Konstantin Johannes Safiriou

We remember Konstantin J. Safiriou (1949 – 2020).
He was our friend and inspiration. 

Konstantin Johannes Safiriou (* 1949), private scholar, author, economic and cultural advisor, died too early, predictably and yet unexpectedly on September 14, 2020. He was a boisterous free spirit, someone who could critically question everything and investigate things underground. Not everyone was familiar with his way of thinking, but those who sought his help and advice appreciated it with honorable respect.
At the beginning of his career he was a journalist for various sports magazines, later on he was a chief reporter of a  well-known daily newspaper. He founded a weekly newspaper – but economic pressures from established competitors forced him to give up. He boosted the public appearance of key trade fairs at KölnMesse (like Photokina, Anuga, Herrenmodemesse) in a consistently inspiring way for a couple of years. In encounters and advising politicians and economic leaders, he found an interesting task while being on friendly terms. He created sustainable concepts for global companies, and in the German food and c+c trade sector he was an innovative marketing consultant for years.
He started numerous companies of his own to develop absolutely new things (e.g. in the tourism, industrial and IT sectors). He was not a hard businessman by the way, he was interested in scientific context. In the field of history, sociology, and economics he became a notable old-style private scholar, who wanted not to make a profit from everything. 

Last but not least his private interests challenged him over and over again to promote art and cultural projects. He made no fuss about it. Unselfishly he had supported the work of art mediators and avant-garde artists for decades. He was a significant art collector with a fine taste and donated his artworks mostly for charitable and public purposes.  As co-editor he was involved in various publications, i.a. about philosophy of photography. 

At ArtExpert I Network, an international platform for art-scientific and material-technical research, he was responsible as a long-term management advisor. Additionally, he has also been a honorary board member of Artforum Culture Foundation since its inception.

Konstantin Johannes Safiriou – rest in peace.

ART IN TIMES OF CORONA

REMBRANDT. ArtExpert

Some notes to collectors, artists and all art friends 

Hearing and reading the bad news in these days - we have problems to imagine, the corona virus pandemic is getting a threat to all human beings. We don't know what to expect. But we have hope. And ee also have opportunities - thanks to the unselfish help and perseverance of many people who are willing to help and maintain the functioning of society. Solidarity is particularly in demand in such difficult times. With good will and empathy, we can overcome difficulties much better. Love and respect for one another are the basis of our social life. Helping the others means helping yourself. 

Our competence is to research and evaluate artworks as a high cultural good.  Art enriches our lives and we are proud to serve all the people who enriches our lives with their creativity and support.  

The meaning of art means to recognize its art historical, philosophical and also its economic value. There are many ways to use art, especially in times of crisis. Within our competences we will be happy to serve you.

For collectors:
- Providing professional support for extensions or solutions to collections
- Evaluating individual works of art or the entire collection and convey them as a donation or endowment to a non-profit cultural institution
- Organizing and cataloguing collections in terms of their importance
- Creating a collector / collection-monograph

For artists:
- Classifying your complete or current work from a historical and philosophical point of view and present it in a catalog or monograph
- Evaluating your art inventory and archive and, if possible, receiving it for your fellow human beings and posterity in the form of a donation or endowment
- Mediating works of art to collectors and companies via non-profit sales platforms.

Please note:
Every email in the order of receipt will be answered if possible. Please understand, if there is a high demand we will continue to work on content-related aspects.

Donations and foundations
Donations and foundations can be a good way to support art as well as all the numerous creators. But it can also be a perfect way to realise your ideas now and for the eternal future.  Don't hesitate to contact us. We are able to give you best advise and coaching.

We recommend to read notes and hints on winterstiftung.eu and gopublic-stiftungsberatung.org

 

UP TO NEW HORIZONS

4th Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair

The 4th Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair is coming soon. The fair will presented galleries from 14 countries and major events, at the HELEXPO Tents 10, 9 and 8, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 November 2019.
In addition the established institution of the "honored artist of the year" will take part. An extensive parallel program, including speeches, projects, musical events, exhibitions of important collectors collections and sections devoted to design and virtual reality will enriched Art Thessaloniki.

On Friday 22nd November, the exhibition will be open for the second time just for students and high school students, aiming to inform and promote the culture to the new generation. As a result of a former contest the works of the 10 selected artists will be exhibited in individual kiosks with the first 3 prizes awarded by a commission.

Ambassador from and for America and as well one of the honored artists of the 4th Art-Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair is Billy Zane. He was born in 1966 in Chicago by Greek ancestors. He studied Harand Camp of the Theater Arts at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. At a very early age, he discovered his love not only for acting but also for painting. He has starred in famous films such as "Back to the Future" (1985) and "Titanic" (1997). He has his own film production company and will be producer for the movie "Waltzing With Brando" in which he will play Brando.

The event features VIP Lounge, Press Office, Art Shop, Dining Rooms, Lecture and Projection Room, Free Parking, Free Wifi and 24-hour security. Visit the site art-thessaloniki.gr to view videos and screenshots from the Exhibition and to be informed about each new program.

