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LEDA LUSS LUYKEN



Leda Luss Luyken, née Valata, (born 1952 in Athens), Greece, is a Greek/American conceptual artist, who lives and works in Germany.
Leda Luss-Luyken was educated at the Ecole d'Humanité in Switzerland and studied Αrts and Αrchitecture in Zurich, New York and Manchester. During that time she was particularly influenced by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Richard Neutra as well as Japanese garden architecture.
She then began her professional career as an architectural designer and interior architect in New York, working intensively with designs by Charles Eames, Herman Miller and Eero Saarinen.
Drawing on this experience, Leda Luss Luyken has been working since 1983 as a conceptual artist in England, Germany and Greece. She received painting tutorials from Alfred de Vivanco, a pupil of Emil Nolde and is regularly being coached by Gisela Sellenriek (Academy of Fine Arts Berlin and Munich).


Figurative works 1985 to 1996


This is a body of work ranging from life drawing to expressive figurative paintings depicting personifications of the condition humaine. They were shown in two major solo shows in Amsterdam  and are documented in a monograph.


ModulArt 1996 to date


ModulArt is Leda Luss Luyken's conceptual innovation, a "new way of motion in painting" (Denys Zacharopoulos). Luss Luyken has produced cycles of paintings using this innovative technique: Millennium (1996–2002); Greek Spirit (2003–2005); Genesis (2006–2008); 96% Dark Matter (2008–2010); Cosmos Sensual (2010–2011). Each of these cycles comprises approximately 20 large scale paintings measuring 180 : 180 cm or more.


In terms of contemporary art, ModulArt belongs to the category of conceptual art. It is not so much the finished painting but its openness to change and alterability that define the basic idea of ModulArt. The painter's subjects are open to their de- and reconstruction into new, modulated images. To do so, the artist lets go of her work and allows for its further development by the viewer. The viewer thus becomes an active user of art. Modulated images open up new perspectives and insights on the subject, the artistic development of a piece of art remains in a state of flux. Such further development of a ModulArt painting is open-source and can be done any time in nearly unlimited variations.


Luss Luyken's ModulArt coincides and was developed independently during the same period of time with Stefano Vagnini'sModulArt in the realm of musical composition. Both hold that the artist’s tools to creativity are virtually unlimited by way of ModulArt.


Luss-Luyken's ModulArt was publicly exhibited in museums in Leipzig, Munich, Berlin and Weimar as well as in major solo shows in galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Munich. Luss Luyken's ModulArt is documented in a catalogue, a monograph, a collector's catalogue and three films.


RiceArt 2001 to date


RiceArt is multimedia work on transparent rice paper. Using this medium, Leda Luss Luyken has produced the following series of paintings: The Aphrodite Series (2001); The Nike Series (2003); The Garden of Eden Series (2004); The E-motions Series (2005).
Each of these consists of between 20 and 30 works, mostly on Indian or Chinese rice paper and in some cases using a combination of both. Many of the themes are drawn from ancient mythology and Luss Luyken transposes their essence intomodernity.



MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS



1996  Museum Grassi in Leipzig | solo exhibition | Palympsistos |
2001  Haus der Kunst | München (K 01) |
2003  Abgusssammlung Antiker Plastik | Berlin | solo exhibition |

          4Olympia04 |
2004  Haus der Kunst | München (K 04) |
2008  Stadtmuseum in Weimar | solo exhibition | Greek Spirit |
2012  Cultural Centre of Apollonia Milou | solo exhibition |

          A Voluntary Love |



WORKS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN



1985  1000 Jahre Verden | glass mural | stained glass |

          10 : 2.50 meters
1988  Links | The European Institute for the Media | Manchester

          (UK) | 480 : 180 cm
1999  Links | 480 : 2180 cm | Landesanstalt für Medien |

          Düsseldorf | Germany
2002  Aphroditi | United Buddy Bear contracted by the Embassy

          of the Hellenic Republic,
          Berlin and sponsored by Honorary Consul Mme. Madeleine

          Schickedanz | exhibited at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin

          and auctioned for the benefit of UNICEF
2003  Olympic Ambassador | Buddy Bear for the Hellenic

          Republic, publicly shown in 2003
          Berlin | 2003 Kitzbühel (AU) | 2004 Hong Kong |

          2004 Istanbul | 2005 Tokyo | 2005
          Seoul | 2005 Sydney | 2006 Berlin | 2006 Vienna |

          2007 Cairo | 2007 Jerusalem | 2008
         Warsaw | 2008 Stuttgart | 2008 Pong Yang | 2009 Buenos

         Aires | 2009 Montevideo |
2009  Berlin | 2010 Astana | 2010 Helsinki |2011 Sofia |2012 New

