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Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:10 am

I had the priviledge of attending the Czech Republic National exhibiton this past weekend.
I'd liketo thank Vaclav Novak and all the rest of the Czech bonsai artists for inviting me. And special thanks to Tom Benda for taking such good care of me and my wife. We had a blast.

The show was held at the Strahov Monestary. Here are some of the great trees on display. In addition to the trees, pay attention to the pots. I don't believe I've ever seen a show with such a great assortment of bonsai pots matching their trees.

I was very busy and didn't record names and species of the trees so maybe the local club members that visit here could help out. In fact I didn't even get to photograph all the trees. But here are some that I especially liked.

A Pinus Uchinatta that I called the Czesky Lev for the two tailed Czech National lion.


This larch was by Kestutis Ptakauskas of Lithuania. It won a top 10 award. Most of the trees were on separate pedestals and some had religious wall hangings with them which I felt made for interesting and appropriate displays for the Czech Republic.


The BCI Award for excellence - Mugo Pine by Pavel Slovak. A very well prepared and nicely refined Mugo Pine,. I'd like to see the soil totally covered in moss though.


A very interesting Olive.


Another interesting larch by a Polish gent. The Polish trees were all well presented and I am excited that they invited me to a major exhibition next year.


A large Yew.


A Japanese Maple with perfect leaves. Some of the trees were in front of windows which made photogrpahy difficult.


A Pinus unchinnata

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Guest on Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:26 am

Rob,

beautiful display. thanks for sharing your trip and pics.
all of it are worthy of winning, but i personally love the second photo-mugo pine. congratulations to Pavel... his pines got really that natural appeal, even the rustic color of the pot is perfect.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:44 am

Hi Rob.


Thanks for sharing photos here. Thank you again for the wonderful advice and comments in criticizing the trees in the exhibition.
Very Happy ThumbsUp
I look forward to the next meeting.

Pavel

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  my nellie on Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:49 am

Rob Kempinski wrote: ... ... In addition to the trees, pay attention to the pots. I don't believe I've ever seen a show with such a great assortment of bonsai pots matching their trees.
... ....
Indeed!

Something else I notice in some displays there is not the traditional scroll hanging on the wall, but a "modern" framed icon.
A striking "innovation"?
For me, it's a pleasant surprise surely! Very Happy
What do you experts think about this?

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Exhibition Strahov

Post  pmjos on Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:46 am

Vyborne! Would have loved to have been there, the beautiful Strahov, the beautiful trees......and a thirst quenched in the monestary brewery. Ach jo!

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:58 am

pmjos wrote:Vyborne! Would have loved to have been there, the beautiful Strahov, the beautiful trees......and a thirst quenched in the monestary brewery. Ach jo!

Oh you missed a great show and event. Yes we tried the Monestary beer - quite good.
Took a photo before the beer was served just to be sure it came out well. Very Happy
From left to right Karel Muller, Vaclav Novak, famous Czech Bonsai artist, Asako Hashimoto, she studied under Kunio Kobayahi, Tom Benda, our host, bonsai artist and terrific bonsai pot maker, and Terry, my wife.



We also had a private tour of the Monestary's library and art collection.
The library atmosphere took me back to another era. I could imagine the monks copying the detailed texts by hand. As a Catholic I enjoyed it very much.


One part of the library ceiling.


Very old books - older than the trees.


The art made one appreciate the quality of the trees and the setting.






One of the paintings dated back to the 1100's. Amazing.
Here my wife, Terry, and IBC Member and tour guide extraordiniare, Tom Benda, enjoy the art (trees and paintings).

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:14 pm

my nellie wrote:
Rob Kempinski wrote: ... ... In addition to the trees, pay attention to the pots. I don't believe I've ever seen a show with such a great assortment of bonsai pots matching their trees.
... ....
Indeed!

Something else I notice in some displays there is not the traditional scroll hanging on the wall, but a "modern" framed icon.
A striking "innovation"?
For me, it's a pleasant surprise surely! Very Happy
What do you experts think about this?

