MIROIR NOIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY

SOME THOUGHTS AFTER THE VERTIGO 


What started out as a playful painterly party for two has become a loaded machine gun with its own criteria to trigger and shoot… to our own surprise!

We had to learn how to live and think as one in the portable painting workshop we set up countless times in many different places.

We  continuously changed the rules of each new get-together or exhibition project in order to make them as challenging and as close to a first time as possible. No self replicas or anxious mannerisms!

Our individual visions and styles are based on necessary transgressions towards beauty and reality.

We do our best to represent an equilibrium between beauty and its negation under the shadowy imagery of an unsettling dream. Our mission is to show the other side of the mirror.


PUBLICATIONS

 

Miroir Noir 2007-2012 book IPad version it's ready and free to download

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Miroir NoirPropter Nuptias book PDF version it's ready and free to download

Miroir Noir Propter Nuptias cover

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Miroir Noir Paralelné Svety  exhibition castalogue book PDF version it's ready and free to download

Parallel Universes-catalogue

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SOME SAY

 

 

'Miroir Noir emerges as an apparently childish artist, a pre-scientific entity whose morality has not yet been aroused, cold in its approach to what is represented but as an adult and merciless executor.'

Katy Vives Phipps

 

'Miroir Noirpasses Baroque through a punk sieve, aesthetically, and above all in regard to the creating  procedure.'

Mery Cuesta

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MN SPIRIT FLIES IN MANY WAYS

 


 


 

 


MN ARTWORKS FOR SALE @

Saatchi Online GB/USA

Dub Gallery CZR/SVK


Jun 2017 / Groupshow @ Heliumcowboy Hamburg

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May 2017 / Nocturno opening

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We were very generously hosted by all the team and city of Pelhrimov, and had a great opening.

As we did in the previous trip, we also spent a week in the studio to continue with the exploration of new ways to paint human body. We thought about calling this series 'Peep Show', which is probably too obvious, but that was the aim. Of course we enjoyed ourselves quite a lot. Although there is some post productionj to be done with the images (and proper pictures), here are a couple of sneaks.

 

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Apr 2017 / 'Nocturno' exhibition @ Dub Gallery

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'Avant le soir', acrylic on canvas, 80x130 cm, 2017.

To be shown at the forthcoming Miroir Noir exhibition @ Dub Gallery in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic. Opening May 5th. Please check the gallery 'Nocturno' to view all the pieces.

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Mar 2017 / News resume

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We met in Bratislava last February for a few days of frantic work. We've solved the last steps of a few landscapes and 'tree portraits' that we'd brought slightly unfinished from our meetings in Catalonia last summer and autumn. We framed and varnished them after deciding the exact measures for the different series. It ended with a bunch of beautiful massive and dark olive trees, and finally an overall general gothic approach to the mediterranean stereotypes of light and sun, again severed by our Black Mirror.

This series will be shown in a forthcoming show at Dub Gallery, in Pelhrimov. Opening next May 5th.

(we've been very lucky with the soundsystem upgrading, to a totally unexpected hi-fi top tech set)

We also had time for a series of fresh nudes on luxury etching paper, a material we usually don't work with. The great illustrator Mme čitecova gave us a full 100's pack of them as she decided she wouldn't be using them.

Nude series

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Dec 2016 / Happy happy 2017

Happy 2017


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Oct 2016 / Landscapes Gallery

A few of the finished pieces we were painting @ Bellavista last month. Find them in the 'Amissum Lumen' (The loss of light) Gallery. Some dark trees and landscapes we did :)

Ils sont venus deux acrylic on canvas, 130x80 cm, 2016

Ils sont venus deux acrylic on canvas, 130x80 cm, 2016

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Demi-jour acrylic on canvas, 130x80 cm, 2016


il tombe de la rosée acrylic on canvas, 100x100 cm, 2016

 
Evening Holm Oak Path acrylic on canvas, 80x80 cm, 2016

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Sep 2016 / Working Meeting @ Bellavista

We had great fun and great weather for the whole two weeks of september that we spent at Ranbcho Bellavista. And a dog watching over us, and even taking the brush when needed.
We managed to finish a few landscapes, again dark landscapes about the early or late lights throgh the trees. We also worked on a few olive trees, were practially portraits more than landscapes. Those old ones around Bellavista, with their 500 years old or more, are really breathtaking. We tried to chase their grandeur and balanced weight. Next month we'll post the edited gallery and some previews here in the News section.

