Heidi Trautmann

916: HEIDI TRAUTMANN Art Exhibition at the R.R. Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre, Famagusta

HEIDI TRAUTMANN Art Exhibition at the R.R. Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre, Famagusta


I want to thank Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, Rector of the Eastern Mediterranean University, Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı, Director of the EMU Centre for Cyprus Studies and Zehra Şonya, newly elected President of the European Mediterranean Art Association, for the support they gave me for the creation and the set-up of my exhibition, including the beautifully printed catalogue in two volumes which contain all my work done in the years 2001-2016.  I will never forget the warm words of welcome and appreciation by Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı, Zehra Şonya and by Dr. Esra Plümer Bardak, Vice President of EMAA. I was deeply touched. It was like an order of merit I received from their hands.

I also want to thank all those who took it upon themselves to come to the exhibition from the other end of the island all the way to Famagusta, to the R.R. Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre, a beautiful building near the Lions Garden with not only a wide place for exhibitions but also theatres and concert halls, which are also being used for international congresses. Irene Raab from Kaleidoskop Turizm, has organized the transport for friends from Girne which was for many very comfortable.

I was invited to say some words and I took the opportunity to comment on the importance of art and the World Art Day:


……First of all a big thank you to you from all my heart and to all others who have supported my exhibition. I am deeply grateful.  My thanks go also to the graphic designer Omid Kalantar who so patiently and beautifully has put together my catalogue covering the years 2001-2016 and to the EMU Printing House team who realized the catalogue in two volumes. The Eastern Mediterranean University Center for Cyprus Studies and EMAA have for many years now dedicated their interest, their time and work to the support of the arts, of artists because they have realized that the arts – and here I mean the arts of all disciplines – are the glue that keeps communities working in all fields of society life, politics, nature and environment, it criticizes and balances out.


Many people ask, what is art? What does it stand for? Is it part of interior design…  Or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it can heal people……

For me ART is LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people; it is to understand matters of nature and humanity; drawing a person from life over many sittings has shown me the many facets of a model’s personality.

Art is as old as our globe. With the urge to express themselves, the cavemen took stones to scratch their experiences into rocks….or to record historical events…. the armies of early wars took hired painters with them, explorers did. Art is a form of science, it researches things to the very bottom and uses the results in various directions; it develops the human senses and makes people see behind the curtain. Often it is not for the pleasure of our eyes. Art has become a very important means of worldwide communication with the many international art events; in my early days there was only the famous Venice Biennale, then the Manifesta in Cologne, now we have Biennales in almost all countries of the world. International Art colonies have become the fashion and artists are invited around the world for interesting art workshops. I have watched this phenomenon also here in North Cyprus, with many of our artists regularly going to such events, even to Korea, China and Japan, but we also have international art workshops on the island, I have many times written about them, and thus we get to know artists and their work, their thinking and culture first hand.


It has always been my wish to share and to support art and artists because I believe in the science of art, to help educate young…. and old – you are never too young or too old – in our Thursday Art group we have members of much over 80 years, which I am approaching myself very fast.


The artists who give their devotion and time to teach art have my greatest respect. Art not only makes people see and trains them to use their senses fully, it makes them happy, or rather fulfilled, it gives children and adults self-confidence, keeps them away from nonsense and electronic games and dreams.


It is World Art Day today, a reason to think about its worth.

There is still so much to see and to learn, for example what material people are made of, they carry in them the secrets of the soil they were born on, what shadows are on their souls through the daily events that are thrown in their way. It is people that make the culture of a country, all members of society are creators in one way or another and we need to respect and recognize all of them, it is a country’s language. I think this is the main purpose of making art.


However, we need to give the island’s art a home, a museum, it is my deep wish on this very special day, it is the most important infrastructure for the island’s culture, not only for its own people and the future generations but for those who come here as artists, residents or visitors.


I wish you a good evening and good and fruitful talks on this matter.


As Dr. Naciye Doratli told me hereafter that in fact there was a museum planned and collections of local art work had been started but it involves much work and will still take some time. I was very happy to hear that.

So far the public is kept informed by private initiatives only, such as exhibitions, reviews in newspapers and television, books on local art and lectures. I had a project running for several years in cooperation with the artist Nilgün Güney to talk to German speaking tourists about the local art scene, the bi-communal activities and the institutions that were active in the education and furthering of art, such as EMAA…but this is not enough.



DAÜ TV did a nice pre-exhibition film with Zehra Şonya speaking……


DAÜ TV / Radyo DAÜ



The exhibition will be open during official office hours….

I will be there on all Fridays; please call me if you want to contact me: 0533 876 7470

Here is the link to the R.R.Denktas Culture and Congress Centre incl. a map


Heidi with Dr. Naciye Doratli
Heidi with Dr. Naciye Doratli

BRT Interview with friend Hakan Cakmak who is one of those who support the arts with great enthusiasm
BRT Interview with friend Hakan Cakmak who is one of those who support the arts with great enthusiasm

Rose Marie Gnausch, an artist now living in Barcelone, many will remember her from her great Elephants for Peace Exhibition in 2009 in Nicosia
Rose Marie Gnausch, an artist now living in Barcelone, many will remember her from her great Elephants for Peace Exhibition in 2009 in Nicosia

Zehra Şonya, opens the row of speeches
Zehra Şonya, opens the row of speeches

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