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CONTINUATION OF SUPPORT TO THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION

April 2008, year III - Niš Art Foundation

“Talent needs nurturing, it needs a chance and – most of all – it needs a supporter”. These are the words written by my predecessor Eugenio Sidoli, the former Managing Director of DIN “Fabrika duvana” a.d. Nis an affiliate of Philip Morris International, in the catalogue for the second consecutive exhibition--the Art of Young in April 2007.  Eugenio, Lale and the Nis Art Foundation were the leaders in creating the exhibition and I am pleased that their vision continues for a third consecutive year.  I am pleased that the exhibition is becoming a traditional art event in Nis, Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Again this year, the Nis Art Foundation has provided the young artists from all around Serbia with a chance to be heard, recognised and appreciated for their talents.  This catalogue presents the best forty-nine artworks of young painters, sculptors and graphic artists that were selected amongst 800 artists who submitted their work to the NAF Art Contest. The number and the quality of the submitted work, as testified by the art connoisseurs, clearly shows that the engagement of such an organisation as NAF has contributed to improving the art scene in Nis and Serbia.

It is also important that the Niš Art Foundation has not limited itself to fine arts, but it has organized a competition for the best short play written by young playwrights up to the age of 35.  The subject of the plays was the past, present and future of the city of Niš.  It is well known that the best proof of success of a drama related competition is if a play is materialized in a good theatrical performance. And that undoubtedly happened, through great media and public attention,  with the performance "ОдабраNI и уNIŠтени", an adaptation of the three awarded plays written by three young playwrights, two being from Niš (selected during the anonymus competition), starring the actors from the National Theater in Niš. It is of significant importance that this perfomance is a coproduction of one of the most important cultural insitutions in Niš – The National Theater and the Foundation itself. I believe that this sets a good example to other institutions in Niš to encourage cultural cooperation.

With our support, the Niš Art Foundation has another interesting undertaking this year, the Exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s codices and inventions.  From May through July, the public in Niš and Belgrade will have the opportunity to see an outstanding exhibition of more than sixty models and inventions, reproduced according to the original drawings of this Renaissance genius. The models represent visionary conceptions of future robots, hovercrafts, automobiles, catapults and some of Leonardo’s other ingenious inventions.

I would like to thank the Nis Art Foundation for their efforts to foster the engagement of young talents in art disciplines and to reward the most creative forms of expression.  Their efforts have helped inspire cultural creativity and brought together art experts and art lovers from all around Serbia to help celebrate the talented young artists of this country.

Skip Bornhuetter, Managing Director 

DIN „Fabrika duvana“ a.d. Niš, an affiliate of Philip Morris International

Catalog Young 2008

NASTAVAK PODRŠKE DUHU INOVACIJE

April 2008, treća godina Niš Art Fondacije

"Talentu je potrebna nega, potrebna mu je šansa, a pre svega podrška", reči su koje je napisao moj prethodnik, Eugenio Sidoli, prethodni generalni direktor DIN „Fabrike duvana“ a.d., u sastavu Philip Morris International u katalogu druge po redu Izložbe Mladi aprila 2007. godine. Eugenio, Lale i Niš Art Fondacija bili su idejni tvorci ove izložbe i veoma mi je drago da njihova vizija živi već treću godinu za redom. Drago mi je da je ova izložba postala tradicionalni umetnički događaj u Nišu, Beogradu i Novom Sadu.

Ove godine, Niš Art Fondacija  ponovo pruža šansu mladim umetnicima iz cele Srbije da se njihov talenat prepozna i nagradi. U ovom katalogu predstavljeno je četrdeset devet najboljih radova mladih slikara, vajara i grafičara izabranih između 800 umetnika koji su poslali svoje radove na NAF-ov umetnički konkurs. Sam broj i kvalitet priloženih radova, što potvrđuju i poznavaoci likovne umetnosti, jasno pokazuju da  angažovanje organizacije kao što je NAF doprinosi poboljšanju umetničke scene u Nišu i Srbiji.

Takođe je značajno da se Niš Art Fondacija nije zaustavila na mladim likovnim umetnicima, već je organizovala konkurs za najbolju kratku dramu mladih dramskih pisaca do 35 godina. Zadata tema konkursa bila je prošlost, sadašnjost i budućnost Niša.  Poznato je da je najbolji dokaz uspeha konkursa u oblasti dramske književnosti ako dramski tekst urodi dobrom predstavom.  A to se nesumljivo desilo, što dokazuje i izuzetno velika pažnja medija i ovdašnje publike, sa predstavom "ОдабраNI и уNIŠтени", adaptacijom tri prvonagrađena dramska teksta trojice mladih dramatičara od kojih su dvojica iz Niša  (izabranih na anononimnom konkursu) u izvođenju Narodnog pozorišta u Nišu.

Nije od malog  značaja činjenica da je predstava koprodukcija jedne od najznačajnijih ustanova grada Niša - Narodnog pozorišta i same Fondacije.

Smatram da je to  dobar i ohrabrujući  primer  i drugim ustanovama Niša, za saradnju u oblasti kulture.

Uz našu podršku Niš Art Fondacija preuzima na sebe još jedan interesantan poduhvat -  izložbu posvećenu kodeksima i izumima Leonarda  Da Vinčija. Od maja do jula publika u Nišu i Beogradu  imaće priliku da vidi izuzetnu izložbu preko šezdeset modela izuma, napravljenih po originalnim crtežima ovog genija Renesanse. Modeli predstavljaju vizionarske zamisli budućih robota, letilica, automobila, katapultova i drugih genijalnih Leonardovih zamisli.   

Želeo bih da se zahvalim Niš Art Fondaciji na trudu koji ulaže u podsticanje angažmana mladih umetnika u različitim umetničkim disciplinama i nagrađivanje najkreativnih umetničkih izraza. Njihov trud inspiriše kulturnu kreativnost i spaja poznavaoce i ljubitelje umetnosti iz čitave Srbije da slave mlade talentovane umetnike ove zemlje   

Skip Bornhiter,  generalni direktor

DIN „Fabrika duvana“ a.d. Niš, u sastavu Philip Morris International

Katalog Mladi 2008