisite visit to “Art in a Home” you will find all information at Daver Art Gallery !
Or send me a note. Want to see more art? TAPP HERE.
Before we left for the United States I had the pleasure to bring some of my paintings to the Art Gallery van Gestel in Marbella. This gallery is situated at the famous Orange 🍊 Place in the beautiful old town of Marbella since 30 years. To get the pictures there, we had to carry them through half the old town, no chance to get there by car. Fortunately, paintings on stretched are very light and the sun was shining (as almost always!). I am very happy to see that my treasures found such a nice place to be seen and purchased 😊😊😊!
The gallery shows a lot of Spanish and international artists over two levels in one of this wonderful old Spanish houses. I feel very honored to be part of this collection! Its worth a visit, I can tell!
Nicely enough we could help at once to place or hang my paintings and I could see how they add some joyful colors to the nice setting. If you happen to be in Marbella, don’t miss the Plaza de los Naranjos ( one of THE tourist magnets!) and visit the gallery, which is at one of the corners of this beautiful place!
found a place on the wall
found a place on the wall
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What an excellent and exciting day! At the 19th of October we crossed over by ferry from New Jersey to freezing cold New York , an adventure in itself! My husband nicely helped me to transport 16 (!) paintings and 12 frames- you cannot imagine what a large suitcase we carried around ( besides the other 4 large ones on our flight from Spain to New York). I had put down a wish this year in May in the Artist 2 Life CVP 19 program, which I attended. My wish was to present my art in New York! Not long after doing this, I was contacted by a representative of the gallery! Life takes wonderful paths sometimes!
All the paintings were accepted but then I kept 4 and Ieft 12 of the 30×30 cm series at SAPHIRA&VENTURA GALLERY in central Manhatten. Can you imagine, I was standing in that gallery, a dream becoming true and did not manage to separate from all of my paintings! Somehow they became my kids.
Great surprise gave me the gallery: 4 of my paintings were presented the same evening in the show ”The bonds of love” and I could be present at the opening which was well visited and even added a wonderful performance of which you here see only the mask! The exhibition is to be seen till 28th of October.What a story! My paintings will be presented in several shows over the year 2020! Super exciting!
PS If you would like to know about the Internet program of Art2life CVP19 let me know! I did enjoy it very much and it inspired my art enormously!
Picassos birthplace is Málaga. As one of its very famous sons he is a visitors magnet and gets quite some attention with a birthhouse to be visited, a Picasso museum and of course a celebration of his birth day. This year in October it would have been his 124 birthday which is celebrated with an „Octubre Picassiano“. Many events will take place and artists willl exhibit paintings that are related to Picasso.
I was invited but hesitating whether to take part in this challenge or not. I am not so much the artist who follows a concept. But good thing came out of it: strolling through the Picasso Museum I started to get more involved with the idea of doing a painting inspired by the great masters work. I fell especially in love with his pink period and the animals he painted. This months you can see my painting in the Galeria Javier Román in Màlaga together with 30 more surprising art works. Entrance free and just round the corner of Picassos birthplace in Màlaga. The exhibition is open till 20th of November.
The ongoing exhibition of Costa del Arte Collective in the Galeria Luz de la Vida will end with a Finissage on Sunday the 16.09.18! Treat yourself to a great day out in Cómpeta! We have put together some very pleasant events for you!
All details about the Gallery at the bottom of the page.
The lively white village of Cómpeta and the nature park
The lively village of Cómpeta and the nature park
Visit the lively white village of Cómpeta – a great village in the mountains, 16 km up from the coast – situated at the foot of the nature park “Sierra de Almijara”. If you like adventure, drive up the dirt road to the nature park and enjoy breath taking views and a breathtaking road!
A tasty 4 course Lunch at the Finca
If you like to have a great lunch, reserve a place and enjoy the culinary delights of a 4 course menu at the Finca de las Sierras. The Finca treats you to a wonderful surrounding, the tasty food of the Chef, the live music of Duo Masque and great views. Get in touch with some art works by members of the Costa del Arte Collective, which are exhibited at the Finca. Get to know the artists, talk privately with Lieuwke Loth and Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel, who will be present.
