Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Federal Cross of Merit for Arvo Pärt
The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. The 86-year-old was honored with the medal by the German ambassador at the Arvo Pärt Center in Laulasmaa, which it said was a recognition and thanks to Arvo Pärt for his contribution to classical music and the use of German texts in many of his works . Arvo Pärt is considered one of the most important and most performed living composers. With his minimalist style he has shaped the music scene for decades. Pärt has a close relationship with Germany: In 1981 he came to what was then West Berlin because he had to leave the Soviet Union under political pressure.
Libeskind plant 61 Meter Büroturm in Potsdam
A 61-meter-high office tower based on a design by US star architect Daniel Libeskind is to be built on the edge of Potsdam’s Babelsberg Film Park. The tower should be surrounded by four buildings with heights of 26 and 41 meters, explained Libeskind when presenting his design in Potsdam. The curved buildings were inspired by film reels, camera shutters and lenses, the architect explained: “Because in Babelsberg the beginning of the cinema, that is the moving image, was long before Hollywood,” said Libeskind. Office space for around 5,000 jobs is to be created in the high-rise buildings on 94,000 square meters. The city councilors still have to give the project the green light.
Bremen art award for Shirin Mohammad
The Bremen Karin Hollweg Prize 2021, endowed with a total of 15,000 euros, goes to the artist Shirin Mohammad. The native Iranian and master student at the Bremen University of the Arts received the award for her installation “In the middle of a ford”, as the Bremen Museum of Modern Art, “Weserburg”, announced. Mohammad took up media images of protests by Iranian farmers in the spring of 2021 and created a current and consistent setting of discomfort, the jury justified its decision. The work combines the location, which is far away from Bremen, the socio-political significance of a global environmental crisis and questions of responsibility. Shirin Mohammad was born in Tehran in 1992. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Tehran. According to the information, the Karin Hollweg Prize is one of the most important and highly endowed art promotion prizes of all art universities in Germany.
Van Gogh auctioned for $ 70 million
A painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh has been auctioned at the traditional autumn auctions in New York for more than 70 million dollars (around 60 million euros). This is the work “Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès”, created in 1889, as announced by the auction house Christie’s. The highest bidder wants to remain anonymous. Two other paintings by van Gogh were also auctioned for high sums: The 1890 “Jeune homme au bleuet”, originally estimated at around 5 million dollars, brought around 47 million dollars, “Meules de blé” around 36 million. In total, Christie’s said it sold art for around $ 750 million at Thursday’s auction.
First art award of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for Mary Bauermeister
The first winner of the new art prize of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, endowed with 25,000 euros, is Mary Bauermeister. The 87-year-old artist, who lives near Cologne, will be honored for her “outstanding artistic oeuvre,” said the NRW Ministry of Culture. Bauermeister has always combined art and life and is highly committed to promoting young talent. After studying in Ulm and Saarbrücken, Bauermeister settled in Cologne in the mid-1950s. Her studio is considered to be the birthplace of the Fluxus movement. There were first events and performances there in the early 1960s, for example by Nam June Paik, John Cage and Otto Piene. Bauermeister later moved to New York, where she enjoyed artistic success. Bauermeister’s universal work includes drawings and paintings, above all object images and installations, as well as landscape designs. The North Rhine-Westphalia Art Prize is to be awarded once a year in one of the five categories of architecture, music, literature, performing arts or visual arts.
Moody blues drummer Edge dies
Graeme Edge, drummer and co-founder of the British group Moody Blues, has died at the age of 80. This was announced by singer Justin Hayward on the band’s website. He praised Edge as the backbone of the band that had created a rock classic with “Nights In White Satin”. The Moody Blues were founded in 1964. In the first line-up with singer Danny Laine, they were still strongly R&B-oriented; her hit from this early stage was “Go Now”. Edge wrote numerous lyrics for the psychedelic albums until 1974, including her biggest hit: “Nights In White Satin”. In 2018 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Musician Gilberto Gil accepted into Brazilian academy
The Brazilian musician, composer and former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil has got a place in the Academia Brasileira de Letras. “Gilberto Gil translates the dialogue between scholarly and popular culture”, said the President of the ABL Marco Lucchesi, in support of the decision. The Academia Brasileira de Letras was founded in 1897 on the model of the French learned society Academie Française. She is the highest authority for Brazilian Portuguese and acts as the guardian of Brazilian literature. The 79-year-old Gilberto Gil, who has also written books, is considered one of the fathers of tropicalismo and has recorded dozens of records. Many of his songs became anthems in Brazil. Because of his socially critical texts, the later Grammy Prize winner was arrested in 1968 during the military dictatorship. He went into exile in London. From 2003 to 2008 Gilberto Gil was Brazil’s Minister of Culture and used politics to advertise his country’s culture. His appearance with the then General Secretary Kofi Annan at the UN General Assembly, where he sang “Toda Menina Baiana”, is legendary.