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Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Reading Time: 5 minutesPoliticians will always surprise us in how creative they can be to solve economic crisis. Some of them tried to raise taxes. It works up to a certain stage. Others tried to make taxes lower. Again, it has its own restrictions. And others, well, decided to sell their treasures in terms of Art collection. Like the French government who dares thinking ti sell Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa. Really??? What would Katherine Watson think about it? Art should not be for sale, like the human spirit The on going increase of private art collections are bringing a game change in the art museums landscape. This year, art donation from private owners to public museums dropped by almost 6% while art auctions are amazingly increasing. Today, museums cannot fight anymore against private collectors. The Fine art auction market is not new. It all started in the 17th century and for centuries…

The landscape in painting, an art genre.

The landscape in painting, an art genre.

Reading Time: 6 minutesFor centuries, landscapes were considered as a minor genre in western art. Portrait was something more noble, or “nature-morte” as well. There was always something more important to pay attention to than Landscape. Yet, in history certain nations like Ancient China or Rome as well as Russia in the 19th century, have developed an extraordinary know how in painting landscapes. It all started with a wise man on top of a mountain Landscape art is the depiction in art of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition (source: wikipedia). If we had to wait until the 19th century romantism to see landscape art burst in Europe, in China it was already a major art in the year 600. Like this Sui Dynasty Chinese landscape painting by Zhan…

Henri Matisse, the Cut-Outs extraordinary auction in London.

Henri Matisse, the Cut-Outs extraordinary auction in London.

Reading Time: 3 minutesEarly this year, visitors of Tate Modern in London were able to discover another facet of Matisse’s work. The master of colour, spent his last 14 years explorint paper-cutting. Or as he would explain himself, the art of painting with scissors. Now that the exhibition is over, there will be an exclusive auction taking place in London, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. Henri Matisse and the art of painting with scissors By the end of his life, Henri Matisse was diagnostic with Cancer. He became very weak and started using a wheel chair. After an operation he got some strength back and his aim of creation was stronger than the disease. With the help of Lydia Delectorskaya and assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a enormous scale, called gouaches découpés. By maneuvering scissors through prepared sheets of paper, he inaugurated a new phase of his career….

Matthieu Gafsou at l’Elysee Lausanne. Only God can Judge me.

Matthieu Gafsou at l’Elysee Lausanne. Only God can Judge me.

Reading Time: 3 minutesLausanne is definitely the place to be for modern and contemporary photography. This summer, l’Elysee Museum for photography is holding a very interesting photo exhibition called “Only God can Judge me” by Swiss photographer Matthieu Gafsou. Matthieu Gafsou, Swiss, Artist, invested. By choosing Matthieu Gafsou to perform an exhibition at l’Elysée, the Swiss institution in Lausanne took a position in terms of artistic engagement torwards some “bites”. In deed, Matthieu Gafsou always brought and edgy look in every theme he has chosen in the past to explore. With “Alps” in 2008-2012, it was a closer look into the Swiss natural landscape and the changes brought by tourism. Then, with “Sacré” in 2011-2012, it was a full thinking about the role of religion, its symbols and its presence in today’s society. Matthieu Gafsou lives and works in Lausanne – Switzerland. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey….

2014 St. Moritz Art Masters. Swiss Art festival.

2014 St. Moritz Art Masters. Swiss Art festival.

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe St. Moritz Art Masters Foundation (SAM Foundation) was established in 2009 by the founders of St. Moritz Art Masters. The Foundation supports and shows projects of exceptional, national and international rising artists focusing on the global “language” of culture. Artists and selected projects shall be given the opportunity to present themselves during St. Moritz Art Masters and to use the network of the platform. Every year, in one of the most prestigious and beautiful natural spots in the heart of Swiss Alps, visitors can discover amazing artists from all over the world. That’s St Moritz Art Masters. You can see here the highlights of last year in which China was celebrated. This year it is time for another giant country to express its artistic specificity: INDIA.   From August 22nd to August 31st, St Moritz celebrates the end of the summer with one of the most prestigious Art festival…

La nuit des images in Lausanne, let’s celebrate.

La nuit des images in Lausanne, let’s celebrate.

