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  1. The concept is quite simple.<br>One language at a time.<br>One main fairy tale character.<br>The text of the fairy tale with illustrations.<br>That's it.<br><br>The Fairy Tale Poster lives side by side with the internet version<br>of the <a href="http://www.lonvig.dk/lucca.htm">written fairy tale</a>, which can be downloaded in a Word document and<br>form a tiny children's book.<br><br><br>I'll show you 5 samples of Fairy Tale Posters:<br><br><br><a href="http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=340210"><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="http://www.lonvig.dk/artblog-26-tall-charlie-fairy-tale-fr.jpg" ALT="artblog-26-tall-charlie-fairy-tale-fr (22k image)" HEIGHT=250 WIDTH=168 hspace="10" align="left"></a>Tall Charlie is the name in English of the yellow giraffe.<br>C
  2. <IMG BORDER=0 SRC="http://www.lonvig.dk/artblog-23-rembrandt-old-man-index.jpg" ALT="artblog-23-rembrandt-old-man-index (3k image)" align="left" HEIGHT=108 WIDTH=88><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="http://www.lonvig.dk/artblog-23-rembrandt-crusader-index.jpg" ALT="artblog-23-rembrandt-crusader-index (3k image)" hspace="7" align="left" HEIGHT=108 WIDTH=88>A few years ago I rushed out of a room in Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. Gesticulating to my family, there are three Rembrandts - hanging side by side inside that room!! Come, come, come. "Who is Rembradt?", one said. I believe it was in order to joke about my enthusiasm.<br clear=all> At an exhibition at the National Gallery in Denmark - in Danish it's called <a href="http://www.smk.dk/">Statens Museum for Kunst</a> - there is an exhibition titled "Rembrandt? The Master and his Workshop". It takes place 4 February - 14 May 2006. At this exhibition there are 100 Rembrandts! There are 19 paintings and then prints and drawings by Rembrandt. As I entered into the dark room with one spotlight on each Rembradt my enthusiasm was transformed into thankfulness and humility. Thankfulness and humility due to the fact that I was blessed to experience this. Contributions and loans from the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Mauritshuis in the Hague, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and more made this unique event possible. An experience of a lifetime. The bare presence of 100 Rembrandts in one museum was far from the only highlight.<br><br><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 genuine Rembrandts found in Copenhagen.</span> The National Gallery in Copenhagen found two genuine Rembrandt paintings by the master himself in their archives. Two paintings that have lived a life of obscurity in the collections at the National Gallery after having been rejected as genuine Rembrandts at different points during the 20th century. As soon as I came home from the exhibition I took a close look at my own archives. But unfortunately I found no Rembrandts. The 2 paintings are now reattributed to Rembrandt. After three years of studies conducted in close co-operation with international experts, The National Gallery is in a position to conclude that in addition to a rich collection of prints and drawings by Rembrandt, the museum also owns two genuine paintings by the master himself. Below you can study the two reattributed Rembrandts.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.lonvig.dk/rembrandt-the-old-man.htm"><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="http://www.lonvig.dk/artblog-23-old-man-rembrandt-smk.jpg" ALT="artblog-23-old-man-rembrandt-smk (12k image)" hspace="10" align="left" HEIGHT=250 WIDTH=203><span style="font-weight:bold;"></a><span style="font-style:italic;">Study of an Old Man in Profile,</span></span> c. 1630 approximately 20 x 25 cm - that's 8" x 10" oil on canvas Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) You <span style="font-weight:bold;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">must</span></span> click on the painting. I have made a large image available, so that you can enjoy it yourself. The small Study of an Old Man in Profile is find made by Karl Madsen at Fredensborg Castle, where he discovered the painting in a storage in 1899. However, Rembrandt scholars doubted this attribution from as far back as 1933 onwards. Their doubts were mainly caused by the coarse style of painting. The scholars of the time found it difficult to reconcile this coarseness with what they thought of as the typically very meticulous and carefully finished style of Rembrandt's early works. Recent art history has, however, pointed out that even during the earliest stage of his career - the years spent painting in his native town of Leiden - Rembrandt experimented with broader and more varied brushstrokes. Like other works by the young Rembrandt, this small painting appears to be a practice piece. X-ray studies bear out this theory by showing us that the old man's head was painted on top of another head that appears in several of Rembrandt's paintings from those years. At the same time, studies of the wooden panel show that the wood can be traced back to Rembrandt in terms of both geography and time.