Art and craft - old masters and street art - diversity

kunst handwerkThe 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.

Architecture Bauhaus-Museum with ladder to heaven

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Architecture Bauhaus Museum with ladder to heaven

In our article about the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar we had already briefly touched on the building architecture with its very closed facade, a design by the architect Heike Hanada in collaboration with Benedict Tonon.

Giger exhibition in the Hluboká Castle Riding School

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Giger exhibition in the Hluboká Castle Riding School

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".

Artists in the Grottenau in Augsburg: Ars Dilettanti

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Artists in the Grottenau in Augsburg: Ars Dilettanti

A few appointments made our stay in Augsburg necessary, which we once again spent with our friends Lydia and Georg when we received an email invitation to an art exhibition in Grottenau.

Encountering the Jarlmade animal figures at the Zaan Canal

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Encountering the Jarlmade animal figures at the Zaan Canal

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.

El Sebastinio - German-Turkish acrylic artist at the Grenzenlos

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El Sebastinio - German-Turkish acrylic artist at the Grenzenlos

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.

Pottery from Menemen - between utility goods and works of art

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Pottery from Menemen - between utility goods and works of art

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.

Clemens Holzmeister - Architecture and Migration

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Clemens Holzmeister - Architecture and Migration

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.

Schweinfurt - Looking for limestone for tower Höpperle!

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Schweinfurt - Looking for limestone for tower on Höpperle!

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.

The 13th artthuer – Thuringia art fair in Erfurt.

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The 13th artthuer – Thuringia art fair in Erfurt.

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.

Onyx Marble - Quaternary figures and vases

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Onyx Marble - Quaternary figures and vases

In many bazaars on the Turkish Riviera you will find stalls or even small workshops that offer their figurines and vases made of onyx marble, which unfortunately are rarely made by themselves.

Chair museum on the Vitra site in Weil am Rhein

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Chair museum on the Vitra site in Weil am Rhein

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.

Ceramic workshop at the Bauhaus in Dornburg

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Ceramic workshop at the Bauhaus in Dornburg

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.

Wood carving - an encounter with wood art in Garnbach

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Wood carving - an encounter with wood art in Garnbach

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.

Soap bubbles - an ancient toy for young and old

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Soap bubbles - an ancient toy for young and old

Once again on the road in Erfurt, we not only had the surprisingly announced large-scale demonstration against increasing right-wing populism and the resulting violence on our screen

Friedensreich Hundertwasser - architect and environmentalist

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser - architect and environmentalist

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.

From Vienna to Wittenberg - Cranach followed call of money

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From Vienna to Wittenberg - Cranach followed the call of money

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.

Ahmet Arpad - People with Talking Eyes - Photographs

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Ahmet Arpad - People with Talking Eyes - Photographs

Already several years ago, we had written a small, first article about the photographs of Ahmet Arpad, which had been shown with his motto "Man-made landscapes" in Göppingen and Geislingen.

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