WIDOW OF ARTIST DIEGO VOCI, A MUST READ BY HELGA!

What Christmas meant to Helga Voci.  This says more about Helga than we have ever known. 

From Helga;

“In my family Christmas was always a very traditional , also sentimental and familiar festivity with a lot of food preparation and each year it had to be the same dinner, as fish soup, carp with homemade potato salad and different other salads, big dessert. I remember my mother was cooking for 2 days and some weeks before Christmas she started with special Christmas cookies and Christmas cakes and nobody was allowed before Christmas to try them. We always spent the Christmas days with the whole family in Bavaria, it was cold and all covered with snow and at midnight we used to go to church, it was a small and cosy village church and it was very nice.

When I first knew Diego in Paris he was not a big fan of Christmas, I think he had been too long away from his family, mostly vagabonding through the world, then he became acquainted with Josiane, his first wife. She was from Genevra, her father had a cottage somewhere in the mountains and they went there in wintertime, skiing and probably also for the Christmas festivities.

The first year with Diego in Paris we decided to go and live in London, just before Christmas I left Paris and went to Germany to spend the Christmas days with my family, Diego, instead, left for London. At that time he did not yet know my family and he wanted to meet them another time. We stayed about 10 months in London and as it was raining a lot he wanted to leave and drive towards the south, as far as possible. So we landed in Almuniecar, a small village in South Spain, rented an apartment  and stayed for about 6 months there, it was beautiful and warm but no Christmas atmosphere, I wanted a Christmas tree, and as there were no such trees growing there we went to Madrid(about 500 km or more) and bought a nice Christmas tree, packed it on the car and transported it to the South. Then later on we mostly spent the Christmas days in Bavaria with my parents and my sister and her family and my grandmother and Diego also liked it, he liked to be in the family and he liked our tradition.

Later on , when Alessandra was born and Lakshmi, our Indian housemaid stayed with us and we lived in Taunusstein, my parents also used to come to our house for Christmas, always with the same tradition. One year we had a very big Christmas party in our house (see image below), together with Christine and her family, Keyvan and Liliane Dussard with her children, my parents and Lakshmi, there is a foto we made at that time, it was a very beautiful party.

And then in 1985, a few weeks before Christmas Diego died, within 6 weeks and this year was my and my daughter`s most awful Christmas.!”

DIEGO #VOCI AND #PARIS!

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Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci shares her words:

“It was late 1960, DIEGO was living in a small Hotel near the Seine, he did not really work, just a few sketches from time to time and I was wondering how he was financing his living. He made a big secret about his finances.”

During this time period in 1960, Diego signed his works “Voci“.  At the time, he never foresaw later having a 20 year career signing “Diego”.

To read more click here: https://www.artifactcollectors.com/the-story-of-diego-voci-part-2-572.html

 

3 OUT OF 12 #CONTROVERSIES #WORTH A #LOOK!

3. The #Guggenheim Offers #Trump a #Golden #Toilet

American, a fully functioning gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on September 15, 2016. Photo by William Edwards/AFP/Getty Images.

America, a fully functioning gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on September 15, 2016. 

8. #Paris Protests—and Then Reluctantly Accepts—Jeff #Koons’s #Bouquet 

Rendering of Bouquet of Tulips (2017). ©Jeff #Koons. 

11. Where Is #SalvatorMundi?

A visitor takes a photo of the painting 'Salvator Mundi' by Leonardo da Vinci at Christie's New York. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A visitor takes a photo of the painting Salvator Mundi by #Leonardo #daVinci at #Christie’s #NYC

Read the details:

These Are The 12 Biggest Controversies That Rocked the Art World in 2018

Read the details Month by Month in 2018 about #DIEGO:

https://www.diegovociproject.com/archived-newsletters

#FRANCE DINGS TAXPAYERS A BILLION DOLLARS TO SEE #ART

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Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris; 

The Louis Vuitton Foundation in #Paris has been called a “gift to France.” But according to some critics, the private museum founded by billionaire art collector Bernard Arnault was a gift that came at a spectacular cost to French taxpayers. Now, an anti-corruption group has filed a complaint accusing the foundation of fraud and tax evasion in the Court of Auditors in #Paris, France’s financial taxation watchdog.

The final construction cost of the Frank Gehry-designed building on the edge of #Paris was nearly €790 million (around $900 million), according to French media, seven times the original estimate when Arnault first announced the project. This figure has been revised significantly upward since the museum first opened in 2014. At that time, the New York Timesreported that the cost was closer to $135 million. (The foundation declined to comment to artnet News about the final cost.)

