Hans Theys is a twentieth-century philosopher and art historian. He has written and designed dozens of books on the works of contemporary artists and published hundreds of essays, interviews and reviews in books, catalogues and magazines. All his publications are based on actual collaborations and conversations with artists.

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Victoria Parvanova - 2019 - Things are subtle here [EN, essay]
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Hans Theys



Things are subtle here

About Victoria Parvanova’s work


Two things I would like to mention, before speaking about Victoria Parvanova’s art.

First, we must acknowledge that the laws of natural evolution – this ruthless but wonderful slot machine blindly but surely leading to more economy, more efficiency and more beauty – clearly teach us why women have always been smaller and frailer than men: because they didn’t have to be bigger and stronger to survive. (Because they are smarter, that is.)

Second, this explains why men feel the constant need to make grotesque jokes and laugh loudly.

Things are subtle here. Close examination is required. And then – in colours, brushstrokes, texture and subject matter – we discover the nearly invisible humour and an intelligence of the finest nature.


Montagne de Miel, 26 September 2019