May 25, 2011
1 Stefan Szczesny
2 Stefan Szczesny
Until the 7th June 2011, the French Riviera town of St Tropez is holding two exhibitions and displaying six large sculptures made by Stefan Szczesny, in celebration of the German artist’s impending 60th birthday.
Stefan Szczesny is a painter, sculptor and draughtsman, who has also dappled in graphics, photography and fashion design.
He is best known for organizing the “Rndschau Deutschland” in 1981 and co-founding of the Junge Wilde movement. Two of the artist’s most famous works are The Living Planet, which Szczesny created for Expo 2000, and the Mainau Island, produced in 2007.
To accompany the exhibitions and set of sculptures, until 31st of October 2011, the Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere in St Tropez will be exhibiting an additional selection of Szczensy’s works including ceramics, sculptures and paintings.
The Stefan Szczesny project in St Tropez is known as “Shadows in the Sea” and is sponsored by the Germen division of the British car manufacturing company, Jaguar.
The “Shadows in the Sea” is one of three different sets of the artist’s black silhouette statues, aimed to represent Szczesny’s views of the classical depiction of Eve as the ‘embodiment of the eternal female’, which are separately being exhibited around Europe, appearing in only the most exquisite, exclusive and stunning of regions.
Earlier in the year, the Swiss town of St Moritz exhibited Szczesny’s “Shadows in the Snow” exhibition, a show which was said to enchant the art lovers of St. Moritz.
Another set of the Munich-born artist’s statues, titled “Shadows in the Sand” are due to be erected on the Isle of Sylt, close to the German/Danish border, later in the year.
St Tropez, with its remarkable worldwide notoriety as being the amongst the most glamorous and exclusive towns in the world, has certainly proved to be an inspiring place for many an artist, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and more recently Szczesny, who refers to himself as a “child of the south and the sun.”
Talking about St Tropez to the Riviera Times, the German artist said:
“I am becoming more and more of a Tropezian. It’s my artistic residence.”