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Saved or Liberated

In the New York Times today Joseph Berger wrote a great article about Anne Frank. I have two problems though in one sentence.

“Otto Frank, knowing his wife had died, was also liberated at Auschwitz and returned to Amsterdam to await news about his daughters.”

1. When did he heard?
The end of may 1945 during his trip home (to Amsterdam) he writes in a letter to his mother in Switzerland:
“I hope that these lines get to you bringing you and and all the ones I love news that I have been saved by the Russians, that I am well, and being looked after well in every respect. Where Edith and the children are I do not know. We have been apart since 5 September 1944. I merely heard that they had been transported to Germany.”

He heard during his long trip home (it took two weeks) that his wife was probably dead. By writing “”Otto Frank, knowing his wife had died, was also liberated at Auschwitz and returned to Amsterdam … ” it seems that he know already in the camp.

2 Liberated of Saved?
I don’t agree that you write “Was also liberated at Auschwitz” as Otto writes his mom that he was saved. He wrotes that because Auschwitz was already evacuated 10 days before. Only the sick, dying and hiding people stayed behind. 58.000 people went on a deathmarch. 20,000 of them died due to the cold, soldiers, dogs, exhaustion or hunger. Otto Frank decided to hide himself with some others in the sewer of the lavatories. Most people didn’t hide as they were afraid of the fire and explosions which took place avp castroin the days before when the Nazi’s decided to blow up the gass chambers, the archive and other evidence. That’s why many victim’s decided to march to the other killing camps. Otto Frank was SAVED with 7,650 survivers. Despite the efforts of the Red Cross and the Allies (Russians) 50% died in the days after.

In 2005, exactly 60 years later, I made an 11 hours haunting movie about it called A Victim’s Perspective.

3. Young girl Icon out of context
i will win - the historyTheir is a contradictions in the sentences “Anne also had an intense interest in clothing, boys and Hollywood stars like Deanna Durbin.” and “According to a board member, Yves Kugelmann, the foundation is also unhappy that the Frank house and others have made out of Anne “a young girl icon out of context of the history and her family context.”
In 2009 I painted I Will Win – The History for the New York City Marathon. The History is about 400 years friendship between Netherlands and America and in this painting I painted Anna Frank’s dream to go to Hollywood. In this painting Anne Frank wears a pink sweater and I connected her with E.Y. Harburg song “Over the rainbow”. Many US soldiers sang this song during their marches in Europe.

I know that you always want to write more, it’s not easy to cut in your text. But LIBERATED is not SAVED.

With kind regard
Erik Van Loon

The Alchemist

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Title: The Alchemist New York, 2014

I Will Win – The Alchemist

A painting of 33 x 20 feet

On November 2th, 2014, the Dutch artist Erik Van Loon will unveil for the 10th consecutive New York City Marathon his new edition of the “I Will Win” painting series (33 x 20 ft). The painting will be at mile post 20.

The artist:
Erik Van Loon
+31 6 E VAN LOON (+31 6 3 826 5666)
+1865 2 E V LOON (+1865 2 3 8 5666)

Location:
128 Willis Ave, Bronx, New York
Bronx side of the Willis Ave. Bridge

10 Years I Will Win

Since 2005 Erik Van Loon unveills each year an extra large “I Will Win” painting near mile post 20 of the NYC Marathon. His goal to achieve 6 to 7 seconds of fame. This has not happend yet! Despite this he returnes each year with a new “I Will Win” painting in order to reach his American Dream. Here are his 10 amazing artworks:

I Will Win
(2005)
Erik Van Loon
The News
(2006)
I Will Win - The News
The Statue
(2007)
I Will Win - The Statue
The Runner
(2008)
I Will Win - The Runner
The History
(2009)I Will Win - The History
The Creation
(2010)
I Will Win - The Creation
The Crisis
(2011)I Will Win - The Crisis
The Elections
(2012)I Will Win - The Elections
The War
(2013)
i-will-win-the-war-klein.jpg
The Alchemist
(2014)
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I Will Win – The Alchemist

His 10th and last “I Will Win” painting was originally entitled “The End”. An internal conflict made this impossible. A new breath of life emerged and he decided to change this defeatist title into “The Alchemist”. The Alchemist is an abstract painting in which he paints mankind’s ongoing quest for eternity:
– mankind (the big circle above which combines the Venus ♀ and Mars ♂  gender symbol, represents also Adam and Eve)
– Adam and Eve lost eternal life after they ate the apple and God sent them out of paradise. The apple is the small circle with the devils 666 at the tree in the middle.
– stone of wisdom (small circle below initially drawn by the German physician and advisor of Emperor Rudolf II, Michael Maier (1568-1622)). In his book “Atalanta fugiens’ which he published in 1617 he includes the drawing below. The drawing provides the map to find the Stone Of Wisdom.

steen der wijzen

Pressletter The Alchemist

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Title: The Alchemist New York, 2014

I Will Win – The Alchemist

A painting of 33 x 20 feet

On November 2th, 2014, the Dutch artist Erik Van Loon will unveil for the 10th consecutive New York City Marathon his new edition of the “I Will Win” painting series (33 x 20 ft). The painting will be at mile post 20.

