Interview with Bay Backner in the Metaverse, Sunday 9pm * madrid time part of “Showcase”, a virtual exhibition with Orica Gallery.
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VERBRUGGEN x 100
On the occasion of International Museum Day 2022, the Valencia Museum of Fine Arts once again invites the public to participate in an activity directed by the artist Tina McCallan: the recreation of the work “Gardin Vase with flowers” by the Flemish painter Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen II (1664-1730), one of the works recently incorporated into the Museum with the legacy of collector Hans Rudolf Gerstenmaier.
We need 120 people to each paint a square on a large canvas, thus participating in a collective painting activity. No prior experience is necessary and it’s free. There will be assistants who will help the participants to carry out the activity in Valencian, Spanish and English. McCallan has done similar projects at places like the National Gallery in London, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, and even at the United Nations headquarters in Lebanon.
Friday, May 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Without previous appointment. For more information: Tel. 96 387 03 19
We also invite you, during these days, to follow us and connect with us inside and outside (in person and/or virtually) of the Museum with the following hashtags:
VERBRUGGEN x 100
Con motivo del Día Internacional de los Museos 2022, el Museo de Bellas Artes de València os invita de nuevo a participar, un año más, en una actividad dirigida por la artista plástica Tina McCallan: la recreación de la obra Jarrón de jardín con flores del pintor flamenco Gaspar Pieter Verbruggen II (1664-1730), una de las obras recientemente incorporadas al Museo con el legado del coleccionista Hans Rudolf Gerstenmaier.
Necesitamos 100 personas para pintar cada uno un cuadrado en un gran lienzo, participando así en una actividad de pintura colectiva. No se necesita ninguna experiencia previa y es gratuito. Habrá asistentes que ayudarán a los participantes a realizar la actividad en valenciano, castellano e inglés. McCallan ha realizado proyectos similares en lugares como la National Gallery de Londres, el Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts de Glastonbury e incluso en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Líbano.
Horario de la actividad:
Viernes 20 de mayo, de 10.30 a 14.00 h.
Sábado 21 de mayo, de 10.30 a 14.00 h. y de 16.30 a 23.30 h.
Domingo 22 de mayo, de 10.00 a 14.00 h.
Sin cita previa. Para más información: Tel. 96 387 03 19
Os invitamos además a que, durante estos días, nos sigáis y conectéis con nosotros dentro y fuera (de manera presencial y/o virtual) del Museo con los siguientes hashtags:
Ever wondered how the Old Masters made their paintings? In artist Tina McCallan’s new project for the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia, you can find out for yourself
To celebrate International Museum Day 2021, Tina will turn the museum into an artist’s studio and invite 120 people to paint a square on a painting by Hieronymus Bosch. The “Passion Triptych”, painted between 1510-1520 by Bosch and his workshop. The original hangs in the museum and belonged to Mencía de Mendoza, a Spanish noblewoman residing in Valencia. There are some suitably surreal squares to paint which reflect the surreal times we have had lately.
Tina says: “I got the idea while watching copyists in the National Gallery, a small crowd had gathered and people seemed to be fascinated by watching someone paint, I thought how great it would be to invite the onlookers to paint too. I also did research into Old Masters’ workshops and found out they didn’t paint every part of their pictures but used assistants! I had the idea to make a collaborative painting in the same way but divide it up into squares in a democratic way and credit each person. Since then, I’ve done many re-creations in places such as the National Gallery, London; the United Nations, Lebanon; and the Glastonbury Festival.”
What’s it like painting in the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia?
“It’s so atmospheric. The museum has been an incredible patron. I love working with Estrella Rodríguez Roncero, the Head of Education, she had the vision to invite me the first time, even though it was a risk. Last year, we did an online re-creation during lockdown with people painting the squares in their homes and then uploading them. It was a huge success but it’s so nice to be physically back in the museum!”
Do you need any experience?
No experience is necessary, it’s free and you can choose the square you want to paint. It’s a way of demystifying oil painting and turning the audience of the museum into the artists.”
The project will observe all Covid-19 protocols with two people painting on each canvas in 45 minute slots in a space that has plenty of fresh air.
Tina says: “The idea is to copy your square as closely as you can but as everyone has different perception of colours and skill it becomes a dazzling patchwork of styles. I’ve already drawn it out. Look forward to seeing you there!”
Follow Tina McCallan on Instagram at @tinamccallan or visit her website at www.tinamccallan.com
Jackie Albert will be following the progress of the project with photographer Rosie Mayell; www.rosiemayellphtography.com
By Jackie Albert
El Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia celebro el Dia Internacional de los Museos con un Taller de Pintura de Sorolla
100 personas pintaron un cuadro de la Grupa Valencia
El Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia celebró el Día Internacional de los Museos 2015 con un Taller de Pintura de Sorolla coordinado por la artista plástica Británica Tina McCallan y en donde se realizó una recreación de de La grupa valenciana de Joaquín Sorolla para hacer un homenaje a uno de los más grandes artistas de Valencia.
