• International Festival & Contest of Symbolic Art
    International Festival & Contest of Symbolic Art
    ZEN ART FESTIVAL
    Registration deadline: June 15, 2020

ZEN ART FESTIVAL International Festival

 "ZEN ART FESTIVAL" International Festival of Symbolic Art

Registration deadline: June 16, 2020 inclusive.
Exhibition dates: June 24-30, 2020, working hours: 11:00-19:00
Opening: June 24, 2020, 18:00. Announcement of winners and presentation of diplomas: June 30, 2020, 16:00
Address: Russia, Moscow, Kuznetskiy Most str., 20 (Exhibition hall of the Moscow Union of Artists)


When the mind is exempted from a routine of desires and passions when the silence fills all your being when all creation is located in a contemplation point, - then art a zen/zen is born. The lotus of the limitless world is revealed. Pure beauty awakens creative realizations. The full range of transcendental experiences becomes accessible and understood. The festival presents the creations of Artists realizing their understanding of the world through the wisdom of zen, through pictorial means and divine inspiration.


 

FESTIVAL INCLUDES:
1) Exhibition;
2) Contest;
3) Conference "Zen of modern Art";
4) Master classes and demo classes;
5) Video screenings of films related to the theme of the festival.

AGE RESTRICTIONS:
Authors over 18 years of age have the right to take part in the International Festival of Symbolic Art "ZEN ART Festival."

PARTICIPATION FORMS:
1) ORIGINAL: the author provides the originals or giclee of his works at the exhibition;
2) PRINT: works are displayed in the form of photocopies (on paper, foam board or canvas).

 

SECTIONS / NOMINATIONS:

Works (original and copy) are displayed in the exhibition hall and participate in the program, in the following nominations of the exhibition:

1) Mystical Symbolism
2) Magical realism
3) Fantastic realism
4) Surrealism
5) Video art
6) Cosmism
7) Zen philosophy in time:
- Zen of the present;
- Zen of the future;
- Zen is timeless;
8) Zen philosophy in space:
- Zen in faces
- Zen reliefs
- Zen in volume
- Zen Mascots
9) Zen Philosophy in the Virtual World:
- Esotericism in motion
- Philosophical stories
- Zen video art
- Zen animation
10) Zen Communication Philosophy:
- Zen Vibration (Audience Award)
- Zen-style installation
- Zen Symbiosis Arts

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

The exhibition accepts two- and three-dimensional works.
The size of two-dimensional works cannot exceed 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
A three-dimensional artwork (i.e. sculpture) cannot exceed 72 x 72 x 24 inches (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters).
For flat works an additional factor has been introduced: at the size of canvas more than 90 cm and up to 140 cm on the larger side an additional payment equal to 50% of the cost is charged. Subsequently, the calculation is for each step of 50 cm.
 
PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:
 
Any person over 18 years of age who creates works of art in one of the indicated artistic styles (project nomination) has the right to participate in the exhibition, after approval by the organizing committee of the works submitted to the competition.
 
SUPPLEMENTARY AGREEMENT

Artists participating in the exhibition are responsible for the costs associated with the delivery of works to the site and for insurance of works of art while it is in transit.
We also ask you to read the "General Regulations", which regulates the relationship between authors, exhibition organizers and expert council.

ABOUT THE "ZEN ART FESTIVAL "

 


"ZEN ART FESTIVAL"

International Festival & Contest of Symbolic Art

 

 

"Put your heart, mind and soul

into even your most insignificant actions.

This is the secret to success."


– Swami Sivananda 


"ZEN ART FESTIVAL" International Festival & Contest of Symbolic Art

Registration deadline: June 16, 2020 inclusive.
Exhibition dates: June 24-30, 2020, working hours: 11:00-19:00
Opening: June 24, 2020, 18:00. Announcement of winners and presentation of diplomas: June 30, 2020, 16:00
Address: Russia, Moscow, Kuznetskiy Most str., 20 (Exhibition hall of the Moscow Union of Artists)


When the mind is exempted from a routine of desires and passions when the silence fills all your being when all creation is located in a contemplation point, - then art a zen/zen is born. The lotus of the limitless world is revealed. Pure beauty awakens creative realizations. The full range of transcendental experiences becomes accessible and understood. The festival presents the creations of Artists realizing their understanding of the world through the wisdom of zen, through pictorial means and divine inspiration.


