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.

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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

 

Heinz-Günter Mebusch

We will never forget our friend, the photographer and conceptual artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952 – 2001).

Mebusch was a unique combination of a deeply sensitive and empathic person and a visionary artist. On the traditional basis of subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert, he created under the brand name The Flying Studios International an extensive photographic work and developed it to an extraordinary multi media body. Respected and worldwide known i.a. through his epochal portraitures with about 250 significant artists of his time, his work became at last part of art history. Mebusch, the globetrotter, admonisher and communicator of various worlds, died very early, but remains forever in memory. 

See more about Mebusch on Global Galleries

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,
passed away 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

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John Constantin Brancusi Moore

Our friend, the English artist and photographer John Constantin Brancusi Moore (* 1934), died in his home near Paris in November 2016.  they created him as a ‘child of art’. He inherited his father in the passion for photography and art-technology. Never recognised officially by the titan born at Hobita, Gorj County, Moore lived in France with the still living memory of the times passing by. As a very close friend of Alain Bernadain he worked e.g. for and inspired the famous cabaret Crazy Horse.

See more about Moore on Global Galleries

Wolfgang Siemens

Wolfgang Siemens, a great neo expressionist artist, we have accompanied for several years, died in February 2016.

Scion of the famous Siemens-family, he studied with Friedrich Vordemberge and Karl Marx at the Kölner Werkschulen, where he had lectured later on himself. He got widely known by exhibitions at the Kölner Josef-Haubrich Kunsthalle, and further solo exhibitions in NYC, Paris, Morocco. In 1986 he had destroyed his paintings to start again in 1990 with new painting. A comprehensive insight into his work and his life conveys the monograph (en/de):  Safiriou, Siemens – Der Maler/ The Painter, Cologne 2000.

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