Barbara Arning-Kassner

Photo: Arran/Coastal Path - Scotland

...was born in Gladbeck/Westphalia in 1958. She has been married to journalist and media consultant Bernd Kassner since 1988. Benedictine oblate in Osnabrück since 2011.

  • self-made pictorial and compositional works from early youth
  • studies of musicology, journalism/communication research and psychology in Münster
  • after acquisition of M.A. degree, further artistic training at Institute for Waldorf education Witten-Annen
  • 1988 degree of graduated eurythmist
  • 1983 – present: self employed piano teacher with own studio
  • 1988 – present: eurythmy lessons for children and adults
  • 2000 – present: regular lessons in musical early education, self-composed songbook
  • 2005 – present: expositions of Modern Icons
  • 2009 – present: personal studio for Modern Icons
  • initiator of artistic projects
  • frequent pilgrimages in central and western Europe

All Modern Icons are unique pieces of artwork

Christmas

They represent a modern western form of an ancient stream of sacral art and act as messengers for Christian unity. They are suitable for rooms of adoration in public and private settings. Their messages are clearly related to testimonies of Christian faith.


The Formation of Modern Icons

A Modern Icon emerges from an inner image, received through prayer and contemplation, related to a spiritual content (i.e. Birth of Christ, Blessing Mary, Angels over the Water etc.). In order to build a Modern Icon it is necessary to select the proper piece of wood, because the grain of the wood is visible in spite of a light white primer. Afterwards a metal layer can be glued over it.

Contrary to extensive gold surfaces used by the Old Masters, metal (gold, silver, copper) is only partially applied, for instance for the main emphasis of interpretation, the focal point of the piece.

The colour combinations reflect the annual cycle of nature and the liturgical colours (e.g. violet in Lent).

Then the actual process of painting can begin. Water colours are applied layer by layer – with an average of 30 to 50 layers.


Observation

The viewer can truly perceive the icon through deep observation. In this way the Modern Icon can convey spiritual experiences. The longer one observes, the more perceptible they will become. In contemplative reflection a connection to the inner image, which stood at the beginning of the painting of the icon, can be established.

Exhibitions / News

  • Ikonengalerie Kevelaer 2005
  • Katholikentag (Catholics Day) Osnabrück in Benedictine monastery 2008
  • Don-Bosco-Mission Easter greeting 2014
  • chapel General Vicariate Paderborn 2014/15
  • Centre for Christian Meditation Frankfurt presented paintings by Alexei v. Jawlensky and my modern icons in an exercise day 2015
  • german-honduranian chamber of trade, Christmas greetings 2015
  • Solo exhibition 'Wings of Angels' July/August 2018 Moray Art Centre Findhorn Scotland

Rental

It is possible to rent a Modern Icon for a shorter or longer period of time for a monthly fee. To select a Modern Icon, a visit to the studio (meeting upon prior arrangement) or at an exhibition would be recommended.

Bowed Psaltery

Psalterfoto Photo: Tanja Schneider /
     agentur-tas.de

My artistic profession involves musical work. The sounds accompanying the perception of this homepage are produced by an instrument which is quite unknown today: the bowed psaltery.

The psaltery is both a very old and modern instrument. It had been identified in Phoenician times, is mentioned in the psalms and is part of the instrumental family of zithers. Today it is constructed by several instrument makers in a classical wing shape or as a hollow-bodied instrument. Here we see a tenor psaltery made by instrument maker Knut Rennert.

As the psaltery can be used for meditative and sacral music alike, I like to play it in churches, in services, in nature settings or at artistic events. Hereby personal improvisations and compositions are created and can further develop.

Atelier of Modern Icons


Barbara Arning-Kassner
Auf der Klippe 28
58453 Witten

Tel.: 0 23 02/6 58 94



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