Social & Art
Zhytomyr Student Film Festival ZHUKFEST
Erich Grolitsch, founder of Eurogold Industries, has always supported young artists. His sons Nils and Tobias, carrying on this good tradition, gladly became official sponsors of III student film festival ZhUK. The theme of this year's contest was “My Family – is My Force!”. All the participants were extremely serious about explaining this thesis in their works. They touched upon complicated issues of family relations and suggested their ideas for their settlement. Even having 11 nominations it was hard to choose the best out of 60 films and reward each team as they deserved. During final of the competition Olena Grolitsch on behalf of Eurogold Industries made special mention of all the contestants' efforts and thanked organizers of this competition, because the contest was carried out on the highest level and judging by winners' emotions and feedback of the audience this event was important for students. Telling the story of Eurogold's success Olena demonstrated youth that self-confidence and belief in one’s dreams and country helps to achieve great results. Olena using the example of the Grolitsch family showed how important support of the family is in business.
We hope that film festival ZhUK will go on, giving talented youth a possibility to make themselves known. Eurogold Industries in its turn will support festival and similar projects.
Niko Sturm choose to title his exhibition at M17Contemporary Art Center in Kyiv "Chernozem", as an international term for black earth, also known as "the Ukraine’s black gold". The artist visited the Eurogold factory, inspired by what he saw there he decided to create the exhibition with a reference to the country's soil, which is so rich in humus that it is black. He not only translates the colour and structure of this earth metaphorically into the picture, but actually pours, flings and carefully affixes the black earth onto the canvas, for this porous the artist brought the Ukrainian Chernozem from Zhytomyr to Austria. The country's ground becomes the basis for his exhibition and the surface of his pictures. He deliberates on concepts intrinsic to painting – surface structures, material haptic, colour effects and compositional criteria – and reflects on the basis material of paining itself: paint.
Niko Sturm, born in 1973, lives and works in Carinthia, Vienna and Berlin. Exhibitions since 1996 in Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Berlin, Vienna and Feldbach.
The family Grolitsch has met Hans Sisa and his amazing wife, Sophia Larson, just a few years ago. Hans is an Austrian painter, sculptor and opera singer. For a long time, he has been working as an opera bassist as well as a painter. Since the turn of the millennium, the work as an artist has been the focus. Sophia is one of the "exceptional sopranos" who won the world's stage with not only such well-known repertoire as Turandot. But she also sang an interesting difficult repertoire like Renata in the "Fiery Angel", Maria in "Maria d Àlessandria" of Ghedini, Katjuscha in Alfanos "Risurrezione" and many, many others.
Hans and Sophia are the initiators of the painter's festival at the castle Reichenstein in Upper Austria. Sophia Larson also works as a curator for various galleries, organizing numerous exhibitions, participating in art fairs and charity events.
Nils Grolitsch invited Hans Sisa to Ukraine to introduce the history, culture and people of the country. Later this trip reflected in artist's masterpieces. In 2014 Eurogold Industries organised Sisa's solo exhibition in Kyiv to introduce the artist to Ukraine. The author and his wife were present at the event.
Born in 1948 in Linz, Austria – lives and works in Munich and Lower Austria
1968-1976 studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Master’s Degree in Arts (Painting, Stage Design, Singing/Opera Performance)
International exhibitions since 1976, Freelance artist since 1990
Residencies in Italy, France, Switzerland, USA, Teheran, London, Russia, Sweden, China
Founder of the MALERFEST, Festival of Painting at Burg Reichenstein, Upper Austria 1997/2000/2003/2006/2009/2013
Wolfgang Walkensteiner is an old friend of the Grolitsch family. Erich Grolitsch was one of the first to appreciate and to support the young talent. Over the time Wolfgang had become a welcome visitor at Grolitsch's house. In 2013 Erich's sons Nils and Tobias invited an artist to Ukraine. It was in winter and Wolfgang was a witness of an old Christian tradition of ice hole diving. This inspired him to create a series of pictures, which he called "A Foreign Body". This collection was exhibited later that year at Eurogold's 10th anniversary in Zhytomyr. In October 2013 Nils and Tobias organised Walkensteiner's personal exhibition in the Center of Contemporary Art M 17, Kyiv.
Wolfgang Walkensteiner is an Austrian painter. He was born in 1949 in Klagenfurt. From 1967 to 1968 he studied architecture with Norbert Schlesinger at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, 1968 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Max Weiler. In 1974 he received the Austrian State Fellowship for Fine Arts.
Since 1972, Walkensteiner has been a member of the Kunstverein Kärnten, since 1994 a member of the society of visual artists in Vienna. From 2000 to 2002 he was a Cultural Adviser for the Fine Arts of the Land of Carinthia. From 2000 to 2009 Vice-President of the Kunstverein Kärnten.
Walkensteiner lives and works in Vienna.
1971 Gallery M 59, Graz
1977 Gallery at the Stubenbastei, Vienna
1986 Atelier 2000, Vienna
1986 Gallery BINZ 39, Zurich
1996 Municipal Gallery, Lienz
2000 Gallery Hofstätter, Vienna
2002 Gallery of Peithner-Lichtenfels, Vienna
2005 Gorenski Muzej, Kranj, Slovenia
2005 Galerija Prešernove Hiše, Crane, Slovenia
2005 Galerija V Mestni Hiši, Crane, Slovenia
2005 Malagalerija Crane, Slovenia
2007 "Embodiment", Gallery Elisabeth Michitsch, Vienna
2009 Robert-Musil-Literatur-Museum, Klagenfurt
Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna
2013 Center of Contemporary Art M 17, Kyiv, Ukraine
Kunsthalle Eurogold, Zhytomyr, Ukraine
2015 MMKK Museum moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt
2017 Galerie Frewein-Kasakbaev, Vienna
Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium