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Kurt Petz and Petra Linck

Munich Germany

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KURT PETZ / PETRA LINCK

REMEMBER 9/11 - TOUCH AND HUG
Performance Artists Memorialize 9/11

www.kraftpetz.com

MCGAHEYSVILLE — When Kurt Petz and Petra Linck make art, they aren’t creating a painting or a drawing. As performance artists, they are the art.

The German duo are performing a piece at the White House Gallery in McGaheysville this weekend called “Touch and Hug: Remember 9/11” in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

“In 2001, what happened changed not only this country, but it changed the world,” Linck said. “We felt that this was the time to bring feeling to it.” The performance artists, both from Munich, Germany, met 45 years ago while they were attending college. They both studied under German painter Günter Fruhtrunk, who helped design the United Nations Security Council’s “Quiet Room”.

”Linck began her artistic career as a painter but became a perfor-mance artist out of admiration of Petz’s work. Their performance art has been shown across Germany and abroad, including in France, Italy, Egypt and Switzerland, since 1968.

“It is an art form,” she said. “We are the art in it. ”Linck has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for the last 27 years, while Petz visits regularly for three months at a time. Linck lives in Massanutten and often has to drive into Harrisonburg on U.S. 33. She always passes by the large American flag at the Joe Bowman Chevrolet-Cadillac car dealership that waves brightly in the sky. The flag inspired their idea to perform a 9/11 tribute.

“It was greeting us every time we passed by,” she said. “Slowly, we decided to do a work to contribute to this country. ”The installation at the White House Gallery includes a 9-by-12-foot American flag that stretches across the wall. Two paintings of upside-down life-size figures are displayed on the left and right walls.

During the performance, Linck and Petz stand in front of the flag and cover themselves in white paint that represents the people and first responders who were blanketed in the dust and rubble that erupted when the planes crashed into the North and South towers.

“All the people running away were totally white,” Petz said. “Only the firefighters were running towards it to help. Nobody could see (each other.)” “Everybody lost their identity in a way,” Linck added. The performance ends with Petz and Linck embracing each other. Linck said the hug is meant to symbolize hope for the future. “Everyone is touched by what happened, deeply,” Petz said. “To do it was a little bit emotionally hard.“

They first performed at the White House Gallery in December 2017 under the title “Fake Art” and a video of the “Touch and Hug” performance was shown privately in Munich this past February. “We had some visitors there who were watching it like five, six, seven times,” Linck said. “They just couldn’t go away from it.”

They hope to one day show it at the 9/11 memorial in New York. Linck also said they want to show it to schoolchildren who are too young to remember the tragedy so it is never forgotten.

Petz and Linck will perform “Touch and Hug: Remember 9/11” on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. The White House Gallery is located at 9978 McGaheysville Road next to the U.S.Post office. The performance is free to attend.

SHELBY MERTENS
Daily News-Record | June 6, 2O19 | Harrisonburg, Virginia

 

 

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KURT PETZ Germany

1944
born in Upper Silesia, Germany

1946
arrived in Munich

1962 - 64
Study Trumpet, Georg Donderer, chamber virtuoso, Munich
Conservatory, Germany, playing Jazz since the age of 25

1969 - 76
Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Master of Art
Proff. Josef Oberberger and Günter Fruhtrunk

1977 - 80
Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich, Degree in Art, History of Art and Degree in Philosophy

1986
Founder of the fourth Rudolf-Steiner-School in Munich

E-Mail: art@kraftpetz.com
WEB SITE: www.kraftpetz.com
TEL: 011 49 89 2712322
MOBIL: 011 (0) 179 77 58 425

GRANTS and AWARDS

1985
Project funding, Prinzregent-Luitpold-Stiftung, Bavaria

1988
Scholarship, Art Foundation Fund, Bonn

1991
Project funding, Art Foundation Fund, Bonn
Artist Award, City of Munich

1994
Project funding, Steiner Foundation, Munich

1996
Project funding, Gabriele Münter Foundation, Munich

2003
Project funding, Hypo Cultural Foundation, Munich

2008
Project funding, Catalogue Raisonnè, Cultural Foundation Munich

2009
Project funding, Catalogue Raisonnè online, Art Foundation, Bonn

ARTWORKS WORKSHOPS
(1979-2007 in collaboration with Verena Kraft )

SELECTION

1974
VOLVO, Kinetic Object, colored discs

1978
SCHWARZER STRAHLER, 2,5 m x 2,5 m x 2,5 m, Munich
1cm³ GOLD +1m³ ERDE, Luitpold Park, Munich

1979
Foundation of the artist group A.R.T. Munich
Angelika Bader, Verena Kraft, Kurt Petz, Dietmar Tanterl
A.R.T. VERSIEGELT 34 KUNSTKONSERVEN: Museums and Galleries
Angelika Bader and Dietmar Tanterl left the A.R.T. group

1980
A.R.T. ORIGINALISIERT MUSEUMSSTÜCKE, Appropriation Art, Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, A.R.T.- Studio Munich

1981
BLIND ARTISTS TAKE THEIR PLACES, in 4 Wagner-Operas, Berlin

1983 - 84
KONTINUITÄT-DISKONTINUITÄT, Hommage à Fruhtrunk, BBK Munich and Goethe-Institut Paris, Catalogues
ZUR FREIEN VERFÜGUNG, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and Galerie der Künstler BBK, Munich

1986
Performance ARTISTS PRESENCE, art cologne

1987
Performance LENBACH‘S DRIVE, Municipal Gallery Lenbachhaus in Munich

1988
Performance COME BACK TO GREECE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN, Gallery Walser, Munich
Performance TODAY and organising Performance-Days TONIGHT, 14 Performances, Cultural Department Munich

