April 25, 1999

Appeal for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage in Yugoslavia

International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS)

The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) urges all parties in the present conflict in the Balkans to comply with the international treaties relating to armed conflicts, especially the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its new Second Protocol, agreed by 84 countries and two organisations (ICBS, ICRC,) in The Hague on 26 March 1999.

Attention has been paid to the human suffering: civilians have been killed or wounded and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and become refugees. The International Committee of the Blue Shield expresses its sincere sympathy for all those who suffer under this violence.

Cultural heritage constitutes a fundamental part of the identity and dignity of peoples and is always a victim during armed conflicts. The ICBS expresses its serious concern about all damage to the cultural heritage of the peoples of Yugoslavia resulting from military action or other deeds of violence by all sides in the conflict.

The ICBS therefore calls upon all parties in the conflict to do everything within their power to protect museums, archives, libraries, monuments and all other sites that are expressions of the history and the right of existence of the peoples in this region.

About the ICBS
The mission of the ICBS, which has taken up the emblem of The Hague Convention of the 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, is to collect and disseminate information, and to co-ordinate action in emergency situations affecting cultural heritage, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters.

The ICBS was founded in 1996 by four non-governmental organisations:
- ICA: International Council on Archives
- ICOM: International Council of Museums
- ICOMOS: International Council on Monuments and Sites
- IFLA: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

April 22, 1999

Street Theater by Yung Ho Chang and Atelier FCJZ


Street Theater

An installation by YUNG HO CHANG and Atelier FCJZ

Curated by Hou Hanru & Evelyne Jouanno


Yung Ho Chang is a leading architect from China. After studying and teaching in the US for 15 years, he went back to his native Beijing to establish its first private architectural firm, Atelier FCJZ (“Fei Chang Jian Zhu” or “unusual architecture”), in the early 1990s. In the face of rapid and radical modernization and urbanization in China, the questions of international influence and Chinese tradition, as well as globalization and local specificity, have become the main issues in architectural and artistic debates and practice.

Having experience in both the West and China,Yung Ho Chang critically observes and analyzes the current situation of urban explosion in China and proposes highly inventive solutions. Inspired by both the transformational capacity of traditional Chinese architecture and urban planning as well as contemporary developments in architecture, economics and technology, Yung Ho Chang and his firm have developed new concepts and approaches—such as “Micro-Urbanism”—to negotiate the urban condition of high density and complexity.

The exhibition at Apex Art C.P. will be Yung Ho Chang and FCJZ's first solo exhibition in the US. For this show, Yung Ho Chang has created a site-specific installation to provide the audience with a direct and corporeal experience of his architectural vision and projects. One part of the installation will function as a “Street Theater” (the other a “PeepshowTheater”) in which a dialogue between Beijing's urban reality and Chang's innovative projects in the city takes place. Visible from inside and outside the gallery, it is also a compelling and efficient "translation" of a made-in-China text into the New York context.

A brochure containing an essay by Hou Hanru and Evelyne Jouanno will be available free of charge.


Apex Art Curatorial Program, New York
April 22 - May 22, 1999


April 15, 1999

Leica 4th Photographic Olympics Competition

Leica Photography, the international specialist magazine for 35mm photography, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this occasion, it is organizing a high-quality photo competition under the name of 4th Photographic Olympics together with Leica Camera AG and other partners such as Kodak, Lufthansa and Agrippina Insurance. The competition is to be a pentathlon with four set themes in colour and a theme of the photographer's choice in black-and-white. The set themes for the colour photos are "People", "Landscapes", "Architecture" and "Action". For the black-and-white photo, photographers can choose their own theme. However, not only allrounders have a chance of winning one of the attractive prizes, there is an incentive for specialists as well. Besides the main prizes for the winners in the pentathlon (the Photographic Olympics proper), there will be extra prizes for the winners of each category. The winner of the pentathlon, the International multi-theme Leica Champion, will receive a Leica SLR camera worth 15,000 DM, while the second prize is a Leica M6 camera worth 10,000 DM and the third prize a dissolve control unit with two Leica Pradovit RT projectors. There are also film packs of 10 Kodak T-Max T 400 CN films, vouchers for Lufthansa flights and camera insurance to be won. In all, more than a hundred prizes and premiums with a total value of over 50,000 DM are awaiting participants in the Leica 4th Photographic Olympics. The international jury is composed of well-known professional photographers and renowned personalities from amateur photographic associations. The photos and photo series they choose will be published in the special issue of the Leica Photography International magazine, due to appear this autumn to mark the magazine's 50th anniversary. Whether they are taking part in the pentathlon or in one category only, photographers may enter up to five pictures per theme. Both 35mm transparencies (with or without frame) or paper prints will be accepted. Prints should be min. 9x13 cm and max. 24x30 cm in size. Each picture must bear the name of its photographer, and each entry must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. SAEs from other countries must either have German stamps affixed or 5 US dollars must be enclosed. All amateur and professional photographers are invited to take part. The photographs need not have been taken with Leica cameras. The exact rules of the competition and the entry form are printed in issue 3/99 of the Leica Photography International magazine, which is printed in German, English and French. It can be ordered direct from Umschau Zeitschriften Verlag, Herrn Albrecht König, Stuttgarter Straße 18-24, D-60329 Frankfurt. Entries should be sent to: Datenservice A.V., Kennwort, IV. "Olympiade der Fotografie", Postfach 22, D-61203 Reichelsheim. Closing date: July 15th, 1999.

