Inspiration Venice

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International book project (with contest)
Art Book ‘Inspiration Venice’
(In Memory of Marco Polo)
(Book series: LOUNGE 2 – volume X)

Editor: Kurt Ries

700th anniversary of Marco Polos’s death (in 2024)

You may use Google Translate or any other translation tool. (Die deutschsprachigen Teilnahmebedingungen können per E-Mail angefordert werden!)

No limitation on size, style, medium and subject for your works of art – see below / the text highlighted in blue).

Since you are invited, your participation is guaranteed!

“Only the world of reality has its limits, while the world of the imagination is boundless.” (J.-J. Rousseau)

With one image you can present your work on a full page. I need up to three artworks (jpg files). The book has the character of a beautiful gift book with art and lyrical poems. It will be bilingual (English as the first language plus German): EXAMPLE (sample book) Or look at other volumes in the most upper menu ART BOOKS!

If you are interested, please send us an email and ask for the payment details! We will send it to you with our brief guideline (summary of the Rules):

Deadline for payment: June 15, 2023 (The places in the book are limited! You can reserve your page(s) by paying the entry fee.)

(JPEG-images can be sent later – by August 31, 2023.)

  • Entry fee: EUR 149 for one of your artworks on a full page.

Offer for additional images: Please ask for our reduced prices or see item “Payment” in the rules!

Explanation on the subject: “Inspiration Venice” (In memory of Marco Polo)

Every year, 11 million travelers from all over the world land at Marco Polo Airport in Venice to be inspired by this place of longing. For centuries, the lagoon city has challenged artists and poets with its magic and poetic melancholy. Even today, it conveys the impression of a staging that calls for an artistic reaction. As in all books in our LOUNGE 2 book series, we would also like to pay tribute to a prominent personality with the works of art in the book. We take the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death (in 2024) as an opportunity to highlight his achievements as a travel writer and the artistic uniqueness of his hometown of Venice. The interaction of inspiration and boundless imagination played a major role in his valuable travelogues. With the twenty-year journey over land he described to China and back by sea, he made a decisive contribution to later discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries and thus to the world as we experience it today. While impressions from Venice are welcome, they are not a priority! You are welcome, for example, to tie in with the general topic of travel. As a melting pot between Oxident and Orient, Venice combines not only with art history and architecture, but also with love, drama, wealth, joy of color and the sea. They had all been there: Goethe, Casanova, Mozart, Lord Byron, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Hermann Hesse, Canaletto, Turner, Monet, Vivaldi, Verdi, Richard Wagner… Let yourself be seduced and inspired with complete freedom! The book will be designed accordingly by the editor, with a discussion about the theme “Inspiration Venice” in the foreword.

You confirm your participation with your payment. It means you have read, understood and agree to the rules and conditions. According to the rules payment must be made to Kurt Ries.

(Help to avoid mistakes! Please use the right email address with Paypal and also the right bank account number! Read the samples in our rules carefully and register in the same way.)

Included in the fee:

  • A printed art gift book will be published, with your page and one selected artwork, indicating your website address (if desired).
  • Providing the book with the specific PR content and design: a short descriptive statement (a bilingual slogan written by us for each artwork), an entertaining foreword and poems, selected by the editor.
  • The artist receives the simple right of use of the book (worldwide) for an unlimited period of time.
  • Participation in the contest for up to 11 book design awards.

See also our free services (the link below)! Presentation of the book in the internet by an online book, blog posts and other presentations…

Please ask for our Rules with further infomation or use the above link!


a) I need your address (decisive for your payment) and your current website address (if there).

The pictures can be sent a few months later (see the deadline for the pictures).

b) Please rename your jpg images with the following file name (or at least 1, 2, 3):
(your first and last name number country – without comma!)

Pablo Picasso 1 France.jpg

If you order more pages, please send us more images!

c) Please rank the artworks according to your preference! Artwork information should be exactly in the following format:

First and Last name Number of the picture, Country, Title, Year, Technique, Size in cm
Pablo Picasso 1 France, Portrait, 2013, oil on Canvas, 80 x 100 cm)

There are up to 3 artworks needed (an image of each piece to be sent as a jpg file of approx. 3,000 to 4,000 KB), out of which will be selected one. One side of the image file must be 20 cm long by 300 dpi.

Please send your address and the information of your artworks together with your images to the following email address:

Alternatively (if the emails not arrive):

2. ABOUT THE BOOK (See PART 2 of the Rules!)

The bilingual book will be printed in soft and hardcover (21 x 21 cm). Artists can buy copies of the printed book at a reduced author price. No compulsory purchase! No print copies are included in the cost to publish. Please see in detail the Author’s Price section in the PART 2 of the Rules! Regarding distribution please click on the links included!

3. COPYRIGHT (See PART 3 of the Rules!)

By paying the fee, the artist acquires the right to use the book as specified in a special contract, which comes into force when it is signed by the artist. The copyright and other rights of artwork use remain with the artist. The works are, therefore, freely available to the artist!

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Data protection: Your information is used to publish the pictures, for our own contact with you and payment transaction.