The Hôtel Communautaire of the Community of Communes of Noeux and the Surrounding Area welcomes the donation from Ladislas Kijno. This internationally renowned painter wanted to pay tribute to the commune in which he grew up by making a donation of sixteen works of art.
This collection offers an insight into the artist's individual techniques and traces the development of his works with the major themes that run through in his work, including music, poetry, paying tribute to "Grands Hommes", war, spirituality, travel, China, Japan, the mysteries of the world, among others.
The artist wished the exhibition to be open to all and especially to children. With this in mind, the Community of Communes of Noeux and the Surrounding Area offers guided tours suited to visitors of all kinds.
These original in-depth events are intended to fascinated young and old and will take place on Sundays on the following dates: 18 March, 17 June, 16 September, 16 December.The CCNE offers a series of 4 free events that enable a deeper insight into one aspect of the painter’s life and work.
“ I don’t travel just to see works of art, men and landscapes. I travel so that I can get to know where my work is situated in the world's architecture." In this way, Kijno evokes the importance of travel for the creation of his artwork. The Kijno donation presents 10 paintings from the series “Retour de Chine" inspired by his travels in this country. Kijno visited China in May – June 1983, accompanied by his friend the painter Chu Teh-Chun. He made a great many notes and sketches in museums and archaeological sites. He then reworked this in his studio to produce a considerable pictorial output. The knights of Xian, the Buddhas of Datong, traditional architecture and the body language of an entire nation are at the heart of the works displayed here.
The guided tour will close with a performance by an artist who will invite visitors to join hip on a trip to China…
Music has occupied Kijno's universe since the very beginning. His father, Joseph Kijno, won first prize for violin at Warsaw conservatory. Kijno, fascinated by this emblematic figure of his father, has always watched him play. And he draws and paints… violins, whose lines and curves lend a structure to his artwork.
The guided tour will be followed by a concert which aims to lead visitors on a journey through every kind of music.
Kijno, painter, a man of letters, writes and pays tribute to poets: Aragon, Ponge, Rimbaud.... To explain the importance of art I daily life, Kijno likes repeating that his saying “a roof over your head and food is not enough for man. We must have Gaugin on our plates and Rimbaud to fill our glasses.”
The guided visit will put both painting and literature in the spotlight! Get ready to chant Kijno's dictum!
Convinced that art is vital for each of us, Kijno never stops urging young and old to delve into artistic endeavour.
Accompanied by an artist-painter, children will be invited to get stick in in a "peinture-froissage" (painting-crumpling) workshop.
Noeux-les-Mines – In search of Kijno 2012 ,
138 bis rue Léon Blum BP 30092, 62290 Noeux-les-Mines.