Jens W. Beyrich + Mathoglyphs / exposed at Biennale
Jens W. Beyrich is developing a synergy between art and finance, both as an artist and as a passionate collector. In 2018 he became the first artist in Europe permanently exhibiting at Findel airport, and recently his investment company started issuing tracking stock, a special tool available in Luxembourg, for an unprecedented venture in art.
Jens W. Beyrich – Artwork – will be exhibited from the 3rd of December 2020 till the 16th of January 2021 at Nosbaum Reding Gallery, 2+4 rue Wiltheim, 2733 Luxembourg
Q: You studied engineering and you hold an MBA from INSEAD – what made you start an artist career?
It´s exactly the numeric background, the understanding of strategic and financial issues and a persistent interest in art that are the prerequisites, as well as creativity, or more precise, the sense to see what is not apparent, though existing. Interest in symmetries and art is inborn, and a start of an artist career is a challenge and a luxury, but a very coherent though.
Q: What is “Hypersymmetrics” all about?
Hypersymmetrics, is what I call my art concept, showing a combination of interwoven symmetric structures in a single graphical artwork or sculpture. Hypersymmetries cannot be observed in nature for thermodynamic reasons, and apparently, as a consequence they do not appear in the art world. A set of sixty different, three-coloured hexagonal elements are the toolkit to generate the hypersymmetric artwork, playing with combinations of open book and rotation symmetries or 2D- and 3D-symmetries, like the complex and first-of-its-kind marquetry of the golden polyhedron at the Findel.
Large Star Mandala (black and white)
Q: …which brings us to your sculpture in the airport. From Switzerland and living in Liechtenstein, how did you get the opportunity to exhibit in Luxembourg?
First, I considered to present my artwork concept in a gallery. London seemed to be the place to start. My first personal exhibition took place in London’s famous Cork Street, in 2013. Just a year later, I had the opportunity to design a stamp for Singapore. In 2016, I had my first personal museum exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, and later that year Connaissance des Arts presented my graphic works “City State” in the Special FIAC edition, together with artwork of Christo and Cruz Diez. The opportunity to exhibit in Rome´s best visited Chiostro del Bramante introduced me to the Italian diplomatic circle. All this happened with a fantastic speed. The idea to display in an elegant setting with a high flux of people with high standards of living and education made me conclude that the airport of Luxembourg would fit best. The very cooperative attitude of the management made the idea came true very rapidly.
Q: What are your future plans in Luxembourg?
I got commissioned recently by the Luxembourg Post Philately to create the Christmas Stamps for 2021. Matching the stamp issue, the MNHA, National Museum for History and Art, will present an exhibition on the topic of the aesthetics of symmetry and their significance in history and art. It´s an exciting opportunity for the visitor to meet science, history and art simultaneously, as well as for me to show some of my artworks and antiquities of my collection. My work will also be displayed at Nosbaum Reding Gallery soon.
Project large Star Sphere
Q: We know you also have plans for an “Outdoor Sculpture”. Can you give us more details on that?
My intention is to build a large Star Sphere, with a diameter of 2.60 meters, for a public place. It has never been done before. The sculpture is unique in many ways. First, there is a philosophical message, representing the core values of modern global thinking. The six-pointed stars on its surface are all different, symbolising a multi-cultural mindset. All are connected and fit in a homogeneous grid, standing for balance and democracy. Each three stars on its surface, all different, respect a rotation symmetry, symbolising close cooperation. Finally, each star follows a rule of reciprocity with its counterpart juxtaposed on the other hemisphere, symbolising global consciousness and exchange.
Q: Your proposal to fund that landmark is also very creative…
The idea to issue tracking stocks with an attributed ISIN (International Securities Identification Number) will allow investors to include shares in their portfolios and therefore become co-owner of the first large Star Sphere. I trust the financial structure is suitable to attract interested partners. The ISIN application for the tracking stock is on the way, I am finalising the documentation and expect it to be available soon.
Once the first Star Sphere is built, a next step would be to set up a RAIF and to look for partners to invest in collectibles and antiques, thus matching talent and money, as you put it. This would be a perfect synergy and there are all along plenty of opportunities.
Jewellery, gold and diamond bracelets, shown at the Biennale
Born in Ticino 1961 (the only year in the century that is symmetric to itself by rotation), Jens W. Beyrich created his first artwork with advanced symmetrical features at the age of 5. In 1985 he graduated with distinction from the Universität Karlsruhe and later obtained an MBA from INSEAD. Jens has been engaged in activities in the international art market ever since and is today a member of the LPEA, of Mensa Lëtzebuerg, and -the world´s first- Circle of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Rome.