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They wrote about this year's "dílna"

“Art is a hammer to beat the world, not a mirror to reflect it.”

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovskyi

Having the initial quote in mind, I am pondering about a few sentences for the catalogue which looks back at the past year of the Mikulov Art Symposium. Each year, I approach this honorary task with great respect. Respect to work who part was being created at a time when I could help to a small extent. “dílna” 2009 leads the way of modern times, just like the masters of Renaissance, and promises a creative potential for the years to come. Its 16th year not only showed us the possibilities and trends of modern art, but also summed up all of the past years and presented an overview of this unique collection. This inspiring opportunity to come back in time and see what has been done throughout all those years proves the decision of the symposium’s founders was right. It gives us new ideas of how to stand up to the commitment which passes on to each new political representation, together with the responsibility for the cultural heritage of our town.  I believe that the 16th year of the Mikulov Art Symposium launched a new creative era of valuable artefacts all art lovers among the people of Mikulov and its visitors are looking forward to. It is my pleasure to be able to express my gratitude to all the organizers of the symposium and all the artists whose works enriched our collection, and to express my firm belief that the future years of the Mikulov Art Symposium will be “a hammer to beat the world”.

Rostislav Koštial,  Mayor of Mikulov 

The 16th year of the Mikulov Art Symposium “dílna” was exception in its form as well as in its content. Also the DVD you are now exploring is different that the ones you might have been used to. To date, electronic media have not been given so much space within a single event. “dílna” has overcome the boundaries of the chateau and its park and penetrated the town. This must have taken a lot of courage. I’d like to thank the organizers for finding it, as well as everybody who were able to understand them.

Mgr. Petr Kubín, Director, Regional Museum in Mikulov