EXHIBITION KIRO URDIN

KIRO URDIN


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1 MARCH - 31 MAY 2019

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Red Night

RED NIGHT - 2018

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 150 CM

Dilemma

DILEMMA - 2017

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 150 CM

Arizona Dream

ARIZONA DREAM - 2017

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 150 CM

Aimer Toujours

AIMER TOUJOURS - 2016

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 120 CM

Secret Message

SECRET MESSAGE - 2015

OIL ON CANVAS - 180 x 120 CM

Love Forever

LOVE FOREVER - 2010-2018

OIL ON CANVAS - 140 x 160 CM

My World

MY WORLD - 2010

OIL ON CANVAS - 180 x 150 CM

Rhino

RHINO - 2010

OIL ON CANVAS - 170 x 150 CM

Amour et Trahison

AMOUR ET TRAHISON - 2001

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 300 CM

Cosmogonie Dogon

COSMOGONIE DOGON - 1999

OIL ON CANVAS - 200 x 400 CM

The Walk

THE WALK - 2004

PENCIL & INK ON PAPER - 37 x 27 CM

Janus

JANUS - 2003

PENCIL & INK ON PAPER - 37 x 27 CM

New York

NEW YORK - 1999

PENCIL & INK ON PAPER - 37 x 27 CM

Citizen

CITIZEN - 1995-2018

WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - 57 x 76 CM

Blue Night

BLUE NIGHT - 2008

WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - 76 x 57 CM

Work

WORK - 2006

WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - 76 x 57 CM

Second Thought

SECOND THOUGHT - 2005

WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - 57 x 76 CM

Kiro Urdin

KIRO URDIN




A lawyer turned journalist, Kiro Urdin studied art and cinema in Paris in the seventies and has been painting since 1985. He is known for his energetic paintings which have been exhibited worldwide since 1986 in cities like Paris, Yokohama, Los Angeles, London, Stockholm and Bratislava. During the same period, in 1988, Kiro went to New York and Hollywood to pursue his film ambitions. There he directed four films, and he keeps on directing documentaries and experimental films today.


In 1996 Kiro embarked on an epic journey around the world to create the first painting to be worked on all over the world. His idea was to incorporate a piece from every place he visited, thus symbolically bringing the world together in one undivided unity. It took him two years and over thirty locations, from big urban cities to ancient world sites: the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and the Tomb of Jesus Christ, New York, The Berlin Wall, Ohrid, Brussels, Knokke-Zoute, Bruges, Paris, Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, the Suez Canal, London, Stonehenge, Athens, the Nile, the Great Pyramids in Giza, Kenya, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Bangkok, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, Tokyo, Kamakura, Mont Saint-Michel, and Eindhoven.


The result of Kiro’s two-year journey is a 48 square meter oil painting entitled Planetarium.


A Macedonian film crew was hired to document the effort. Planetarium. the documentary film was subsequently released. Directed by Ivan Mitevski, it won Best Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Documentary Festival in 2005. A monograph with photos taken during the two-year trip by Marin Dimevski was released simultaneously to the movie. Today the painting is exhibited at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava.


Planetarium Dance is collaboration project between Kiro Urdin and Toronto-based choreographer Debbie Wilson. On seeing the film, Debbie approached Kiro and proposed to expand the Planetarium experience through a new medium - dance. Macedonian composer Venko Serafimov was called onboard to compose the music for the dance. The ballet features eight dancers from Wilson’s own troupe, a local Toronto contemporary dance company, and seven from the classically trained Macedonian National Theatre. Planetarium Dance premiered at the Toronto Dance Theater (Canada), and since has been performed in Ohrid, Heraclea, Skopje, Chicago, Ankara, and during the commemoration of the United Nations 60th Anniversary in Geneva (Switzerland).


Urdin’s work has evolved beyond traditional media like film and paintings to include dance, sculpture, literature, photography, philosophy and design. He has published over 15 books, some with his thousands of aphorisms, and one book of poetry entitled Novel, from which his poem Light was selected for the Pushkin Festival in Moscow.


