In conversation with Viktor Zappner

Well-respected musician Viktor Zappner will discuss his love of naïve art at an event at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Saturday afternoon, 21 July from 2 – 3 pm.

Viktor is a man of many passions including a life-long love of naïve art that lead to the encouragement and inspiration for the current exhibition Tasmanian Naïvists at BRAG.

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said, “Naïve art is appreciated for its simplicity, colour, humour and storytelling. Who better to discuss than Viktor? We have been enjoying Viktor’s humour and music for years. He was honoured in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012 as a Tasmanian Local Hero. ”

Viktor’s love of naïve art goes back to his early years in Eastern Europe and several of the works in the exhibition are from his personal collection. A quote from American jazz artist Louis Armstrong is one of Viktor’s tenets: “if you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know” and therefore if you have to ask what naïve art is you’ll never know.

Healthy choice refreshment on the day will be provided by the social enterprise program at Produce for the People.

This will also be an opportunity for people to view A Stitch in Time (Saves Nine) @ BRAG a collaborative exhibition with the Burnie Regional Museum and the wonderful Paper on Skin exhibition of selected pieces from the Paper on Skin Gala.

All exhibitions continue until Sunday 29 July and the Gallery is open free to the public from 10am to 4.30pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4pm  Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Burnie Regional Art Gallery is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728