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The “Audible Forms” in ikono’s Old Masters have a very wide range.
They go from the depiction of Etruscan musicians or the ones in Von Honthorst painting of a concert, the somewhat frenzied dancing in Jan Steen’s depictions of everyday life or Toulouse Lautrec equally electrifying night club dancing. But music can take on several forms in art, such as the iconic stage designs by C.D. Friedrich for Mozart’s Magic Flute or Juan Gris’ cubist still lives with musical instruments. On a more abstract “note”, music has also inspired the composition of abstract paintings, and this becomes especially visible in ikono’s films of Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Klee or Richter. Whistler on the other hand, although he didn’t depict musicians or instruments, had the habit of giving musical titles to his paintings, as if the use of color and shapes equaled the composer’s choice of notes and melodies.