OSTEN BIENNAL OF DRAWING 2018

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OSTEN – Art on Paper
Ars longa, vita brevis | Art is long, life is short – Hippocrates

OSTEN is an INSTITUTION for MUSEUM and GALLERY ACTIVITIES, Skopje, Macedonia has respect for the past, is active in the present and has plans for the future.
A recognized brand in the area of art, emancipated thought, and liberated creation since 1945, with its experience and influence on the improvement of culture and art, over 70 years OSTEN is a successful organizer of international events: the World Gallery of Cartoons (since 1969), Biennial of Drawing & Biennial of Awarded Artists – that attracts the artists worldwide, educate the wider audience and animate art professionals (curators, theorists, critics and art historians) – all which provide an insight and produce materials that document the development and movements of art in our time.

As always, in the foreground is the DRAWING, which marks the beginning of the whole story, while new forms, narrated through various ways of expression and through diverse media, are further developed. The final product is magic and aims to have you bewitched, tap into your inner world without usurping it, but stirring even for a moment your equilibrium with a fresh idea about discovering and enjoying the world around you.

 

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OSTEN – Art on Paper and its main events in the arts – OSTEN Biennial of Drawing & OSTEN Biennial of Awarded Artists symbolize the persistence of OSTEN, which with a strong conviction that art holds the key to positive change in the world, certainly pulls ahead in achieving new accomplishments. For its unique perspective on an important art form – drawing, for its impressive and meaningful collection, all the creative and innovative cooperation initiatives that help to better understand and appreciate artists worldwide, and for establishing a globally recognized voice of the art world from Skopje, Macedonia – OSTEN has become recognizable brand in the world of art. The recognition of OSTEN’s efforts and activities on a global scale are only an additional incentive and confirmation that together with the artists, its distinguished contributors and friends, OSTEN is on the right track and that it grows.

To bring this experience to a wider audience, OSTEN keeps pace with new media and technologies, works and will continue to work towards ensuring the promotion of artists in the international arena by upgrading the already existing digital infrastructure that supports projects Biennial of Drawing and the Biennial of Awarded Artists (osten4art.net). With each new step, every new idea, every new decision, OSTEN is closer to achieving its commitment, overcoming all the obstacles of everyday life and bringing the world artistic expressions to our distinguished audience.

OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2018 was extremely successful by the number of participants (863), the diversity of cultures of the countries that these artists represent (61 countries), and especially by the quality of the submitted works (2317). The enormous interest for participation on the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2018 demanded a highly professional approach to the process of selection, therefore it went in two stages: selection (by selectors) and judging (by the international jury).

 

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Selector: Luca CURCI, Italy

International Jury:
Manos STEFANIDIS, Greece
Sonja ABADZIEVA, Macedonia
Melanie ZEFFERINO, UK/Italy

The selection process and the jury work distinguished artists/works with the greatest and most original artistic achievements. Here are the results:

OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2018 | AWARDS
MAIN AWARDS
Pierre SOULAGES, France – GRAND PRIX for Lifetime Achievement
Henry MOORE, UK – WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE Award
Rodoljub ANASTASOV, Macedonia – Special GRAND PRIX for Extraordinary Artistic Achievements
Pasquale CELONA, Italy – Special GRAND PRIX for Contribution in the World Art

JURY AWARDS
Sebastian LUBINSKI, Poland – FIRST AWARD for DRAWING
Olga TOBRELUTS, Russia – FIRST AWARD for PRINT
Barbara KROLL, Germany – FIRST AWARD for PAINTING on PAPER
Petre NIKOLOSKI, UK – FIRST AWARD for ORIGINAL WORK of PAPER
Agnieszka JANKIEWICZ, Poland – FIRST AWARD for YOUNG ARTIST
Darko TALESKI, Macedonia – SPECIAL AWARD by JURY
Herman NOORDERMEER, Netherlands – SPECIAL AWARD by JURY
Anahita YOUNESI, Iran – SPECIAL AWARD by JURY
Dorota KOMAR ZMYSLONY, Poland – SPECIAL RECOGNITION by JURY

