Ladies and Gentlemen,
was in the beautiful Waldstein Castle in Duchcov that Giacomo Girolamo
Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt wrote the famous memoirs that permit us
to share in his exciting life. / Today, the Frankfurt artists who have
made this exhibition possible with their works, allow museum visitors
to participate in their view of the world. These progressive artistic
positions from Frankfurt are at the same time European positions. In the
way that only art can, by means of the exhibition in Duchcov they are
connecting two regions with each other that are of outstanding importance
For a long time northern Bohemia represented the middle of Europe, while
today Frankfurt occupies a central position in Europe. Furthermore, being
the sister city of Prague, Frankfurt has always shown great interest in
the Czech Republic and and its various regions. Today, following the fall
of the «iron curtain» we enjoy the freedom to re-acquaint
ourselves with each other and exhibitions such as this provide an excellent
opportunity to do so.
I would especially like to thank Dr. Burkhard Brunn for realizing this
project, as well as the Honorary Czech Consul, Dr. Joachim von Harbou,
who very kindly agreed to act as patron of the exhibition. / I am very
proud that once again Frankfurt am Main has proved itself to be a lively
city with a keen interest in culture and art. I take particular pleasure
however in the fact that with the «Buon giorno, Casanova!»
exhibition people in the Czech Republic and from all over the world are
confornted in this unusual location with contemporary artistic positions.
I wish all those involved in the exhibtion great success, its visitors
much enjoyment and inspiration, and I wish us all a fruitful, long-lasting
artistic future, with interaction that reaches beyond Europes disappearing
borders. Yours faithfully, Petra
Roth, Lady Mayoress of the City of Frankfurt am Main
A greeting from the Patron Joachim
Europa is currently witnessing an exceedingly important phase in its history.
Historical relationships are being restored through the inclusion of a
host of Central East European countries in an enlarged EU. For the most
part political and economic issues are at the forefront of this process.
But there is more at stake, namely the emergence of a community feeling
among as many Europeans as possible. And in no small measure culture is
part and parcel of this, and of which as symbols nothing could be better
suited than the contemporary art of Frankfurt artists and Duchcov Castle,
seeped as it is in tradition. In as much as our joint future is concerned,
German and Czech interests need this sort of project. Even more than coming
to terms with the past, we owe it to the next generation to steer a course
that is characterized by a spirit of affection and friendship between
our two countries. As such I am particularly grateful to Dr. Brunn for
the initiative to stage, and indeed realize this project and hope that
the exhibition enjoys the success it truly deserves. Dr.
Joachim von Harbou, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Hessen
Preface by the Museum Director Mgr.
It is with the great appreciation that I welcomed Dr. Brunns idea
of organizing a show of young contemporary art from Frankfurt/Main in
Duchov State Castle and I am very glad he has shown such initiative.
The Castles «Casanova» gallery has to date only familiarized
visitors with the works of Bohemian artists; so it seems all the more
exciting to contrast them with efforts by German artists. My personal
thanks therefore go to Dr. Brunn as well as Ms. Andela Gotssmann at the
«Creative» Jílové Citizens Association, which
has helped us organize the exhibition.
I am convinced that a United Europe, and we already feel part of such,
will stand under the sign of friendship, understanding and cooperation.
And the visual arts have always been a way of getting to know one another,
a bridge from one heart to the other. Mgr.
Petr Horák / Castellan of the Duchcov State Castle