28 ARTIST FASHION ART EU: AUSTRIA – BARBARA RAPP | IRELAND – KEN LAMBERT | BELGIUM – PHIL AKASHI | ITALY – CLAUDIA BONOLLO | BULGARIA -VALENTIN KOVATCHEV | LATVIA – AGITA KEIRI | CROATIA – STJEPAN SANDRK | LITHUANIA – MIGLE KOSINSKAITE | CYPRUS – IOANNA VOSKOU | LUXEMBOURG – ANDREE SCHWABE | CZECH REPUBLIC – PASTA ONER | MALTA – MARISA ATTARD | DENMARK – NAJA CONRAD | POLAND – MAGDALENA FIRLAG | ESTONIA – HEIKKI LEIS | PORTUGAL – ANDREA DA LOBA | SLOVENIA – CVETO MARSIC | ROMANIA – LORETA ISAC | FINLAND – JUHA VIIRILA | SLOVAKIA – TOMAS PICHA | FRANCE – CHARLES VILLENEUVE | SPAIN – SUSO33 | GERMANY – JIM AVIGNON | SWEDEN – CECILIA SIKSTROM | GREECE – CHARIS TSEVIS | THE NETHERLANDS – GIOVANNI DALESSI | HUNGARY – FRANYO AATOTH | UNITED KINGDOM – SICKBOY
FASHION ART: THE PHILOSOPHY | Fashion Art presents a joint work between plastic artists and fashion designers, in which the respective languages join to create a dress which is a work of art in itself. Spanish designer Manuel Fernandez, with great international vision, had the initiative of merging art and fashion in 1998 as he presented in one piece the work of renowned artists and their designs. Since then, Fashion Art has emerged as a pluralistic movement, achieving results of exceptional plastic richness and opening new fields of investigation. The Fashion Art Institute also carries out social work with its workshops for groups at risk of exclusion, accompanying each exhibition. Fashion Art has exhibited in more than twenty prestigious museums around the world, including major ones in the American continent. More than three million people have visited these exhibitions.
FASHION ART EU | MEAM Museu Europeu d’Art Modern Barcelona
European Museum of Modern Art | 23th June – 24th July | opening show 28th June 2016
Fashion Art EU exhibition is presented simultaneously with a capsule collection at 080 Barcelona Fashion Week this June 27th to July 1st and in the MEAM from June 23 to July 24. It is an ambitious project created from Fashion Art Institute, chaired by designer Manuel Fernandez. The exhibition combines fashion and art, combining the two forms of expression in the same piece of cloth. 28 artists of the European Union are the protagonists of this unique exhibition, where the artistic support is a costume created by designer Manuel Fernandez as a three-dimensional canvas. In it each of the artists has shaped his personal technique to communicate European values from their particular style. In short, Fashion Art EU is an exhibition that gives the opportunity to appreciate art, fashion and European values, intermixed on the same support: a suit. The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) located in the Palau Gomis Borne neighborhood of Barcelona, presents contemporary figurative art. It belongs to the Foundation of the Arts and Artists, whose purpose is the promotion and dissemination of figurative art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Fashion Art lands at the Parlamentarium in Brussels
20th November 2014 – 15th May 2015
FASHION ART EU | European Parliament Brussels / Bruxelles | The Fashion Art EU exhibition is an ambitious project, carried out by the Fashion Art Institute Association, presented by designer Manuel Fernandez. The Parlamentarium, the European Parliament´s Visitors Centre, will host this exhibition from 20th November 2014 to 15th May 2015. This exhibit fuses fashion and art, uniting the two forms of expression in the same piece of material. 28 artists from the European Union are to be the protagonists of this unique exhibition – each of the artists using their personal technique to communicate European values in their particular manner. The result is a new pictorial language uniting very diverse artistic movements that coexist in harmony – reminiscent of the harmony of coexistence among the countries of the European Union. This collection comes to the Parlamentarium and will be installed there for 6 months, before it starts its tour in the member states. It is a special opportunity to appreciate art, fashion and the idea of Europe merged in the same artefact: an outfit.
Subsequent to the show in Brussels / Belgium the exhibition will visit other EU member states, the United States and Asia in order to encourage the values and cultural diversity of the European Union.
FASHION ART EU exhibitions by FASHION ART INSTITUTE ASSOCIATION | 28008 Madrid | Spain
Barbara Ambrusch-Rapp has been selected by the Fashion Art Institute to represent Austria at the European Fashion Art Exhibition in the European Parliament
Artist statement Barbara Ambrusch-Rapp: „For me fashion does not only bear a social responsibility but also reflects the current socio-cultural developments. After receiving the dress in „dirndl-style“ from fashion art institute it was immediately clear for me that I have to withdraw its automated categorization. My general artistic focus is on the critical questioning of gender role models. Accordingly I tried to create the artistic design of my dress called „Trapp 3.0“ not only by contemporary re-engineering the traditional mapping of folklore but also to encourage new perspectives on female and male forms of appearance.“
„Mode hat nach meinem Verständnis nicht nur eine gesellschaftliche Verantwortung zu tragen, sondern muss auch Spiegel soziokultureller Entwicklungen sein dürfen. So war es für mich von vorneherein klar, das vom Fashion Art Institute übermittelte Kleid im Dirndl-Stil (FAI: „The design is inspired by the cultural roots“) seiner automatisierten Kategorisierung zu entziehen. Mein künstlerischer Fokus liegt unter anderem auf der Hinterfragung der Definition von Geschlechterrollen. Unter diesem Aspekt war es mir ein großes Bedürfnis, mit der Neugestaltung des Kleides unter dem Titel „Trapp 3.0“ die Manifestierung traditioneller Rollenbilder in der Folklore aufzulösen und einen zeitgemäßen Blickwinkel auf real gelebte Erscheinungsformen anzuregen.“