Text/authors: Gijs Frieling   ..  Editors: Valentijn Byvanck   ..  Photography: Charlott Markus .. Book design: Kalle Mattsson
isbn: 978-94-92095-36-7   ..  € 25,00  .. buy book

. Passionate appeal for a new collective imagination
. Contemplates the future of Europe by means of words, brushstrokes, paint, and stories
Europe, are we dancing on a volcano again? Are renewed nationalism, xenophobia, the distrust of politics and democracy, the arrival of refugees, and economic insecurity preparing us for a terrible meltdown? It is well possible. It should give us hope for this project, since the best art is produced on the verge of despair, when civilizations crumble and we’re about to shift into a new world order.

This book chronicles the creation of The Painted Bird, a colossal, collaborative mural painting that is being created in Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, in Maastricht. Made by 19 artists, the painting will cover the entire interior of Marres, with beautiful and frightening impressions of Europe, including a high tech supermarket, the last remnant of a natural forest, a virtual detention room and a new life festival in the year 2050. more

Participating artists: Marie Aly, Cian Yu Bai, Kim David Bots, Bonno van Doorn, Gijs Frieling, Natasja Kensmil, Klaas Kloosterboer, Fiona Lutjenhuis, Mirthe Klück, Frank Koolen, Jan van de Pavert, Tanja Ritterbex, Sam Samiee, Charlotte Schleiffert, Derk Thijs, Sarah Verbeek, Helen Verhoeven, Evi Vingerling and Job Wouters. back
The Painted Bird — Dreams and Nightmares of Europe
Release date: April 2017 .. with Marres House for Contemporary Culture .. Graphic design: Kalle Mattsson .. ca. 224 pp... English