100 personas son las que han participado en este taller que se celebro los dias 16 y 17 de mayo en donde con el Título “Mirando a Sorolla a través de cien ojos diferentes” todo el mundo que quiso pudo pintar cada uno de los 100 cuadrado de este gran lienzo de Sorolla que “La Grupa Valenciana”
El taller de pintura que fue una actividad colectiva fue todo un éxito y los asistentes no necesitaban ser artistas para participar de ello ya que los participantes podian realizar la actividad en valenciano, castellano e inglés.
La artista británica McCallan ha realizado proyectos similares en lugares como la National Gallery de Londres, el Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts de Glastonbury e incluso en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Líbano y ahora con motivo del día internacional de los Museos y su estancia en Valencia lo ha realizado en la 2 pinacoteca de España.
Tina McCallan nos comentaba que le ha sorprendido mucho los valencianos y valencianas ya que son muy creativos, artistas y además tienen un talento especial. También nos comentaba que ha elegido el cuadro de Sorolla porque es un artista valenciano y de esta forma se fomenta la cultura y además la gente lo conoce bien.
Tina McCallan también comentaba que ha participado mucha gente ya bien sea visitando el taller de pintura como participando de la actividad. Alrededor de 250-300 personas han entrado en este taller
Tina Mc Calla nos comenta que ha dividido en 100 cuadrículas la grupa valenciana de Sorolla y la gente ha pintado una cuadrícula. Además nos comentaban que han venido grupos de familias y amigos que han estado p
El Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia celebró el Dia Internacional de los Museos con un Taller de Pintura de la Grupa de Sorolla que ha sido todo un exito de afluencia de publico y participación.
Article and photos by Javier Mesa Reig
Thanks again to The GVA Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia and Pip Seymour Fine Art Products
A painting depicting the death of St Edmund, the former King of East Anglia, is being recreated by about 100 people in Suffolk over the weekend.
Artist Tina McCallan is running the project at Wingfield Barns, near Eye.
The recreated work is based on Brian Whelan’s painting The Martyrdom of St Edmund, which hangs in the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
Participants will be given a square of canvas to paint. Once complete, the new version will be displayed in churches.
The project was commissioned by David Streeter, a retired vicar from Stradbroke, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury, of which St Edmund is the patron.
Ms McCallan has carried out a number of public recreations of other works of art at places including the National Gallery, Glastonbury Festival and a Lincolnshire pizza factory.
Mr Whelan’s original painting depicts Edmund, who is believed to have been elected King of the East Angles in 855 AD, and was beheaded by the invading Danes in about 870 AD after refusing to denounce Christ.
It was completed in 2004
Ms McCallan hopes up to 100 artists and members of the public will help paint a new version. No experience of painting was necessary, she stressed.
I grid out the canvas and then copy the image into that. It’s a little like the way the Old Masters worked,” she said. About three or four people can work at the same time. Occasionally we get a bit of nudging and smudging, but people are generally very aware that others are working in close proximity. The project allows the community to create their own masterpiece… demolishing the idea that art is something elitist and inaccessible.
Painting the drawing of The Martyrdom of St Edmund The project celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury
Family paints St Edmund martyr recreation The finished painting will be displayed in a number of Suffolk churches.
Guernsey’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital has been recreating a Matisse masterpiece!
Patients, doctors and nurses have been encouraged to join in with the community arts project.
The project was made as simple as possible so that anyone, whatever their skill as a painter, could take part. The whole painting was divided up into squares and participants were given a little example of what to do – a bit like painting by numbers.
Once finished, the painting will hang in the corridors of the hospital so that staff who’ve taken part will have a permanent reminder of their artistic talent.
It was all Tina McCallan’s idea:
“When you’re in hospital, you’re sort of trapped in a hospital bed. So I thought I would create an alternative view out of the window because the window becomes your only contact with the outside world.”
Tina now has her sights set on Guernsey Prison and Police HQ.
Tina McCallan organised the recreation of a famous floral artwork at the 2009 North Show. People were invited to paint a square on canvas in their own style. The finished result was a colourful patchwork of art.
Tina’s life as an artist started in Guernsey where she studied art at the Grammar School before heading off island to pursue it as a career.
The artwork used for the North Show piece was by Gustav Klimpt and was chosen because “it’s very kind of flowery, very sugary, sweet, but the girl looks quite confrontational and that kind of reflects the theme of the Battle of Flowers,” said Tina.
Tina cut up a copy of the original painting into 200 squares and handed out the squares for people to copy. “They try to copy the colours really, but as you can see people are allowed to interpret it how they want.”
The perspective created by the different squares is “like looking through lots of different people’s eyes,” according to Tina. “It’s really interesting how one person might see pink in one particular way and another sees it in a different way, but it’s all pink.”
An interest in art that brings communities together has taken Tina from Guernsey to Germany, Turkey, London and France. She has worked on around 20 collaborative art projects, four of these in Guernsey.
“It’s always amazing, you never know how it’s going to turn out and it completely depends on who turns up … it always turns out really well, the secret is the grid, it holds the whole image together.”
Tina is still deciding what to do with the completed picture. “I’m going to talk to the organiser of the Battle of Flowers about donating it to The Princess Elizabeth Hospital to hang in their Art wing.
N.B. The picture can now be seen in the collection of the P.E.H.