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In Every Form of Art, the Soul of a People is Heard

In Jeder Form der Kunst Kommt die Seele Eines Volkes zum Kllingen

"In Every Form of Art, the Soul of People is Heard." Volk auf dem Weg, January 2008, 12-13.

This translation from the original German-language text to American English is provided by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado


From November 29 through December 29, 2007, an exhibit in the Haus der Heimat in Wiesbaden presented the

skills of certain artists from the former USSR.

These kinds of exhibits have become a tradition here, now taking place two times each year. Once again, the organizers were the Bund der Vertriebenen (BdV) [Association of the Displaced] and the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland.

Vera Meier, cultural consultant for the local and county chapter of Wiesbaden, opened the event and

presented the artists. Next, Johann Thiessen, chair of the Land Hessen chapter of the Landsmannschaft, emphasized the great significance of measures, such as this, which present the strengths of the German-Russian immigrants to the general public.

Alfred Herold, Land Hessen chair of the BdV, directed his remarks of greeting to participants and guests of the exhibit: "I have often experienced these exhibits of German-Russian countrymen, viewed them with great interest and admired them. And I think that in any form of art, the soul of a people is heard. This applies particularly to persons who have come to us from the expanses of Russian and who had to make a whole new life for themselves here, often under difficult circumstances. They conquered a fate which most folks in our Land hardly know about and, for that reason, do not understand. Our common goal is to assist these persons in the integration into heir 'new home.'

Jakob Wedel

Jakob Wedel

Three artists of different generations and from different regions of origin exhibited their works. Sculptures of the sculptor Jakob Wedel - stylized and symbolic depictions of human harmony and beauty - provided insight into more than four decades of his artistic work that by now comprises nearly 800 pieces. Born in 1931 in the German village of Nikolaipol in Kirghistan, Wedel has been living in Detmold since 1988. At 57 he came to Germany and brought along about 200 pieces of art from his country of origin.

Years of intensive work and numerous exhibits made Wedel known hereabouts, too. Some 20 of his works are poured in bronze and can be admired in spas and in Rathauses, in plazas and in parks.

Dmitriy Baum

Dmitriy Baum

The painter Dmitriy Baum comes from Ufa, Russia, and for over two years has been living in Gross-Gerau. The young artists presented pictures from three series. In painting he attempts to find himself artistically and needing to work up new life situations creatively. Images from his "Series 2" mirror his memories, emotions and impressions on his new life. In his series "HO&MO" he conducts a "dialog" with himself and then second-guesses his decisions. His series "The Energy of Good" allows confidence and optimism to emerge: a good thing makes for a good heart, and a good heart brings light into life.

Leonid Pupkin

Leonid Pupkin

The artist Leonid Pupkin of Duesseldorf exhibited miniature figurines that depict infantry regiments of countries that participated in the Second Nordic War (1700 - 1721), Sweden on one side, and Denmark, Poland-Saxony, Russia and (later) Prussia and Hannover on the other side. Each country is represented in this exhibit by a regiment, all figurines are fashioned from colored dough at a scale of 1:35. The uniforms are authentic depictions from original historical pictures.The depiction is complemented by models of farmyards and other buildings of the Baltic region, Poland, Germany and Ukraine. Pupkin found himself drawn to this art form only after coming to Germany, where he has been getting many children enthused about his remarkable hobby. This he also accomplished in the Haus der Heimat, where he led a workshop.

The musical framing of the opening day was taken care of by lady violinist Valentina Molleker. A team from the Open Channel of Kassel filmed for an upcoming program.

Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation of this article.

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