 

FESTIVAL INCLUDES:
1) Exhibition;
2) Contest;
3) Conference "Zen of modern Art";
4) Master classes and demo classes;
5) Film and video screenings related to the theme of the festival..

 

AGE RESTRICTIONS:
Authors over 18 years of age have the right to take part in the International Festival of Symbolic Art "ZEN ART Festival."

PARTICIPATION FORMS:
1) ORIGINAL: the author provides the originals or giclee of his works at the exhibition;
2) PRINT: works are displayed in the form of photocopies (on paper, foam board or canvas).

 

EXHIBITION SECTIONS: 
1) painting 2) graphics 3) sculpture 4) photography 5) textiles 6) arts and crafts 7) installation 8) video art 9) animation

 

  EXHIBITION, COMPETITION  

 

NOMINATIONS: 

Works (both orifinal and print) are exhibited in the exhibition hall and participate in the program in the following categories:

2 symbol  1) Mystical Symbolism 
8 symbol  2) Magical realism
5 symbol  3) Fantastic realism
4 symbol  4) Surrealism
11 symbol  5) Video art
3 symbol  6) Cosmism
9 symbol 
7) Zen philosophy in time:
- Zen of the present;
- Zen of the future;
- Zen is timeless;
10 symbol 
8) Zen philosophy in space:
- Zen in faces
- Zen reliefs
- Zen in volume
- Zen Mascots
11 symbol 
9) Zen Philosophy in the Virtual World:
- Esoterics in motion
- Philosophical Stories
- Zen video art
- Zen animation
7 symbol 
10) Zen Communication Philosophy:
- Zen Vibration (Audience Award)
- Zen-style installation
- Zen Symbiosis Arts

 

  THE CONFERENCE  

 

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Conference paradigm:

Zen grew out of Buddhism and Taoism and for centuries remained the only one of its kind form of Buddhism. Zen willingly accepts everything true in any religion, recognizes the followers of all beliefs that have reached full understanding; however, he knows that a person whose religious upbringing was based on dualism, despite the great seriousness of his intentions, will long experience unnecessary difficulties before he reaches enlightenment. No one is able to describe enlightenment to another person. To feel it, you need to achieve it yourself. The teacher is able to show the way or help the student with his guidance, but the work itself, like the achievement of enlightenment, depends entirely on the student.

The list of lecturers is being formed

  Apply for the conference (as a speaker or listener)

 

  MASTER CLASSES/FILM AND VIDEO SCREENINGS   

Experience leading beyond the limitations of time and space, embodied in understandable forms

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Workshops and collaborative practices
Masters from Russia and several countries will conduct open practices and master classes.

The list of workshops classes is being formed

 
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Movie and video screenings
Exclusive films and meetings with directors and cameramen making films on the theme of the festival

A list of film and video shows is being formed

 
 
     

 

"Put your heart, mind and soul into even your most insignificant actions. This is the secret to success."

– Swami Sivananda

  
     
  PROJECT MANAGERS:       

 

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Blessing

Dharamsala is site of residence of the leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama XIV.

