Art and craft - old masters and street art - diversity
The word art, in its broadest sense, refers to any developed activity based on knowledge, practice, perception, imagination and intuition. In a narrower sense, this refers to the results of targeted human activity that are not clearly defined by functions. Art is a human cultural product, the result of a creative process. Until the 18th century, art, based on the ancient Greek techne, was also used as a synonym for the practice of a craft that contained this specialized knowledge, such as water art, mining art, garden art, or the masters. This use has been preserved in the expression “manufactured according to all the rules of art” and in the term architecture. Today, the word arts and crafts still means craft, the work made by hand.
Hans Rudolf Giger is known worldwide as a visual artist, painter, sculptor, designer and architect, particularly for the development of his unique "Biomechanical Style" as well as the creation of the so-called "Alien" life form (Oscar winner in the category "Best Achievement for Visual Effects "), characters that can still be seen as classics in the movie of the same name "Alien".
Our bike tour to Zaanse Schans should bring us another highlight, because we went to a small café in the district of Oud Zaandijk that advertised their homemade ice cream. In general, after only a few meters in the village, we were very enthusiastic about the design and the architecture of the houses, so we decided to extend our tour.
There are so many wondrous encounters that sometimes believing in the supernatural is really not that improbable. That's how you could describe the encounter with Musti Mayer, who was introduced to us one evening in Alanya by our neighbor Mustafa.
After a restful night with some dream episodes, which in our memory all revolved around the topic of pottery, we were invited to breakfast in the beautiful tangerine plantation in the morning by Sabahattin Vardarlı, our host and his family.
Our articles on Goethe Institute's book "The Development of a Capital – Traces of German-speaking Architects" and texts on Turkish architectural history ultimately led to getting to know and meeting the architect's daughter Barbara Mohapp in Vienna.
In July we reported on the plans to rebuild one of the towers of the old city wall in Schweinfurt. Now, not only are there signs that the project will be approved by the building authorities, but that the city of Schweinfurt itself will also be taking over the project as a property developer.
We were at the camping fair in Erfurt for the first time when we were made aware of the interesting poster for the art fair in Erfurt, the artthuer. There has been a cooperation with Messe Erfurt since its tenth edition, in particular with Haus.Bau.Ambiente. Fair, also a regional fair for home builders and interior design.
Seating furniture became popular in ancient times, roughly speaking and documented after the Neolithic Revolution. Originally, people sat on the bare ground, on rocks or on fallen tree trunks; in colder regions, animal skins were laid underneath, mats were woven, blankets were woven or carpets were knotted.
During our explorations in the Weimar and Jena region, we came across traces of the "Bauhaus" that is so well-known in architecture, but were then surprised to find an offshoot of this well-known training and further education center in Dornburg.
We were on our way from Roßleben-Wiehe to the small street village of Garnbach in the Kyffhäuserkreis in Thuringia, which despite its only about 200 inhabitants has a certain degree of popularity, because, as we were told, this is a regional stronghold of the art of wood carving.
As an impulsive opponent of the "straight line" and any standardization and typification in the environment, which is especially significant in his work in the field of architecture and construction, Friedensreich Hundertwasser distinguished itself by its imaginative vitality and individuality.
Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the most important German painters, graphic artists and book printers of the Renaissance. Cranach, born in Franconia, had lived in Vienna for some time when the Wittenberg Elector Frederick the Wise brought the artist to the provincial town of Wittenberg.
After the first visit of the city center of Jena, we now wanted to see to the city of Kahla, which is considered not only as the center of porcelain from Thuringia, but also an interesting inner city as well as an imposing fortress in the immediate vicinity to the hike to as a destination.