Monday, September 14, 2015

Markus Brunetti presents Façades at Les Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival

In 2005 Markus Brunetti set out on a long journey through Europe that so far has lasted ten years, until the summer of 2015. In the course of this journey his enthusiasm for the façades of sacred buildings has grown. During this journey to the artistic and architectural roots of European culture, he has developed his own method of capturing and reproducing images.

At first glance his photographs seem to resemble New Objectivity style documentary, but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that he is pursuing a complex visual strategy based on central perspective, which begins with an intensive research of the buildings and facades.

 The 'FACADES' by Markus Brunetti evoke enthusiasm—or a sense of estrangement. The pictures are digitally captured and meticulously worked out in a time-consuming process. They challenge the viewer to take the time to carefully observe them, and not to succumb to the habit of rapid consumption so common to our media-driven, visually addicted society. 

Markus Brunetti is a yet unknown name in the international world of art and photography. Born into a family of builders and architects, he developed interest and skills in photography and digital imaging during his formative years in the eighties, thus becoming an early pioneer to this then very new professional field. In 2005 he and his partner in life and work Betty Schöner leave their secure existence and careers and depart on a journey in a self built expedition truck that by Summer 2015 will have lasted ten years without pause. A first solo exhibition in Germany was presented at the MAKK, Cologne in 2014. Markus Brunetti’s main representative is Markus Hartmann, Germany. Further representatives are Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA, and Henriette Dedichen, Oslo, Norway.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ringo Starr's photographs at the National Portrait Gallery

On 9 September, an exhibition of photographs by Ringo Starr opened at the National Portrait Gallery coinciding with the release of his book published by Genesis 

Claude Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny make for a perfect visit

Claude Monet's property, in Giverny, Normandy, France was left by the artist's son Michel in 1966 to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Following an extensive restoration of the house, the studios, the Clos Normand flower garden and the water garden, it became the fantastic Fondation Claude Monet and was inagurated in 1980. 

The private environment of the leader of the Impressionist School, his home for exactly half of his life, from 1883 to 1926, is now open to the public. And a lot of tourists go as I witnessed in that hot summer day!

Visitors can dive into Monet's mind by seeing his house, discovering the amazing collection of Japanese prints and his collection of paintings by Cézanne, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Renoir, and Rodin among others. Yes Monet was friends with all these artists. 

The gardens obviously are the highlights of the visit for the Clos Normand, facing the artist's house, offers, from Spring to Autumn, the vision of a painter-gardener, showcasing a strict geometric architecture yet disappearing behind a profusion of colours and flowers, composing a bright and varied palette. The famous wisteria-covered Japanese bridge spans the pond. An unlimited source of inspiration, this water garden would lead to the conception of Monet's masterpiece: the monumental work "Grandes Décorations des Nymphéas".

It's really worth the visit so if you're around Paris, just catch a train for 40 minutes and you'll be able to discover this Impressionist paradise.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya

                                Thomas Danes gallery presents Ella Kruglyanskaya, Fancy Problems until 3rd October.

Hotel: Hôtel Bourg Tibourg - stay in a charming and discreet medieval-oriental wonderland

Are we spending one of Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights or are we rather on the Tangier set of Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, featuring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, Only Lovers Left Alive? No, we’re in the stunningly chic Hôtel Bourg Tibourg in Paris!

Located in the heart of the Marais district, the ultra-charming and stylish Hôtel Bourg Tibourg transports you into a poetic universe. Featuring 30 rooms designed by Jacques Garcia, the hotel was initially opened in 1989 by Madame Costes, and completely redecorated by the famous designer (Le Costes, Ladurée, Le Fouquet’s, Danieli in Venice etc.) in 2001. "It’s a small space. I thought it would be interesting to show that small can become grand." Said Jacques Garcia.

Jacques Garcia was chosen because he had lived for over twenty years in this area, the Marais, thus praising the history, aesthetics, ambiance, spirit of the place. Garcia was inspired by the facade of the 19th century-façade building as well as the beautiful cave, dating from the 17th century and where guests can enjoy a lovely breakfast. 

Pay attention to the details: the gorgeous Violet le Duc chandelier hanging on the ceiling of the 17th century private salon, the treasured D'Aubusson tapestry, the André-Charles Boulle dresser! Only in Paris! 

More than a hotel, this hidden gem offers an intimate experience. Let’s not forget that it’s a four-star hotel, described as “a secret address with a human touch” and praised by the Parisian arts, fashion and music community. Edgy clients can experience the neo-gothic, elegant décor. A book of Guy Bourdin’s photographs and a charming little courtyard displaying one of the most beautiful fountains welcome you. 

Bourg Tibourg is a home away from home. The standards and service are very high, yet accessible and personalized to guests. The soul of the hotel is the history, the décor, and the staff.

The gargoyled-decorated folding screen, the fresh flowers floating in the foutain or displayed everywhere make for the perfect stay. Likewise, the rooms are intimate, rib-styled nooks, inhabited by precious furniture found at the finest parisian antique stores, and decorated with medalion-shaped fabrics. Each one features: a bathroom equipped with a large bathtub, mosaics and black granite on the floor. Charm, luxury, and discretion, wisely combined.

Enjoy a snack in the courtyard of the hotel and should you want to explore the area there's plenty of options: walk around the Marais to discover its cafés, shops and squares, go to the newly-renovated Picasso museum, walk pass the Place des Vosges through Ile Saint Louis and have an ice cream at Berthillon. Close the day with a drink on a rooftop near the river.

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Nasma Leuba - as seen at START Art Fair presented at the Saatchi Gallery

Pop and Music at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Pop & Music, an exhibition which explores the links between music and contemporary art and features works from Mr Arnault’s permanent collection. It’s the third exhibition presented in this newly-inaugurated space and designed by ‘starchitect’ Frank Gerhy. I had never been and was happy to make the trip to Boulogne last August. The Olafur Eliasson work downstairs is stunning!

Opened on 3 June 2015, the third hang of the permanent collection follows two main themes:“popism” and “music”. The “popist” line examines various takes on consumer society through works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Philippe Pareno among others. Themes of replication, accumulation and cultural movements engage with "musical exploration" in this vast exhibition. Music appears in works conceived as holistic environments that integrate sounds as main materials.

k.364 (2010) a video and sound piece by Douglas Gordon is definitely one of the highlights of this show and is beautifully displayed in a huge dark room. The work follows the voyage of two Israeli musicians to Poland and their performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Warsaw Philarmonic. The mechanism of a double projection reflected in mirrors offers a complex, yet fragmented view where lyricism interjects with memory - where History has been occulted, as evoked by the transformation of Poznan's ancient synagogue into a swimming pool - and the living recollections of families subjected to deportation. Stunning! 

I look forward to the upcoming exhibition, probably opening during FIAC week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch

© The family of the artist

Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, b. 1926 by Sir William Oliphant Hutchison

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maddox Art gallery in London opens Nicolas Feldmeyer - Subliminal

Feldmeyer’s work evokes a contemplative perspective of the world in which he feels drawn into, when inspired by nature, geometry, the sublime and vast spaces. Created with a wide range of media, his work articulates a quiet quest for that which lies beyond or before words, assuming a natural connection between seemingly separate entities. Presented at the Maddox Art Gallery on 18th September.
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