Arts

Record auction for Magritte: the empire of lights is worth 52 million euros

Helena Newman, Head of Europe at Sotheby's, announced the presence of the painting in the next auction on 2nd March in London: "The empire of lights brings together two fundamental elements of everyday life - day and night - on a paradoxical canvas.". Magritte created the picture in 1961 and dedicated it to Anne Marie Gillion Crowet, daughter of the patron Pierre Crowet, a historical friend of the painter. He certainly never expected his "empire des lumières" to be not only considered one of the most representative works of surrealism, but also to reach an estimate of € 52 million by Sotheby's. The famous canvas, until now, had been part of the Crowet family collection, lent to the Magritte Museum in Brussels from 2009 to 2020. The dimensions of the work of art are also important,...

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The portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama: the national tour starts in Chicago

Chicago, more precisely the Art Institute, is the first city to host the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama which will be on tour until May 2022.  The National Portrait Gallery in Washington – home to the two works created in 2018 by artists Kehinde Wiley (author of the former President’s portrait) and Amy Sherald (author of the former First Lady’s portrait) – organized the tour in 5 different cities of the United States: the exhibition will be available, in addition to Chicago until August 15, also in New York (from August 27 to October 24 at the Brooklyn Museum), in Los Angeles (at the County Museum of Art from November 7 to January 2, 2022) , then in Atlanta (at the High Museum of Art from 14 January to 13 March 2022) and finally in Housto...

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Arts

François-Henri Pinault opens his contemporary museum in Paris

22 years after the entrepreneur and art collector François-Henri Pinault’s plans, his contemporary art museum has been finally inaugurated at the Bourse de Commerce, the former Paris stock exchange building.  The new exhibition gallery, restored through the intervention of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, ​​will house the entire collection of François-Henri Pinault who for over 50 years has collected contemporary works by artists from all over the world. "The idea was to design a lively space that would foster a dynamic dialogue between the new and the old, which is what a site dedicated to contemporary art should be", said Tadao Ando. “It was a challenging construction project, but the team has created a rema...

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ArtsCulture

A Valentine’s Day fairy tale: Eros and Psyche

Valentine's Day coming with its dose of romance and sweetness. For some people it is a holiday without any meaning, while for others it represents a great opportunity to celebrate love. The sweets, the photos and many types of gifts that we usually give on Valentine's Day, often show the image of Cupid. We are used to imagining him as a child who shoots arrows with his bow to make two people fall in love, but long ago someone represented Cupid in a totally different way. We are talking about Lucio Apuleio Madaurense, better known as Apuleio, a writer, philosopher and rhetorician born around 125 A.D. in Madaura, in the Roman province of Numidia. In his work "The Metamorphoses", Apuleius tells a mythological story, with a magical flavor and a fabulous atmosphere, entitled "Eros and Psych...

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Photography

Steve McCurry: le storie dietro le fotografie

Uno dei fotografi più importanti del secondo dopoguerra è sicuramente Steve McCurry, statunitense di Philadelphia. Ha viaggiato in lungo e in largo per il mondo, scattando istantanee memorabili, come la celebre “Ragazza afghana”, con il burqa arancione e gli occhi verdi penetranti, che raccontavano molto, forse troppo, di quella interminabile guerra. Steve McCurry è stato inviato dalla Magnum Photos, società per la quale lavora, non solo in Afghanistan, bensì anche in Turchia, Russia, Siria, Nepal, Thailandia e altri Paesi, ciascuno dei quali  con particolarità in termini di cultura e geografia fisica, che ha fotografato splendidamente. Il suo stile è molto semplice, non raffinato, non usa filtri: ogni cosa all’interno dell’istantanea deve essere la più naturale, o vicina alla rea...

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La cultura nella zona rossa è in calo del 75%: il digitale la chiave per ripartire

Nonostante la pandemia da Coronavirus stia ancora sortendo i suoi effetti negativi su teatri, musei, circhi, mostre e sale cinematografiche, che restano chiuse per ragioni di sicurezza, la cultura sceglie di non fermarsi e il digitale sembra essere la chiave per ripensare lo spettacolo. Seppur con tutti gli spettacoli in presenza bloccati per ragioni di sicurezza, la regione Emilia-Romagna si sta reinventando per far ripartire la sua offerta. I dati relativi alle attività culturali e di spettacolo di questo 2020 non sono però incoraggianti. L’Osservatorio sullo spettacolo della SIAE ha infatti presentato i dati sulla stima dei danni causati dalla pandemia sulla cultura emiliano-romagnola che evidenziano come, rispetto al 2019, la mancata “spesa del pubblico” per eventi, proiezioni e spett...

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Christie’s will sell John Keats’ funeral mask

Christie's is one of the most famous auction houses in the world, it was founded in London in 1766 and offers around 350 auctions every year. The British auction house has announced that on December 9 there will be two very important events: John Keats’ funeral mask and Joseph Severn’s Portrait of John Keats at Wentworth Place on the day of his composing 'Ode to a Nightingale' will be offered for sale.  Who was John Keats? The English artist was born close to London on October 31, 1795, after finishing his studies he decided to quit his career in medicine in order to dedicate his life to literature. Keats belonged to the second generation of romantic poets and, despite his short life, he left us some of his most sign...

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“Portrait of a Lady” is home again: the stolen Klimt has been missing for twenty-three years

The world of art is experiencing a significant moment. On November 28, a live streaming conference announced a very important news not only for the city of Piacenza, but for both Italian and European culture. The Ricci Oddi art gallery of Piacenza has announced the return of Gustav Klimt's work "Portrait of a Lady", stolen twenty-three years ago.  In 1925 the Austrian artist’s painting was purchased by the Italian collector Giuseppe Ricci Oddi, then in 1997 it was stolen from the gallery and only in December 2019 was found in a bag in the same art gallery where it was exhibited. A rather mysterious fact, almost like the painting itself. In 1996 the student Claudia Maga realized that...

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Arts

Nuovi spazi per l’arte sul canale tematico di Sky

Da sempre l’arte, per esplicitare la propria essenza, ha bisogno del pubblico e di un luogo nel quale prendere forma. Oggi più che mai la creatività necessita di una “piazza” per raccontare se stessa e la nuova serie condotta da Nicolas Ballario, in onda su Sky Arte, realizzata da Tiwi, rappresenta uno spazio in cui potersi esprimere. Al via giovedì 26 novembre The Square, un luogo in costruzione i cui contenuti vengono dai palcoscenici del mondo dell’arte e della cultura, ora vuoti, e sono emblema di nuove modalità in risposta all’epoca complessa nella quale siamo immersi. Gli ospiti sono artisti, musicisti, registi, attori, danzatori, finalmente accolti da un luogo che si trasforma in cassa di risonanza per la loro attività. Durante il primo episodio sarà raccontata l’evoluzione digi...

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Totem poles: a true form of art or objects of consumption?

The word totem is often misused to refer to the poles depicting animals associated with Native American culture. Actually by totem, a term deriving from ototeman, we mean a natural or supernatural entity that takes on a symbolic meaning for a person or within a clan or tribe. The cult based on the presence of totems is called totemism and it is a religious practice of tribal origin. Several native tribes of North America who adhered to this cult used to carve tree trunks and decorate them to depict overlapped totems, hence creating the so-called totem poles. These symbolized and/or commemorated cultural beliefs related to family legends, clan lineages or other important events.  Many think that the art of totem poles is a peculiarity of all Native Americans. The truth is that t...

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