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K.P.Muller Life in Paintings Exhibition

K.P.Muller Life in Paintings Exhibition

14th May 2011 - 14th September 2011
Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz proudly announces its new exhibition on the occasion of Karl-Peter Muller’s 75th birthday, the cultural society Akademische Werkstätten remembers its founder Karl-Peter Muller, who called himself just K.P.M., in the frame of a special exhibition “Life Styles” from May 14 to September 14, 2011, at the venue sponsored by Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Gozo, Malta. The fascinating island of Gozo lies south of Sicily right in the heart of the Mediterranean. Gozo with its tranquil bays, terrace-shaped hills and narrow valleys is the ideal place to rest and relax. But for painter Karl-Peter Muller, Gozo has always been a place of creativity and inspiration, too.

As complementary events to the exhibition, daily german speaking art workshops will be held exclusively designed for this occassion, from May 9 to 12, 2011, conducted by Heidi Schrickel und Horst Benz, who were both students in K.P.M.’s master class - and for the first time in cooperation with the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Gozo. Truly a master class. For the workshops tickets can be purchased at the Kempinski Hotel’s Reception Desk.

The exhibition will be opened on May 14, 2011 at 6 p.m. with a Vernissage and an introductory speech by the artist’s daughter Josefine C. Müller in the Il-Kappella ballroom, followed by the free classical concert of Gaulitana from 8 p.m.: A Festival of Music comes to an end on the same Saturday, the14th of May, at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, with a performance by the Gaulitanus Choir.

Gozo – Second Home of the Artist K.P.M.

After spending many years under the sun of Spain and Southern France, K.P.M. visited the little contemplative sister island of Malta for the first time in 1986 and, since then, came back every year. Moreover, the painter and sculptor found here an abundance of topics which inspired and enriched his creative works with numerous central motives. The archaeological excavations of the six thousand years old Ggantija civil works, the impressive ensemble of temples near the village Xaghra, were, for instance, a source of inspiration for Muller. These civil works are even much older than the pyramids in Egypt and the one thousand years younger Stonehenge in England. K.P.M. was as much fascinated by the so called „Fat Ladies“ – sculptures of an opulent shape which are typical of the island. These sculptures inspired him to create the Tara series of pictures and the space installation Tara’s Room being the symbols for the most ancient perception of women and, thus, the origin of life.

And not to forget about the impressive coast scenery around Dwejra with the huge Azur Window, characterized by the repeating colours of the soil and ochre shades as well as by the surrounding dramatic light. It has been just banal things which the artist Muller was capable of getting enthusiastic about again and again. Capras (goats), cocks, horses and sea gulls were repeatedly motives for his artworks. Being influenced by the myths of the island and religion of its inhabitants, he created impressive cycles of works like Im Zeichen des Kreuzes. Due to the island’s geographical proximity to Africa, he got interested in African culture resulting in pictures like African Queen and Zaire.

Over many years, he created numerous sculptures, mainly heads, made of lime sand stone which even today may still be viewed in Kercem.

Gozo - Art Workshop – Kunstfrühling – Art Spring

During the workshop, which is specifically designed for laypersons, painting will be tought focusing on abstract architecture and landscape. Previous knowledge is not required. Participants will be accommodated and work in one of the farmhouses typical of the island. The more than 200 years old farmhouse Razzett Summiena is located in a wide area, has a studio and a swimming pool in its vicinity and offers visitors a wonderful look over the capital Victoria. This is the place where the artist Karl-Peter Muller lived and worked many years. (K.P.M. 1935 – 2000)

„Art is the way I deal with myself and the things around me.“

Karl-Peter Muller studied painting and graphic arts at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Xaver Fuhr, met later on Kokoschka, Vedova and Bill and starts his career as painter as early as at the age of 21. Painting, collage, sculptures, performance, environment as well as music and literature are the artistic areas in which he worked. He turned sounds and scents into pictures, pictures into texts, texts into sculptures, sculptures into rooms and rooms into music.

„Art for all“

This is the basic idea of Karl-Peter Muller, his credo, and the basis for the art society Akademischen Werkstätten e.V. which was founded by K.P.M. The society`s aim is to preserve the extensive Œuvre of K.P.M., including pictures, paper works, texts as well as sculptures and installations, and make it accessible to a broad audience.

Artists, friends and familiy member take care of the extensive heritage of the artist who died in 2000. The society is funding its activities by collecting donations (bank details: AkadeWe, VR Bank Südpfalz, Konto 102110440, BLZ 54862500) and selling pictures.

Editor’s Notes:

The Kempinski name is proudly borne by a growing collection of distinguished properties around the world. Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski has built its reputation on the belief that exclusivity and individuality are key elements of true luxury. Each year, an increasing number of guests come to appreciate these qualities, as Kempinski adds new hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. While this growth reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand, the collection will remain a limited one, where exclusivity can be nurtured and individuality can flourish.

As latest company news we are happy to announce that Kempinski won the Best Brands award, in the category of Best Service Provider. The luxury hotel group was ranked No. 1. This brings Kempinski to the same league as Volkswagen, Lego and Apple, among the most successful brands in Germany. What is special about the Best Brands Awards is that the winner isn’t defined by a jury, but by the consumers themselves. During the survey, Kempinski stood out in all areas relating to service.

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