Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014 | Welcome 2015 !


Once again, thanks for all your support this year and stay tuned, Art is Alive will come back in 2015 !

For now, don't forget your Yves Saint Laurent smoking and party hard !


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Egon Schiele: the Radical Nude exhibition at the Courtauld

Radical Nude, an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London until 18 January 2015 brings together a group of 30 of Egon Schiele’s nudes to chart his ground-breaking approach during his short career. It is the first-ever solo Schiele show presented by a British institution. Schiele remains one of the the most important artists of the early 20th century and a central figure of Austrian Expressionism. 

Schiele’s technical virtuosity, highly original vision and unflinching depictions of the naked figure distinguish these works as being among his most significant contributions to the development of modern art. Don't miss this exhibition! 

Jozef Van Wissem - Only Lovers Left Alive

Loved the movie, loved the music, loved the aesthetic! 

Madonna's ads were not retouched, says Donatella

Over the weekend, Donatella Versace spoke to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera about her longstanding friendship with Madonna, the new face of the Italian brand's latest advert campaign. Donatella's comments included a strong denial that Madonna's gym-won abs and arms got the Photoshop treatment. "She did not have her abdomen or arms retouched," said the designer. At 56, "chapeau bas" to the Queen! 

Stedelijk Museum anounces a stunning Matisse exhibition

With over 100 works generously loaned from 30 collections, the Stedelijk Museum presents The Oasis of Matisse to open next Spring. 

For the first time in over sixty years, the work of the French master will be on view in the Netherlands. Never before have so many of his works been on show in this country. The Stedelijk has conceived a unique exhibition in that the permanent collection on the museum’s ground floor will be enriched with a selection of Henri Matisse’s (1868-1854) classic pieces, creating surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers, and followers. Both the work of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century as well as other artists can be seen in a new light, and visitors will be able to encounter Matisse’s art at every stage of his artistic development.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Census at Bethlehem by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1566)

Jessica Harrison

TASCHEN presents Michelangelo, Complete Works

Before reaching the tender age of 30, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) had already sculpted David and Pietà, two of the most famous sculptures in the entire history of art. As a sculptor, painter, draftsman, and architect, the achievements of this Italian master are unique—no artist before or after him has ever produced such a vast, multifaceted, and wide-ranging œuvre.

This comprehensive book explores Michelangelo’s life and work with a richly illustrated biographical essay, and a complete four-part inventory of his paintings, sculptures, buildings, and drawings. Full-page reproductions and enlarged details allow readers to appreciate fine details in the artist’s vast repertoire, while the book’s biographical insights consider a previously unseen extent to Michelangelo’s more personal traits and circumstances, such as his solitary nature, his thirst for money and commissions, his immense wealth, and his skill as a property investor. In addition, the book tackles the controversial issue of the attribution of Michelangelo drawings, an area in which decisions continue to be steered by the interests of the art market and the major collections.

This is the definitive work about Michelangelo for generations to come, to be delved into and put on display, with its slipcase neatly converting into a book stand.

Van Gogh Museum's 'Touch Van Gogh' app for tablets wins two international awards

The app 'Touch Van Gogh' is the winner of the World Summit Award Mobile in the ‘m-Tourism & Culture’ category and has been awarded 'Gold' in the 'Best App' category of the International Design and Communication Award (IDCA).

The international competition World Summit Awards takes place every two years and focuses on the selection and promotion of apps that are most innovative and offer the most excellent interactive content. Herman van Oorschot, international expert on behalf of the World Summit Award Mobile, states that the Touch Van Gogh app has successfully past a critical test: “We selected four apps from the Netherlands that can compete on an international platform. After the 18 members of the jury from 18 countries of all continents came to their decision, Touch Van Gogh was selected as one of the five winners in the m-Tourism & Culture category.” 

RIP Creative genius Jane Bown

British photographer Jane Bown, who captured Samuel Beckett, John Lennon and Queen Elizabeth II in iconic black and white portraits, has died aged 89, her former employer The Observer reported on Sunday. The newspaper employed Bown in 1949, and she came to the office each week for over half a century, continuing to work with 35mm film and becoming part of the "DNA" of the newspaper, according to editor John Mulholland. "She produced some of the most memorable and insightful images of prominent cultural and political figures taken during the 20th century," Mulholland said. "Her beautifully observed pictures have become part of our cultural landscape."

Historic New England announces the completion of a digitization project

Thanks in part to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Historic New England announces the completion of a digitization project that makes its extensive wallpaper collection more accessible. For the past two years, Historic New England has been cataloguing and digitizing its wallpaper collection. Now, more than 6,000 samples have been electronically catalogued and are available at The collection includes rolled, flat, oversize, and three-dimensional materials, which each require unique handling and digitization methods. 

Moncler goes green

Moncler introduces a new green-aware ski line which features images of Iceland's shrinking glaciers by British photographer Dan Holdsworth. So chic, I love it!

Louis Vuitton "Twist" gold bag

Never Ending Stories at Mamco in Geneva

Mamco, contemporary art museum of Geneva celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition titled Never Ending Stories that runs until 18 January 2015. Mamco is the largest contemporary art museum of Switzerland with nearly 4,000 works in its collection. Never Ending Stories, feature works by Carl André, François Martin and Dennis Oppenheim among others. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Paris presents The FASHION MIX, an exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard

From Azzedine Alaïa to Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, from Cristóbal Balenciaga to Raf Simons etc. many foreign designers and artistic directors have radically transformed the French fashion scene. The FASHION MIX, an exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard, Director of the Musée Galliera, presented in Paris is a tribute to French craftsmanship whose prestige Russian, Armenian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Belgian designers have helped put on the map.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Audrey Hepburn photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London

The National Portrait Gallery announces that a photography exhibition celebrating the life and pictures of Audrey Hepburn will open in July 2015.

Looking forward to this!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kurt Cobain, after hearing first Foo Fighters song said...

"Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath," Grohl said. "He was so excited. He was like, 'I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett [Jones].' I was like, 'Yeah.' He was like, 'Let me hear it.' I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it."

Dave Grohl on the first time Kurt Cobain heard his music with the Foo Fighters. 
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