Chill out at the Finissage at 6 pm in the Gallery. Enjoy
ART – ARTISTS – DRINKS – MUSIC – CHATS
Be part of the Finissage of the Costa del Arte exhibition in the charming Galeria Luz de la Vida with music and drinks. You will enjoy the cooling and relaxing atmosphere of the authentic and characteristic Spanish building of the Galeria. You will be delighted by the light-hearted and joyful exhibition of the Costa del Arte Collective.
Galeria Luz de la Vida
Think big – dream in color 160×140 cm
You will find fascinating bronze and steel sculptures by Lieuwke Loth, surreal paintings in the style of the old Dutch masters by Anouk Slegers, very tactile ab7stract landscapes painted on canvas with oil, bee’s wax and sand by Annabel Keatley and vibrant, colourful abstract – expressionist paintings by Gerrit Oppelland-Hampel. Ask Annabel Keatley how she is creating her most beautiful artwork with such interesting ingredients like bee’s wax and sand.
Browse through the Gallery and be ready to be surprised by the treasures there! Maybe you will already find the first Christmas present! Sit in the sculpture garden and enjoy the music of Duo Masque, get to know new people and chat! We are open at 5 pm!
Drive home happily and safely after a great day out!
The exhibition of Costa del Arte Collective will go on till 16.09.18
Opening times :
Galeria Luz de la Vida
Laberinto bajo 15, Cómpeta
Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturday afternoon closed.
Sneak in at other days, maybe we are open! 🙂 You are very welcome!
May be your interested in the “Painting of the month”? Click here!
The studio is waiting for me! I don’t know how many painting I am transporting. We will see, what fits into the studio, which is nice and has wide white walls! Packing up for the Open Studios Gaucín! Friday, the 25.05. at 11:00 hours the doors of 21 artists will be open!
¡El estudio me está esperando! No sé cuántas pinturas estoy transportando. Veremos, lo que cabe en el estudio, que es agradable y tiene paredes blancas anchas. ¡Embalaje para los Open Studios Gaucín! Viernes, el 25.05. a las 11:00 horas las puertas de 21 artistas estarán abiertas!
I had 48 hours in New York. I dedicated them to art. I was very touched by the Calder exhibition in the Whitney Museum of American Art which displayed such a grace and poetry. I re-visited the MOMA, that has changed a lot since I saw it some years ago. A highlight was a big show of Anselm Kiefers most extraordinary works in the GAGOSIAN Gallery in Chelsea.
Just sharing some photos with you from the Whitney:
Ich hatte 48 Stunden für New York. Die widmete ich der Kunst. Ich badete in Kunst. Die Calder Ausstellung im Whitney Museum für amerikanische Kunst hat mich sehr berührt. Sie war so voller Grazie und Poesie. Ich besuchte nach vielen Jahren wieder das MOMA, das sich sehr erweitert hat seit meinem letzten Besuch. Ein Highlight war für mich die sehr große Ausstellung von vielen außergewöhnlichen Werken von Anselm Kiefer in der GAGOSIAN Galerie in Chelsea. Hier ein paar Fotos aus dem Whitney Museum:
Click on the photos to enhence them. Klick auf die Fotos um sie zu vergrößern.
Ehrungen für Polizisten, die viele schwarze Amerikaner verfolgt haben.
Text zu den goldenen Tafeln
The good old European still impress at the MOMA and the big show of Rauschenbergs works, of whom I liked most the small works which were attached zu each other with a zip.
Die eindrucksvollen Werke der guten alten Europäer beeindrucken im MOMA sowie die große Ausstellung von Rauschenbergs Werken. Von denen mochte ich am meisten die kleinen Werke, die mit einem Reißverschluss verbunden waren.
Click on the photos to enhence them. Klick auf die Fotos um sie zu vergrößern.
Anselm Kiefer at Gargosian Gallery:
Transition from cool to warm.