Here the Zen Art Festival received the blessing of the monks of the Zuglakang monastery

 
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Project Art Director

Arkady Babich
Artist, illustrator, designer, photographer, explorer-traveler.
President of the International Union of Photographers;
Member of the Presidium of the Eurasian Art Union; 
member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia;
Member of the Professional Union of Artists of Russia; 
member of the Travel Club named after Yuri Senkevich.
Works are in private collections in Russia, USA, Germany, Italy, Spain.
Field of Interest: Zen Practices, Symbolic Realism, Travel Photography, Design, Illustration
Personal site: babich-design.ru

     
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Conference program curator
Alena Appel

Artist, sculptor,
traveler,
practicing psychologist
member of the Eurasian Art Union

 
     
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Project producer

Fedor Filkov

 

President of the National Association of Curators,
Vice President of the Eurasian Art Union, 
Vice President and Head of "Art Management" Guild of the Eurasian Art Union; 
Member of the Presidium of the National Pastel Society;
President of the Russian branch of the World Fund of Arts;
Academician of the European Academy of Natural Sciences;
member of the International Association of Writers and Publicists.

 

Producer of more than 50 Russian and international projects and programs.

 

 

Quick access to pages:

Rules of participation (how to take part)
Regulations
Contacts

How to Participate

 

"ZEN ART FESTIVAL"

International Festival of Symbolic Art


There are three forms of participation:

1) Personal partiсipation: you visit Moscow and bring artwork in person.
2) Artwork partiсipation: you ship artwork, we exhibit
3) Art print participation: you send file, we print and exhibit

Participants of all these forms have equal rights at participating in the competition.


 

Registration deadline: until June 16, 2020 (inclusive).

Exhibition dates: June 24-30, 2020, working hours: 11.00-19.00
Vernissage: June 24, 2020, 18.00. Winners Announcement and Diplomas delivery: June 30, 2020, 16.00
ADDRESS: Russia, Moscow, Kuznetsky Most street, 20 (Exhibition Hall of the Moscow Union of Artists)

Age restrictions:
Authors over 18 years old are eligible to participate in the Zen Art International Festival.

There are three forms of participation:

1) Personal partiсipation: you visit Moscow and bring artwork in person.
2) Artwork partiсipation: you ship artwork, we exhibit
3) Art print participation: you send file, we print and exhibit
Participants of all these forms have equal rights at participating in the competition.


 
REGISTRATION MATERIALS / HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EXHIBITION::

To register, you need to send the following material by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:
1) Application form (download in Word, PDF)
2) Labels for each art object (download in Word, PDF);
3) Photograph of the author (at least 3x4 cm in size);
4) Photographs of competitive works (not less than 200 dpi, not more than 20 Mb / each; Image files of your works must be in JPG format);
 
After the author has sent registration materials to the Organizing Committee, he receives the following notifications:
1) the application is reviewed by expert council and allowed for exposure;
2) if the work is admitted to the exhibition, the author pays the entry fee within 3 days and sends a receipt for payment or a screenshot.
The size of registration fees and payment methods are given in the sections:
     а) "Cost of participation / registration fee"; 
     b) "How to pay the registration fee"

After the organizing committee receives a copy / screenshot of the payment of the entry fee, we send to author an official notification of the enrollment of the work to the exhibition, with the assigned "Participant Number".

The number of entries for one authors is not regulated. It is possible to submit a series of works, in this case the series will be considered as one competitive work but the payment of the registration fee has to be done for each individual object or canvas or file.
 
ACCEPTED TECHNIQUES:

The works presented at the exhibition can be in one of the following sections:
1) Painting
2) Graphics
3) Sculpture
4) Digital art
5) Photography
6) Textiles 
7) Arts and crafts
8) Art Installation
9) Video art
10) Animation

 

SECTIONS / NOMINATIONS:

Works (full-time and part-time) are exhibited in the exhibition hall and participate in the program in the following nominations of the exhibition:

1) Mystical Symbolism
2) Magical realism
3) Fantastic realism
4) Surrealism
5) Video art
6) Cosmism
7) Zen philosophy in time:
- Zen of the present;
- Zen of the future;
- Zen is timeless;
8) Zen philosophy in space:
- Zen in faces
- Zen reliefs
- Zen in volume
- Zen Mascots
9) Zen Philosophy in the Virtual World:
- Esotericism in motion
- Philosophical stories
- Zen video art
- Zen animation
10) Zen Communication Philosophy:
- Zen Vibration (Audience Award)
- Zen-style installation
- Zen Symbiosis Arts

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

The exhibition accepts two- and three-dimensional works.
The size of two-dimensional work cannot exceed 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
The size of three-dimensional work (i.e., sculpture) cannot exceed 72 x 72 x 24 inches (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters).
An additional coefficient has been introduced for flat works: with a canvas size of more than 90 cm and up to 140 cm on the largest side an additional payment of 50% of the cost is charged. Subsequently, the calculation is made for each additional 50 cm.
 
PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:
 
Any person over 18 years of age who creates works of art in one of the indicated artistic styles (project nomination) has the right to participate in the exhibition, after approval by the organizing committee of the works submitted to the competition.
 
SUPPLEMENTARY AGREEMENT

Artists participating in the exhibition are responsible for the costs associated with the delivery of works to the site and for insurance of works of art while it is in transit.
We also ask you to read the "General Regulations", which regulates the relationship between authors, exhibition organizers and expert council.

About the Zen Art

If the originality of European painting determined the use of a linear perspective, then the eastern (China, Japan) - was strongly influenced by the spirit of Zen.If the originality of European painting determined the use of a linear perspective, then the eastern (China, Japan) - was strongly influenced by the spirit of Zen. Read about what it is in this post.

Дзен в живописи

What is Zen

Zen Buddhism is neither religion nor philosophy, nor psychology nor science. It is a way of life and a view of life, an example of what is called the “path of liberation” in India and China. This is the acceptance of the naturalness and spontaneity of life in all its causelessness and fluidity. 

The essence of Zen Buddhism is very difficult to convey in words. It is the sense of peace as it is, not artificially divided into objects and actions, into bad and good. Just as a coin, it is what is concluded between an obverse and a reverse, so the world is that elusive “between”.

The manifestations of Zen in art

Naturalness and spontaneity

From a Buddhist point of view, every moment is self-sufficient and does not need to be justified by some external purpose. Such a life is beautiful - it is consonant with the freedom of clouds and mountain streams wandering everywhere, flowers in inaccessible gorges, whose beauty no one sees, and an ocean surf, forever washing the coastal sand.

Therefore, in life and in art, the cultural tradition of the Far East most of all values naturalness and spontaneity (zu-jen). This is the unmistakable sound of sincerity, characteristic of the action of ill-conceived, direct.

Guided Chance

Pictures form as naturally as the rocks and grass that they depict. This does not mean that the art form of Zen is created purely by chance, and the picture can be created by a snake, which was dipped in ink and then left to wriggle on a sheet of paper. Rather, for Zen there is no dualism or contradiction between the natural element of chance and the human element of control.

Slowness

Since the world is not going anywhere, there is nowhere to hurry. Everything can be taken easily, as nature itself does. Hence the principle: haste and everything connected with it are destructive. The lack of rush is also associated with a certain non-interference in the natural course of events.

At the junction of genres - calligraphy

The calligraphic style of painting was closest to the attitude of Zen - it was usually a drawing and a poem beneath it, made in black ink on silk or paper. The East was not characterized by a strict distinction between specialties - writing and poetry were one of the main occupations of Chinese scientists, and Chinese painting is very close to calligraphy. Therefore, often a scientist, artist and poet were combined in one person.

The originality of the genre was also influenced by the materials used. Chinese black mascara conveys a wide variety of tones depending on the amount of water added, and the mascara itself has an extraordinary richness of color shades of black. Since the touch of the brush is light and smooth, and in order for the mascara to flow evenly from it, it should easily slide on absorbent paper, using the brush requires special ease in the movements of the hand, brush and shoulder, more like dancing than drawing letters on paper.

As a result, a special genre of painting was born in the East, which was later called sumi-e.

Sumi-e

 

In Chinese painting, this style reached its peak during the Song Dynasty (959-1279) and is represented by artists such as Xia Gui, Ma-yuan, My Qi and Liang Kai. In Japan, he received the name Sumi-e.

