After a successful run at Hay Hill Gallery in December 2015, the project “3045 Variations on Rubens’ The Feast of Venus” continues in its quest to apply a variety of contemporary techniques to the classical Flemish Baroque masterpiece by Rubens – The Feast of Venus (1635-36).
Krymskaya’s project brings the essence of the 17th century Baroque tradition of remaking paintings into the contemporary art sphere, as Rubens’ Feast of Venus itself was a variation of an earlier work by Titian. By encouraging artists to submit their variations, she is reviving a tradition that was common practice in early 17th century Antwerp, but no longer is today. Inga herself has completed over 80 Variations of Rubens’ painting, using mediums ranging from tapestry to Plexiglass to oil on canvas.
After gaining global interest, entries have been received from artists in countries such as Austria, Canada and Greece, all of whom have applied their own creative techniques to the Rubens classic. Inga does not believe in a ‘selection process’, and no artists are judged – everybody’s thoughts are laid on canvas – or other mediums – to be discussed and appreciated.
Inga has been impressed with the interest and entries she has received, saying: ‘I never expected to get a range of entries from a conceptual polystyrene burger box installation by a London artist to an interactive paper sculpture station by an artist from Austria.’
Inga Krymskaya will also be using one section of the gallery to exhibit a photography series entitled Alone With.
The exhibition will launch with a private view on Thursday 28 April and will be open to the public until Friday 13 May 2016.