I was stunned! I loved his paintings, as I had only seen his huge, more political works with a lot of material.
Most of the paintings appeared to me like painted love letters. One hall showed many many big books (about 50×70 cm). A very unique presentation. Verwandlung von kalt zu warm. Ich war begeistert, beeindruckt. Ich fand seine Bilder großartig. Bisher hatte ich nur seine großen, sehr materiallastigen, politischen Werke gesehen. Die meisten Bilder in dieser Ausstellung erschienen mir wie Liebesbriefe. Ein Saal war gefüllt mit riesigen Büchern, die Aquarellbilder auf dickem Trägermaterial zusammenfassten (ca. 50×70 cm oder größer). Eine ganz besondere Ausstellung!
Huge books with watercolour paintings
page of a book
page of a book
page of a book
und natürlich NewYork,New York…….I love New York!
in einem Park
New concept: Buyers have to wait! That gives them the feeling to belong to a group! states one manager
I received an email from Saatchi: Congratulations, you sold your artwork! As it came in the night at 1 a.m., my sleep got a bit disturbed, so many things to think about! How to manage the transport, that in a way the Gallery takes good care off, in another not. The Gallery will take responsibility for the transport – the artist for the packing! Now this artwork is quite large, 100 x 150 cm, nothing you can just roll up or put into an envelope! No, it had to be sent in a crate and it had to be declared at the customs, in order to be allowed to leave the European Union! The latter a mystic work that even good friends resisted to help with, as they knew, it was an art in itself. All artworks over 950 EURO are rated as important cultural goods!!! And on top of this: everything should be done quickly, as the buyer is waiting for it. That’s quite a challange in itself, but an even more demanding challange for somebody who is in Spain, some medical teatment ahead, that will keep him in Spain for weeks and the painting is far away in Germany!
But nevertheless, I am happy to say: With a little help from my friends, better to say with a lot of help from my friends and some substantial professional help the artwork made its way to California! Cross my fingers that the professionally built crate has made the journey safe and sound without any bruises to the painting and that the buyers and the artwork feel happy with eachother!
Die Mail kam nachts um 1 Uhr – das ist Los Angeles Arbeitszeit – mein Schlaf war danach erst mal ziemlich gestört. In der Email von Saatchi stand: Gratulation, Sie haben ein Kunstwerk verkauft! Tausend Gedanken schossen mir durch den Kopf, was gab es alles zu tun und zu regeln! Wie kann man den Transport sicher stellen, für den die Galerie auf einer Seite die Verantwortung übernimmt – aber die Künstler sorgen für die sorgfältige und sachgerechte Verpackung des Kunstwerkes, kein Kinderspiel! Und das fragliche Bild war recht groß – 100 x150 cm – nichts, das man einfach so zusammenrollen oder in einen Umschlag stecken kann. Nein, es muss in einer maßgeschneiderten, extra für die Kunst gebauten Holzkiste versendet und beim Zoll muss ein langes Formular ausgefüllt werden, wenn das Bild die Europäische Union verlässt. Alle Kunstwerke über 950 Euro müssen auf diese Weise ausgeführt werden – wichtige Kulturgüter!
Diesen undurchschaubaren bürokratischen Akt zu übernehmen, davon konnte ich niemand überzeugen. Die Kunden warteten schon auf ihr Bild, es sollte auch alles ganz schnell gehen. Das an sich ist schon eine rechte Herausforderung – aber erst recht, wenn das Bild in Deutschland und die Künstlerin in Spanien ist und dort auch bleiben muss, weil die Umstände es verlangen!
Aber trotz aller Umstände: Es ist vollbracht! “With a little help from my friends”, oder besser gesagt: mit einer Menge Hilfe von meinen Freunden und professioneller Hilfe hat das Kunstwerk seinen Weg nach Kalifornien geschafft! Ich drücke alle Daumen, dass die wunderbar gefertigte Transportkiste sicher gestellt hat, dass es seine Reise unbeschadet überstanden hat und dass das Bild und die neuen Besitzer glücklich miteinander sind!