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Please join us for an art event with Jörg Madlener and accompanying musical performance.

A private student of Otto Dix, Jörg Madlener has remained faithful throughout his long career to his original fascination for the human face. His latest series, ‘The Jordanian Woman (Die Frau ohne Schatten)’ is the fruit of the artist’s years in the Middle-East, an experience which led him to touch the human drama behind the political conflicts.

Accompanying this art event will be the performance of a selection of microtonal works written by Harry Parch, who draws on the lyrics of Chinese poet Li Po. Johnny Reinhard, director of the American Festival of Microtonal Music, will be intoning to Anastasia Solberg’s viola. The duo has performed Partch’s works throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States.

Below is a list of the poems that will be performed:

Set I:
In the Springtime on the Yangtzee
The Long Departed Lover
With a Man of Leisure
On Ascending the Sin Ping Tower
The Night of Sorrow

Set II:
A Dream
The Intruder
An Encounter in the Field
On the City Street
I am a Peach Tree
A Midnight Farewell

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

First Things Editorial Offices
35 East 21st St, Sixth Floor (between Broadway and Park)

Jörg Madlener studied architecture art and philosophy in Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Germany and in Antwerpen, Belgium. He was a private student of the painter Otto Dix. As a painter, he represented his country Belgium at the Biennials in Venice and São Paolo. His work can be found at museums like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Albertina in Vienna, the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels and the Bayrische Statatsgemäldesammlung in Munich among others, and in public and private collections in Belgium, Luxembourg, Swiss, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. As a set designer for opera and theater, he has worked for productions in Belgium, Holland, Germany and the United States. Madlener has taught in Art Schools and Universities in Germany and Belgium and privately in Northern Italy in the Dolomites, Abu Dhabi, and in the United States.

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