«Timeless light»


Night falls on Strasbourg and the Strasbourg Cathedral lights up. From the 2nd July to the 18th September at the Place du Chateau, from 10:30 p.m. every half an hour, you can admire the new show “The timeless light.”


The performance lasts about 15 minutes and can be seen by more than 10 000 people simultaneously on the Place du Chateau. 690 artificial candles performance will enlighten the south facade of Strasbourg Cathedral, Fustel school and the post office between the performances.

This year, the Belgian company “ACT Lighting Design” was chosen for the summer illumination of the Сathedral. According to the company, the light and the Strasbourg Cathedral are inseparable, and the light is closely related to time because we measure time through the light. These three elements – light, Cathedral and time – have inspired artists of “ACT Lighting Design” to create the light show on the evolution of the world and humanity.


A giant hand extends towards the cathedral to remove his sheath and to show what the walls of the Cathedral remember and what was there before these walls. And now the public plunges into the vision of the chaos of the universe, the Big Bang, the boundless ocean, the lush vegetation, and then Cathedral rises instead of chaos.


The show is very impressive! Talk of such a show is a thankless job, so I advise necessarily to go watch it by yourself! Well, for those who cannot do it, the company “ACT Lighting Design” prepared a video.

Tomi Ungerer Museum – International Center of Illustration


In 2007 Tomi Ungerer donated to Stasbourg, his hometown, more than 1,500 of his works in the form of illustrations, drawings, posters, sketches, books and toys. The city authorities have decided to open in the same year a Museum (International Center of Illustration) dedicated to Tomi Ungerer. The fact that the museum was open during the life of the artist is unprecedented event for the world of French art.


Tomi Ungerer is known all around the world as the author of children’s books in three languages (French, German and English), illustrator, creator of satirical political posters and cartoons, also as the author of the scandalous erotic drawings. However, he does not become conceited and prefers to be called a “sketch artist “.

Tomi Ungerer Museum is setled in the eclectic villa Greiner, in the center of Strasbourg, near Place Broglie and Place of the Republic, at 2, avenue de la Marseillaise 67000 Strasbourg. The museum is open every day of the week, except Tuesday, the ticket costs € 6.50, the entry is free the first Sunday of the month.

The museum is well organized. In 2009, it even entered into the top of ten museums in Europe according to the European Commission of the architecture.


On the ground floor you can admire the illustrations and sketches for the children books by Tomi Ungerer. Also here is represented the collection of old toys from the artist, Tomi’s father was a watchmaker known in Strasbourg and passion of mechanisms has been forwarded to Tomi.


There is a small area for reading books for children, you can also watch a biographic film about the artist and admire its interactive portrait.

On the underground floor of the museum is exposed the extensive exhibition of erotic works of the artist, and on the first floor you can admire the abundance of advertising posters, as well as political and social satire, it all opens up new sides of Tomi Ungerer, a tireless fighter for human rights.

The Wise and Foolish Virgins on the facade of the Strasbourg Cathedral

The western facade Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg is one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces of Gothic art in Europe. Its construction was begun in 1277 under the episcopate of Conrad of Lichtenberg, by the architects Erwin of Steinbach, Michael Freiburg and Ulrich Ensingen. The real facade is hidden behind a veil of stone relief composed of gables and arches of different models. A “duplication” of the facade at the time was the latest fashion of the French church architecture.


Today we’ll look closer at the south portal of the western facade of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. Here we see a stone illustration of the parable of ten virgins from the Gospel of Matthew 25:1-13 :
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, “Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!” Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise answered, saying, “What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.” While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” But he answered, “Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.” Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

On the right side of the south gate, we see Christ, who symbolizes the Bridegroom whom The Virgin were hastened to meet. Christ is represented here as a mature man with wrinlked brow. He is surrounded by five wise virgins. Calm and relaxed, they take their oil lamps straight.



On the left we see the five foolish virgins near the Tempter.


Their lamps are reversed. Four virgins realize that their irrationality will play them a trick.


One that is near Tempter is gay, her lamp is thrown on the ground, and her hand pulls the collar of the dress, like preparing to remove it.


Tempter himself is depicted as a handsome young man fashion dressed, with crow’s feet around the eyes, which according to medieval iconography, shows his cunning. In his hand, he proudly proposes us an apple. Virgins do not see it, but on its back are hidden lizards, snakes and toads, symbols of sin.


This parable was very popular in Europe in the XII-XIV centuries and was reflected not only in the architecture of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, but in different ways, you can see it in the cathedrals of Magdeburg, Freiburg and Basel, but only in Strasbourg Cathedral, you will see the Bridegroom and the Tempter.

