Sunday, November 22, 2015

Burberry's festive season

David Bowie - Blackstar - stunning song and video

The Fabric of India at the V&A

The V&A presents The Fabric of India until 10th January. India’s handmade textiles are embedded in every aspect of its identity. The history of these fabrics date back at least 6000 years. Courtly splendour was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship still finds expression through sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade have been shaped by the export of Indian textiles and patterns, in demand around the world. These celebrated hand-made textiles even survived the threat of industrialisation, instead uniting India as symbols of power and protest. Today, young designers are adapting traditional making techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India’s textile history a new relevance in the modern world.

The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, The Fabric of India will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day. Showcasing the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners and leading designers, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects, many on display for the first time. Visitors can expect a stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

The astonishing skills and variety evident in India’s incomparably rich textile tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors.

Centre Pompidou celebrate freedom

The president of the Centre Georges-Pompidou, Serge Lasvignes poses in front of the center in Paris on November 20, 2015, on the occasion of a Fernand Léger-artwork banner that has been mounted onto the facade of the building in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks, which left 129 dead and hundreds injured.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tate Modern presents Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder (b. 1898, Lawnton, Pennsylvania; d. 1976, New York) is one of the most acclaimed and influential sculptors of the twentieth century. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, a kinetic construction of suspended abstract elements that describe individual movements, moving and balancing in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheets of steel, many of which stand in public plazas in cities throughout the world. 

Continuing Tate Modern’s acclaimed reassessments of key figures in modernism, Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture will reveal how motion, performance and theatricality underpinned his practice. It will bring together major works from museums around the world, as well as showcasing his collaborative projects in the fields of film, theatre, music and dance.

Alexander Calder, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots c1953, Aluminium and steel wire, © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York and DACS, London

Paris, never forget!

Paris je t'aime! Never forget!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quote of the week: Grace Jones on Lady Gaga

"Poker face was just played so much. I would have worked with her if she came up with something that inspired me, but when she asked the only idea she had was the actual idea of working with me." Grace Jones on Lady Gaga, currently promoting I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Céline loves John Giorno

Picasso Mania presented at the Grand Palais in Paris

The exhibition at the Grand Palais takes a simultaneously chronological and thematic approach to the critical and artistic highlights of Picasso’s oeuvre and the myth that gradually built up around his name. Several contemporary artists such as Agnès Varda, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Prince or George Condo for example revisit the master and explain the impact on their careers. 

From Cubist still lifes to the Musketeers presented in Avignon in 1970 and 1973, the exhibition features works by Picasso from the collections of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National d’art Moderne, and the artist’s family. They are presented in a way reminiscent of the artist’s arrangements in his studios and the exhibitions that he personally supervised (Georges Petit gallery in Paris in 1932, Palais des Papes in Avignon in 1970, and 1973).

I particularly loved the films. It was interesting to see the impact on film makers and contemporary dancers such as Jean-Luc Godard or Angelin Preljocaj. 

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