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Magritte, art revolution and surrealism

Magritte, art revolution and surrealism

Last month Luxuryactivist team went to Magritte museum in Brussels – Belgium. It is the biggest collection in the world for Magritte work with more than 150 paintings but also with several documents and belongings of the artist. We visited the permanent collection and if you are visiting Brussels for a day or a weekend, do not hesitate to visit the Magritte Museum. The Magritte Museum is located in an old neoclassical building from the late eighteenth century and part of an architectural ensemble built after the fire of Coudenberg palace in 1731. Over the centuries, the owners have succeeded to transform it into a hotel, jewelry and finally a museum. Place Royale and the surrounding buildings are historical testimony of Belgium under the “Ancien Régime” and its independence. It is on this spot that was held the enthronement ceremony of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, King of the Belgians, 21…

Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Politicians 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…

Art exhibitions in Switzerland – 2013 top 7 exhibitions you do not wish to miss!

Art exhibitions in Switzerland – 2013 top 7 exhibitions you do not wish to miss!

Switzerland is a very rich country… in art institutions and museums. It is one of the countries with the biggest density of museums per inhabitant. If we calculate only the official ones, we could count more than 1,000. 2013 will be again a very exciting year for art. Here is our selection of exhibitions not to miss in Switzerland for 2013. Kunsthaus Zürich Felix Vallotton – Precious Moments. From July 5th to September 15th 2013 This exhibition will be a unique dialog between pieces coming from a private collection and the Kunsthaus storage. More than 50 paintings will be displayed under a common theme “Precious moments”. Switzerland is one of the countries with the biggest number of Vallottons, unfortunately a big majority belongs to private collectors. So this is one opportunity in a thousand to see the talent of this amazing artist. Felix Edouard Vallotton was a Swiss painter, born…

Clé Privée, rare experiences in Travel and Art – Confidential

Clé Privée, rare experiences in Travel and Art – Confidential

Clé Privée, “Private key in french”,  is an unique travel and discovery experience. It is the key to a collection of rare travel and art experiences, all beyond standards. It is one of the most original gifts you may find and it is a brilliant service for people seeking a high standard lifestyle. The principle is both simple and very exciting. You buy or you offer a key that gives access to specific places and experiences. You get a real qualitative key at home by post. The key has an unique number and thought it is personal. The team of Clé Privée has traveled the world in search of both well-known and hidden artisans whose works go beyond your imagination. You can connect to the company’s website: http://www.cleprivee.com and thanks to the code you find in your key, you can have the access to a edgy selection of places, restaurants and delightful…

Catherine Bolle, Swiss artist.

Catherine Bolle, Swiss artist.

Last friday Luxury Activist was invited to Catherine Bolle Vernissage. She is a Swiss artist, born in Lausanne where she still live and work. The Vernissage took place at Espace Arlaud, one of the oldest Museums of Lausanne. During the years it became a flexible place for different exhibitions. From February until April 2012, Catherine Bolle work will be exhibit in the rooms of Espace Arlaud. From her beginning up to today. She is a multi-talented artist, working with different techniques like engraving, painting, drawing, books… but also different materials like acrylic, glass, metal or paper. The artist, who regularly does her engravings at Raymond Meyer Workshop in Pully / Lausanne, implement often some projects and exhibitions both in Switzerland and abroad: Office Cantonal Stamp Museum in Vevey, Graphische Sammlung ETH-Zurich, Galerie Alice Pauli Lausanne, Abbey Bellelay, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo San Jose, Costa Rica. In particular, the visual conducted for several months, extensive research on plants and pollens of Serres of Paris and the Jardin des Plantes. At Espace Arlaud, 2 rooms will present her large canvases paintings, installations of glass and…