“Feast for the senses captures longings”, Rhein Zeitung – 07/11/23

Koblenz. As if gazing upon a rare celestial phenomenon, the audience looks up with rapt attention. The vernissage that took place in the premises of the Koblenz Art Association marked the beginning of the “Transcendence” exhibition just a few days ago.

However, the term “exhibition” only partially applies to about one-third of the artistic expressions that visitors had the opportunity to experience, closely gathered for the first time. In reality, this fascinating triptych consists of elements of projection, music, and painting. The synesthesia of the artwork captures human desires such as faith, love, and hope.

Immersive art is the new buzzword. In this context, spectators find themselves at the very heart of the artwork during the projection, with the first component being video projection. Thanks to multiple projectors, it is possible to project moving images at 360 degrees, both on the walls and the ceiling. In their trajectory, they brush against the paintings of Arnaud Quercy. The Parisian artist has designed his projections to incorporate elements from his exhibition works. In this way, he breathes life into his images.

The musical element completes this overall artwork, composed by the Remagen composer, Frank von Häfen. On the occasion of the exhibition’s opening, both artists were present to perform the musical part of the triptych live. While von Häfen played the flute, the versatile Quercy took his place at the piano.

As a guest speaker, Petra Spielmann, the commercial director of the Arp Museum Rolandseck, made an appearance. The president of the Koblenz Art Association, Angelika Kallenbach, also had the pleasure of welcoming Margit Theis-Scholz, the culture delegate, during the event. The event was rounded off by a costume reading by actress Annika Woyda from the Theater am Ehrenbreitstein.

The exhibition and projections are on display until Wednesday, November 15, at the Altenhof 13 location in Koblenz, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM, as well as on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and by appointment.

The photo shows (from left to right) the artist Arnaud Quercy, actress Annika Woyda, and composer Frank von Häfen.”

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