is a French association under the law of 1901. The aim of this
association is to promote art of all forms and especially to organize
exhibitions.The project is
directed by Reinhard Blanck and Stefan Dobadka, two German artists,
living in Calais and Cologne,
Germany. If you want to know more
about them, please visit their home page at artdocuments.com.
project originated in 2000 when the house was acquired. In those days
there were few places for exhibitions in Aude. International actual art
was rarely to be seen. This was the reason why, between 2005 and
2007, ArtisVita presented mainly international artists,
whose work took a clear position in the dialogue between the artist
and the viewer. It was important to sound out the possibilities of the
technology used in each case and its frontier and to analyse the
artist’s own role as an art creator.
"Cross over" projects were a main item, in which either an artist
expanded his function into new ranges or several artists of different
ArtisVita sought to oppose
varying approaches by usually showing the work of two artists per
exhibition. Thus, the art consumer was confronted in one exhibition with
different solutions, different techniques and/or different perspectives.
The region, particularly the Minervois, was at a social turning point :
the traditional viticulture was moving away from mass production,
whilst the population still renews itself steadily by an influx of
from other regions of France and of foreigners.
Under the label
"Decentralization" new structures have grown in rural area. Thus
numerous places for exhibitions have been created. Newly built tourist
offices, libraries, media places and art centers take care of nicely
equipped exhibition spaces with the help of public money. Inside and
around these places teams of professionals organize a wide program for
the interested public. For the artists it is not difficult any longer
to find an exhibition space to fit in.
To cope with this changing situation ArtisVita has taken two sabbatical years in 2008 and 2009 and decided by the end of 2010 to sell the building. The ArtisVita
exhibitions are meant to be a completion to an existing choice, not a
rival offer to it. Especially in July and August a wide range of art
animation is now available; so ArtisVita
is liberated from a stringent exhibition program. In the future
there will be irregular single exhibitions in another place. The new freedom shall facilitate to explore other fields in
art, off the classical (sales-)exhibition, towards ephemeral
expressions of actual art which are rarely shown.