Working from Belgium, Macedonia and the U.S.A., Kiro Urdin is vibrantly driven in his efforts by one unifying philosophy: to bridge different cultures together, and to bring all art forms into one. Or as he defines the slogan of the Planetarism movement which he founded:


“One Point everywhere, everything in one point. One Art everywhere, everything in one Art.”





Selected Exhibitions


Solo exhibitions (selection)


2019  Kloser Contemporary Art, Online

2018  Ningbo Museum, Ningbo, China

2018  Robert Kidd Gallery, Detroit, USA

2017  MM Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2016  Tom D. Jones Gallery, Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium

2016  Louise Gallery, Durbuy, Belgium

2015  MM Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2014  Ningbo Museum, Ningbo, China

2013  Museum of the City of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia

2012  Danubiana Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

2009 National Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany

2009 Galerie Frédéric Moisan, Paris, France

2008 Represented Macedonia at the Festival de la Francophonie, Moscow, Russia

2007 Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan

2005 Restrospective at the Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje, Macedonia

2004 Gallery Kamil, Monte Carlo, Monaco

2003 Gallerie Anouck Vilain, Belgium

2002 Guy Pieters Gallery, Saint-Paul de Vence, France

2000 Danubiana Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

1999  Gallery Kamil, Aspen, USA

1998  Gallery Kamil, Monte Carlo, Monaco

1998  Galerie Frank, Paris, France

1996  Miura Museum, Hokkaido, Japan

1996  Galeria Urania, Ohrid, Macedonia

1995  Gallery Arthur Danziger, NYC, USA

1995  Museum Yuyu Yang, Taipei, Taiwan

1994  Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia

1994  Hirol Gallery, Matsuyama, Japan

1993  Gallery One, NYC, USA

1993  Tamya Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan

1993  Galerie G., Helsingborg, Sweden

1993  SCAG, Copenhagen, Denmark

1991   Royal Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990  Timsit International Galleries, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990  Robinsons Gallery, Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium

1989  Galerie Corinne Timsit, Paris, France

1989  Gummesons Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

1989  Catherine van Notten Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

1988  Warner Gallery, LA, USA

1988  I.A.C. Fine Art, Beverly Hills, LA, USA

1988  Schloss Gallery, Tirol, Austria

1988  Printemps Gallery, Mastuyama, Japan

1987  Paris Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

1987  Melys Gallery, NYC, USA

1986  Galerie Messara, Paris, France

1984  Hotel Presidente, Acapulco, Mexico



Group exhibitions (selection)


2015  Ningbo Museum, China

2014  Mouche Gallery, LA, USA

2003 DARC, Roma, Italy

2003 UNESCO, Paris, France

2000 Museum Jan van der Togt, Netherlands

1999  Fondation Epicur, Madrid, Spain

1997  Riverside Studios, London, UK

1996  Yayoyi Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1993  Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

1992  Art Miami, Florida, USA

1991  Tokyo Art Expo, Tokyo, Japan

1989 Museum of Modern Art, Liege, Belgium

1986 Espace Delpha Art Contemporain, Paris, France







Public Collections


Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

National Gallery, Skopje, Republic of Northern Macedonia

Contemporary Art Museum, Skopje, Republic of Northern Macedonia

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

Ningbo Museum, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China




Filmography


2016  Life and Death, HD, 56 min

2012  Steps, HD, 15 min

2011   Two Times, HD, 44 min

2008 Water and Fire, HD, 59 min

2007 Dogs and Trains, HD, 34 min

2004 Debbie Wilson and Planetarium, 16mm, 35 min

2002 Dogona, 16mm, 26 min

1998  Planetarium, 35mm, 57 min

1998  L’Art de Kiro Urdin, 16 mm, 20 min

1994  I love you, Iban, 16mm, 25 min

1978  Pishta, 35mm, 12 min