<br clear=all><br><br><a href="http://www.lonvig.dk/rembrandt-crusader.htm"><IMG BORDER=0 SRC="http://www.lonvig.dk/artblog-23-the-crusader-rembrandt-smk.jpg" ALT="artblog-23-the-crusader-rembrandt-smk (13k image)" hspace="10" align="left" HEIGHT=250 WIDTH=203></a><span style="font-weight:bold;"><span style="font-style:italic;">The Crusader,</span></span> c.1659-61 approximately 60 x 80 cm - that's 23" x 31" oil on canvas Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) You <span style="font-weight:bold;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">must</span></span> click on the painting. I have made a large image available, so that you can enjoy it yourself. In 1911 the Rembrandt connoisseur and then director of The National Gallery, Karl Madsen, found The Crusader in a remote corner of Fredensborg Castle where it had been placed in temporary storage. Despite Karl Madsen's evident enthusiasm for the painting, its status was soon called into question, and in 1969 it was rejected as a Rembrandt. The most recent studies now tell us that the painting is a sketch for The Knight with the Falcon (G
  3. I am continuously trying to find new ways to communicate art.<br>On 24 August 2007 during the
  4. A member of a council of commerce asked me to design a motif for plastic bags. The intention was do promote the city. To visualize the city. At the same time a major motor way was under construction. A motor way that passed by this city. I told the member of the council of commerce that it might be a better idea to erect a huge metal sculpture close to the new motor way. Sure it would be a much more expensive solution than the plastic bags. I would never suggest this to the council of commerce. But. You yourself can have 15 minutes to tell the council about the idea at the next council meeting, the council of commerce member said. I told the council about my idea. I had done a photo of the spectacular place where the sculpture was supposed to be erected. I had made a tiny draft. I showed a large computer image with the sculpture already erected. I showed the tiny draft. The sculpture was 75 feet high. The diameter of the sculpture tubes were 21". I told the council that 40,000 people passed by this spectacular place every day. I told about my inspiration - and what the sculpture might symbolize. And so on. And so on. I talked and talked for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the chairman of the council said, We must erect this sculpture. What's the price? Usually potential customers do not mention these two sentences i the above order. Usually the first sentence after a presentation of an idea is "what's the price". Well, OK. Peace of cake. I started my forklift. I found some tubes in my backyard. I went to my studio and welded the sculpture. I brought the sculpture to the spectacular place on my lorry. I got a brush and two bottles of paint. One with red paint and one with blue. And. Here you are!!! "2H" But. It is not that easy. Don't believe this. The council of commerce story is true. But it is far more complicated and demanding to build a huge metal sculpture. Presentation Huge metal sculptures are expensive. Therefore it is of the greatest importance that you can present the sculpture in an image exactly as it will be seen in reality. At the exact spot seen from the exact angle. You must photograph the spectacular place. You must do a draft of the sculpture and put it into that photo. Here a computer is indispensable. This is the key activity in the whole project. If this part is not done in a proper way there is no project. PermissionsFirst of all you must have permissions from a lot of authorities. The Road Directorate The County Council The Nature Conservancy The Municipality Council The Police Etc. This is of course dependent on in which country you want to built a huge metal sculpture. In Chicago I once suggested a huge metal sculpture in Lake Michigan and we had to add Civil Aviation authorities and the Military. Calculations It is important to consider building of a huge metal sculpture as an ordinary building project. It is important to do the ordinary engineer calculations concerning the construction. Of course the construction must be able to