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The Polo Mint Adventures Part 7: Suus & Val in the Rijksmuseum & Rembrandt in O'Reilly's Bar

Or have I got that the wrong way round?

Try again: Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum and SuusinMokkum & Val in O'Reilly's Bar.

That's better.

The Polo Mint has recently been to Amsterdam. It was practically impossible to Polo Mint the newly-re-opened Rijksmuseum, but I did manage to take a few photos there.

And then went to meet up with Suus.



Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 27, 2013 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 6: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

This is The End of the Danish  series of Polo Mint Adventures, with photos from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen.

The Museum is so called because there is a large bar on every floor that offers visitors unlimited amounts of free Carlsberg beer, and when you have drunken a lot your tummy begins to rumble to the tune of 'Glytotek' -- the Danish Eurovision Song Contest entry in 1997.

Or something like that.

This Part of the Adventures begins with some Polo…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 27, 2013 at 6:29am — 5 Comments

To Mrs Cheesey Potato* and many others, the COLLECTIVE THANK YOU continues.

Mrs Cheesey Potato lives just across the Impasse from me. This morning she gave me some Mail Art that I had received during my recent absence that would not fit in the Mail Box...and so I will continue with the Collective Thank You.

I will be mailing stuff to y'all when I have raised some money for stamps by disposing of my children. The Pawn Shop wouldn't take them, alas, and so I am forced to sell them. I can offer you a Special Mother's Day Three-for-Two price if anyone is…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 26, 2013 at 9:09pm — No Comments

This is getting embarrassing. This is another COLLECTIVE THANK YOU, because...

...I have been away again, this time for 10 days in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where I had a mini-exhibition of my Aboriginal-type art. (Photos of that follow later). When I got back home last night the mail box was stuffed full of goodies, and I just haven't got the time right now to send everyone an individual thank you, so here is a collective one.

I hope to be able to send all the people below some Mail Art back soon, but I will have to pawn the children so that I can get some…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 24, 2013 at 6:50pm — 3 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 5: Louisiana Museum for Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Here we are again, Polo Mint Lovers everywhere.

This set of Adventures comes from Denmark.

At the Louisiana Museum there was an Exhibition called 'Pop Art Design' which was very good -- but not easy to Polo Mint.

(Go on...ask why a Museum in Denmark is called 'Louisiana'?)

Here goes...…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 14, 2013 at 7:05am — 10 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 4: the National Gallery of Denmark

Bonjour Art Lovers of the World!

I have just come from back from Copenhagen where the Polo Mint Adventures continued.

To recap -- a Polo Mint is a small English sweet (very similiar to a Life Saver).

Here is one:

I visit Galleries and Museums, place a Polo Mint on or near an exhibit, take a photo of it, and then move on before I get…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 11, 2013 at 6:53pm — 6 Comments

A COLLECTIVE Thank You/Merci Beacoup to...

...the following people for the Great Mail Art they have kindly sent me (with apologies for this being collective, but I'll never get round to thank everyone individually and properly, so my excuses).....

* Nico van Hoorn & the Altijd Nijmegen Radical Phone Box Collective

* Ti Ar Raden & the Martinique Beach Side Phone Box Crew

* Mute Sound 4 the Spanish Phone Card (it didn't work in France -- nor did the Last Surviving Phone Box I found)

* Carlule…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on May 8, 2013 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment


......all of you who have sent me so many Post Cards for my forthcoming Exhibitions in the last week or so.

I'm falling way, way behind in individual acknowledgements which are now becoming almost impossible, so please forgive me for this collective one and THANK YOU/MERCI BEACOUP TO:

Nadia Wendell

Victor Femenias

Fluxus Atelier

Mehrl Bennett




Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 29, 2013 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment



I've been away for a week or so, and am desperately trying to catch up with all sorts of things, especially to you kind folks who have sent me Post Cards for my Exhibitions in the last few days.

The response to date has been fantastic, in fact so great that this week I can no longer to send individual thank yous, so, just for once (I hope), here is a BIG & COLLECTIVE THANK YOU to:

Tatiana Makarova,

Louise Hiner,



Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments


I would like to join the trend that involves sending one "Thank you" message to lots of people, so here goes....

THANK YOU to all the people in the List below* who have sent me a Post Card for my forthcoming Exhibitions.

