Pilar Belzunce was remembered with affection today at the closure of the International Conference devoted to Eduardo Chillida at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt. At the closing ceremony, Mari Jose Olaziregi, director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language and responsibe for the universities area at the Etxepare Basque Institute, expressed the condolences to her family in the name of the Institute, and highlighted the relevance of Chillida´s wife. “There is no better way of honouring the memories of Pilar Belzunce and Eduardo Chillida than promoting the investigation and academic knowledge of his work worldwide”, Olaziregi said.
The conference Form-Materia-Space: Chillida and his Contemporaries, held from July 3 to 5, has been one of the most relevant congresses dedicated to the Basque artist. It was been organized by the Goethe Universität following the creation of the Eduardo Chillida Chair, set up along with the Etxepare Basque Institute, and in collaboration with Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds), Thomas Kirchner (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte) y la Asociación Carl Justi-Vereinigung (Dresde). The program has reconsidered the prevailing intepretations of Chillida´s work, based on his own statements; therefore, the conference has gathered in Frankfurt a relevant group of first level international experts -whole program-. The organizers also mean to publish all the lectures.
Within the program of the “Excellence in Basque Studies V” Summer Course organized by the University of the Basque Country along with the Etxepare Basque Institute –that this year will pay tribute to the Basque writer Mariasun Landa-, on July 9 the Donostia-San Sebastián Aquarium will host a cultural event titled Mariasun Landarekin solasean.
This event, open to the public,includes the participation of the prestigious writers Bernardo Atxaga, Juan Kruz Igerabide, Patxi Zubizarreta, Miren Agur Meabe, Miquel Desclot and Fina Casadelrrey, and the illustrators Antton Olariaga, Elena Odriozola and Jokin Mitxelena, who will draw live at the event; they will all be accompanied on the piano by the musician Juantxo Zeberio.
Literature, illustration and music live on July 9 at 7 pm.Read more
On July 1 Mari Jose Olaziregi closed, with her lecture "Basque Literature in the World; Importance and Dissemination", the cycle of Basque speakers of the "Unterwegs Zwischen Kulturen", at the University of Leipzig.
This last semester, the University of Leipzig has welcomed four Basque guests: Aiora Jaka, professor at the UPV and expert in translation, Miren Ibarluzea, Basque reader by the Sorbonne University of Paris, Iban Zaldua, writer and critic, and Mari Jose Olaziregi , Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of Basque Language of the Etxepare Basque Institute.
Thanks to these stays, the readership has been able to arrange conferences, classes and story readings for their students. In addition, the students from Leipzig are translating the subtitles for the documentary “Euskara Jendea” and they have had the opportunity to talk through Mintzanet with the author of the documentary, Juan Carlos Etxegoien “Xamar”.
The readership of Basque Language and Culture of the University of Leipzig wants to thank everyone who has participated in the organization of their academic program.
You can find all the info in the digital brochure of the readership.Read more
Since the middle of June the music performer Ainara LeGardon, the media-artist Jaime de los Ríos and the dancer Eneko Gil are doing artistic residencies in Wroclaw thanks to the second edition of the initiative promoted by Donostia 2016, the European capital of culture, and the Etxepare Basque Institute. The aim of this initiative is to promote the mobility, the dialogue and the collaboration among cultures.
The three artists selected this year, as the three selected in the previous edition -Matxalen de Pedro, Goiatz Labandibar and Maialen Sarasua- will take part with their own respective projects at the BASK festival organized by Wroclaw 2016, European capital of culture, from the 3rd to the 5th of July.
The third edition of the BASK festival
The third edition of the Open Lab of Basque Culture BASK will be the last before Wroclaw becomes the European Capital of Culture in 2016. How will the year – that citizens of Wroclaw and San Sebastian wait for – look like? Are we ready for it and what will happen afterwards?Read more
Jose Mari Olaziregi, Director for Promotion and Dissemination of Basque language and Culture of the Etxepare Basque Institute, is serving a busy schedule these days, offering different talks and lectures at German universities.
On June 29 she visited the Freie Universität of Berlin to talk about "The obsession with the past in Basque literature". She also took the opportunity to meet with the heads of the readership of Basque language and Culture of the University, to strengthen the agreement and raise a broader mobility program.
On July 1, she will visit the University of Leipzig to offrer a lecture entitled "The internationalization of Basque literature" within the conference "Translating among cultures". Furthermore, on July 3 she will travel to the Goethe Universität Frankfurt, to take part at the international congress organized thanks to the Chair Eduardo Chillida, where she will speak on behalf of the Etxepare Institute.
Finally, on July 7, she will talk via videoconference with the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Kiel) University on "The obsession with memory in Basque literature".
Dr Martin E. Schimpf , Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Boise State University, has visited the Basque Country, and acconpained by the Etxepare Basque Institute, he has taken part at different meetings.
With Aizpea Goenaga and Mari Jose Olaziregi as guides, the Provost has met with representatives from the University of Deusto, the University of the Basque Country and Mondragon Unibertsitatea, to get in touch with the Basque academic reality.