The artist:
Erik Van Loon
+31 6 E VAN LOON (+31 6 3 826 5666)
+1865 2 E V LOON (+1865 2 3 8 5666)

Location:
128 Willis Ave, Bronx, New York
Bronx side of the Willis Ave. Bridge

10 Years I Will Win

Since 2005 Erik Van Loon unveills each year an extra large “I Will Win” painting near mile post 20 of the NYC Marathon. His goal to achieve 6 to 7 seconds of fame. This has not happend yet! Despite this he returnes each year with a new “I Will Win” painting in order to reach his American Dream. Here are his 10 amazing artworks:

I Will Win
(2005)
Erik Van Loon
The News
(2006)
I Will Win - The News
The Statue
(2007)
I Will Win - The Statue
The Runner
(2008)
I Will Win - The Runner
The History
(2009)I Will Win - The History
The Creation
(2010)
I Will Win - The Creation
The Crisis
(2011)I Will Win - The Crisis
The Elections
(2012)I Will Win - The Elections
The War
(2013)
i-will-win-the-war-klein.jpg
The Alchemist
(2014)
i love dc tshirt in black 13 inch copy

I Will Win – The Alchemist

His 10th and last “I Will Win” painting was originally entitled “The End”. An internal conflict made this impossible. A new breath of life emerged and he decided to change this defeatist title into “The Alchemist”. The Alchemist is an abstract painting in which he paints mankind’s ongoing quest for eternity:
– mankind (the big circle above which combines the Venus ♀ and Mars ♂  gender symbol, represents also Adam and Eve)
– Adam and Eve lost eternal life after they ate the apple and God sent them out of paradise. The apple is the small circle with the devils 666 at the tree in the middle.
– stone of wisdom (small circle below initially drawn by the German physician and advisor of Emperor Rudolf II, Michael Maier (1568-1622)). In his book “Atalanta fugiens’ which he published in 1617 he includes the drawing below. The drawing provides the map to find the Stone Of Wisdom.

steen der wijzen

The Exhibition 10 Years I Will Win
For more then the last 6 months Erik Van Loon tried to find a space in New York to show his 10 I Will Win paintings. He contacted many galleries and real estate owners/agencies but without result as they all asked him to pay $ 1.000 a day to show his work. At www.erikvanloon.com/i-will-win you will find his fundraising campaign. He designed books, t-shirts and a nice video but nothing helped.

Watch his 2:26 minutes fundraising video below.

American Dream
Erik Van Loon paintings are shown without payment or endorsement from companies or governments organisations. He gets nothing from the NYC Marathon organisation. Yet he lays his painting along the course of the NYC Marathon “mile post 20” in order to inspire the 50,000 runners and 260 million TV viewers in 125 countries for 6 to 7 seconds. If he succeeds he will change Andy Warhol’s saying: “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” into 6 to 7 seconds. See the neon saying below in his home town Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

FAMOUS ANDY WARHO

Additional information

History
In 2005, after the world premiere of his film “A Victim’s Perspective” at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival he saw for the first time satellite photo’s of San Francisco and other major cities. The use of Google Maps actually inspired him to make an artwork which you can see from a satellite. Although an enormous challenge he did not want to give up hope. However a Nasa analyses that a 33 x 20 ft (11 x 6,5 yd) would be no bigger then a stamp made his dream impossible. It would also cost him
$ 5,000.

Self Portraiture
Inspired by the stamp size analyses of Nasa he decided to use the stamp framework to paint a portrait of himself similair to images used on stamps worldwide. This selfportrait also examplified the tradition of dutch masters painting self-portraiture, such as by Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

New York City Marathon
Because of the prohibitive costs Erik had to focus on “free publicity”. He showed his paintings outside of the New York City Marathon path, but visible from the air by helicopter for tv and film/broadcast. Therefore his 33 x 20 ft paintings grew from a postage stamp to realistic images visible from the air. Erik ran the 2005 and 2006 New York City Marathon successfully but decided to put all of his effort towards in his paintings.

Contact

Erik Van Loon can be reached at
EU +316 E VAN LOON / +316 3 826 5666
US +1865 2 E V LOON / +1 865 2 3 8 5666

NYU students I need you

i want you NYU POSTER

We are looking for NYU students at the department of Art or Marketing / Public Relations who would like to support Erik Van Loon’s by making his next I Will Win painting I Will Win – The End and his exhibition 10 Years I Will Win.

Erik Van Loon
Erik Van Loon is a dutch artist who unveils each year a painting of 33 x 20 ft along the course of the NYC Marathon.

I Will Win – The End
This year he will paint I Will Win – The End. His 10th and last I Will Win painting of 33 x 20 ft for the New York City Marathon. At this moment he still haven’t found a place to paint The End.

10 Years I Will Win
In 2014 he wants to show all his paintings from Oct 27 till Nov 9 in New York. Each painting is 660 sq ft big. In order to show all his paintings he needs a place of at least 10 x 660 = 6,600 sq ft. See also the short 2:26 video at www.erikvanloon.com/i-will-win

More info
Below you can find a 15 pages powerpoint presentation.

Your responsibility
As volunteer you will support Erik, the artist himself, by making The End and to show 10 Years I Will Win.

Apply
Mr Erik van Loon
Mail: info@erikvanloon.com
Phone: 865 2 E V LOON (865 238 5666)
Twitter: @erikvanloon
Facebook: artist.evanloon