Very true. You mean not a traditional "Japanese" scroll. There were several trees that had traditional European religious art behind them and I commented during my critique on how much I enjoyed that display as it reflected the Czech heritage and the fact that the exhibition was in a monastery. I suggested in the future if they use separate pedestals for each tree that is not necessary to place an accent plant next to the tree. First of all it looks a bit crowded to do it as the pedestal tops were not big enough for the accent. Second, the tokonoma is a Japanese tradition and requires space to properly mimic one. There were a few tables set up and some of the displays there were in the vein of a traditional Japanese display and looked nice. But the monastery site I feel was a perfect venue to break away from the Japanese mode of display and to do something related to the European tradition. This was even more appropriate since many of the trees were European collected specimens.


This olive bonsai is a good example. It is a collected European tree from the Mediterranean region, reminding one of Jesus being from the Middle East. The cross and religious artwork make a phenomenal European-based display. I even suggested that for this display, the rustic nature of the tree, pot and stand required a rustic display stand. This stand had too much of a Chinese feel to it.

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Dustin Mann on Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:12 pm

Thanks for sharing Rob. Very interesting seeing bonsai show from Eastern Europe, which I hear is growing. The uniformity of leaf size on that Japanese Maple quite well done..ditto to candles on Pinus Q(although large) Wondering if couple pots made by Czech. potter? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Dustin Mann

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Strahov

Post  pmjos on Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:16 pm

Strahov is beautiful, I love it there and it is ideal for bonsai with the enclosed cloister with loads of light. As for the brewery, It's their special edition Christmas Beer at 14% that I'm looking forward to. I have chatted to Tomas on line a few times - but I hav't met Vaclav Novak.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:51 pm

FWI, the religious art is The Stations of the Cross. I am sure they were just part of the monastery's normal ceremonies. These are especially used during Lent as the faithful process from Station to Station in the last hours of Jesus. They are NOT icons and very modern.

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Post  Lukas Sirotny on Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:22 pm

I would like to give my thanks to Rob for his good work on a scots pine during his demo on Saturday but especially for his very detailed and accurate tree critiques which he was performing amost all day long on Sunday (and which I, unfortunately, could not see in its integrity because of my own demo at the same time Neutral ).
I attach some pictures from Rob´s demo and also the overral winning tree of the exhibition - the breathtaking mugo by Olda Kašpar, originally yamadori from the swiss Alps.
Much more photos from other demos and also trees can be found on our forum Bonsai - Kai:
http://www.bonsai-kai.cz/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=741 - demos, the main guest Toru Suzuki from Japan
http://www.bonsai-kai.cz/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=739 - trees (photos from the installation of the exhibition)
http://www.bonsairoznov.cz/fotoalbum/vystavy-_-bonsai-akce/xiii_-narodni-vystava-bonsaji-a-suiseki-cba - my photos




Rob working on a scots pine surrounded by many assistants Smile .


Rob explaining techniques for bending thick branches.


Result of the demo, the light conditions was poor by that time, so I apologize for photo with flash.



The Czech Tree of the year 2010 - Pinus mugo by Olda Kašpar


The same tree, another point of view.

Some of the members of our informal bonsai club Bonsai - Kai together with Rob.

It was a pleasure to meet you, Rob, hope to see you and more from your work this november in Mexico!


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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Guest on Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:26 pm

I like the display with the religious illustration a lot. Not that I do not like the traditional Japanese display, because i do. But I like the way new ways are tried regarding the display (and it doesn’t have to be religious in any way, but it adds a certain mood in this particular display).

I will like to add two comments though. The picture is placed right above the tree and I feel it gives a display not that harmonic and well balanced. It would be far better balanced if the illustration was off centre and placed a bit beside the tree adding some space between the two items.

Secondly I do not like the new (?) way organisers arrange the display setting either not allowing space for accents, or demanding displays without scrolls i.e. I think that the only way to present the art in optimal settings, is to let the artist decide how she/he wants to express their trees. With or without scroll/accents e.g. Limitations this way is also limiting the artists expressions which I think is not developing the way of displaying, only minor the possibilities minimising quality.

But refreshing to see something else than the traditional scrolls (which I also happens to like very much).

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:46 pm

Morten Albek wrote: The picture is placed right above the tree and I feel it gives a display not that harmonic and well balanced. It would be far better balanced if the illustration was off centre and placed a bit beside the tree adding some space between the two items.

Again, the "picture" was not placed by the Bonsai folks, it is part of the religious ceremonies in the monastery, it just happens to be above the trees. I suppose the organizers could have placed the tree to oneside.

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Re: Czech Republic National Exhibition

Post  Andreasdeutscher on Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:37 pm

It is just random display, but...it is truly magic. Getsemane...








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