Submission: September 01, 2016
Registration: August 01, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Exhibition, publication
Type: Open


A HOUSE FOR FRANZ MARC “And all being is flaming suffering” – this is what Franz Marc wrote on the back of his great painting from 1913, Tierschicksale (Animal Destinies or The Fate of the Animals). But what about the fate of the poets…?!?

Often, all too often, poets die young, as if punished by Fate for the great gifts the real ones are endowed with. So was the case with this very gifted painter (thus, inevitably, a poet, through line and color)… he died at 36, hit in the head by the bullets of war, that very war he was afraid he had a premonition of in this very work… he himself said, in regard to this painting: “It is like a premonition of this war – horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive that I painted it.” Yes, he did conceive it…

And the painting itself was almost killed, when one third of it was damaged by fire… and then creatively restored by none other than his great friend, Paul Klee.

Beautiful conjunction, this, between two great painters.

So what is a painter…?

And what is a poet…?

The most vulnerable beings… yet, as if Fate does want some restitution, the very good ones last much longer, in afterlife, than the fattest banker…

So let’s celebrate this year, when there are 100 years since his tragic death, the power of painting, this most fragile yet enduring power…

Marc loved animals and often depicted them.


Animals, these very animals we either domesticate, or cage in rough zoos… another form of domestication.

Anthropos no doubt does want to rule… everything, plant and stone and animal alike.

Let’s study Franz Marc’s painting, his life and let’s imagine a House for him.
A House for a painter who combined, somehow Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism in a very convincing way.

So let’s try to design a house that is at the same time Expressionist, Cubist and Futurist.

Can we do it…?!

And then add, perhaps, the FERAL aspect.

Yes, how can we make a Feral House that celebrate this very great painter…?!

ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS. Perhaps the Latins were right, even if the most authentic and profound artists and poets are maybe inclined to think and feel otherwise: ARS BREVIS, VITA LONGA.

Indeed, the true artist is not arrogant about his mission. LIFE comes first, always!

We accept ANY work, ANY size, ANY format. Please send them to works@icarch.us by September 1st, 2016. Deadline for registration: August 1st, 2016. You will receive a registration number with which to identify, anonymously, your work. We will publish all the works received on our website and we will organize an exhibition with the best works.

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