FID Propaganda Summer Post 3: Does The True Artist Reveals Mystic Truths?

Vue du bureau FID dans la Forêt d’Ecouves en Normandie

Fragment d’une interview avec Gerhard Richter de Robert Storr (2002) dans “Gerhard Richter Forty Years Of Painting” édité par le MoMa :

Bruce Nauman a fait une fois un néon avec le texte “Le véritable artiste aide le monde en révélant des vérités mystiques”, qu’il a mis dans la fenêtre de son atelier comme une réclame. Cette pièce était adressée autant à lui-même qu’au public. (…) Et ce qui semblait être une déclaration était vraiment une question: “Croyez-vous cela? Croyez-vous cela?”

Fragment from an interview with Gerhard Richter by Robert Storr (2002) in “Gerhard Richter Forty Years Of Painting” edited by The Museum Of Modern Art:

Bruce Nauman once made a neon with the text, “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths” which he put in the window of his studio like a beer sign. That piece was addressed both to himself and to the public. (…) And what appeared to be a declaration was really a question: “Do you believe this? Do you believe this?”

FID Propaganda Summer Post 2: The Questions of Alexander the Great

Vue du bureau FID dans la Forêt d’Ecouves en Normandie

Janvier 325 Alexandre le Grand arrive à l’Indus. Début 324 il réprime une révolte de tribus locales initiée par des philosophes brahmanes et fait prisonniers ces sages. Je vais vous poser des questions dit Alexandre. Si vos réponses me plaisent vous aurez la vie sauve.

Possédez-vous des biens.
Avez-vous un maître.
Lequel a existé le premier le jour ou la nuit.
Comment un homme peut-il devenir un dieu.

Pourquoi ces questions et pas d’autres. Les brahmanes prisonniers ont ils eu la vie sauve. Dans la forêt il fait frais. FID se repose.


In January 325 Alexander the Great reaches the Indus River. At the beginning of In January 325 Alexander the Great reaches the Indus River. At the beginning of 324 he suppresses a revolt by local tribes initiated by Brahman sages. He takes these sages prisoner. I am going to ask you some questions says Alexander. If I like your answers, you will live.

Do you own property.
Do you have a master.
Which came into being first day or night.
How can a man become a god.

Why these specific questions. Did the Brahman prisoners live. In the forest it is cool. FID is at rest.

Texte : Serghei Litvin Manoliu
Translation: Petrus Viljoen
Many thanks to Alex Albu

Summer Post 1: Emily Dickinson


“Emilie Dickinson Poésies Complètes”
Traduction Françoise Delphy, Flammarion 2009.
Poésie 137 (fragment), 1860.

Les voisins ne se doutent encore de rien !
Les bois échangent un sourire !
Verger, Bouton d’or et Oiseaux –
Dans un instant !

The neighbors do not yet suspect !
The woods exchange a smile !
Orchard, and Buttercup, and Bird –
In such a little while !

The FID gathers some amazing minds…


In 2012, Andreea Ciobica was an art student in Romania, when she became the FID Prize laureate. Today, she is our Guest Juror, invited to participate to the FID Prize Jury 2016.

Serghei Litvin: You won the FID Prize in 2012: what changed in your professional life since then?

Andreea Ciobica: It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing. I believe it has been an intense surge ever since. I realized then that being in the art world is as much about the relationships you nurture as it is about the work.
(Since FID Prize 2012, Andreea Ciobica participated in art fairs like Viennafair and Arco Madrid, solo and group shows with museums and galleries like MAK Vienna, Ivan Gallery, (Bucharest, Romania), Plan B Gallery (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Catherine Putman Gallery (Paris), Salonul de Proiecte (Bucharest, Romania), Twilight-Zone Gallery (Tournai, Belgium),…)

Serghei Litvin: What would you say to motivate artists to participate to the competition?

Andreea Ciobica: This competition in particular gathers some amazing minds surrounding drawing so entering it means communicating in a constructive environment. It’s the beginning of what could be a profoundly rewarding conversation.

Serghei Litvin: All applicants will not make it until the final phase – they will not be all Finalists. What would you say to motivate these artists to participate again, to come back next year?

Andreea Ciobica: Results happen in a set of circumstances that are each time unique. Applicants should be aware that their presence in a future edition might make an entirely different statement than the previous one did. One answer doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation.

Serghei Litvin: In his interview for FID Newsletter, Brett Littman said: « My hope is that the artists who apply for the 2016 FID Prize deeply respect what drawing can be and can achieve. » Could you make a comment on this as an artist and a Juror?

Andreea Ciobica: Since drawing is so basic to art, it has the potential to slip through our perception and reach impossible ends without being noticed. I too am hopeful that the artists who apply this year use this superpower to its full extent.

Serghei Litvin: What would you advise the candidates not to do?

Andreea Ciobica: I would ask them to avoid editing their work in order to fit any expectations.

The applications for the FID PRIZE 2016 opens Tuesday 1 December at 09:00 UTC
The registration time is limited.
The number of applications is limited.

Interwiew with Maurits van de Laar


Only 6 days before the start of applications for the 7th edition of the FID Prize, Maurits Van De Laar accepted to answer to our questions. He speaks about building up long term relationships with artists, about the important part of his gallery program that is devoted to drawing. He says also that drawing should inspire and surprise both artist and viewer…

Serghei Litvin: Very young, you considered going to art school. Finally, you studied art history at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Why did you decide to become a gallerist?

Maurits Van De Laar: Because I wrote my thesis about the german Painter Markus Lüpertz and so I got to know Gallery Michael Werner in Cologne. I was impressed by Michael Werner who had built up his gallery over a long time and not without difficulty when he started. The aspect of perseverance and building up long term relationships with his artists appealed to me.

Serghei Litvin: What is drawing for you? And what is the place of drawing in your gallery?

Maurits Van De Laar: Drawings make up an important part of my gallery program.
Most fascinating for me is the directness of drawing.
Drawing is less burdened than for instance painting and this makes the artist feel less restrained and inspired to express him/herself freely. Ideas often find their first concrete form in drawing. To me a good drawing gives an insight into the mind of the artist.
Over the years artists like Marcel van Eeden, Robbie Cornelissen, Martin Assig, Ed Pien, Henri Jacobs have shown their work at the gallery. Last year Robbie Cornelissen showed a groundbreaking animation video The Black Room that is projected simultaneously on three screens that are placed in a U-shaped form. The work consists of about 60 animations based on charcoal drawings, in which the essence of drawing is investigated: line versus volume, perspective and space, abstraction and figuration and the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional.

Serghei Litvin: What do you personally expect from the candidates? What would you say to motivate artists to participate to the competition?

Maurits Van De Laar: Most of all I want to be surprised and convinced by the artist in creating a new and genuine world in their drawings. I am curious as to what the artists will send in for the competition. I hope they will draw without holding back, in a direct and passionate way. Drawing should excite, inspire and surprise both artist and viewer.

Serghei Litvin: As a FID Prize Juror, what would you advise the candidates not to do?

Maurits Van De Laar: Not force themselves because of the competition, but give themselves trully and freely through the choice of the drawings they will present.

Registration will open on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 9:00 UTC and will close on Friday 4 December 2015 at 5:00 p.m..
The registration time will be limited and the number of applications will be limited.

With many thanks to Petrus Viljoen