          Delhi |
2004/05  Gelber Engel |sculpture 63 : 99 : 85 cm | commissioned

          by ADAC Germany | on public display at ADAC Cologne |
2010  2K1| a contemporary DanceModulartVideo project |

          Kunsthalle whiteBOX Kultfabrik | Munich |



MAJOR SOLO GALLERY SHOWS



1969  Stöckli Ausstellung, Ecole d'Humanité, Goldern,

          Switzerland
1987  5th Annual Exhibition of Young Artists, Cavendish House,

          Manchester, U.K.
1990  My Gender: a Woman Paints Women, Casabella Gallery,

          Manchester, U.K.
1992  Always at Midnight, Gallery Brouwersgracht Twee Drie

          Acht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994  De koning en zijn hofhouding, Gallery Brouwersgracht

          Twee Drie Acht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994  Right or Wrong, my Love, Galerie Belarte, Dübendorf, ZH,

          Switzerland
1998  Farbige und Weiße, Kunstpavillion Munich, Germany
1999  Perhaps Love, Gallerie Brouwersgracht Twee Drie Acht,

          Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001  Die Sünde, HYPOSWISS, Zurich, Switzerland
2002  Six-pack, Galerie Browersgracht Twe Drie Acht,

          Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2004  Overzichtstentoonstelling 1991–2004, Gallery Twee Drie

          Acht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006  Greek Spirit: e-motion, camera artis, Schauplatz

          für moderne Kunst, Munich, Germany
2008  Genesis, Camera artis, Schauplatz für moderne Kunst,

          Munich, Germany
2008  RiceArt, Galerie Refugium, Dresden, Germany
2009  ModulArt = 4^y x y!, Marstall, Berg, Germany
2010  ModulArt: Freude an Innovation, BMW - SM, Munich |

          Germany
2010  |local > global | P1 | arts space | Milos | Greece
2011  Cosmos Sensual, ars24, Munich, Germany



ART TRADE FAIR SHOWS



2011 | Ai15 | ART INNSBRUCK | Austria |
2011 | und#6 | Karlsruhe | Germany |
2011 | art Athina | Greece |
2012 | Ai16 | ART INNSBRUCK | Austria |



BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

Breaking the Rules | Die Regeln brechen, ed by Tom Prader, English and German | 127 pp. | 84 color prints, Zurich | 1997
TryDax, Designed and edited by Klaus Walterspiel, 19 pp. with numerous color prints | Munich | 2000 Leda Luss Luyken :ModulArt, ed. by Georg von Kap-herr | English and German | 112 pp. with 60 color prints | Bobingen | 2008 | Wanderjahre, Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Kaske 1970-2010, ed by Anna Wondrak, Munich, 2011 |



FILMS



Παντα ρει: Leda Luss-Luyken's ModulArt | Film + TV feature | 12’ | by 3’30”films |Berlin |2004|
ModulArt©LLL, 1’30” | by Roman Luyken | Studio L | London | 2009 |
Leda Luss Luyken: ModulArt | TV Feature by Peider Defilla | for BRα - ARD TV | Munich | 15' | 2011 |



MEMBERSHIPS



Kulturverein Berg | Germany
Kunstverein München k.m | Munich | Germany



REFERENCES


• "Always at Midnight" Gallery Brouwersgracht Twee Drie Acht, 1992 and "De koning en zijn hofhouding" Gallery Brouwersgracht Twee Drie Acht, 1994
• Tom Prader (Ed): Breaking the Rules | Die Regeln brechen, Zurich, 1997
• cf. Georg von Kap-herr (Ed.): Leda Luss Luyken :ModulArt, Bobingen, 2008, pp 6-25
• Klaus Walterspiel: TryDax, Munich, 2000
• Georg von Kap-herr (Ed.): Leda Luss Luyken :ModulArt, Bobingen, 2008
• Christoph und Stephan Kaske Stiftung, Dagmar and Joachim Kaske (Ed.): Wanderjahre. Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Kaske 1970-2010. With texts by Anna Wondrak, 204 pp., Munich 2011: pp. 6, 12, 18, 19, 38, 63, 70, 71
• Dagmar Scheibert and Reinhard Eisner: Παντα ρει: Leda Luss-Luyken's ModulArt, film + tv feature, 12’, Berlin, 2004 | Roman Luyken: :ModulArt©LLL, 1’30”, Studio L, London, 2009 | Peider Defilla: Leda Luss Luyken: ModulArt, TV feature for BRalpha TV, 15', Munich, 2011