Art gift book ‘Art in Dialogue with Nature – Kunst im Dialog mit Natur’

In Memory of Antoni Gaudí and Daniel Defoe

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume VII

Editor: Kurt Ries

When Antoni Gaudí took over as main architect of the Sagrada Familia in 1883, his feelings towards Christianity– not unlike those of Daniel Defoe’s fictional hero Robinson Crusoe – were rather ambiguous. Inspired by his dedicated study of liturgy and the spiritual dialogue between art and nature, Gaudí finally found his faith as an architect. Similarly, Robinson on his lonely island developed a relationship with God through his conversations with nature.

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Art gift book “Animal Worlds of Art – Tierwelten der Kunst”

In Memory of St. Francis of Assisi –

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume VI

Editor: Gabriele Walter

St. Francis of Assisi’s considerable impact on art and poetry cannot be questioned. His deeply felt connection with nature exerts a special pull on free-thinking people and functions as a bulwark against irrational zeitgeist and cultural decline. At the occasion of his 840th birthday, this idea brought together 60 artists from 24 countries to honor the saint’s love of animals with contemporary imagery.

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Art gift book “Odyssey of Life – Odyssee des Lebens – Homage to Homer”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume V

Editor: Kurt Ries

He believed the “Fountain of Cressida” in Corfu was the place where Nausicaa had washed her laundry, but the island of the Phaeacians remains a dream. The German wholesale merchant Heinrich Schliemann was a cosmopolitan and a genius. Or was he just a dreamer? He sees Homer´s epics mainly as works of art but reads them in his own way. Eventually, he excavates a seafarers´ realm from the Late Helladic period and becomes the father of Mycenaean archeology.

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Art gift book “Fairytale Art for Mozart – Märchenhafte Kunst für Mozart”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume IV

Editor: Gabriele Walter

Fairy tales used to be orally transmitted and kept changing in the process. Also the author of a literary fairy tale is free to let his imagination run wild and create fantastic wonder tales. Based on this idea, at the occasion of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 265th birthday and the 230th anniversary of his death, 64 artists from 33 countries came together to honor the world-famous composer with contemporary imagery. It was also 230 years ago that Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” was first performed.

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Art gift book “Flowers for Monet – Blumen für Monet”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume III

Editor: Kurt Ries

Don’t we all long to live like flowers, alive with perfect beauty? The work of Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) is a seed that has firmly taken root in the world’s artistic heritage. It was a trip that inspired Monet to create his radiant garden in Giverny. After traveling through the night, the flower fields in Holland appeared before his eyes like a bright sea of colours, in which the blossoming individual flowers simultaneously dissolved and fully unfolded. Flowers unite the light energy of the sun and the mythical spirit of earth and water. Based on this idea, 67 artists from 29 countries came together at the occasion of Claude Monet’s 180th birthday to honor the well-traveled impressionist with contemporary artistic abundance.

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ART RETREAT Living with Pictures – KUNSTRETREAT Wohnen mit Bildern

Book series ART RETREAT – volume 6

Editor: Gabriele Walter

Small-format pictures from all over the world are not only suitable for an affordable as well as exotic art collection, but also for creating inspired refuges in living spaces. On the occasion of the 6th international “Enter into Art” art competition for the promotion of small-format pictures the art book shows – in addition to exquisite large-format pictures – over 150 works by artists from 36 countries and 5 continents. At the same time it is a poetry book for relaxation with art, poetry and colors.

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Art gift book “Moonlight Sonatas for Beethoven – Mondscheinsonaten für Beethoven”

Book series LOUNGE 2 – volume II

Editor: Kurt Ries

Name a tune you want to listen to again and again, because it goes straight to the heart. Millions on the internet click “Moonlight Sonata” in response to this call. At the same time, both the title and the history of this work have long been subjects of debate. The fact is that Beethoven reversed the conventional sequence of the first and the second movement, thus breaking with the classical sonata form, which may explain this word choice of “fantasy” in the original title. Based on this idea, 69 artists from 26 countries got together at the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th birthday and – with boundless sensitivity – interpreted the “Moonlight Sonata” in visual terms. 

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Art gift book ‘Excellent Art – Exzellente Kunst 2020’

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Book series LOUNGE 3 – volume II

Editor: Gabriele Walter

The art and gift book introduces 33 selected artists from 20 countries around the globe. The interpretations focus mainly on the visible, specific side of paintings and sculptures. The texts invite art lovers to connect with the artworks themselves. Special art and poetry pages have been incorporated to give artists an opportunity to present their visual work alongside their poetry.

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Solo art book: Gerhard Rasser – Silent Path – Stille Wege

We are pleased to announce the solo art and gift book of our artist friend Gerhard Rasser from Austria. The paths of silence remind observers to be silent and walk without haste. Although every emotional turmoil seems to be smoothed out in these paintings, their empty spaces contain more action than it seems. Master Eckehart once opined: „To receive everything, we must let go of everything.“ Gerhard Rasser’s painting titles imply that this is a “Long Path” marked by temptations, abysses, and melancholy. A path of searching and getting closer, of losing oneself in worlds new and distant.

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Isao Kobayashi: Mysterious Worlds

We are pleased to announce the solo art and gift book “Mysterious Worlds” of our artist friend Isao Kobayashi from Japan. The trademarks of Kobayashi’s works are their multi-layered depth and their tonal beauty. The artist is an excellent observer of hidden details. In a world full of secrets and mysteries, his paintings are signposts towards the truth. With his novelistic and dramatic touch, he takes observers into a mysterious universe, opening the door to our imagination. The introduction of a musical work aims at inspiring readers to expand their perception to the tonal aspects of art and poetry. Inspired by the artworks and a topic-related selection of her haiku poetry, the editor chose the koto piece “Akikaze no Kyoku” (Melody of the Autumn Wind), for which the composer developed a specific way of tuning the instrument – the “autumn wind scale”.

