Thursday, 29 January 2009

New cover for the flyer

We have a new cover for the flyer.
In fact it's an image of a muddy landscape in Passchendaele with a shell on the forefront ready to be dismantled by the bomb disposal team. This photograph was made by Michael St Maur Sheil and shows that even today bombs are still coming to the surface on the battlefield more then 90 years after WWI.
This picture gives a better idea about the exhibition and is more in relation with his content.

Venues and dates of the exhibition

These are the places where the exhibition will be on display:

Wellington 6 March – 13 April
Hall of Memories, National War Memorial, Buckle Street

Christchurch 21 April – 30 May
Our City O-Tautahi

Dunedin 7 June – 5 July
Otago Early Settlers Museum

Featherston 14 July – 16 August

Waiouru 24 August – 27 September
New Zealand Army Museum

Auckland 4 October – 15 November
Fort Takapuna

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Rik Ryon

The work of Rik Ryon mainly consist of copper sculptures 1914-1918

Rik Ryon’s sculptures take a remarkable place within contemporary art about war and peace. Not only do they have World War I as central theme, the are made of original shell driving bands in copper. His soldiers are not abstract, but realistic an profoundly human.

The work of Rik Ryon (Proven - Flanders) has its roots in a long tradition of trench art. Using war copper to make ornament and decorations was one of the favourite pastimes at an behind the front. After the war, thousands of objects were commercialised and the first battlefield tourists were eager to buy them. Even today, many Flemish mantelpieces hold a pair of ornament shell cases. Rik Ryon is one of the few artists today who still have the skills and techniques to make these kinds of sculptures.

However, Rik Ryon’s figures are more than just decoration. They confront us with the artist’s deepest respect an empathy for the daily life of the soldier. Rik Ryon has always been interested in the Great War. Being an active member of the Association for Battlefield Archaeology in Flanders, he finds his inspitation while searching the old battlefields.

A last important element in Rik Ryon’s work is his strong commitment to the Westhoek area. This also shows in his aphorismus, his earthenware an other copper sculptures, such as his famous statues of “the Lacemaking Lady” nearby the Weeuwhof in Poperinge, “the Hop Picker” in the entrance of the National Hopmuseum in Poperinge, “the Mower” at Roesbrugge, “The Brewer” at Krombeke, “the Smith” at Watou, smuggler “Karel de Blauwer” in Haringe, etc.

Michael St Maur Sheil

The work of Michael St Maur Sheil is part of the exhibition.

Mike St Maur Sheil has a been working as a UK based photographer since 1970 when he began his career covering "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Here he became associated with the New York picture agency, Black Star and since then he has worked in over 60 countries around the world, working for a wide range of corporate and industrial clients. In 2002 he was received a World Press Photo award for his work on Child Trafficking in west Africa.
For the past three years, he has been photographing the Western Front, using the contrasting elements of light and land to re-interpret the dramatic history of these fields, not just as a landscape of misery and suffering but as fields of battle which have been restored by time and nature to places of beauty and tranquillity just as Capt P J Campbell, Royal Field Artillery, predicted they would as he left the Somme in 1917
“...the country would come back to life, the grass would grow again, the wild flowers return, and trees where now there were only splintered skeleton stumps.
They would lie still and at peace below the singing larks, beside the serenely flowing rivers. They could not feel lonely, they would have one another. And they would have us also, though we were going home and leaving them behind. We belonged to them, and they would be a part of us for ever.”
This work has now been the subject of two books and exhibited world wide. He is now a qualified member oif the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and his work can be seen at

Monday, 26 January 2009

cover for a flyer is made

This is the cover that has been designed for our exhibition flyer.
Perhaps it is a traumatic portrayal of death but it was and still is the thruth and reality in real war.

Friday, 23 January 2009


Hello out there,
this blog will you tell all about the exhibition

"The Belgians have not forgotten".

This exhibition will travel in New Zealand from March 2009 till November 2009 in different places; Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Featherston, Waiouru and Auckland.
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele is bringing art work, artifacts, photographs and relics to New Zealand to show the people from "the uttermost end of the earth" how we take care for the dead. How we remember and live everyday with their history.