2006 Summer

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Art enthusiasts in the Northeast will have a rare opportunity when The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield presents the U.S. premiere of a major art exhibit Velimir Chlebnikov, featuring recent work by the renowned German painter Anselm Kiefer May 27 through October 1, 2006.

Called "magnificent-powerful-energetic" by London's Daily Telegraph, the work, 30 paintings housed in a steel pavilion imagined by the artist, is one of the most significant projects that Kiefer has presented in this country. The Aldrich was able to mount the exhibition thanks to the generosity of a patron, who has purchased the work. The pavilion will be installed in the Museum's new sculpture garden through October 1, 2006. Afterwards, it will become part of a private collection and no longer available to the public.

Born in Germany in 1945 and currently living in France, Anselm Kiefer is a major European painter whose work explores the currents that guide Western history. This project is the artist's tribute to the visionary Russian thinker Velimir Chlebnikov (1885-1922), a leading figure in the Russian avant-garde, whose theories about the forces that cause human conflicts were a strong influence on Kiefer.

A second exhibition, Land Mine, will feature the work of three artists, the monoprints of Iranian born Laleh Khorramian, the collages of Kenyan born Wangechi Mutu, and the large scale wood reliefs of New York artist Michael Zansky. Like Kiefer, these artists use their work as a vehicle for addressing war, politics, and human suffering. Round-trip bus service from the Katonah train station (MTA Harlem line) to The Aldrich will be available on weekends from May 27 through October 1, 2006.

To get to Katonah from New York, take the 10:50 am, 11:50 am, or 1:24 pm metro north train from Grand Central to the Katonah Station. Buses leave from the Katonah Station at 11:59 am, 12:58 pm, and 1:59 pm for the Aldrich Museum. Buses Depart the Aldrich Museum for Katonah at 2:52 pm, 3:52 pm, and 4:52 pm and the train leaves Katonah for Grand Central at 3:26 pm, 4:26 pm, and 5:26 pm. The buses also drive a loop around Ridgefield allowing visitors to shop and dine in this lovely community.

OTHER ART ATTRACTIONS

Visitors to Ridgefield can also visit the Weir Farm National Historic Site in the Branchville section of Ridgefield, one of only two Historic Sites devoted to art. The complex preserves the landscape of gentle rolling hills and rocky pastures and pond that was inspiring subject matter for an important American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir, as well as many of his visiting artist friends, who included Childe Hassam and John Twachtman.

Three other exhibits in a variety of media will take place in the Litchfield Hills region this summer. At the Brookfield Craft Center from June 18 to August 6 a new group exhibition, Bloom: Forged with Fire and Force, will feature the work of talented metalsmiths working with steel to create contemporary forms following the theme of blooms.

The Silo Gallery in New Milford will feature The Glass Menagerie from July 15 to September 3, showcasing exquisite glasswork, including fused, pressed, blown and stained glass, lamp work and glass sculptures.

The annual show and sale of the Connecticut Woodcarvers Annual Exhibition, slated for the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol June 3 to July 16, will exhibit a range of styles by Connecticut woodcarvers, from rural folk art to fine art sculptures.

For more information on art exhibits and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging and dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.