Project „Mythos Europa“ –‘The myth of Europe’
Where we are coming from – Where we are going to
The project idea
Europe is not only the sum of its nation states, but has a common history, a common cultural history. Where are the roots and which paths lead into modern times and today’s discourse?
The project provides a platform for discussing these questions. Using the means of figurative painting, stories of the mythology of the ‘Europa’ and how we experience these images today are being told. It deals with the inner conditions of the continent and with which image Europa presents to the outside world. The exhibition tour through diverse European cities with 40 large sized pictures of the painter ANTOINETTE forms the core of a series of events, built in a framework program in which the past, the present and the future of Europe is being reflected and discussed.
The ‚gestaltete Figur‘, the designed, shaped figure in the fine arts in Europe has been a means of transportation of important messages for survival throughout centuries,. Again and again it has been re-interpreted individually and time related to its époque. Europe has wonderful witnesses of its cultural performance: symbols of incredible beauty, which have been born out of deep desperation and heavy pains. Sculptors, painters and architects have shaped the objects, the houses, the palaces and gardens, the sculptures and paintings, whose formal language still gives orientation to the search for a measure of beauty worldwide. This beauty is also the result of many serious conflicts over the centuries, of many wars, many struggles for power and of exploitation. They contributed to the creation of the other, the beautiful, side of Europe. Affluence and wealth have allowed developing a wonderful culture and cultural landscape, many traces of the struggle for true art are visible, traces, which are deeply rooted in our collective consciousness.
We stem from an eternal war, which seems indefinite, from a terrible world of extinction. Along this joint way we have discovered, through our cultural development, beauty, love, attentiveness and peace.
The painter ANTOINETTE uses free association in her paintings. Do I let myself being touched by these subjective pictures? What do I find beautiful? Which role does profundity play in it? Can I stand to cry while laughing, to perceive the painful ugly in the beauty? Can I bear our historic past? Can I bear the mistakes of the presence? And how do I deal with negative emotions such as anxiety, annoyance, disgust and anger? Can I live with a future which creates fear because one cannot prepare for it? Can a bear an art which offers to be an instrument to deal with these questions?
Europe stands, as already often in history, at a cross road. It will become easy loot for global interests if it falls apart like a divided large family. But it can also emerge stronger from the process of reflections of its own roots and strengths as an influential and united force.