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xTalk – Beuys 4.0 contemporary social sculpture in times of reconstruction

Gallery Luzia Sassen 2017

As part of a new series of performances (xTALK) Juan Petry talked about new contemporary art projects in the field of social sculptures. Invited and realized by the gallery Luzia Sassen in her location in Cologne he talked about the artist Beuys, his fundamental theoretical concepts and happenings.

“Beuys opened a wide door for contemporary artists and 31 years after his dead its time to pass this door and explore, what is possible behind. Its time to evaluate new materials to draw and paint, like social networks, programming and other integrated technologies. (Petry)”

Art on the road 4 – from Cologne via Berlin to Barcelone



Art on the road is an open concept of moving the people. I am looking for open minded powerful and creative people who want to join me on a trip from Cologne to Barcelona. You could meet me for a cup of coffee on the way, you could meet me for a day in your area or you could join me (one place in the car is free) on some parts of the travel. The goal is to enjoy european art and culture, meet nice friends on the way and discover contemporary art.

In June 2016 we will inaugurate an exhibition in the gallery of the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON in spain (documentation of this trip).

Tour plan:

30.04.2016 – 10 am – Leipzig Mitte HBF – round table “living communities”
30.04.2016 – 7 pm – Eibenstock – round table “artsurprise”
01.05.2016 – 2 pm – Eibenstock – inauguration new point of sales “artsurprise”
01.05.2016 – 3 pm – Eibenstock – round table “living communities”
02.05.2016 – 8 pm – Berlin Mitte – Weinerei – round table “artsurprise”
06.05.2016 – 1 pm – Halle – round table “artsurprise”
08.05.2016 – 1 pm – Hannover – working with the bees – “natural farming, culture, art”
09.05.2016 – 1 pm – Hannover – dye garden – spiral of colors – natural farming
10.05.2016 – 1 pm – Hannover – SofaLoft – round table “artsurprise”
10.05.2016 – 7 pm – Hannover – interview with Evelyn S. – “now – the moment of innocence”
14.05.2016 – 11 am – Windeck – round table “living communities”
15.05.2016 – 6 pm – syrian folk meets art and performance in Rheinbach
17.05.2016 – 6 pm – Marseille – round table “artsurprise”
19.05.2016 – 6 pm – Quillan (Aude,FR) – round table “living communities”
20.05.2016 – 6 pm – Girona (CAT) – round table “living communities”
21.05.2016 – 6 pm – Cervera del Maestre – Dinner with the artist

Fill out the form below. Add you cell phone for quick reply. I will start in 29.04.2016 in Cologne. Publish this open call in your social media networks. Apply now!


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maju – a culinary journey from adventure to being


Dinner & Art: Saturday 24. April 20167.00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A 6-course menu and 12 stories about art and food – in conjunction with the social sculpture CASAdelDRAGON in Spain
Location: galerie luzia sassen | Schönecker Weg 5 | 51570 Windeck (NRW / Germany)

Dinner & Art: Tuesday 26. April 20167.00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A 6-course menu and 12 stories about art and food – in conjunction with the social sculpture CASAdelDRAGON in Spain
Location: galerie luzia sassen | Luxembuerger Str. 345 | 50939 Köln (Cologne / Germany)

limited number of participants – attendance by invitation only –  booking exclusively here: Luxemburger Str. 345, 50939 Köln, Tel.: +49 (0) 2248 – 44 53 45, Fax: +49 (0) 2248 – 44 53 46,

maju is time for love of pleasuremaju is a culinary journey from adventure to being. maju combines 12 stories about art and cuisine with a unique delight for your taste buds and heartmaju combines exquisite dishes made from carefully selected ingredients with the presentation of curated art works. Be part of a unique experience!

Mariella cooks with ingredients from the garden of colours (Jardi de Colors laboratori de artistas, project of UNIEE – free university of informal education, Castellon, Spain). Juan talks about art and natural food on the road to the social sculpture CASAdelDRAGON.

social matrix and virtual reality


title image of a group in fb – one social media network of the past

At the beginning of 2015 I was admin of some groups in social networks. When I had started these activities earlier, I was looking for a channel to transform virtual attention into real benefit for the members (of these groups) and for myself.

I spent some hours per week in managing the groups and calculated the ROI (return of investment). I did not really hit that point. 🙂

At the same time I was (and still am) also responsible for a dye garden project in Spain and a project called “jardin de colores – laboratorio de artistas” – an open garden for free people like Epicur’s garden.

As part of these activities I founded UNIIE – the Free University of Informal Education. The campus of this university is that garden space in Spain.