AWARDS by WAVA
World Association of Visual Arts
Franco VECCHIET, Italy – ARTIST of the WORLD
Tijana KOJIC, Serbia – YOUNG BALKAN ARTIST
Trayana PANAYOTOVA, Bulgaria – YOUNG BALKAN ARTIST
Christina TZANI, Greece – YOUNG BALKAN ARTIST

OSTEN AWARDS
Eva FRANCOVA, Czechia – GOLDEN OSTEN AWARD
Ninna ANSARI, Germany – GOLDEN OSTEN AWARD
Svetla RADULOVA, Bulgaria – GOLDEN OSTEN AWARD
Suzana MARTIN VILARUBIA, Spain – GOLDEN OSTEN AWARD
Ahmet ALBAYRAK, Turkey – GOLDEN OSTEN AWARD
Bosuk LEE, S. Korea – OSTEN AWARD
Milan ANDOV, Macedonia – OSTEN AWARD
Harris KONDOSPHYRIS, Greece – OSTEN AWARD
Angel PANEVSKI, Germany – OSTEN AWARD
Julio GARAY TERRAZAS, Peru – OSTEN AWARD

Nevzat BEJTULI KICA, Macedonia – OSTEN AWARD for LEGACY
Helen SHULKIN, Germany – OSTEN AWARD for INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION

BULGARIA – OSTEN AWARD for NATIONAL PRESENTATION

   

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THE OFFICIAL PROGRAM of OSTEN – Art on Paper

This year is special for OSTEN – Art on Paper. This is the year of the great jubilee of one of the main activities – 50 years of the World Gallery of Cartoons. At the same time, the process of registration, selection and judging of the regular edition of OSTEN BIENALE of DRAWING Skopje 2018 has been successfully completed and the results are officially shared with the public.
For the promotion of both activities, OSTEN plans a rich program of exhibitions, a ceremony of awarding awards and recognitions, promotion of publications from the publishing activity of OSTEN and a premiere of a documentary film.

The central event will be held on 22 November 2018 at the National Gallery of Macedonia – Chifte Hammam, where a grand exhibition will be held with works by 270 selected international artists, awards presentation ceremony to the present artists, documentary exhibition “50 Years World Gallery of Cartoons (1969 – 2019)” and gratitude presentation to the partners and associates of the WORLD GALLERY of CARTOONS and the BIENNIAL of DRAWING. The promotion of the publishing activities of OSTEN will take place on 11 December 2018 at the EU INFO CENTER in Skopje. There will be promoted:
The Catalog of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2018
The publication “Joze CIUHA from the collection of OSTEN Museum of Drawing”
The publication “50 years WORLD GALLERY of CARTOON 1969 – 2019”
Documentary film “50 years WORLD GALLERY of CARTOON 1969 – 2019”

 

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A WORD FROM THE JURY OF THE OSTEN BIENNIAL OF DRAWING 2018

We, Manos Stefanidis as Chair, and Sonia Abadzieva and Melanie Zefferino as Members of the Jury of the Osten Biennial of Drawing 2018, wish to thank the organization committee for having entrusted us with this honourable duty, and for their professional approach to managing this International biennial. We also thank all artists who sent their works to participate in this edition and contribute to the OSTEN Collection of Drawings. We examined 2,317 works by 868 artists from 61 countries. Not only are we impressed with the extraordinary number of applications received, but also by the many different styles, materials and techniques used by the authors as well as by the high quality of the works. Overall, we could appreciate a high level of artistic achievement.
That made our work very difficult. With thoroughness and intellectual honesty we made every possible effort to select the most outstanding works among those presented by the artists competing for the International Jury Awards. In doing so we followed the principles of OSTEN and, while expressing our personal opinions, we worked closely with one another so as to adopt a collective approach and reach shared or unanimous decisions. We would like to make clear that, as a jury, we thrived in making those decisions based on criteria balancing our appreciation for each artist’s technical skills, poetic awareness, ethics, and aesthetic values.
While congratulating on the winners, we wish to express our regards and thankfulness to all artists who contributed with their works to the Osten Biennial of Drawing 2018.

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