The towers of Covered Bridges

On the bridges there were four towers or lookouts (today only three survived), plus another one located at a certain distance. Each tower has its own name and predestination. From left to right (seen from the Vauban dam): Tower Executioner (Stöckelsturm or Henkerturm / Henckersturm Tower of Chains / Almosenturm; this tower was also nicknamed Bickergasse, a term still used in Germany for the war god Wotan), the Devil’s tower (or Malzenturm) was at the end of the quay Turkheim (destroyed by fire in 1869), the Heinrichsturm, called the tower of the Lockkeeper (impasse de la Grande-Écluse), Hans von Altenheimsturm or turn Woerthel ( at the end of the quay Woerthel) and the tower of the Frenchmen (Französische Turm) (Place du Quartier Blanc).


The Heinrichsturm has long served as a civil prison.


The tower of the Frenchmen was frequented by soldiers of Francis I in search of love adventures.


In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Tower of the Frenchmen, and Hans von Altenheimsturm housed a military prison.


These towers continued to exercise their sinister office until 1823 when the new prison on the Wire Street was opened (now demolished).

Tower of the Executioner was the worst of the five towers. It has been used for the executions by killings and torture.


One of local torture used often was the torment of Stockhus . It is a wooden device, a sort of vise in which the feet of the condemned were kept. Some tours of the screws were generally sufficient to spure a person to confess in all crimes. Of course, a professional set of Strasbourg executioners was not limited by this method. The city gave them all the tools to crush bones, cut the body parts, burn, plant on a stake, quartering, stretching and dislocation of limbs, etc.


Sometimes the executioner himself angered the judges. For example, in 1565 a hangman Sébastien Rosenkrantz was arrested for sheltering in his house a band of bandits. He was executed after being tortured, and his wife was whipped in public and expelled from the city with permanent ban of the city to return. There were also many prison cells in the Tower of the Executioner where poor fellows were waiting for the death. In these cells you can still see the names of the poor guys patterned on the walls to kill time and to suppress fear. The execution for death was not unusual at that time. Thus, in 1613, 16 executions were committed in Strasbourg by hanging or beheading – usually after the traditional use of torture. The tower was used to his predestination until 1834.


The architectural appearance of the towers as of the covered bridges, also changed over time: firstly, they were not covered by a roof but by platforms. Two central towers are surrounded by bastion fortifications belonging to the late sixteenth century.

The Covered Bridges

The Covered Bridges, the old fortification complex is located at the end of La Petite France, the most popular area in Strasbourg. The construction of Covered Bridges was started in 1230 in the third enlargement of the city of Strasbourg and lasted 20 years.


It was the defensive system adapted to western configuration of the insular ellipse in a place where the Ill splits into several channels: those of Spitzmühle, the Duntzenmühle, the Zornmühle and the navigation channel. However it is difficult to say “navigation channel” – this is only small boats which navigate there. The Covered Bridges give a splendid view to the Barrage Vauban, ENA; the view to the Covered Bridges is the best form the Barrage Vauban.


The original function of the Covered Bridges was to protect the approaches to Strasbourg, which has long remained a free city. The Covered Bridges were the main fortification of the city of Strasbourg before becoming French.


Since the XIV century The Covered Bridges were rebuilt repeatedly in wood and later in stone. In XVI-XIX ss. The Bridges were really “covered” with sloping roof, first in wood, after in tiles and it had the walls. In addition, from the side of the river the bridges were equipped with the bars with loopholes – in case of siege. In XVII century. due to the emergence of new types of equipment and powerful artillery the Covered Bridge were a weak protection for the city. Therefore, between 1686 and 1700 before the Covered Bridges, just slightly upstream dam was built a Barrage by the famous French military engineer Sebastien Le Vauban. After its construction the already dilapidated bridges have become irrelevant in terms of defense, and in 1784 the Covered Bridges were removed all overlaps and the Bridges have become just ordinary bridges. For a long time the Bridges continued to be in wood, until they were rebuilt in stone (sandstone) in 1860-1870, and in this form survived until now.


« Anna Ziqquratim – to the ziggurat »

In 2014 the General Commissioner of the exhibition, Philippe Quenet, professor of history and archeology of the ancient Near East at the University of Strasbourg, had the idea of a n exposition entirely deducted to particular buildings, ” temples on deck. ” “These buildings were built on terraces which totaled over time to achieve into the immense stepped terraces, which most known image is that of the famous Tower of Babel” explains Philippe Quenet.


The exhibition “Ana Ziqquratim” offers to the viewers a journey in ancient Mesopotamia through a hundred and fifty years of research and archaeological work, it gathered together more than fifty researchers, students, architects and professionals, but also the main institutions preserving the memory of this East disappeared and currently unattainable: the Louvre, but also Deutsches Archäologisches Museum in Berlin, the Museo arqueológico of Murcia, the museum Adolf Michaelis, and the National and University Library of Strasbourg, which hosts the exhibition, lends the most precious objects of its oriental collections.

Multiple models (small scale and full size), reconstructions and archaeological objects found throughout the Mesopotamian area show the change between the V and the I millennium BC. J-C of the ziggurats.