1989
PERFORMANCE TÈTE à TÈTE, Gallery Megert, Bern, Switzerland

1990
PERFORMANCE THE ARTISTS DANCE and organisation International Performance Days, Dachau
EVOLUZIONE DELL‘ UOMO, International Performance-Festival, Sardinia, Italy

1991
PHOTO-BLEACHINGS LUCIA FONTANA, red, yellow
PHOTO-BLEACHINGS GUERNICA, South, West, East, North, New Gallery, Graz, Austria and Paris, Verdun, Berlin, Guernica

1992
WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Dependance Straubing

1994
em>WORKSHOP
PERFORMANCE and PERFORMANCE BIR, Heluan University, Cairo, Egypt

1996
UN - CAR, Driving from Munich with medicine to Sarajevo
STAR-CROSS-MOON, Exhibition Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, USA

1999
ENCLAVE FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL in Berlin, Project
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

1997-99
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROCKPAINTINGS, Cultural Heritage Sites of the World, Zimbabwe, Exhibition National Gallery and ARTWORKS IN PUBLIC SPACES, in the City of Harare

1998
TWO BLACK SHADOWS, Paint-Bleaching, Tinos Island, Greece

1998-1999
GOETHE‘S TRIP AROUND THE WORLD, Portrait-Bleaching in 12 cities: Accra, Athens, Bombay, Boston, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Peking, Roma, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv

2001
FIGHT TO HEAVEN, HOMMAGE à MUHAMMAD ALI, Art Video, Castle Untergröningen, Germany

2004
KINETIC CROSS, Art Object, Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Bavaria

2007
HOMMAGE à MARCEL DUCHAMP, Art Object, Artothek, Munich

2010
TV-PORTRAIT KURT PETZ, THE LAST SUPPER, Arte AlphaTV
VIDEO-PERFORMANCE MAVROS WRACHOS, Nachtpuls, Munich
NESSOS JACKET, Art Object, Castle Untergröningen, Germany

2011
VIDEO-INTERVIEW KURT PETZ, European Live Art Archive, ELAA

2012
EMBEDDED PERFORMANCE, Lecture, Nachtpuls, Munich

2014
PERFORMANCE GERMAN CARE I, Nachtpuls, Munich

2015
PERFORMANCE PROJECT FAITH OF THE WORLD, Munich

2017
EXHIBITION ROCK PAINTINGS, Gallery Heseler, Munich
PERFORMANCE ICON LEGACY-FAKE ART, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, White House Gallery, McGaheysville, Virginia, USA

2018
VIDEO-PERFORMANCE REMEMBER 9/11-TOUCH AND HUG, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, White House Gallery, Virginia, USA

2019
GERMAN CARE II, Massanutten, Virginia USA
NEW APPROPRIATION ART PREVIEW, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, Munich

2020
7 DAYS SIGNATURE, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, Munich, Germany

and Massanutten, Virginia, USA

PUBLIC ART COLLECTIONS
SELECTION

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Artothek Munich
Goethe-Institut Headquarters, Munich
Daimler Art Collections, Stuttgart

 

PETRA LINCK USA

1946
born in Barntrup/Lippe, Germany

1960 - 65
School of business, apprenticeship at architectural firm

1968 - 71
Language Studies in Paris and London

1972
Working with innovative educational models like Summerhill, Montessori, Rudolf Steiner

1973 - 82
Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Prof. Günter Fruhtrunk, Master of Arts

1992
arrived with daughter in Virginia, USA

GRANTS and AWARDS

1982
Project funding HEIMWEH, Catalog, Bavarian State, Germany

1983
Scholarship, Prinz-Regent-Luitpold-Stiftung, Munich, Germany

1986
Art Award, City of Munich, Germany

1988
Working scholarship HOMMAGE à ANDREJ TARKOWSKIJ, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany

1994
Award of Merit, SELECT, awarded by Marc Richard Leach, James Madison University, Virginia, USA

EXHIBITIONS and WORKSHOPS

SELECTION

1980
HERAUSFORDERUNGEN, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

1982
HEIMWEH, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Catalog

1983 - 84
KONTINUITÄT-DISKONTINUITÄT, Hommage à Fruhtrunk, Munich and Paris, Catalogues

1986
FARBE FÜR DAS LENBACHHAUS, Munich, Catalog

1989
GEGENSTAND FARBE, A11 Gallery Thomas, Munich
ELEMENTARE MALEREI und SKULPTUR, Berufsverband bildender Künstler (BBK), Munich, Catalog
WORKSHOP, FARBE IN UNSERER WELT, Intl. Youth Conference, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
MEDITATIONEN, Gallery Thomas, Munich, art cologne

1990
BLAU - FARBE DER FERNE, Heidelberg, Germany, Catalog

1991
TARKOWSKIJ-SUITE, Gallery Dr. Luise Krohn, Introduction Michael Bockemühl, Badenweiler, Germany
Art Basel, Art Frankfurt

1992 - 94
Art Instructor at James Madison Unversity, Harrisonburg, Virginia
SELECT, James Madison University
OBERFLÄCHE, Gallery Unterm Turm, Stuttgart, Germany, Catalog
WORKSHOP DREAMS OF FLYING, James Madison University in collaboration with University Würzburg, Germany
JMU-Faculty Exhibition, Sawhill Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

2017
PERFORMANCE ICON LEGACY-FAKE ART, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, White House Gallery, McGaheysville, Virginia, USA

2018
#VIDEO-PERFORMANCE REMEMBER 9/11-TOUCH AND HUG, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, White House Gallery, McGaheysville, VA

2019
NEW APPROPRIATION ART PREVIEW, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, Munich, Germany

2020
7 DAYS SIGNATURE, Kurt Petz and Petra Linck, Munich, Germany and Massanutten, Virginia, USA