@Bellavista Rancho, september 2016.

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Aug 2016 / La Vanguardia 16.06.2016

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Jul 2016 / White&Weiss or Buy MN online

June 2016 / Konvent Residency

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May 2016 / Hell Gallery exhibition

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May 2016 / White & Weiss auction

We're happy to show this beautiful painting we're auctioning @ White & Weiss Contemporary Art // Predajná výstava | Sale exhibition next May 23th at Erdödyho Palác, Bratislava.

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May 2016 / Konvent Show photo report

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The exhibition and setting were really beautiful, as it always is in Konvent. We were exhibiting in the exact same space that we did our installations five years ago. In the nun's cells. Very powerful spaces that let you create a strange and trippy state of mind.

The amazing photo-report with all it's fantasy and sense of humour is done by the always more-creative-than-expected official Konvent reporter: Mr Abel Castells. Again thumbs up and big thanks to him.

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Apr 2016 / Konvent Exhibition

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Mar 2016 / 2 Exhibitions

Milos Koptak Afrikan tales expo

Milos had his show @ Institut Français de Bratislava, showing his collection of illustrations for this fantastic french book on African Tales. There were some african masks from the Ivan Melichercik collection.

Group Show @ Praha

We also had a couple of big pieces at the Ľuboš Lehocký's curated New Slovak Surrealism Group Show at Galerie kritiků in Prague (CZR).

Miroir Noir 'Papa a mama'

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Feb 2016 / Bratislava working meeting

New MN Studio

Again meeting at our new studio @ Stefanikova in Bratislava. We've continued with our Dead Flowers series, that is evolving from a tiny idea to complet the previous Marriage and Communion Series, to a solo universe that is taking us much further than expected... Soon we'll have pro pics of them.

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Jan 2016 / Hell Gallery

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We're in the new exciting gallery project in Barcelona: Hell Gallery

We'll be opening the space with our new exhibiting project 'Cecilismus' next May 20th.

For now you can buy prints of some of our works at their online shop

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Dec 2015 / Again highlighted @ Saatchi

Back again @ Saatchi Art weekly selection, with the monster version of our successful 'Plazma Dog'

Plazma Dog  Saatchi

After that big thumb up, as it happens, the dog was sold within two days. But alas, not @ Saatchi!  Please visit our page there!!

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Nov 2015 / New Bratislava Working Meeting

And again, to end up a year full of work, travels and exhibitions, we gathered again to continue our explorations on the world of cementery paraphernalia. Old men never get tired.

Cementery Candles

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Oct 2015 / Bratislava working meeting pics

We gathered again in late September in our new studio and continued developing the floral theme.

It happened naturally that we unconsciously ended turning bridal flowers and bridal bouquets into Cementery Flowers and all that's putt aside next, to be left next to our dead kin.

It's our nature...

HRBITOVNE KVITI / mrtve kvety FB Gallery

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Sep 2015 / MN @ Berliner Liste 2015

MN @ Berliner Liste 2015 Fair for Contemporary Art with Dub Gallery. Find us there from Sep 17-20.

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Aug 2015 / GMB Exhibition Catalog Presentation

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M I R O I R  N O I R / P A R A L E L N É  S V E T Y
Derniéra výstavy a krst katalógu // Exhibition finissage and catalogue presentation.
26. august 2015 o 18.00 hodine / August 26th, from 18.00

v Galérii mesta Bratislavy, Pálffyho palác, Panská 19, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

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July 2015 / Documentary Uncovering Miroir Noir: The Real Truth

 


We can't hide anymore this document uncovering the real truth about Miroir Noir painting group and their working methods. Shot under the influence in MN old studio in Bratislava, some three winters ago, the time has come to show people what really has been happening. (SVK-ENG emb.subs.)
By Zora Stassova Creative Studio and Nicolas Arnaud!
— with Rai Escalé and Milos Kopták at UFO Bridge - Bratislava.