April 10, 1999

Recovered Pissarro Painting at Worcester Art Museum

Worcester Art Museum Acquires Recovered Pissarro Painting

The Worcester Art Museum has acquired Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny a Dieppe, Temps Gris (Harbor at Dieppe), a painting by Camille Pissarro, which was formerly owned by Worcester philanthropists Robert and Helen Stoddard. The Museum will acquire this important French Impressionist work through the Stoddard Acquisition Fund, which is used solely for purchasing art.

Once it arrives at the Worcester Art Museum, the painting will undergo a conservation treatment in preparation for Pissarro and Other Masters: The Stoddard Legacy, which will open in February 2000. This show will feature the Pissarro and other works that once hung in the Stoddard home, as well as the art the Museum purchased in the last two decades with proceeds from the Stoddard Acquisition Fund. After the Stoddard Charitable Trust established this sizeable fund in 1979, the Museum was able to add significantly to its permanent collection many distinguished works of art ranging from a 17th-century portrait by Dutch master Frans Hals, to a vibrant genre scene by Jacob Lawrence, the most noted 20th-century African American artist.

"Helen and Robert Stoddard were great lovers of art and had a wonderful relationship with the Worcester Art Museum starting in the 1940s," says James A. Welu, director of the Worcester Art Museum. "In addition to their great leadership and extensive volunteer efforts, they enabled us to acquire many fine works of art over the years, and we are extremely grateful for their friendship and generosity. I am particularly pleased that Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny Dieppe, Temps Gris will be added to the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, which was the wish of Mrs. Stoddard." This painting, which dates from 1902, joins an earlier work by Pissarro, L'ille Lacroix à Rouen, which was painted in 1873 and came to the Museum through the estate of Robert W. Stoddard.

Stole from the Stoddard's Worcester home in 1978, Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny Dieppe, Temps Gris was lost for two decades. After the theft, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company reimbursed the Stoddards for their loss. On October 22, 1998, the FBI seized the painting from Wolf's Auction Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time of the seizure, the painting was about to be sold after Ohio businessman Daniel Zivko and Kenneth Bement had consigned it to the gallery. On April 8, 1999, Zivko, Bement, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, the Stoddard estate, and the Worcester Art Museum settled the matter in a Cleveland court cast. The decision will result in the painting coming to the Worcester Art Museum for its permanent collection.

French Impressionism was a favorite of the Stoddards, who collected other masters from this school, including Renoir and Sisley. Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny Dieppe, Temps Gris hung over the Stoddard's mantle piece from 1951 to 1978. After the theft of this painting, the Stoddards acquired several other pictures, including Pissarro's L'ille Lacroix à Rouen, which took the treasured spot over the mantlepiece. Both of these Pissarro paintings will now hang together for the first time ever, at the Worcester Art Museum.

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), was a prolific artist, creating more than 1,800 paintings in his lifetime. Born to a Jewish family in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Pissarro attended boarding school in the suburbs of Paris where the headmaster encouraged his artistic talents. After working in the family business for a short time, Pissarro returned to Paris in 1855 to pursue an artistic career. He had a strong and deliberate style that featured a highly disciplined method of working, including a light palette and a varied application of paint.

Known as the "patriarch of French Impressionism," Pissarro was a moral and artistic role model to many of the famous French Impressionists, including Renoir, Monet, and Sisley. Pissarro had a particularly strong influence on Cézanne and Gauguin.

A peaceful but committed renegade, Pissarro helped organize the eight French Impressionist exhibitions in protest of the official Salon. He was the only member of the Impressionists to participate in all eight of these exhibitions. His style was called simple and naïeve by some, but always honest. His was devoted to artistic truth and his fellow men.

In 1886-87, Pissarro joined the ranks of the Neo-Impressionists and took up the pointillist technique (separating colors into little dots). This led to the estrangement of his critics and admirers. He returned to Impressionism and once again painted rural scenes and cityscapes, such as the painting the Worcester Art Museum recently acquired.

Camille Pissarro sold few paintings during his lifetime. He lost nearly 1,500 paintings representing 20 years of work during the Franco-Prussian War, adding to his financial dilemma. To support his wife and eight children, Pissarro tried other artistic pursuits such as painting fans, blinds and shop signs, as well as making etchings.

Camille Pissarro's writings, including his many letters to his son Lucien, are one of the most important documents on the beliefs of the Impressionists. His letters also reveal a great deal about his own personal aspirations. In one of his letters to Lucien, Pissarro wrote: "Painting, art in general, is what enchants me - it is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits."

The Worcester Art Museum is honored to add Camille Pissarro's Bassins Duquesne et Berrigny Dieppe, Temps Gris to its permanent collection in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Stoddard.

Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, Mass.