Reading Time: 3 minutesLausanne is definitely a city of arts and photography. End of June, the city will celebrate the 4th edition of its NUIT DES IMAGES. For this 4th edition, the Nuit des images will pay a visit to Théâtre de Vidy on Friday June 27th, with a concert by Rodolphe Burger and Rachid Taha. On Saturday June 28th beginning at 3pm, it will spread through the Elysée gardens for a free, friendly, festive Garden Party. On this year program, a rich and interesting artistic references. On Friday June 27th everything starts with a great concert at Théâtre de Vidy. Singer and Guitarist Rodolphe Burger will perform an exclusive collaboration with Singer Rachid Taha. Together they form the Couscous Clan performing fun covers of rock standards. From Raï to post-punk, you will be able to discover different music influences thanks to this outdoor concert. It will be located in the outside terrasse of Théâtre…

David Bailey and Richard Hamilton. London is Calling.

David Bailey and Richard Hamilton. London is Calling.

Reading Time: 3 minutesLondon will always be London. The European capital has always something going on and if you are lucky enough to be there in the incoming weeks, here are 2 photo exhibitions you do not want to miss. David Bailey at the National Portrait Gallery and Richard Hamilton at the Tate Modern. David Bailey, fashion Portraitist It is mot the first time we talk about David Bailey. The British photographer ruled the fashion scene for more than 60 years. With his first Vogue cover in 1960, David Bailey was the leader artist of “Swinging London”, a cultural movement in the 60’s about modernism and youth. This year the prestigious National Portrait Gallery dedicates one of the biggest photography exhibition in the honor of David Bailey with 250 portraits. It is called Bailey’s Stardust. In this exhibition, visitors will be able to get a broad snapshot of the photographer work. From worldwide…

Prix Elysee with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

Prix Elysee with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis month, the prestigious Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne – Switzerland is launching “Le Prix Elysée” with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier. It is a professional competition dedicated to the highlight of promising photographers. Once again, the Musée de l’Elysée places itself as one of the European reference for Photography and photography curation. By scouting the talents of tomorrow, it brings a strong visibility to these promising artists. Here is what the museum explains: The prize is open to promising photographers or artists using photography, of all nationalities, who have already enjoyed their first exhibitions and publications. There is no imposed theme or preference for any particular photographic genre or technique. Applications are open from February 3 to April 25, 2014. The winner is invited to produce an original and new project as well as its related book. Both the project and book will be presented at one of the…

Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques Insurance has no secret for him.

Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques Insurance has no secret for him.

Reading Time: 5 minutesLuxury Activist got the opportunity to exclusively  interview Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques auction expert. Tom Sargent works as Client Manager of Artscope at Aon Private Clients, he specialises in high net worth items in auction, antiques and art. Previously worked in the auction industry for 6 years at Bonhams & Butterfields and Christies auctioneers where he valued antique furniture and Works of Art. Here he gained useful knowledge on how the art and high net worth industries operate working with dealers and collectors as well as sellers. Here is the interview: LuxuryActivist (LA): The Art Market evolved a lot in the past years. Can you describe the major changes in Art Insurance you have observed in the past 10 years? Tom Sargent (TS): I’ve worked in the art industry for over 10 years and of that 6 years in insurance. In that time we have seen the top end art…

Andy Gott Behind the scenes – Hollywood portraits

Andy Gott Behind the scenes – Hollywood portraits

Reading Time: 3 minutesAndy Gott, one of the most talented photographers of his generation is presenting a new exhibition called “Behind the scenes”. It is taking place at Hollywood land of stars Hollywood was always full of stars. From Glamour to drama, every decade held its legends. Some of them were a star for one film, others last … For ever. Most of them were iconized thanks to the talent of more or less known photographers. We all have in mind iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, or more recently Sharon Stone, Robert de Niro or Nicole Kidman. Some of those photographies contributed to starrify those people, and some of these portraits became even pieces of Art. And I would not even talk about the work of certain artists like Warhol. But after a while, those portraits are delivered with no surprises. It means that nothing really different pops up and then…

