What Is Art?

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What is Art at Reina Sofia

Temperatures in the Spanish capital will have dropped towards the end of September, when the Reina Sofia organizes an artistic experiment around the question ‘WHAT IS ART?’

What is Art Reina Sofia

What is Art at Reina Sofia Mueum in Madrid

During the public event on 28th of September 2013 16 different art experts – philosophers, critics, curators and artists – will be given a 30 minutes opportunity to give their response to this question.

If you don’t have the chance to visit the event in Madrid on this date, don’t worry. The audiovisual material produced at the event date will be projected in the museum until 6 January 2014.

Watermark

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XIaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River

Water. Our life is impossible without it, it’s the symbol of life. And at the same time it can be a very scary and powerful force that we learn to fear, be it on sea or in the shape of the weather.

XIaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River

XIaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River. Copyright Edward Burtynsky

The Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is exhibiting his work, entitled ‘Water’, at Toronto’s Nicholas Metivier Gallery, starting next week, on September 5th. It’s the result of a project spanning across ten countries and while beautiful, also raises many important questions about humanity’s relationship to water, be it in agriculture or otherwise.

The artist also has his latest documentary movie called ‘Watermark’ on display at the Metivier (trailer linked here). An exhibition worth keeping an eye out for.

David Bowie Is

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David Bowie is ... Watching You

Coming Sunday 11 August will be the last day of the exhibition ‘David Bowie Is‘ in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. With regular late night openings to cope with the demand and around 300,000 people having seen the exhibition until now, it has been one of the most successful events in the V&A ever.

David Bowie is Watching You

David Bowie Is Watching You

‘David Bowie Is’ is an international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie and features more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.

Did you miss the exhibition? Then we have good news. The exhibition will be returning to Europe in 2015 after visiting Toronto, Sao Paulo and Chicago first.

Here are the European dates confirmed for the coming years:

  • Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany from 20 May to 10 August 2014.
  • Philharmonie de Paris/ Cité de la Musique, Paris, France from 2 March to 31 May 2015
  • Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands from 15 December 2015 to 15 March 2016.

 

Walter de Maria Passed Away

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Walter de Maria Chicha Art Museum

Yesterday sculptor and composer Walter de Maria passed away at the age of 77.

Walter de Maria Chicha Art Museum

Walter de Maria Chichu Art Museum

One of our favourite works of Walter De Maria can be found in the Chichu Art Museum on the island Naoshima in Japan. The installation basically consists of a sphere and a number of wooden panels in a large room, which is sparsely lit. The carefully decorated room fills you with an unique feeling of excitement and calmness, a feeling hard to forget and leaving an everlasting impression.

RIP, Walter de Maria.

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck

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Florentijn Hoffmans Rubber Duck

After having grown into a serious pop culture sensation in Hong Kong a larger version of Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck has now found a permanent home in Taiwan.

Florentijn Hoffmans Rubber Duck

Florentijn Hoffmans Rubber Duck

Florentijn Hofman about his Rubber Duck:

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

Florentijn Hoffmans Rubber Duck2

The ‘standard’ Rubber Duck continues his travels with Philadelphia as its next destination.

Jazzberry Blue – Mapping The World in Art

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Jazzberry Blue Amsterdam Map

Do you like maps? We love them, especially when they are put into an art context.

These maps and the idea behind the project completely summarise our interests: travel combined with art. It couldn’t be much more fun really.

 

Mapping Art: Jazzberry Blue Amsterdam Map

Jazzberry Blue Amsterdam Map

 

Mapping Art: Jazzberry Blue Boston Map

Jazzberry Blue Boston Map

The artist behind this abstract map project is Jazzberry Blue, a self-taught artist currently based in Toronto.

Mapping Art: Jazzberry Blue London Map

Jazzberry Blue London Map

 

Mapping Art: Jazzberry Blue Stockholm Map

Jazzberry Blue Stockholm Map

What’s even better, you can actually purchase your own print for no more than 19 Dollars for the smallest print (8 by 8 inches) and 64 Dollars for the largest version of it (28 by 28 inches).

Art, Two Points at MACBA

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Art, Two Points

Want to escape the summer heat in Barcelona for a bit? The MACBA (Museum for Contemporary Art Barcelona) and CaixaForum just opened the joint exhibition “ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART”.

Art, Two Points

Art two Points at Barcelona’s MACBA

The exhibition shows an unusual journey through the art history of our time while exploring the tensions between the avant-garde and contemporary art scene.

“ART, TWO POINTS. BARCELONA LIVES CONTEMPORARY ART confronts the city with its vocation for innovation and experimentation, with its risk-taking spirit and the transversality of the arts.” (MACBA)

During summer the exhibition is open until 8pm giving you plenty of time to combine visits to the exhibition, the beach and the rest of the city.

The exhibition is on until 6 January 2014.

The Melting Ceramics of Livia Marin

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Livia Marin Nomad-Patterns-4

The real beauty of art is often the element of surprise. Here’s a good example of it, the moment when you think: but of course. The artist is the London-based Chilean Livia Marin and the pictures shown here are representing pieces from her series called “Nomadic Patterns”. There are more pictures of her art on her site.

The artistic aspirations of the Chilean artist have been characterised by a fondness of large-scale installations and the idea of re-imagining the purpose of mass-produced consumer objects.

Livia Marin Nomad-Patterns-11

Livia Marin Nomad-Patterns-11

Livia Marin Nomad-Patterns-12

Livia Marin Nomad-Patterns-12

 

Simon Christen’s Adrift

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Simon Christen’s Adrift Emerge No 2

Every day in our life we can use five minutes of pure beauty.

This is a gorgeous video by Simon Christen, a time-lapse project of the Golden Gate Bridge hidden in fog, shot under many early mornings. A video project showing great proof of perseverance, patience – and talent, which on top of it leaves you humbled.

Simon Christen Emerge No 2

Simon Christen Emerge No 2 – All copyrights are reserved for Simon Christen.

The video had just in a week’s time almost one million views – once you watch it you will understand why. It’s easy to see why making it made the artist happy, watching it is a way of sharing the joy. Enjoy!

 

 

Umbrellas in Àgueda

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The streets full of colourful umbrellas are back in Àgueda for the AgitÀgueda festival until 28th of July 2013.

The below photo was made by Patrícia Almeida. You can admire more of her beautiful photos on her Flickr account.

AgitÀgueda is a yearly cultural event that takes place in Àgueda, a tiny little municipality some eighty kilometers south of Porto. It is well worth a visit, for umbrellas and otherwise.

Umbrellas in Agueda

Umbrellas in Agueda by Patricia Almeida.

 

Ruud van Empel from Stockholm to Antwerp

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Ruud van Empel - World #25

After his exhibition Pictures Don’t Lie in Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden the photos of Dutch photographer Ruud van Empel are now on display in the FoMu – Fotomuseum – in Antwerpen, Belgium until 6 October ’13.

By meticulously putting together different photos in Photoshop Ruud Van Empel creates new surreal images with a real feel.

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Ruud van Empel – World #25