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Meeting the Visual Arts


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Tradition and innovation: Meeting the Visual Arts comprises twelve cultural activities articulated as a collaborative educational program in which the participants discover artworks as expressive interdisciplinary structures that succeed in opening the valves of feeling, reflection, and dialogue.

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Meeting the Visual Arts

  1. 1. Art will offer to contemplation that which man cannot find in action: the union of life and peace. —André Maurois Tradition and Innovation: Meeting the Visual Arts Artworks as Expressive Interdisciplinary Structures Mariano Akerman Architect | Painter | Art Historian Jerusalem – The Holy Land, 2017/2018 Meeting the Visual Arts Bar Ilan University Baroque: Catholic Art Counter-Reformation Times History Department Sunday, 22 January 2017 – 2 pm Ramat Gan Ginot HaYir The Jewish Experience with the Visual Arts Community Center Wednesday, 1 March 2017 – 10:30 am Lycée Français L’art et moi : expression, stratégie de Jérusalem et manipulation dans l'art contemporain Tuesday, 7 March 2017 – 1:30 pm Beit HaKerem Spiritual Texture: Artwork by Mariano Akerman Community Center Thursday, 25 May 2017 – 7 pm University of Haifa Metamorphosis of the Other in the Artistic Game Art History Department of Francis Bacon: To Be and Not to Be Monday, 12 June 2017 – 11:45 am Museum of Sciences Tradition and Innovation in Belgian Art: Masterpieces Mimesis and Fantasy Thursday, 13 July 2017 – 8 pm Hebrew University Schapiro: “Style,” 1953 of Jerusalem Wednesday, 13 December 2017 – 1 pm Art History Department À la Page, Jadis et aujourd’hui : art et identité dans le pays du Revue Culturelle lait et du miel de Langue Française Monday, 15 March 2018 – 7 pm Institut Français Entre ciel et terre : un voyage à travers l’art français I de Jérusalem Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – 6:30 pm Romain Gary Résidence Beaux-Arts : Bruxelles fin de siècle de Belgique Wednesday, 28 March 2018 – 6:30 pm Centre Culturel Entre ciel et terre : un voyage à travers l’art français II de Jérusalem Thursday, 29 March 2018 – 7 pm Chateaubriand Bar Ilan University Hijos de mezcla, “sangre manchada”: la pintura de History Department castas dieciochesca como estructura significativa Sunday, 8 May 2018 – 4 pm
  2. 2. Tradition and Innovation: Meeting the Visual Arts Developed in the Holy Land, the 2017-2018 cultural activities have been conceived as a collaborative educational program, being this based on the interplay between the notions of heritage and inventiveness. The phenomenology of tradition and innovation is approached through a series of art lectures and activities that answer local educational needs and requests. Along the program, Mariano Akerman explores the similarities and differences between Mannerist and Baroque imagery in Catholic culture; the evolution of the Jewish experience with the arts along the ages; the difficulties and clichés that prevail in contemporary art; visual expressions he created himself since 1981 on; the surprising transformations of the Other in the paintings of Francis Bacon; a group of Belgian pictures where mimesis and fantasy seem to complement each other; Schapiro’s influential writings of 1953 reclaiming a social history of art, the influence of such concept on next generation, and its possible validity; the way our perception and understanding of an artwork changes with the time; Fin-de-siècle symbolism in French and Belgian pictures and artifacts; and a vivid recollection about the art of teaching while respecting the student’s right to take time as he/she learns. As a program, Meeting the Visual Arts entails discovering artworks as expressive interdisciplinary structures that succeed in opening the valves of feeling, reflection, and dialogue. Mariano Akerman Researcher and Lecturer Born in Buenos Aires in 1963, Mariano Akerman is an Argentinean painter, architect, and art historian. As a researcher and lecturer, he develops educational activities that encourage free expression and communitarian participation considering the specificities and cultural background of the participants. In 1982 Akerman undertook his studies in Architecture at the Universidad de Belgrano, where he graduated with a prized work on Space Nature and Architectural Boundaries (1987). After having received a grant from the British Council, Akerman wrote a thesis on The Grotesque in Francis Bacon’s Paintings (Suma cum laude, 1999). Since 1981 Akerman gives lectures in educational institutions, among which the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Casa Argentina in Jerusalem, The Museum of Philippines in Manila, the Scandinavian School Hooptes Stajärna in Taytay, the National Academy of Arts in Lahore, the COMSATS University in Islamabad, the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Cervantes, and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in the cultural capital of Brazil. Specialized in Visual Communication, Mariano Akerman gives series of lectures often in cooperation with the embassies and consulates of Belgium, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, and those of his native country. Akerman received twelve international prizes in art and education. Tradition and Innovation: Meeting the Visual Arts Mariano Akerman, Preliminary drawing for Peace, 1994 New connections emerge as he bridges cultures in unexpected ways. Sara Mahmood, describing Akerman’s modus operandi, 2012 Artworks as Expressive Interdisciplinary Structures