Mecklenburg – fine travel destinations in the north-eastern part of Germany. There are many opportunities to explore Mecklenburg visiting castles and manor houses, enjoying the wonderful landscape. Travel by car, by bicycle or with a horse. And for those who like the art of slow travel, why not traveling as a passenger of a carriage, dipping into fairytale scenarios of past times?
The Pferdetheater photo experiment. Photography under extreme light conditions with the artists of the Pferdetheater – a horse theatre. In September 2018, during the screening of “Tout le monde danse, tout le monde pense” in Berlin, photographs were created similar to painted pictures.
The Adventures of Selika tells the story of a young African woman who was expelled by war and raised by a noble family in France in the middle of the 19th century. The film is the successor of the director of the award-winning short film “The Equestrian” with the dressage rider Carl Hester.
The Irish National Stud in Tully, County Kildare is the heart of Irish thoroughbred breeding. Irish National Stud and Gardens is considered a tourist attraction, but the National Stud has also been a functioning stud for over 100 years with the main aim of breeding thoroughbreds for Ireland that can win at home and abroad.
Dieter Blum – the Cowboys series in 2016 at Daimler Art Collection. The photo series Cowboys. The first shooting was photographed in the year 1992 by the photographer and artist Dieter Blum. In 2016 the images were shown in Berlin at House Huth during an exhibition by Daimler Art Collection. The photos came to existance as a test shooting for Marlboro. The series comprises a total of 57 photographs.
Fancy some theatre? Fancy dressage riding? The Berlin Equestrian Theatre combines both into a special performance of horsemanship and performing arts. The repertoire of the Berlin Equestrian Theatre group ranges from small interludes to large-scale performances: just on three evenings in September, the Nocturnes play – and in development, a very large piece with the work of Eadweard Muybridge as its central theme.
Samorin horse – made of steel. In Slovakia, at the Hippo Arena in Samorin, there is a huge work of art by Hungarian artist Gabor Miklos Szoke – a sculpture of a steel horse. The artist is known for his large-framed sculptures of animals, made from many individual parts that together form monumental bright artworks.
The London artist Yaheya Pasha paints horses – with vivid dazzling colours and dynamic brush strokes, modern, vivid. The paintings of the London-based artist with Indian roots and a passion for horses are full of energy.
Japanese artist Makoto Tojiki makes sculptures out of tiny LED lights. Tojiki gained attention in Europe with a work from the “No Shadow” series for the luxury textile manufacturer Hermès: the glowing orange horse galloped imaginarily through the halls of the Grand Palais in Paris during the Saut Hermes show jumping tournament in 2010. The artist’s more recent works, such as the cellist and the light installation Hope and Dream, appear even more fascinating.
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. The White Horse Gazelle – a glance on the painting. The 1881 depiction of the horse by the French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec belongs to the collection of the Albertina in Vienna and was exhibited at the Vienna Kunstforum in 2015.
Konik horses originating from Central and Eastern Europe. The horses of this robust pony breed are increasingly used as landscape keepers – as equine conservationists in European nature reserves, alongside Przewalski horses and cattle species. Konik is the Polish word for pony or small horse. Konik horses live in the Geltinger Birk at the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany, in the Polish Białowieża National Park, Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands and also in the Barnim of Berlin-Brandenburg.
Edgar Degas: who does not know his drawings and paintings of bathers or dancers by Edgar Degas – less widely known, but just as beautiful are the portraits of horses and riders. Over the years of his creative work (1853-1908) Edgar Degas created several pictures of horses and riders. Groups of people with horses in the landscape, scenes at the racetrack, horses in training – Degas captured special atmospheres in wonderful color moods.
Weingarten Blutritt. Blood ride – that sounds a bit martial. But this is not a scene from the latest mystery movie. The Blutritt is an equestrian procession in honour of a blood relic. This kind of religious tradition is still celebrated today, mostly in southern Germany. For example, in Weingarten with about a hundred groups of riders. Around 3000 horses and riders process through the small Upper Swabian university town of Weingarten every year.
Devon Exmoor National Park , wild horses and an impressive coastline. Right after visiting the Badminton Horse Trials my journey continued south after spending one day in Bristol. A great highlight of a trip to Devon is the Exmoor National Park with its free roaming horses and diverse landscapes.