Boise State University offers one of the most complete international academic programs on Basque culture -Basque Studies- which deepens in different themes such as our history, socio-cultural or political reality, language ... Boise State University also hosts a readership on Basque language and culture thanks to Etxepare Basque Institute. In addition, Boise hosts one of the largest international Basque festivals: Jaialdi.
The Provost is the senior academic officer for the university campus, and Martin E. Schimpf has held the position since 2010.Read more
In line with the creation of the Eduardo Chillida Chair, set up together with the Etxepare Basque Institute , the Goethe University of Frankfurt has organized an international conference with the Basque sculptor, his artwork and his contemporaries as main topic. It be held at the West Campust of the Goethe University Frankfurt from 3 to 5 July, under the title: Form-Materia-Space. Chillida and his Contemporaries.
Chillida frequently positioned his work in a field of artistic and philosophical discourse that emphasises medium specificity and a metaphysics of form. He referred to the exemplary nature of the art of Brancusi, Braque and Giacometti for his own creative work; and, in his philosophical exchange with Martin Heidegger, developed the notion of sculptural space as an ontological space evoking the boundless nature of „being“ itself.
The conference reconsiders the prevailing interpretations of Chillida’s work, based largely on his own statements, as a seamless continuation of a modernist aesthetic. It takes its cue from the observation that Chillida has rarely ever been viewed within the context of his contemporaries, specifically minimalist and conceptual artists such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt or Anthony Caro.
The idea of this conference was developed at the Institute of Art History, Goethe- University, in cooperation with Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds), Thomas Kirchner (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris) and the Carl Justi- Vereinigung e.V., Dresden.Read more
2015-05-09 / 2015-11-22 - Three works by Eduardo Chillida, at the exhibition Proportio, in Venice
The exhibition Proportio, to be open in the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice until late November and that coincides with the 56th Biennial of Art of the Italian city, shows two gravitationals and a sculpture by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida.
The Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation has informed that this exhibition, curated by Axel Veredoordt and Daniela Ferretti, explores "the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture" and reflects on "the relationship between order and chaos".
Chillida is represented in the exhibition with the work ´Eulogy of light XX´, a sculpture in alabaster, and two of his papers called ´gravitationals´. Along with the works of Chillida, works by some other artists are shown: Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor, Massimo Bartolini, Rei Naito, Michael Borremans, Izhar Patkin, Maurizio Donzelli, Otto Boll, Francesco Candeloro or Riccardo De Marchi,
2015-06-14 / 2016-08-10 - Judith Jáuregui´s International Tour
The Basque piano player Judith Jáuregui will perform during the 2015 and 2016 in an international tour that covers France, Spain and Japan. Here the concert schedule:
- June 14: Lille Piano Festival
- July 16: Radio France Montpellier Festival
- July 20: Nohant Chopin Festival
- October 13: Piano en Valois Festival
- June 4 & 5: Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia and the Master Kaspar Zehnder
- Junio 23 : Festival Internacional de Música de Granada
- June 26 : Festival Madrid Clazz
- June 10 & 11: Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and the Master Erik Nielsen
- July 14-21 de julio: Debut tour of the Spanish Symphonic Orchestra and the Master Antonio Méndez TOKYO-YOKOHAMA-NAGOYA-OSAKA-FUKUOKA-OHITA-KAGOSHIMA.
- August 1-10: Concert tour through Japan
2015-06-28 / 2015-11-26 - Concert schedule of Basque group Kalakan
Here you are the concert schedule of Basque group Kalakan:
June 28: Senpere
July 4: Gooik(be) – Gooikoorts Festival
July 8: Montreal - Chapelle de Notre dame de bon secours
July 9: Montreal - Festival intern. de perc
July 11: Montreal- Festival intern. de perc (KALAKAN + MELISSA LEVERGNE)
July 16: Herritmo – Festival Cultura Inquieta. Madrid.
July 18: Ortigueira- Festival de Ortigueira (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
July 24: Eskoriatza
July 28: Ezpeleta (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
August 5: Gasteiz (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
August 8: Donostia (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
September 8: Chalabre
October 10: Urepele- Xalbador eguna
October 15: Cholet
October 16: Surgeres
November 25: Dortmund
November 26: DortmundRead more
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2015-07-03 / 2015-07-09 - Loreak film premiere at the Coral Gables Art Cinema in Miami
2015-07-08 / 2015-07-10 - "Excellence in Basque Studies V" at the Summer Courses
Organized by the Basque Institute Etxepare and the UPV-EHU, the fifth annual Excellence in Basque Studies course will be held this year in the Summer Courses of the UPV. This course provides training for current and future readers of universities around the world, and for this purpose, expert speakers in different areas of the Basque language and culture have been invited. This edition will honor the writer Mariasun Landa.
Those who want to sign up can now do so using this link. The course will be held from 8 to 10 July in the headquarters of the Summer Courses: Miramar Palace in Donostia.
Youth and children´s literature, gender studies, reading habits in the digital era and the challenges of a multilingual society for the writer; several topics that have been tackled for years by Mariasun Landa will be discussed.
Here is the full program.Read more