12 February 2011

Culture at the Irish Embassy

(An older work by the artist, painted on aluminum. I liked it very much.)
I was very excited to have the opportunity to attend the opening of an art exhibit at the Irish Embassy last week, through the good offices of a fellow book club member.
Helen Steele „Beautiful Chaos“ 8 February – 25 March: The Irish Embassy, in cooperation with HF Contemporary Art Berlin is delighted to host a solo exhibition by Irish artist Helen Steele from 8 February to 25 March. Helen who is also showing in early 2011 in Dubai and at London Fashion Week describes her work as “reaching a point of total immersion where the conscious, subconscious, physical action, passion and flow naturally unite to create balance, colour, purity and coherency” The exhibition is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14.30-16.30.

The artist was introduced by the Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall, who did a nice job in German as well as in English and then by the curator of the show, Helga Fox. Ms Fox has galleries in both London and Berlin.
Afterward, Ms. Steele spoke a little about her work and we were able to chat with her a bit about the changes you see from the earlier work to her latest work, which is fascinating and very much performance art as well as physical: you can see some video on her web site.

I really appreciated the opportunity to look at extremely modern art after having spent the last several weeks visiting the birth of Modern Art in various museums here in Berlin: it made me feel like we are really living in a fascinating and art loving city. Of course we are, but generally we don't see it, being home with the kids. Perhaps I should add visiting a gallery at least once a month to the New Year's resolutions?

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