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Art gift book “A Fine Art Journey – Weltreise mit Kunst”

Editors: Gabriele Walter, Kurt Ries

With its purposefully structured content, unusual perspectives, and deep insights, and incorporating the sensitivity of people who create art, this art and gift book unravels the subject of traveling and invites readers to examine it in more depth. Eighty artists from thirty-two countries have come together to interpret traveling with their boundless imagination. Poets and artists are interested in experiencing selected places with a specific atmosphere, because their talent is based on their special power of perception and their sensitivity.

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Art Book KUNSTRETREAT 2019 – ART RETREAT 2019

Fascination of Worldwide Art and Color

The gift book in German is also the exhibition catalog 2019. The foreword, the table of contents, the poems and further chapters are also in English. In addition to 292 images and the winning pictures in the larger format, the art book contains chapters on the topics “Apollinaire and His Time in the Rhineland”, “Apollinaire and Music”, “Exhibition Concept” and a detailed guide for mindful and enjoyable viewing of art and colors. In addition, there are 38 haiku poems (featuring the voices of birds), images with art objects, photos of the exhibitions and illustrations included. The book also contains a chapter on the topics “Polish Students visiting Cologne” and “Enter into Art-Information”. Last year saw the introduction of the new category “Featured Artists”. Eight artists get to present their work on double pages.

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Art gift book ‘Excellent Art – Exzellente Kunst 2019’

Book series LOUNGE 3 – volume I

The book project “Excellent Art” emerged from the two winner exhibitions in Weißenthurm “Excellent Art” and “Nominee and Won”.  The art gift book “Excellent Art – Exzellente Kunst 2019” is being released in March 2020 (publisher edition).

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Solo art book: Takanori Iwase, Japan – Silver the Creek

We are pleased to announce the solo art and gift book of our artist friend Takanori Iwase from Japan. The book is based on the solo winner exhibition held for Takanori Iwase in Cologne. His wood engravings are technical masterpieces. Through his delicate representation of light Takanori Iwases images convey a wonderfully lyrical mood.

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Art Gift Book – 16 times ART – 16 mal KUNST

The art and gift book „16 times art“ introduces eighteen artists from sixteen countries by presenting four small works per artist. The group exhibition under the same title was held from 25 June – 21 August 2018 in the light-flooded foyer of Weißenthurm’s townhall on the left bank of the Rhine. In addition to the visual artworks shown at the exhibition the book also features several haiku poems from Germany and the Netherlands. As two of the poets are also visual artists, their work is presented under the heading: “art and poetry”. During the exhibition, three artists received an “honorable mention” and are featured more prominently on the cover, title page, and back of the book.

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Art Book ART RETREAT – KUNSTRETREAT 2018

The gift book in German is also the exhibition catalog 2018. The foreword and the table of contents are in English. In addition to 219 images and the winning pictures in the larger format, the art book contains chapters on the topics “Living with pictures”, “Collecting art”, “Art, wine, poetry” (wine meditation), “Exhibition concept” and a detailed guide for mindful and enjoyable viewing of art and colors. In addition, there are 35 haiku poems, images with art objects, photos of the exhibitions and illustrations included. The book also contains a chapter on the topic of the two Prelude exhibitions “Homage to William Turner and the Rhine Romance” and “Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Wolfgang Goethe”. There is also a section on the haiku event in Cologne.

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Art Book – KUNSTRETEAT 2017 – ART RETREAT 2017

The gift book in German is also the exhibition catalog 2017. The foreword and the Table of Contents are in English. In addition to 212 images and the winning pictures in the larger format, the art book contains chapters on the topics “Living with pictures”, “Collecting art”, “Art, wine, poetry” (wine meditation), “Exhibition concept” and a detailed guide for mindful and enjoyable viewing of art and colors. In addition, there are 40 haiku poems, images with art objects, photos of the exhibitions and illustrations included. The book also contains a chapter on the topic of the Prelude exhibition “Homage to Guillaume Apollinaire”.

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Solo art book: Chiemi Itoi, Japan – Cat Love

It is perhaps no coincidence that artists and writers often lose their hearts to cats. Moreover, they tend to view their freedom-loving, four-legged friends with a degree of envy and respect. According to Mark Twain, “Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat.”. Although the work of famous artists and writers plays no part in this book, the Japanese artist Chiemi Itoi and the German haiku poet Gabriele Walter have been inspired by their shared love of cats. In collaboration with graphic artist and designer Kurt Ries, they have created an imaginative and stylish gift book.

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Art Book – KUNSTRETREAT 2016 – ART RETREAT 2016

Enter into Art - Art book 2015/2016, Germany, exhibition catalogue

The gift book in German is also the exhibition catalog 2016. The foreword and the table of contents are in English. In addition to 205 images and the winning pictures in the larger format, the art book contains chapters on the topics “Living with pictures”, “Collecting art”, “Art, wine, poetry” (wine meditation), “Exhibition concept” and a detailed guide for mindful and enjoyable viewing of art and colors. In addition, there are 40 haiku poems, images with art objects, photos of the exhibitions and illustrations included.

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Translation of the art books “Kunstretreat 2016 – 2019”

The text content of the art book series “Kunstretreat” is substantially integrated into our German blog, “Bernsteinrose.” With Google Translate you can convert these texts into your own language, or into English, to understand what is involved. (Sometimes it is better to translate German texts into English, as these languages belong to the same family and share similar features.) However, since 2019 this book series will also be published in two languages (English and German).

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