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June 2015 / Galeria Mesto Bratislavy 'Parallel Universes' solo show

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We are very proud to announce our forthcoming exhibition at Palffyho Palace, the most beautiful of the Bratislava Town Gallery (GMB) buildings. It was four years since we had our last show in Bratislava, but it has been worth waiting. Opening will be next June 9th.

We will be showing a selection of works from the four first galleries in the Gallery section here, that are:

     COMUNION                CANIS L.                   PROPTER N.             

COMUNION           CANIS LUNAE            PROPTER NUPTIAS         





We came to the gallery with more than 30 paintings, but the power of the collection told us that the installation had to be very simple and spacious, as every one of the pieces to be shown was powerful and self explanatory, andcould even use much more blank wall in-between than what we finally could give them. So we ended turning down all redundant or superfluous pieces, until getting an essential presentation. Very pleasant and smooth to walk through, and a smart syntethisation of our work and evolution for the past nearly three years.

We must thank our collectors for their patience and collaboration, as half of the pieces here (and in Mikulov exhibition) are coming from private collections. We thought it was important to show the highlights of our rare production, so we once again bothered them with our requests and annoyances. All of them understand that we're on a mission, and they are on it with us.

Please visit our FB page for the full photo-documentary on installation and opening and after-party.

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May 2015 / MN book cover

We yielded an image for the cover for a beautiful spanish poetry book, 'El sol horizontal' by Irene Jové!!

MN spanish poetry book cover

Day-break , acrylic on canvas, 100x80cm, 2010. Private Collection

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Apr 2015 / Bellavista working meeting

Miroir Noir last working meeting a Bellavista, Tarragona, Spain. It has been said it happened in El Rancho Bellavista, Tamaulipas, Mexico...

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                  See artist's residence next to Capilla de La Santa Cruz and unbelievable working open air spaces.


We joked on FB about Tarragona being so similar to Mexico, we stated that we'd been on a residence there, sponsored by Tequila El Jimador. So many of our friends asked about our mexican trip. The power of internet misinformation. Click images to see full April's fool day album @ FB.

We were painting some small-sized open-air landscapes for the first time together. They have been already sent to our main studio in Bratislava to be finished and varnished, but here's a peak for our friends that take time to be here.

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They look more like Massachussets than Tarragona, but, hey ho, we're Miroir NOIR.

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Mar 2015 / Exhibition @ Regionální Muzeum v Mikulově

Miroir Noir / Počátek

Opening Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm

Zámek Mikulov in Mikulov cz

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MN Mikulov expo Opening

Plese click on image to go to full gallery @ FB

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Feb 2015 / Bratislava working meeting

During January we had our first working meeting of the year in a snowy Bratislava.

We managed to finish this big canvas that we had started with the other 'Communion' series paintings, in early 2014. We doubted on how to mix the lightness of aura and sweaters with the harsh and violent flesh-paint representation. It went well. We were also painting some bouquets. Yes.

As usual here's a non-offical picture, before the photographer makes his job. Right one now!

Druzicky-Forestier. Acrylic on canvas, 190x130, 2015

We were experimenting on some 'complementary' paintings for the forthcming exhibition @ GMBratislava, and we tried some 'wedding flower bouquets'. When reediting this post in May, here there are recent pictures of them.

Miroir Noir_Nadhera ( Beauty ) 120x100 cm, akryl na plátne, 2015

Nadhera ( Beauty ) 120x100 cm, akrylic on canvas, 2015

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Jan 2015 / Quitting old studio

Milos goodbye

Last elevator to the gallows, last truck with some of the big paintings, going to the new studio.


We've finally left our studio at the SVK Artist's Syndicate Building. We've been the last artists to be kicked out.Milos was there for nearly 15 years, so he was quite emotional. Click on the pictures to watch a larger selection of pictures at our FB.

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Dec 2014 / Best of the year @ Saatchi Art