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Art is Life - the Art of Living - Arte è Vita

Origins, history and goals of the symposia and sequence of events. 

The roots of Artè Vita lie in Imperia at the Italian sea coast. It was here that Michael Kramer together with Zsuzsanna Laki founded the “School of new theatre ideas Bajazzo.” This was not a theatre school in the traditional sense but la lab in which the academic boundaries between theory and practice, between theatre and music, dance and painting were set aside. Since many renowned artists worked here in their summer studios like Baselitz, Arman, César, Kriester, Costa, Herkenrath, Albrecht, Bendixen and Helms, it made sense to found the international “Gallery Bajazzo”.

The sequence of symposia Arte è Vita developed from these activities. Beginning in 1993 every year international artists dealt with different topics at placed that had already become places of art, e.g. parks and industrial areas, places with interesting architecture or even forgotten places which had become remaining islands in society. Potsdam and the surrounding water landscape of the river Havel offer almost ideal surroundings for these topics. 

Bernd Hechter

To find places for art and art for places are important components and goals of the project.

These goals were given new force and greater dimensions with the founding of the “Potsdam Prize for Visionary Images” – sponsored by Gallup Germany. The prize also promotes Potsdam´s attempt to be nominated as the “Cultural Capital of Germany 2010”, because the (bi-anually) chosen works of art will remain in the city and enhance the city with its visionary ideas.

The sculptures “The Fallen Angel”, Bernd Hechler in Imperia (left) and „The Golden Cage“ by Rainer Fürstenberg (right) on the Island of Friendship are only two examples of the art works of Arte è Vita.

Rainer Fürstenberg

“The Fallen Angel”, Bernd Hechler, Mühlheim"  


"The golden Cage" Rainer Fürstenberg, Potsdam

Dietmar Kamper

Dietmar Kamper, Berlin

From the start, each symposium was structured around a lead thought which formed the basis for the concept and work of the artists. Scientists and intellectuals of different fields are buildiing bridges between science and vision, history and the future: The philosophers Dietmar Kamper (left) and Jan Bass, Paris, in Imperia during the symposium “Chaos”, Dr. Michael Haerdter 2003 during “Islands of Utopia” in 2003 and “Arte E Vita – Time for Visons in Potsdam and the Havel Region in 2004.

Beginning in 1998, a selection of the works thus created toured through Italy and Germany. Stops along the way were Imperia, Potsdam, the nearby Tremmen Golf Course, the Botanical Gardens in Berlin, and the foundry Fonderia Immart in Rome (right). It was here that some artists were given the opportunity to transform their works into bronze, Torrita die Siena – Galleria Immart.

In the year 2000 the works continued to travel from Imperia to Brescia, the Centro Arte Lupier and to Frankfurt/Main to the studio ship Unartig. Eventually they moved on to Potsdam and were shown at the Federal German Garden Exposition, the “Bundesgartenschau” and the Potsdam City Station.

Fonderia Immart

Pietro Caporella, Rom,




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