Masters of the Song era were primarily landscape painters and created a style of "painting of nature" that was hardly surpassed anywhere in the world. They paint nature for us: mountains, waters, fog, rocks, trees and birds - just like Zen Buddhist or Taoist feels her life. This is the world to which a person belongs without dominating him. This world is self-sufficient, it was not “created for” anyone and has no purpose.

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Chinese landscape

Song landscapes are not at all as fantastic and stylized as Western critics think. When you go to similar places in the mountainous terrain, this kind of thing opens up at every turn of the road, and only a photographer is not enough to take a picture exactly resembling Chinese painting. A striking feature of the Song landscapes, like sumi-e as a whole, is the comparative void of the picture - a void, which, however, looks like part of the picture, and not just an unpainted background. Filling one corner of the sheet, the artist enlivens the entire surface of the painting.

Ся Гуэй

Xia Gui. Landscape

The technical skill of the artist, the variety of brush movements, from full subtle grace to crude vitality. This brush carefully paints out all the details of the tree, then it sketches out only general outlines and masses, the texture of which is created by “controllable randomness” - disheveled brush hairs and uneven ink coloring of the paper. The secret of this technique lies in the ability to balance the form with empty space and, most importantly, to feel the moment when it is “said” enough.

The western eye in these paintings is immediately struck by the lack of symmetry - the consistent deviation from regular and geometric shapes - and straight and curved. A line drawn with a brush is usually jagged, angular, oddly curved, intermittent, or swiftly smooth, but always more spontaneous than predictable.

Moods of Furyu

A purposeless existence is a constant theme in all genres of Zen art and expresses the inner state of the artist himself, who goes nowhere and exists outside of Time.

This feeling is sometimes found on ordinary people, and it is precisely in such moments that they perceive those dazzling glimpses of the universe that illuminate in memory randomly turned up images: the smell of burning leaves at the dawn of a foggy autumn morning, the flight of pigeons in the ray of the sun against a cloud or a lonely cry of a bird in the thicket of the forest. In Zen art, any landscape, any sketch of bamboo swayed by the wind, or lonely rocks is an echo of such moments.

Суми-э

Sumi-e

If the mood of this instant expresses loneliness and peace, it is called sabi.

If an artist feels depressed or sad and with such a special kind of emptiness of feelings briefly notices something ordinary and natural in all of his inexpressible “suchness”, such a mood is called a wabi.

If an instant causes a stronger nostalgic sadness associated with autumn and the feeling of dying of the world, then it is called avare.

When something mystical and strange appears in what he saw, as if a hint of something unknown and eternally inaccessible, such a mood is called yugen.

These completely untranslatable Japanese words describe the four main moods of Furyu, i.e. the general atmosphere of Zen "taste" in such "aimless" moments of life.

Haiga and zenga

By the beginning of the 17th century, Japanese artists had developed an even more meaningful and “improvisational” style of sumi-e, called haiga, which was an illustration of haiku poems. This genre evolved from zeng — the laid-back sketches of Zen monks that served as illustrations for verses or sayings.

Dzenga is drawing Chinese jeroglyphs, circles, branches of bamboo, birds and human figures with these free and powerful swings of brush that seem still full of movement when the stroke is already applied. One of the most common motives of dzeng is the circle. But even such a seemingly simple figure is full of expressiveness - this circle is not only slightly shifted and curved, but the texture of the lines itself is full of life and tension, with random splashes and gaps from the movement of a rough brush.

Энсо - круг, символ дзен

Enso - circle, zen symbol

So an abstract or "ideal" circle becomes a concrete and natural, living circle just as rocks and trees, clouds and waters seem more like themselves to the Chinese eye, and least of all they resemble the shapes of geometry and architect.

Dzenga and haiga are the most "extreme" expressions of sumi-e style - here it is the most organic, undisturbed and unobserved and full of those "controlled accidents" of the brush, which embody the amazing "senseless" nature itself.