PROJECTS

PROJECTS

ART THESSALONIKI

ArtExpert is advisor i.a. to:

Artforum Culture Foundation
GULF PROJECTS. From Dark to Light
Winter Stiftung Hamburg
Art Thessaloniki
pac Private Art Collectors
Family offices
and particularly to artists, art and cultural foundations, museums and galleries

The achievements cover:
General concepts and strategies
Conception and preparation of exhibitions
Advisory for loans from private property to museums
Curating exhibitions
Scientific analysis and texts
Complete services for catalogue production
Public relations
Fundraising and donation advise
Sponsoring

 

Memento

Memento

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DOCUMENTA ARCHIVE KASSEL

Documenta Archive in Kassel presents portrait designs from the series of artists by Heinz Günter Mebusch (1952 -2001) by Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter and many other important artists of the 20th century who had participate at Documenta. Mebusch further developed the subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert (1915-1978) and established a new view on art.
Mebusch was well-known to over 200 artists of his time and he realized a conceptual work in which the question “what is art” started on a new level in confrontation between him, his portrayed artist and his art and the viewer. Among his portraits are images of  John Armleder, Olle Baertling, Lajos Barta, Thomas Bayerle, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Anna Blume, Bernhard Johannes Blume, Peter Boemmels, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski,  Fernando Botero, Joe Brockerhoff, Michael Buthe, James Lee Byars, Abraham David Christian, Paul Citroen, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enzo Cucchi, Walter Dahn,  Manfred Deix, Jiri Dokoupil,  Irmel und Felix Droese, Achim Duchow, Ulrich Erben, Eva und Adele, Erró, Günter Fruhtrunk, Ernst Fuchs, Klaus Fussmann, Winfried Gaul, Ruprecht Geiger, Jochen Gerz, K.O. Götz, Kuno Gonschior, Gotthard Graubner,  Al Hansen, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung,  Bernhard Heiliger, Jean Hélion, Georg Herold,  Kali Higashiyama, Chin Hisao,  Karl-Horst Hödicke, Gerd Hoehme, Dennis Hopper, Dorothy Iannone, Jörg Immendorf,  Michael Jansen, Alan Jones,  Martin Kippenberger, Jürgen Klauke,  Edwad Kienholz, Chris Kohlhöfer, Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Kouroussis, Theo Lambertin, Maria Lassnig,  Loriot, Urs Luethi, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Marcks,  Brice Marden, André Masson, Stephen McKenna, Willi Maywald, Bruce McLean, Georg Meistermann, Annette und Jean Messagier, Meuser, Georg Muche, Harald Naegeli,  Hermann Nietsch, Marcel Odenbach, Markus Oehlen, Valentin Oman, Meret Oppenheim, C.O. Paeffgen, Nam Jun Paik, A.R. Penck,  Karl Pfahler, Anne und Patrick Poirier, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mimmo Rotella,  Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Jan Schoonhoven, H.A. Schult, Emil Schumacher, Fritz Schwegler, Richard Serra, Willi Sitte, Katharina Sieverding,  Jesús Rafael Soto, Klaus Staeck, Franz Staehler, Walter Stöhrer, Kumi Sugai,  Norbert Tadeusz, Antoni Tapiès, Heinz Zolper.

The Work of Heinz-Günter Mebusch is administrated and supervised by Artforum Culture Foundation I The Mebusch Estate.

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Jannis Kounellis

On 16th February 2017 our friend, the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis,
one of the leading figures of the Arte Povera movement,
died in 
Rome’s Villa Mafalda hospital.


Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936, the artist moved to Rome at the age of 20 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and
considered the Eternal City his adopted home, where he continued to live and work. But he still had his roots in Greece and was connected very deep with his homeland. We honor him and keep him in good memory. Farewell!

Selected press review:
The New York Times, Febr. 21, 2017

Vera Isler-Leiner

ArtExpert - Vera Isler-Leiner

The object maker and photographer Vera Isler-Leiner (* 1931) joined us for many years as a friend and inspiring artist. She was an absolutly impressive and extraordinary person. Born in Berlin of Jewish origin and survivor of the mass murder of the Nazis, she was at home in Switzerland, but lived and worked as well in Nice and New York. Characteristic for Isler's multi-facetted oeuvre are self-contained artistic and thematic creative phases. Between 1978 and 1984 she dealt extensively with objects and Reliefs on the subject of genetics and genetic research. Later she moved to photography. At the center of Vera Isler's photographic work has been portrait photography since the 1990s, which brought her international recognition. Inspired by Heinz-Günter Mebusch, she developed her own style, creating large-scale portraits of famous artists consistently in their own environment. At the age, she rejuvenated anothermvery fresh group of works with video and stills: Bits + Pieces, where she set people of the infamous 42nd Street in New York a monument before it was cleaned on the orders of the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.

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