After Work Arts at museum kunst palast

Next Date May 27th

On the fourth Thursday of the month, last month on March 25th, RhineBuzz hosted the second RhineBuzz After Work Arts at museum kunst palast, something that will be a regular event. When you arrive all you can expect is an art workshop, but the techniques we will be using are not disclosed until the evening of the event — all very interesting and a part of the concept. The evening is not about being an expert, but about having fun, being creative and enjoy trying, and learning something new, which means everybody can participate and everybody can enjoy it.

This time was very different from the last when we were here in February. Several of the March participants had also enjoyed the February event, but we also had some new faces.

This workshop started differently than the February event. Whilst we began directly in the studio last time, on this occasion our excellent guide took us to see a piece of art to start with, a fascinating 3D collage hanging inside the museum — of course to inspire us. After having observed the piece of art and being told more about the background we headed back through the museum and into the well equipped studio.
Last time we were working with limited equipment, this time was very different, we used a large range of materials — colouring as well as collages were on the agenda.

In February we painted in water and followed a concept by the artist Sarkis who had a show at the museum a while ago. The workshop included an exercise to show how to transfer the feeling from the paint in water activities onto paper — mainly the feeling and the knowledge about water colours in water and how the colours respond.
This time we worked with other techniques, using other people's art to create our own by using colours to put new life into black and white prints, and then later by creating collages. With access to the large amount of material mkp has available this was fantastic. We worked with water colours, oil pastels, charcoals, pencils, ink, as well as pieces of strings, coloured papers, glue, tape, old post cards and so forth. A very interesting experience — and the results were fascinating to see!

Already looking forward to the April event!
Next date May 27th in the Studio at museum kunst palast, from 7 to 9pm.
Cost is €18, all materials are included.
Email to reserve your place.
More information here

Thank you to Ann-Katrin from Sweden who wrote this piece and took the photos for us.

After Work Arts at mkp in March

We hosted our first After Work Arts at mkp last night.
This is what one of the guests had to say - her words are way better than mine could be -

I had such a wonderful time - I can't remember the last time I was in such a zen zone just doing art! The instructor was fabulous - she created such a nice positive open atmosphere and sort of led us in playing with stuff. AND we had really groovy background music! Everyone should come - it beats most TV shows, and it beats *yet another* evening standing around at cocktails with people, asking where they're from and how long they've been here. This gives you something more interesting to hold than a cocktail glass, and a much better return on your investment. For boys and girls.

This will happen the fourth Thursday of every month.
Next date March 25th at the Studio at museum kunst palast. 7 - 9pm.This will be hosted by Ann-Katrin.
€18 all materials inc. Email me to reserve your place

More information here

Patti Smith "Just Kids" The Endearing Friendship with Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe: Patti Smith, 1975 (c) 2010 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, used by permission

Patti Smith will be reading from her book "Just Kids" on March 19th at the lit.Cologne. Tickets for Patti's event sold out pretty much immediately but RhineBuzz managed to secure a couple places and John and I will be there. So join us after March 19th for the tour at the Mapplethorpe Retrospective as we can relay first hand anecdotes from Patti herself about the endearing friendship she shared with Mapplethorpe.

On March 19th my colleague Rita will be taking the English tour at the NRW-Forum at 9pm. Thanks Rita and thank you Manfred Schmidt for the beautiful photograph of Rita taken at the pre-opening of the show.

©manfred schmidt photography

Patti Smith and her band will be playing at the Museumsplatz in Bonn on July 4th!