The artist’s art of navigating in times of crisis.

Kurt Lykke Lindved Ph.D Culture and Development - UN Lecturer and Writer Honored Dutch Counsel Former CEO in EAC Entertainer and Event Management

Kurt Lykke Lindved Ph.D
Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honorary Dutch Consul
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

How do artists navigate in times of crisis? Or is it like we have always known it to being two sides of the same coin?

Well, I’m not an expert on artists’ ways of handling the creative universe of wolves, but I have over the years found that there are almost as many opinions about art as that there are artists in the world. For professional artists, it is a livelihood and an integrated approach in both the execution and the sale of their art work, which must be an instant success or based a long term strategy.

After many travels in the world as a diplomat in tantalizing business life, I have visited many countries, different ethnic races and not least the cultural differences and understandings of the artistic performance and the value of art work intended for sale. I have learned that artists use many forces of new and creative ideas to attract customers yet without thinking about the costs associated with it.

In the Western world we have for many years been accustomed to receive additional financial assistance from the government, sponsors and private promoters when important exhibitions are launched. Some artists even think that such events should come free including stands and everything else like the large administrative apparatus normally associated with such exhibitions.

I must admit, that I find this difficult to understand. The “here I come” way of thinking and acting in an otherwise competitive market.

Wine tasting, exhibition, music and socializing under the same hat

Wine tasting, exhibition, music and socializing under the same hat

Now that I’ve cut my roots and after a long-standing wish I established myself together with my partner Catharina as a retiree in the Pyrenees-Orientales. This however does not necessarily imply that I want to dwell on the beach with a book in one hand and a drink in the other. The area is simply so rich in culture, history and nature that it would be difficult to avoid an engaging enthusiasm among active artists be it music, visual arts, exhibitions, concerts or “show business.”

During the last few years I have met so many different artists in these latitudes and they have been able to work and live with the conditions the time’s circumstances allow their artistic skills and creativity to work under. Many are now working together in small collectives keeping their individual skills while exhibiting in groups led by representatives who have a commercial background and, of course, are interested in culture.

Salvador Dali's footprint is evident in some of the art's performance in the Vallespir area.

Salvador Dali’s footprint is evident in some of the art performances in the Vallespir area.

There are no princesses or kings in this system. The competition is tough that there is no room for diva allure, just for artists who are actively involved with their own funds for events, gallery exhibitions and PR.

Combinations such as wine tasting in a wine castle and selling art, accompanied by music entertainment, are an excellent way to organize events. There are also many smaller or medium-sized galleries especially in the Vallespir area – a mix of many international artists together with the French and Catalan influence, that has exploded since the French and Spanish masters like Picasso and Salvador Dali rotated around this area with their brilliant, provocative but also highly respected art works.

The area is characterized by tourism during the summer period – perhaps not so much beach dwellers…but rather people who want to experience nature, culture, local people and history. It is therefore not surprising that it is possible to sell art and much more if the products are saleable at reasonable prices. The art of selling and producing are equally important but under cost control required regardless of the concept used. The art work will initially sell itself if complies with the buyers’ taste but PR can at least make a wider section of the population aware of all the events, exhibitions and galleries offered in a region where all artists involved will draw on the same platform.

Culture has always and will be a platform where culture’s fauna is a matter of taste,

Salvador Dali's technical and artistic talent - The image can be adjusted up and down at a conspicuous level without leaving the chair.

Salvador Dali’s technical and artistic talent – The image can be adjusted up and down at a conspicuous level without leaving the chair.

attitudes and perhaps a professional approach to this wide range of visual experiences. The colors and shapes will always appeal to individual senses and we are lucky with this diversity which, in contrast, would be a monotonous performance without excessive tension.

The culture, the life, the experiences and the creativity do not stop just because the baptismal certificate tells one that it is now a normal custom to be retired, and we will actively be where things happen in the French / Catalan Vallespir region together with several hundreds of artists having some great visions based on reality’s world – economically, politically and culturally – “Do not wait for the potential buyers, but find them where they are.”

