Today I am going to install an exhibition for artists from Devon in a major city in Germany.
The members and friends of the Devon Art Society will be presenting paintings of the beautiful landscapes of Devon and Cornwall. People in Germany are particularly interested in this part of the United Kingdom since more than a hundred of Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels have been adapted for television by a high ranking German TV station.
The paintings will be showing the picturesque bays of the West Country as well as the impressive moors which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to his famous novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.
The artists have portrayed their home counties in magnificent colours in oils, acrylics, and pastels on canvas, paper, or wood. They have managed to convey the perceptions and feelings which they experienced during the creative process, relating them to the visitor who will be able to understand their work quite intuitively.
I went to collect the paintings, personally transporting them by ferry and car through France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Thirty years ago that would have meant stopping at eight customs posts to have papers signed and stamped on entry and on leaving each country. One good thing about the EU is that none of this was necessary and the trip went smoothly.
The exhibition is set to tour other major cities in Germany to document the Anglo-German friendship which began as early as 1946 with the first youth exchange taking place between Dagenham in Greater London and Witten in Germany.