Read rest of article here: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/louis-vuitton-foundation-fricc-1406812

View this video about an Artist of a Thousand Faces “Artist of Thousand Faces” https://youtu.be/dECP7O3ftUo

 

 

FROM #BRUEGEL IN #VIENNA TO #BASQUIAT IN #PARIS!

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Tower of Babel (1563). Courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Picture Gallery ©KHM-Museumsverband.

From Bruegel in Vienna to Basquiat in Paris, Here Are 38 Must-See Museum Shows Worth Traveling for This Fall 

Compliments of The Diego Voci Project! Fill your days with Art. Take a look at a #virtual gallery tour: https://youtu.be/taPQlrQmZCY

#HAPPYBIRTHDAY HELGA VOCI!

 

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Helga Voci; photo taken @ 1983

Happy Birthday Helga Video!

We celebrate the “radiant” Helga birthday on June 6th.

Helga will be cherishing her day with family and friends.

Below are a few images of the “Life of Helga

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The Diego Voci Project Team wishes Helga Voci a year of good health, good fortune and good wishes!    Visit the biography of Helga and Diego to learn more;  https://www.diegovociproject.com/helga-and-diego

#DIEGO VOCI in “Café de #Paris”

#Shown here is Diego’s #surrealistic recollection of the moment that changed his life.

My life took on new meaning. I became more.” Diego to Helga

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Diego Voci “Café de Paris“, 1241-181, 80x70cm Mr. Wilson purchased 2 April 1975 for $710

Who could predict that fate would place 19 year old Helga #Drössler, sitting in the Paris #artist #café Les Deux Magotswith a friend,  only to find the famous #sculptor Gigi #Guadagnucci who was also an acquaintance of her’s,  suddenly introduce her to the debonair artist #DiegoVoci ? Both their lives would change until Diego’s death in 1985.

https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-painting-of-the-week-5154118/Page7.html#79872

Antonio DIEGO Voci (1920-1985) was a #Master of #Surrealism:

 

Françoise Gilot Is Still Painting at 95

Francoise Gilot with Anthony Mason

Watch this video to learn more about the life of Francoise Gilot: https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/artist-francoise-gilot/

From your friends here in San Diego, CA, Francoise #Gilot was married to Jonas Salk (#Salk Institute) and now in the limelight after all these years and still painting. Alive and full of creativity.  Gilot’s prices for her works now demand up to $500,000.

Sometimes it takes time to understand the value of art work. The #Diego Voci Project team witnessing the same with works by Diego Voci. www.diegovociproject.com

 

 

SURREALISM, WOMEN AND LE SPHINX

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Le Sphinx; oil on canvas; 80 x 60 cm, #9802-095

Diego loved the “creative spirit” of “Surrealism”, a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.

Diego’s muses were women…..“A man look at woman… this is cerebral feeling. Venus is love god … who made her? In reality Venus never existed. I like for example fat woman … that’s the way I build Venus. Or I like the skinny woman … that’s the way I build Venus. If I am important enough, that’s enough to influence 90% of the world.” DIEGO, 1974.

Diego loved his visits to Paris. The title of this particular painting is “Le Sphinx”.  Le Sphinx was a brothel opened in 1931 in Paris. In 1946, France outlawed all brothels. Le Sphinx was among the most expensive and best known maisons de tolérance in the Paris of the 1930s

This painting was purchased on September 9 1980 by Captain Kenneth Zielmanuski (in Ramstein, Germany).  Do you know where this painting is now?? Contact diegovociproject@gmail.com.  

#MODIGLIANI, EXHIBITION IN PARIS BRINGS TOGETHER WORLD’S GREATEST ARTISTS

Modigliani Red Hair Woman

Modigliani was one of the modern master painters who inspired Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) “Artist of a Thousand Faces”.

Here is a work by Diego Voci from the collection of Jacqueline Risch of Germany that gives hints of the Modigliani influence while remaining distinctly Diego.

Träumerei 661-512 Oil on Canvas 50x40 cm 20x16 in.

To see more Google “Diego Voci” then click “Images”.

Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia biography states:

Diego thrived on camaraderie as did other artists before him, such as Amedeo Modigliani, both “figurative” artists, both Italian born, both migrated to Paris.  Among Diego’s many facets was a drive never to be poor, never to live a tormented drug ridden life of Amedeo Modigliani who at age 35 “died in Paris exacerbated by poverty only one exhibition to his credit.” or the tortured life of Vincent van Gogh who died at age 37, with only one painting purchased in his lifetime. Diego greatly admired the exceptional work of both artists, but, unlike both artists who found few buyers for their work, in their lifetime, Diego did for his.