Our objective is simple – We will resume our own exhibitions, musical entertainment, guest exhibitions, lectures and events in collaboration with the local community and to the rules that are related to those areas, where protectionism might be seen in glimpses, but for the benefit of society, especially in this time when only unity and cooperative’s spirit will perhaps end up in a new era for the benefit of all.

Nobody will today work for free no matter what profession we are talking about and therefore I am full of sympathy for the artists who have realized that nothing comes by itself and it is even more difficult under the present circumstances to operate in this industry as a one man show unless we are talking about the upper layers among professional artists.

To become internationally renowned is only curtailed for the few and in many cases it is the artist’s name that is selling more than the actual value of the artist’s performance.

Our new base platform with our own and guest exhibitions, studio facilities and close to the "Artist residency of Arles-sur-Tech" France

Our new base platform with our own and guest exhibitions, studio facilities and close to the “Artist residency of Arles-sur-Tech” France

We are looking forward to a future in a good and mutually inspiring and fruitful cooperation with many of these dynamic artists in our local area – which extends all the way through the Vallespir valley in France across to the border of the northern part of Catalonia, Spain.

The challenges are many and I was actually offered a job as an organist in a church recently, which is a completely different ballgame than my favorite area of jazz, bossa nova and swinging blues music.

Welcome to a society in development with versatility as the basic foundation for the eye’s entertainment.



About lindvedpress

Professional – Career * Qualified as a Charter Agent in the East Asiatic Company - Became a State Authorized Shipping Broker in 1969 * Captain in The Sirius Patrol – Greenland at Thule Air Base, 1969-1971 * Postings in New York, New Orleans, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and London as Charter Agent and Manager 1972 – 1983 working for The East Asiatic Company Ltd. – Copenhagen * 24 years with The East Asiatic Company Ltd and subsidiary companies as Charter Agent, Marketing and Development Manager; and General Manager * Supplementary courses and examinations in Maritime and Commercial Law Management. * Founder and Owner of Sonata Production, Art and Music International Inc. – France & Denmark 1995 – present - Entertainment, Lectures, Concerts, Exhibition Events, CD, DVD and Video Recordings. Professional – Freelance * Qualified as trumpet player at Aarhus Music School – Denmark * Professional musician with several orchestras and bands – including the Matadors, Saratoga Jazz Band, Rice Wood Jokers and Aarhus Brass Band. * Leader of ”Show and Entertainment Group 28 Carat” and the Evening & Theatre School 28 Carat * Self-taught Artist (painter) Lecturer and Writer * Responsible for several large Theatre and Exhibition Events Worldwide Awards * Dutch Consul, Denmark * Goodwill Ambassador – Various Non-Profit Organizations
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5 Responses to The artist’s art of navigating in times of crisis.

  1. I am an artist who has been ” Prix de Collioure “, I reside in Dallas, Texas but live in France 4 month each summer :
    I am interested by your artistic movement, as I believe that we must creates positive works to raise the soul and help the planet earth.

    • lindvedpress says:

      Thanks for your comments Celine Raphael Leygues … It’s always great to hear from people with the positive spirit intact. We are in these weeks in the process of moving into another house in Arles-sur-Tech and by chance we discovered that the owner of this house was an artist and art designer who previously was one of the founders to include the “Muppet Show” and other BBC TV series.

      Now I do not know where you live when you are in France, but I have seen your website and found your productions quite interesting.

      You are welcome to write more to my private email address:

      kurtlykke.lindved @

      All the best from
      Kurt Lykke Lindved

  2. Natasha says:

    Thanks to Internet, today it’s little bit easier to show your artworks to much more people then before, but the competition is also much, much bigger……with right attitude, every artist can use all those things in the better way and to become even more creative and to learn from other artist’s experiences. Thank You, Kurt, for Your – always bright and realistic / comments about everything.

    • lindvedpress says:

      Thank you so much Natacha and I know you do not put all your eggs in one basket but spread your talent on several fronts, which is the best medicine when one of the baskets with eggs are suddenly landed in a “stand-by” position. Continue to use all the keys you are able to play on …. 🙂

  3. Thank you for your refreshing insight into our fast changing times Kurt. good to see you keeping your vision bright:)

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