General Rules

 


"ZEN ART FESTIVAL"

 

International Festival of Symbolic Art


 

 

Registration deadline: until June 16, 2020.

Exhibition dates: June 24-30, 2020,

Opening: June 24, 2020, 18.00.


 


Terms of participation in the project
By participating in the International Zen and Symbolic Art Festival "ZEN ART | ZEN ART", you agree to the following conditions and guarantee the Organizing Committee and the organizer of the exhibition NextArt Co Ltd / NextArt Global Art Agency that all the registration information that you provide is true, accurate and :
 
Rights
The exhibition is open to artists 18 years or older whose use by the Organizing Committee and NextArt Co Ltd/NextArt Global Art Agency does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, or any agreement to which they are a party.
 
Copyright
All images that you will submit are images of original works of art created independently or are works of art created by an artist who authorized you to submit images on his / her behalf. The images presented by you do not violate the rights to privacy, publicity, copyrights or other intellectual property rights of any individual or legal entity. You may not create, distribute or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks or other private information without the prior written consent of the owner of such ownership. In accordance with this, the Organizing Committee has the right to terminate all relations with any artist who violates copyright if a notification of a violation is received from the copyright owner or the lawyer of the copyright owner.
 
Subject of artwork
You agree that the work of art that you will send to the Organizing Committee to participate in the exhibition will not include material that is pornographic, sexually explicit, violent and / or racist, offensive to religious values.
 
Expert Council 
The works sent to the Organizing Committee will be presented to the members of the Expert Council, each of whom will make a conclusion on the submitted works and select those works. which, in his opinion, most deserve encouragement from the professional community. A member of the Expert Council will confirm his choice with a letter/email to the Organizing Committee. Based on the submitted examinations, a short list of works that can be nominated as "The Best Zen Art Sample" will be compiled.
 
Participation Formats
There are two forms of participation - personal and daistant. If the author does not have the opportunity to present his works in person, he chooses the distant form in which his works will be printed and placed in the art-book, and will also be broadcast on the monitor during the exhibition.
 
Sale of artworks
The structure of the commission of the Organizing Committee is 80/20: the artist receives 80% of the list / retail price and the organizing committee receives 20% of the list / retail price. In addition, 10% of the quota of the organizing committee from the sale of works will be sent to charity organizations.
 
Use of Images
We will be entitled to publish images of your works of art on our websites and other advertising channels for the subsequent promotion of this exhibition and your works of art.
 
Saving Images
By uploading your work of art, you authorize us to save images of such a loaded work of art in our system until the end of the exhibition. You also allow us to save such images after the end of the exhibition. We save these images so that you can easily present them in other projects in the future. At any time, after the end of the exhibition, you can send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that we delete such images. We will confirm receipt of the letter and your images will be deleted within 10 business days of your receipt of our confirmation.
 
Payment
You agree that all fees associated with participation in the exhibition are non-refundable.
 
Confirmations and rewards
At the end of the exhibition, all participants receive diplomas/certificates. Diplomas are sent in electronic form. The cost of the registration fee includes sending diplomas in electronic form. If the author wants the organizing committee to send the diploma in paper form, then you need to make a request to the organizing committee and pay the costs (a track code will be sent to track the delivery of the letter with the diploma).
 
Signs and Signatures
Signature, seal or any other identification mark of authorship is allowed anywhere in the photo image. Subsequently, images are published with copyright decals. Inscriptions with the names of art objects on the front side are not allowed.
 
Author's consent to the processing of personal data and newsletter
By participating in the exhibition, the author agrees to the processing of personal data by the Organizing Committee and the inclusion of his phone and e-mail in free newsletters notifying of the organization of exhibitions, conferences and competitions organized by NextArt Co Ltd / NextArt Global Art Agency in Russia and abroad.
If the author doesn't want to implement this free service, the Author must inform the Organizing Committee about this in any of the following ways:
a) by sending a request to exclude your phone and / or email to the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
b) by sending an SMS request to exclude your phone and / or email to mobile phone: + 7-925-0537000.

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