If you HAVE'NT sent me a postcard -- yet -- please do so...on any theme to Val Herman, 1 Rue de la Vieille Fontaine, F-11130 Sigean, France, top reach me before 10 April.

So if your name isn't on the list, then please…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 5, 2013 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

FlippeR -- the Making of a Masterpiece

Let me introduce you to FlippeR.

I made him from bits and pieces I found on the beach the other day.

Here is FlippeR:

And then the following photos show how I made up this Masterpiece:…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments


The Lil Red Bag has arrived safely in Sigean.

This morning I took it to a newly opened Contemporary Art Galler. Lil Red Bag had a very good time and some of Lil's adventures are recorded below.

Lil's visit started with a meeting with a painted Sea Monster:

Lil was a bit afraid, so to get her confidence back I introduced Lil to Evy's Big Black Torso…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 13, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 3 -- loosing the Polos but finding a real hippy and some Chinese warriors


This is the third and last episode -- for now -- about my Museum adventures with Polo Mints in the Netherlands.

Just in case you have forgotten what a Polo Mint looks like, here is one:

This episode invovles visits to two Museums -- the Limburgs Museum in Venlo and the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden.

First to Venlo, by train,…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 26, 2012 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures, Part 2 -- from Charlotte to Christo


This is the 2nd of 3 installments in the Polo Mint Adventures.

Here's a Polo Mint, just to remind you of what this is all about -- placing a Polo Mint on a work of art in a Museum, and taking a photo of it -- while trying not to get thrown out of the museum (as happend to me in Bilbao and St Jacques de Compostelle.


I visited the…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 25, 2012 at 9:48pm — 11 Comments

The Polo Mint Adventures Part 1 -- or how Val nearly got thrown out of a Museum, again

I stopped smoking (everything, don't ask) on February 1st, 1975.

I was hypnotised, and was told that there would be no side effects.

There was but one -- I became addicted to Polo Mints (what y'all over there call Lifesavers).

Here is a Polo Mint.

I always have a packet of Polo Mints in my pocket.

I realised the hitherto undiscovered…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 24, 2012 at 9:49pm — 13 Comments

Mail Art Martha Visited Sigean Today!!! (Monday 3 September, 2012)

She, and her husband, John, visited the Galerie Serrencia where Val introduced her to some Sea Monsters, walked around the the old village  -- with Shopping Trolley and Mail Art Display Handbag -- and then went to Chez Val.

After a (very) short sightseeing trip in Oranje, she went to the Intermarché supermarket -- with her Shopping Trolley and a Sea Monster -- and took some photos…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 3, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments


Bonjour !

You might have been wondering as to why I have been posting a seemingly endless series of photos about Beach Art (and my 'collection' or 'zoo' of 200 Sea Monsters) and Driftwood Art. Well, read on, and I will try and explain.…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 30, 2012 at 9:12pm — 9 Comments

HELP please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My forthcoming Mail Art Exhibition is in BIG TROUBLE



I sent out the call below a few weeks ago, and the response has been very, very disappointing. So disappointing in fact that I’m faced with a non-Exhibition.

So, let me make things easier, and ask you to send me an Envelope. Any Envelope

Forget ‘Summer in Sigean’ – just send me an envelope on the theme of Summer.…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 16, 2012 at 7:01am — 24 Comments

What I dislike very much about receiving Mail Art

Here I am.

In my Permanent Installation, also known as (AKA) my Studio, AKA 'Val's room at the top of the house'.

Three-and-a-half floors up, where only the cats and I venture.

From deep down below at street level I hear a 'click' that tells me that the mail has arrived at about noon.

I rush down stairs.

The cats follow me -- because they think it's lunch time;

I open the Mail Box, and if I'm very, very lucky I get some IUOMA Mail Art. (If I'm only…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 25, 2011 at 10:21pm — 10 Comments

Pens, Swords, Envelopes and Emails...A Thought for Today*

IF 'The pen is mightier than the sword' (Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richelieu: Or the Conspiracy, 1839),

THEN 'An Envelope is superior to an email.' (Me, 16/09/2010, 17.05 CET

(Discuss with specific relevance to forms of communication in the 21st century; or not)


Val(entine Mark Herman)

*and Tomorrow, and the Next Day, etc

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 16, 2010 at 5:05pm — 3 Comments



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