SIXTH INTERNATIONAL MONOTYPE FESTIVAL 2011
“Festival of Three Capital Cities: Moscow, Helsinki, Saint-Petersburg”
supported by the Committee for culture of Saint-Petersburg
VI International Monotype Festival in 2011 includes numerous different events
- exhibitions of works by modern artists, conferences, master classes of the artists,
concerts, poetry recitals, etc. Festival will take place since April till November,
2011 in Moscow, Helsinki and Saint-Petersburg.
Works by artists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Spain, USA, Finland,
Italy, Estonia and Sweden will be presented at the Festival. Main goal of the
Festival is to attract attention to the art of Monotype and creative process on
the whole, forming the artistic outlooks on life and tastes in modern society,
dissemination of knowledge in the field of history of world art.
Terms and Venue (embracing the period since April 26 till November 30, 2011):
April 26 - May 12, 2011
Ardena Gallery (Moscow, 9/13Chernigovsky side Street, building 2)
September 15-30 2011
Russian Center for Science and Culture (Helsinki, 1 Nordenskeldinkatu)
October 27 – November 10, 2011
Center of book design and graphic art (Saint-Petersburg, 55 Liteiny Prospect)
November 1-15, 2011
Children's Library for history and culture of Saint-Petersburg (Saint-Petersburg,
Affiliation No.2 of Pushkin State Central Children's Library, 72 Marata Street)
November 15-30, 2011
Center of graphic art, painting and design "StART Akademia" (Saint-Petersburg,
1 Lomonossow Street).
Monotype is one of the wondrous kinds of fine art. “Mono” means in Greek "one",
while «typos» means "a print". A unique print, which could be made with any kind
of paints (inks) on any material. A single print, which could be applied to any
substrate. This technique implies a number of individual sub-techniques. Each
artist uses this unique print in the most individual way. Monotype is called "the
technique, implying the participation of God". It is improvisation-related and
fatal. At the festival we shall show the results of our search – the works of
the artists as well as the process, in which you are invited to take place – master-classes.
Monotype is an attentive look directed into the depths of the artist's thoughts,
meeting of the conscious with the subconscious. It is impossible to imagine a
monotype, which is "made to order", because its main co-author is "the Incident".
Monotype is always associated with the realm of joy, experiment, success and hope.
Fortune itself takes care of this remarkable technique implying the mode of thinking
of an oil painter.
The following events will take place as part of Festival:
1. Exhibitions of monotype artists
2. Conference in art history, which are dedicated to the creative activities
of famous monotype artists of the past (G.Castiglione, Ye.S.Kruglickova, Maurice
Prendergast, etc.) and to the Monotype technique itself.
3. Master-classes of monotype artists (for children and grown-ups)
4. Concerts “Improvisation of overtone sounding”
5. Poetic recitals
6. Contest of poetic and literary essays (on the topic, associated with monotype)
8. Exhibitions of photographic art
9. Unique memorial exhibitions of works by Ye.S.Krouglickova
Target audience of the festival:
No age restrictions. Audience, which is interested in painting, graphic art,
photography, interesting cultural events.
Mainly the Festival is targeted at:
- Students and pensioners,
- Families with children,
- Professional artists, art historians and publishers;
- Citizens of the cities in which the festivals are going to take place and the
visitors to these cities.
Partners of the Festival:
ART-GID.ru - Culture and arts of Saint-Petersburg (www.art-gid.ru),
Internet Agency AMORI Group (www.amori.ru),
Excursion bureau and the project "Walks around Saint-Petersburg" (www.walkspb.ru),
Children's Library for history and culture of Saint-Petersburg (Affiliation No.2
of Pushkin State Central Children's Library),
ArtDare Agency - promoters of artists and organization of festivals,
Ardena Gallery (www.ardena.ru),
North-Western Institute of Printing (of SPb University of Technology and Design)
School of photographic artists in Lensoveta House of Culture,
Soroptimist Club (International Women's Club "St Petersburg-Galactic"),
Art contests in Russia and in the world (www.artdeadline.ru),
Union of Artists of Russia,
Petrovskaya Academy of Science and Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University for Technology and Design,
Information web-site www.stopinfin.ru and monthly magazine STOP, Finland,
Center of graphic art, painting and design "StART Academy" (www.startacademy.ru),
Russian Center for Science and Art (Helsinki),
Exhibition gallery “Domus Fabricatoria”,
Center for Book Design and Graphic Art, Saint-Petersburg.
The project is supported by:
Committee of Culture of Saint-Petersburg,
Institute of Cultural Programs,
Administration of the Central Region of Saint-Petersburg (Department of Culture),
Consulate General of Finland in Saint-Petersburg.
Some information concerning the Festival of 2010:
Fifth Monotype festival, which took place in 2010, was devoted to the Englishman
William Blake - Monotype artist, poet and engraver; "one of the most unusual artists
in the history of world art". Based on the results of the festival, which took
place in April 2010, an exhibition was organized in autumn, which was called "Festival
of Monotype. Selected Works" (October 5-20, 2010, Domus Fabricatoria Gallery).
The following events took place as part of the festival: 3 exhibitions of modern
monotype painters, children’s exhibition of monotype art, a conference in art
history, two poetic recitals, a concert of overtone singing, a contest of poetic
essay, photographers’ competition and an exhibition of photographic art, 11 master
classes, (Monotype, Monotype and calligraphy, printing techniques using an eau-forte
press, photography and Monotype), unique memorial exhibition of works by the famous