|Press conference: Friday, 28. 9. 2007 at 12 noon
Completion of symposium: on Sunday, 14. 10. 2007 at 15.00
Obalne galerije Piran, as the organiser of the traditional biannual symposium of sculpture Forma viva Portorož - a unique event of its kind in Central Europe that has taken place uninterruptedly since 1961 and the particularity of which is the creation of public sculptures from exclusively Istrian stone - has devoted this year's international event to one of the iniatiators and first organisers, Janez Lenassi. The Piran sculptor, a master of stone sculpture, one of the most important co-creators of Slovene sculpture of the 20th century and also well established in the world, this year celebrates his 80th birthday. The honorary particpant cooperated with Toni Biloslav (director of Obalne galerije) in the selection of this year's invited sculptors.
The participants of Forma viva 2007 are:
MAKOTO FUJIWARA from Japan
KAREL HEINZ DEUTSCH from Germany
JOSEF JANKOVIČ from Slovakia
JANEZ LENASSI from Slovenia
Five experienced stone masons are additionally taking part:
Shiiko Iwaki from Japan, Roman and Vilijem Gažik and Vili Gal from Slovakia and Aleš Lenassi from Slovenia.
Biographies of participants
Born 1938 in Gif in Japan. From 1958 to 1964 he studied at the department for sculpture of the Municipal University of Fine Art in Kyoto, under Professor Tsuji and Professor Horiuchi. In 1966 he received a French government scholarship for further training under Professor Coutrier at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1967 he continued his studies under Prof. Wotruba at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art. In 1972 he received an invitation from the Berlin art programme at D.A.A.D. From 1974 to 1988 he lectured at the department of sculpture of the College of Art in Berlin. Since 1987 he has been a professor at Fachhochschule in Hanover. He has regularly taken part at many symposia of sculpture since 1967.
Born 1937 in Bratislava in Slovakia. From 1952 to 1956 studied at the School of Applied Art and from 1956 to 1962 at the Academy of Fine Art in Bratislava. In 1984 he lectured as visiting professor at the College of Applied Art in Vienna. From 1990 to 194 he was rector of the Bratislava Academy of Fine Art and from 1994 professor. Since 1967 he has received numerous awards and taken part in numerous symposia of sculpture. He has prepared more than 50 independent exhibitions and taken part in numerous group exhibitions. He is involved in sculpture, graphics, drawing and jewellery design.
He took part in the International Symposium of Sculptors Forma viva Portorož in 1971.
Born in 1940 in Karlsruhe in Germany. From 1954 to 1957 he studied ceramics and modelling and continued until 1960. From 1960 to 1965 he studied under Prof. Kindermann and Prof. Klemm at the School of Art in Karlsruhe. He has worked as a freelance artist since 1965 and has for the most part been involved in architecture and building plastics and has received several awards for his work. He has taught as a visiting lecturer at various colleges since 1965. In 1988 he was visiting professor at Fachhochschule Rhinland-Pfalz. He has taken part in a number of sculptural symposia.
Born in 1927 in Opatia in Croatia, From 1947 to 1951 he studied at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Art, where he graduated under Prof. Peter Loboda. From 1953 to 1955 he taught drawing at the lower gymnasium in Radovljica. In 1956 he completed specialisation studies under Prof. Boris Kalin. From 1957 to 1959 he taught drawing at Rudnik primary school in Ljubljana. In 1959 he took part in the first symposium of sculpture in St. Margarethen, which was organised by Karl Prantl. Together with sculptor Jakob Savinšek, he was the initiator of the international symposia of sculptors Forma viva in Slovenia, which were first organised in Kostanjevica na Krki and in Seča by Portorož in 1961. In 1966 he received the Prešeren Award and in 1981 the Jakopič Award for fine art. In 1982 he qualified as senior lecturer at the Academy of Fine Art but he never took over a professorship. He passed on his knowledge to students at the Kornari international summer school of sculpture in Marušiči (1980-1990). From 1985 to 1989 he was president of the Association of Societies of Artists of Yugoslavia. From 1986 to 1996 he was a regular lecturer at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg. From 1987 to 1989 he was president of the Association of Societies of Slovene Artists. He has cooperated at numerous sculpture symposia and has also several times been a mentor at them.
He took part in the International Symposium of Sculptors Forma viva Portorož in 1962, 1985, 1991 and 1995.