I decided to ask my personal friends in the social networks for a donation. Some of them – a few – donated a little money. The amount was nearly 40% of what I paid for a caravan to host people for free. Most of the so-called “social media friends” did not react or donate.

After writing more than 1500 personal mails, my account was limited by some social networks and they rerouted my friends to a page which informed them about an alleged risk if they followed the link to my website. All my personal links are blocked now if I try to use them in my personal and private (?) communication via the social media network…

Of course, I didn’ t pay for ads and I used the tools of the social media. My target is to found and develop a free space for free thinkers, a place of peace and freedom. After all, using this social network was not useful for that purpose.

If you are NOT afraid, you can follow this link. And sorry, you can’ t give me a L**E for that, but you can give and receive LOVE, if you join the movement of UNIIE.

UNIIE – free university of informal education


UNIIE – get the knowledge you need

In 01. January of 2015 i founded the free university of informal education – UNIIE – in Spain. The main target is, to develop a free space for free creatives, like a garden of epicurus. UNIIE will be one of my long-term art projects. As part of the activities of the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON, the dye garden project of and other workshops and inter-cultural projects i will explore new ways of distribute and receive knowledge.

The field of important and sustainable knowledge is wide. From the artistic point i will create an advantage and invite all humans – willing to share information and knowledge – to join this project. Equal if you want to know something, if you know something or if you want to make research about informal education, you are welcome to join this project, this location, this movement of contemporary learning.

In march 2015 we start first workshops and cultural events. We will publish the agenda soon as possible. If you want to join the team of distributers of knowledge, you could apply now here.

If you are interested in research about informal education, please contact me directly.

Amazing Citizens in civil wars at affordableartfair Brussels 2015


AC – Amazing Citizens 4 of 12 – exclusive galerie luzia sassen – aaf brussels 2015

The German galerist Luzia Sassen shows for the first time and exclusively in Belgium a selection of Amazing Citizens (AC) at the affordableartfair in Brussels, one of the leading showcases of contemporary art in Europe | 06.02. – 09.02.2015

afordableartfair brussels | Tour & Taxis | Avenue du Port 86c | B1000 Brussels
Art Fair | Gallery Luzia Sassen | Art Fair Direction

The amazing citizens define an icon of all the civil victims of contemporary violence. The amazing citizens survive with love – in conjunction to their first exhibition in a Spanish museum.

More about these art works ….


Loveletter mailart project

Love letter mail art project starts now.

As part of the upcoming exhibition in the artist residence Casa del Dragon I invite all creative singles to join a special art event and social sculpture, the love letter mail art project.

love letter mail art

If you are single, if you are creative, draw or paint a front of a post card, add useful information on the back and send it to the house of the dragon in Spain.

We will mount the received post cards in this exhibition and invite singles to have a look on your mail art post card. If they like it and if they want to get in contact with you, they could apply for that, only physically, only in that exhibition. We will collect the applications and send them to you. It will be your decision whether to have contact or not. You will have control. We show only the front of the cards, not the personal info! Enjoy this project. And be part of a worldwide art event.

More information here: loveletter mailart project

artsurprise goes EXTRASCHICHT 2014

Art on the road 2 – contemporary art moving in Europe

art on the road tour 2014

I offered to exchange art with European artists. I published an open call on facebook in my social sculpture group work of art. i am in contact with more than 90 artists and I will meet a lot of them between now and 16.04.2014 (the official end of the tour with the opening of the exhibition in Casa del Dragon, the artist residence in spain).

Links: Tourplan | Facebook | Press-Kit | Casa del Dragon | Press


AtelieramPark – Artsurprise in Gronau


“Von der Rolle” – exhibition – performance – opening – session – 08.02.2014 – 5.30 p.m.

AtelieramPark – Osterbrink 2 – 31028 Gronau

Ruediger Brede, Detlef Bartels and Anke Hoge invited the artists form the European art project ARTSURPRISE.EU to participate in Gronau. As part of the next opening in February they will inaugurate the first vending machine and point of sales in Gronau. With this milestone AtelieramPark gives local access to more than 120 artists from 18 European countries and offers permanently international contemporary art in the region.

Juan Petry will give a short overview about the project and will bring along a special. He invited more than 14.000 (!) artists worldwide to send him a short art video under the theme “One important minute”. AtelieramPark will be the first place where, during in the opening on 08.02.2014 the sampler (Video art on USB pen-drive) of this social sculpture will be published inside ARTSURPRISE.EU.

Official invitation > 2014.02.08 Einladung <

The Gallery: | The social sculpture ARTSURPRISE.EU