Iain Andrews
Creatures of Prometheus, 2012
acrylic on canvas
32 x 40 inches

David Bender
Dream / Don't Dream I, II, III, 2012
tin, wax, bronze, plastic, epoxy, wood
12 inces wide, varying heights

Justin Steimer
Piano sonata no.16, opus 31 no.1, 2nd movement, 2012
watercolor, ink, acrylic on wood
14 x 14 inches (framed)

Anne Worbes
Beethoven, 2012
oil on canvas
24 x 32 inches

Shinji Murakami
Piano, Note, Violin, 2012
acrylic, lacquer, wood cubes
approx 2 feet height, varying widths

Jim D'Amato
Vast Spirit, 2012
acrylic on canvas

24 x 24 inches


Ian Ross
A Moment In Bonn, 2012
acrylic, oil, spray paint, pencil on canvas
24 x 36 inches

Carly Ivan Garcia
Beethoven Revolutionary Composition, 2012
oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches


Art curated by Catinca Tabacaru
National Pastime Theater
941 West Laurence Avenuenue, Chicago
Schedule . September 8-17 . Tickets

Grand Opening Concert & Benefit Dinner . Saturday, September 8 . 7pm
In a contemporary salon-line and intimate atmosphere, this year's Beethoven Festival explores themes of Promethean Revolution in music, art and thought. Nine days and 60 events spread throughout six venues in Chicago.  REVOLUTION 2012 continues to challenge the pre-conceived notions of how classical music is presented and shared with audiences. After a successful 2011 inaugral event, our second Beethoven Festival continues to tear down the walls between different styles of music and art, joining together under one roof classical musicians with rock, pop, blues and jazz musicians, along with contemporary visual artists, ballet dancers, poets, actors, scholars, multimedia artists, and creatives of all backgrounds.  More Festival details

The power of art lies in its ability to change the world.  It can be a beautiful, metaphysical experience or can serve as a commentary on a global political movement. Today contemporary artists are making work that explores unknown spaces – both spiritually and politically.

Whether speaking out for equality and justice, such as the Occupy Movement on Wall Street, against Pussy Riot’s imprisonment in Russia, or as part of the chorus making up the Arab Spring, people are demanding to be heard.  Artists often lead these movements.  They are revolutionaries.

Beethoven too was a revolutionary.  His passion, recalcitrance, and vision made him the man we now honor and remember.  He passed by royalty with his head held high while others lowered to their knees.  Through his art, Beethoven subverted the political and social hierarchies of his time. 

I am deeply inspired by his fearlessness, and encouraged the artists in Revolution 2012 to create works that broke boundaries.

Each artist dug through Beethoven folklore, listened to countless hours of the master composer’s music, and interpreted – whether literally or viscerally – the energy of this man and artist.  Herein lies the power of his art.  Hundreds of years after his death, Ludwig van Beethoven can still create, channeled through the hands of 16 contemporary artists. 

Whether political or cosmic in nature, each work explores the spirit of revolution.  Inspired by the greatness of Beethoven, each piece amplifies the revolutionary spirit of the turbulent times we are living in, both inside and outside of ourselves. This collection is my contribution to the global movement.  See more at TincaArt.

                                                                       -- Catinca Tabacaru --


Iain Andrews
David Bender
Michael Cuffe
Jim D'Amato
Christian Dore
Carly Ivan Garcia
Evo Love
Tamara Mendels
Kristina Milakovic
Sinji Murakami
Erin Parish
Ian Ross
Justin Orvis Steimer
Gail Stoicheff
Anne Worbes

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