BREMEN.- Colorful, with a zest for life, and full of humorthese qualities are typical of James Rizzi, typical of his work, typical of his world. For decades the New Yorker has been delighting numerous collectors around the world and an extensive community of fans with his refreshingly positive creations. Along the way from street painter to celebrated stellar artist, James Rizzi developed his unmistakable, cheerful style while trying out new ideas again and again. Already at the beginning of his unparalleled career, the connection between painting and sculpture led him to develop his famous 3D graphics. Whether it is a matter of the design of a Condor airplane or a postage stamp: James Rizzi remains true to himself, yet is always good for a surprise.
RIZZI'S WORLD for the Artist's Birthday in Bremen
In 2010, the most successful living representative of the first generation of pop artists is celebrating his sixtieth birthday. This is the occasion for a special survey of a dynamic life and versatile oeuvre. The exhibition RIZZI'S WORLD takes place from May 21 to July 4, 2010 at the Messe Bremen in Halle 6 and is the biggest show of the artist's works ever to have been presented. The exhibition agency Popular Art from Düsseldorf has brought 1,400 of Rizzi's works from all around the world to the Weser River.
In addition to the famous 3D graphics, paintings and drawings, the exhibition features numerous highlights and surprises, including Rizzi's four-part graduation work from the art academy in Florida, which is insured for one million Euros; a large model of his Condor airplane; and two VW NEW BEETLES which he designed. Moreoever, the exhibition also includes nude drawings by James Rizzi for the first time, as well as stunning, large formats in oil which the Pop painter produced specially for the show in Bremen. Likewise never having been presented before are fifty record covers designed by the artist, as well as a painted guitar. Detailed biographical material, beginning with the childhood of the New Yorker, additionally allows visitors a private view into James Rizzi's life.
Art for Children
With his cheerful, richly colored style partially based on comic books, James Rizzi has delighted generations of young and old, but especially children and youths. One focus of the exhibition is accordingly the theme of art for children. A variegated program for young artists and those who would like to become artists, as well as many exciting participatory actions, offer fun to the entire family. Whoever enjoys color, good mood and creativity is heartily invited to discover RIZZI'S WORLD.
The Bremen Town Musicians
As the site for this extraordinary spectacle, James Rizzi personally selected the city of Bremen. This is not least due to the artist's special fascination with the famous story of the Bremen Town Musicians. The painter from Brooklyn has also given artistic expression to his great enthusiasm for the fairy tale of the Grimm brothers: He portrayed the four animals entirely in his personal style: colorful, with a zest for life, and full of humor. They dance through the image and invite the viewer: "Let's go to Bremen! Let's go to RIZZI'S WORLD!"