In the V millennium BC. J-C the first buildings on platform appear. In III – those buildings become larger, more monumental, with the superposition of two or three terraces with the temple of the gods at the top. Spectators can compare ziggurats of different periods: the ziggurats of Eridu, Uruk, Khafajef, Ur, Babylon and others.


The exhibition is open from 27 April to 21 June 2016 daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the BNU Strasbourg, 6 Place de la République 67000 Strasbourg.

Brigitte Koch, painter, and Paul Nemet, sculptor

From 16 to 27 April 2016 the Alsatian house of art A.I.D.A. brings together the paintings of Brigitte Koch with the sculptures of Paul Nemet. The gallery is open daily from 14 p.m. to 19p.m. Both artists are autodidacts but not amateurs, in theirs works they seek to reflect the expressionism of life through colors, shapes, textures and space layout.


Brigitte Koch is « in a sense, therefore, an amateur artist that paints by personal vocation, with that, when it comes to only a leisure amateur artist, work can be pleasant yet slightly deprecating. In another sense, she already has received much professional recognition. … She links an approach of lyrical abstract force to her canvases, adding figurative elements that render the tone of each work and also give it its title. Brigitte Koch’s paintings are typical of a long and strong expressionist tradition that runs throughout the twentieth century from the Fauves and German Expressionists to the German neo- expressionists of the 1980s and 1990s. » – it’s like this Yves Michaud, Former Director of Superior National School of Fine Arts in Paris, characterizes the artist.


At this exhibition Brigitte Koch has many works in large format. The painter uses lots of bright, expressive colors: her blue, red and yellow send us into German expressionism.


Paul Nemet, autodidact, performs most of his sculptures in plaster. He plays with textures, elongated shapes, silhouettes to express human emotions, human loneliness, expectations of life and disappointments. As he said, he is inspired by life itself, by the works of artists as Couturier, Giacometti, but also by comics.


From 25 February to 30 March 2016 the Gallery Brûlée (6 rue Brûlée 67000 Strasbourg) presents the exhibition “Safari” of the painter Julie Salmon and the sculptor Michèle Ludwiczak, both in love with Africa.


Julie Salmon filled the exhibition with African wildlife through her prints and paintings. Crocodiles, rhinos, lions, antelopes and bisons coexist with bears and wolves. All works are executed in neutral colors, most of the works are in large format. If you approach to one of her paintings, you will notice nothing around you, you begin a dialog between you, the viewer, and the animal in its natural environment. Julie Salmon says that her favorite occupation is painting during the safari, where she can fully understand animal’s patterns and transmit to the audience her feelings and impressions through her art. For her, the artist is primarily a transmitter of emotions between the animal and the public.


The artist also proposes to everyone to join her on safari in the national parks of Kenya, where she organizes outdoor painting sessions.


While Julie Salmon is an animal lover, her colleague Michèle Ludwiczak is fascinated by the people of Africa. She also adores to share her emotions with the public through her work. Her sculptures are labor-intensive: idea, modeling, baking repeated until the desired result. To paint her sculptures Michèle Ludwiczak as Julie Salmon, brings together different techniques: watercolor, pencils, charcoal, acrylic, sand, the artist is ready to do everything to the result that reflects her purpose.

Turbulent Transition #2

Hein-Kuhn OH


Since the 1990 Hein-Kuhn OH is trying to define the identity of contemporary Korean people. He shows gestures, poses, facial expressions, all that could reveal belonging of the photographed person to a particular social group evolving during the period of tensions between North and South.


In the exhibition Turbulent Transition # 2 Hein Kuhn-OH units together his two older projects, Girls Act and Cosmetic Girls with his recent project Portraying Anxiety, to show the feeling of embarrassment and discomfort hiding behind the closed faces with a makeup sometimes awkward.

The exhibition Turbulent Transition # 2 of Hein-Kuhn OH is presented in the gallery La Chambre from 4 March 2016 to 24 April 2016, 4 place d’Austerlitz 67000 Strasbourg, Wednesday to Sunday, 14h – 19h.

A.I.D.A. Galerie : Marie-Thérèse Zink « Exprenssions »


The gallery of Independent Artists of Alsace (A.I.D.A.) presents the masterpieces of Marie – Thérèse Zink “Exprenssions”. The author brings together the three phases Extension, Compression, Expression inventing in 2010 the new concept Exprenssion. The artistic work of M.-T. Zink is focused on the concept of time and its effect on things and beings. Through the transformation of zink the artist sees samsara, the cycle of perpetual change, birth, death and rebirth.


The exhibition runs from March 17 to 30, 2016 in the gallery A.I.D.A. 130 Grand Rue 67000 Strasbourg daily from 14 p.m. to 19 p.m. The 20, 21 and 25, 27 and 28 March you can meet the author in the gallery.