CUTTING THE IRON CURTAIN
A celebration of the 20th anniversary of the
Fall of the Berlin Wall
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Twenty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the iconic Berlin Wall, the concrete and ideological division between the West and the Eastern Block, came tumbling down. East Berliners streamed across the border like a tidal wave. There was free beer in the pubs, celebration in the street, and people from everywhere in the world came to chip away at the "Berliner Mauer".
To celebrate this historic occasion, Bettina Forget is creating an installation in the Visual Voice Art Gallery for two days - November 9 and 10, 2009. A symbolic Iron Curtain will span across the gallery, made entirely of traditional German pretzels, which she has baked herself. Echoing the celebrations of November 9, 1989, she will give away all pretzels during the two days of the installations. Visitors to the gallery are invited to cut a pretzel from the installation, thereby "cutting the iron curtain" in a symbolic (and delicious) gesture.
November 9 and 10, 2009
© Visual Voice Art Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bettina Forget is a visual artist living and working in Montreal, Quebec. Born in Germany, she has studied art at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Singapore.
Bettina's work focuses on the subject of astronomy, establishing a link between art and science. Pushing traditional painting techniques to their limits, she subjects her canvases to being frozen into ice, pummeled by rain and scorched by fire. She also invented a technique of cutting holes into stretched canvas and suspending smaller pieces of canvas in the voids, therefore turning paintings into three-dimensional objects.
Bettina is Director of Exhibitions of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Montreal Centre.
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