Bunkamura Shibuya Tokyo 25th anniversary in 2014

Bunkamura Shibuya Tokyo 25th anniversary in 2014

Reading Time: 5 minutesTokyo is probably one of the most inspiring cities for art and design in the world. One of the main players is Bunkamura, established in Shibuya since 1989. And in 2014 it will be their 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century being a cultural ambassador in Japan. In the 80’s, the Tokyo Corporation, one of the biggest companies in Japan, started different projects with the idea to integrate their services into people’s lifestyle. From public transports, to banks and credit cards up to cultural events. In 1989, they open Bunkamura center, a true cultural village in the center of Tokyo. Bunkamura is located in Shibuya, one of the most dynamic and young areas of Tokyo. 25 years ago, it was still a non interesting place and Bunkamura center contributed in the development of this area. The Bunkamura center is a high-place for culture. Several services and installations are available Bunkamura…

2014 incoming art exhibitions in Switzerland

2014 incoming art exhibitions in Switzerland

Reading Time: 8 minutesHere is our selection of the most incoming Art exhibitions in Switzerland for 2014. It will be another great year for Art in Switzerland. 2013 is not yet over and we are looking forward visiting the incoming ones. 2014 Zürich Kunsthaus 2 main exhibitions to note at the Art Museum of Zürich, one dedicated to Expressionism, as you never saw before, and the second one about Alberto Giacometti, under a different facet. From Matisse to “Der Blaue Reiter” Expressionism in Germany and France From 7th of February to 11th of May 2014 Expressionism is an interesting art trend. Most of people think that it is a independent German movement. In fact, it was more a global reaction to an interesting period of history in which artists would travel, meet and exchange their point of view. So this begining of 20th century attended to a ping pong game between neo-impressionism in…

The Raw Horse, by Sebastiano Vitale.

The Raw Horse, by Sebastiano Vitale.

Reading Time: 8 minutesArt and photography have an endless universe. Artists are talented people who can capture the air of times or a simple moment of beauty. This month, discover Mr. Sebastiano Vitale and his project called The Raw Horse. A magnificent  moment of timeless beauty. The Raw project is a series of fine prints in a very limited edition, photographic objects and sculptures, for galleries and collectors. Sebastiano Vitale is the photograph and the concept creator for this project. His aim was to create a “hymn to the relationship between the horse and the human being.” 5 main chapters are written within the project from Mongolia to Iceland, towards Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and USA. Sebastiano Vitale captured the essence of today’s life interaction between Horses and men. All Horses lovers will be fascinate with this artwork. It is also in a way, a quest for reconnection with nature. The only way…

Palimpsestes, when politics and arts meet. At mor.charpentier in Paris.

Palimpsestes, when politics and arts meet. At mor.charpentier in Paris.

Reading Time: 4 minutesSince 2010, the mor.charpentier art gallery in Paris has been differentiating itself, from other established galleries,  by their choice of artists and exhibitions. Discover this fall their new exhibition called Palimpsestes. In order to understand the relationship between art and politics, the starting point is the political language. From September 7th until November 9th 2013. 9 artists from several places and periods who translate the emotional power of politics into different supports. Interesting contrast between art, supposed to be beautiful and “artistic” and the subject called politic. In this case could we consider the artist as a revolutionary? Here some examples of some works you can see in this interesting exhibition. In this work, called Meat Map, as you can see above, taiwan-born artist Charwei Tsai represent the map of China with raw meat. It is a strong symbol of paradox. In one side, we can see the cruelty in…

Sebastiâo Salgado at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne.

Sebastiâo Salgado at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne.

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom September 29th 2013, the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne is holding a new exhibition about Sebastiâo Salgado called Genesis. It is a fantastic journey into our Planet Earth under the edgy eye of Salgado. The exhibition presents Sebastiâo Salgado work from 2004 to 2011 in which he went to amazing encounters from mountains, deserts and oceans. All populated with animals and people who have escaped up to now from modern society. It is a long term exploration of all global issues. Sebastiâo Salgado aim is to push humanity to rediscover itself. This work is completely in line with Sebastiâo Salgado profile as social documentary photographer and photojournalist. In Genesis, you can discover more than 30 trips, on foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes or even hot-air balloons. The photographies are striking by their truth, their authenticity and a kind of purity on the eyes of people and animals that…

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