resist any storm and any hurricane. Of course the construction must be able to resist any fall of rain, snow etc. Of course the construction must be able to endure temperature fluctuations. The construction must resist any force of wind. Sounds obvious. What is not obvious is that a wind force 1 might be dangerous to the construction - but a wind force 10 would not. That's because high constructions might rotate at low wind forces. This rotation can harm and destroy seemingly strong constructions. Therefore the most important engineer calculation is concerning rotation. It might be necessary to place some kind of stabilizer equipment in the top of the sculpture. In the top of the "2H" sculpture there are oil bath stabilizers in both sculptures. Construction Don't be the entrepreneur yourself. Sign a contract with one, one company to coordinate and to be responsible for all that has to be done. Such as calculations, welding, painting, piling, concreting of base, erecting etc. Painting Don't paint yourself. A construction like this is painted by an industrial painter, who can handle large subjects and lives up to high quality standards. Then you can decide how often you want to dismount the sculpture for repaint. 20 years? Projects right now This draft is made for a tiny city called Yding. 42 feet high and a diameter of 21". The sculpture has been shown exactly as it will be seen in reality. Presentation ended in a decision to proceed. One company to coordinate and to be responsible for all that has to be done has been pointed out... Suggestions First I went for a walk in Forum Romanum. Then I did the painting Septimus Severus. Inspired by the Arch of Septimus Severus erected A.D. 203 in Forum Romanum. It was granted the World of Art Award 2006. Then I did this draft. A draft of relatively thin red and blue tubes forming a huge sculpture. On a trip back from Napoli to Rome I did this photo through the front screen of the bus driving on the motor way at the entrance to Rome. Sorry for the toned windows in the bus. The draft and this photo participated in the competition JUXTAPOSITION 2006 at Artrom Gallery in Rome this February. The sculpture is called "Entrance to Rome" and is supposed to be erected as a south and a north portal of E45, which is the number of the main motor way in Europe - connecting my home in Denmark in Northern Europe with Colosseum in Rome, Italy - and more of course. David Genovesi Artrom Gallery, Rome: "Your E45 Entrance to Rome proposal is great. We know some people in high places, and we know some people who know people in high places. We even know some people who know people who know people in high places. We showed the image to a few and asked them for some direction as to who to send the proposal to. We are awaiting their reply. So much money is given away for stupid reasons. I think yours has merit." Other suggestions Above are: Sailing T in Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada Keep up the steam, Fredericia Railroad Station, Fredericia, Denmark Sky of Navona, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy A Figment of the Imagination, Horsens Inlet, Horsens, Denmark "T" stands of course for Toronto, depending on the direction of the wind the sculpture has an indefinite number of "looks". Keep up the steam is an oversized train or ferry chimney with the Danish Railroads (DSB) logo on it. This sculpture participated in the Artrom Gallery competition JUXTAPOSITION 2006, too. It was shown at The Artrom Gallery JUXTAPOSITION 2006 Winners' Exposition. Sky of Navona is 4 huge tubes forming a roof over Piazza Navona. I told the story about Tange Brook from the fairy tale "Farmer Jack". A bottle message dropped from the bridge over Tange Brook, which is a few yards from my house, would end up in New York, in Sidney or on The Galapagos Islands. My sister in law said something like A figment of the Imagination. The sculpture is a few yards from her house. Highlights Show the sculpture exactly as it will be seen in reality. Calculations must be made by an engineer who knows about wind rotations. Sign a contract with one, one company to coordinate and to be responsible for all that has to be done. Make sure an industrial painter is hired. Make the sculpture dismountable. Have fun. Photos by: Martin Ravn, chief photographer at Danish newspaper Horsens Folkeblad, Horsens Photographer Stephen Downes, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Asbjorn Lonvig
  5. Asbjorn Lonvig's Fairy Tales Now in Japanese. " Translated by S. Hasegawa, artist, Tokyo, Japan and NissanTrans Limited, Guangdong, China タコくんとカニのマックのおはなし フレディリック、カエル と エリアス、 象 農業者 のジャックに関する話 動物園の サム と ルッカ 楽しい 交通 タツノオトシゴ, ヒポ・ケム・パス 赤ん坊の車 と睡眠羊 Read more.