I have just returned from a trip to the Eifel region of Germany, where I went to see my work exhibited alongside works by Johann Wilhelm Schirmer. I am proud to say that four of my paintings, which have recently been acquired by the Julich Museum for their permanent collection, were on display in Heimbach.
During my visit I spent a day at Julich where I was privileged to be given a private guided tour of the museum and the citadel by Bernhard Dautzenberg. Here I had the chance to spend some time with the museum’s Schirmer collection and reflect on the history of the magnificent building itself.
Chris Billington – Bernhard Dautzenberg – JW Schirmer Collection – Julich Museum
At Heimbach I had a very rewarding and valuable meeting with the Director of the most exceptional Kunstakademie Heimbach, Professor Dr. Frank Gunter Zehnder and Marcell Perse, the Curator of the Julich Museum. I was also reunited with my good friend, and co-collaborator, German artist, Maf Räderscheidt.
Chris Billington – Prof. Dr. Zehnder – Heimbach - Dialogue JW Schirmer Exhibition
In addition to an already amazing few days I was also introduced to the master German Printer Martin Katelhon. We had a few hours together at his studio in Cologne where we discussed the possibility of working on a project for 2011. I am especially excited about this, Martin is highly regarded internationally and has worked with many great artists, including Yoko Ono and Sigmar Polke.