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Yet Again, Milan Kundera Denounced In His Native Land

While the Czech-but-now-French author is known in much of the world for his pointed depictions of how the Communist regimes of Europe twisted the lives of regular people, he’s been viewed ambivalently or worse by many in the Czech Republic — not least because he got out of Czechoslovakia in 1975 and didn’t have to suffer through the final years of the Communist Party’s misrule. Now a new 900-page biography of Kundera has reignited criticism of and debate over the most famous modern writer the c...
Tags: Art, Europe, People, Czech Republic, Milan Kundera, Communist Party, Czechoslovakia, Kundera, 07.02.20


A Classic Science Fiction Trilogy With Ideas So Wild That Only Our Time Could Match Them

As Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series gets shot around the virus in five different countries (“Our main stages are in Europe, in countries that are super safe at the moment,” the executive producer says), it’s not bizarre that a series about an empire that almost falls thanks to the smarmy, hypnotic charisma of one intensely creepy man feels relevant. Genre, says the producer, is “an expression of revolutionary thought.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Europe, Ideas, Isaac Asimov, 07.04.20


In Europe, Festivals Are Reinventing As Drive-Ins

Scandinavia is taking the most innovative approach to the notion of the drive-in festival. Between August 21 and 26, in the Swedish town of Karlskrona, the Carl International Film Festival will have 30 boat-in screenings. Taking place in the Salto Fish Harbour with two LED screens, up to 100 boats will be allowed in, drawing attendees from around 1,600 nearby islands, with food delivered to boats from harbourside restaurants. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Europe, Scandinavia, Issues, Audience, Karlskrona, 06.29.20, Salto Fish Harbour


An Immaculate Copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper Digitized by Google: View It in High Resolution Online

Romantic poets told us that great art is eternal and transcendent. They also told us everything made by human hands is bound to end in ruin and decay. Both themes were inspired by the rediscovery and renewed fascination for the arts of antiquity in Europe and Egypt. It was a time of renewed appreciation for monumental works of art, which happened to coincide with a period when they came under considerable threat from looters, vandals, and invading armies. One work of art that appeared on the it...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, England, Milan, College, Egypt, Royal Academy of Arts, Brazil, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Da Vinci, National Museum, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


Omaha Symphony Names Next Music Director: Ankush Kumar Bahl

Bahl, who succeeds Thomas Wilkins at the start of the 2021-22 season, becomes the second conductor of color in a row to hold the music director position in Omaha. An Indian-American born and raised in the Bay Area, Bahl has worked as assistant conductor to Kurt Masur in Europe and Christoph Eschenbach in D.C. – Omaha World-Herald
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Omaha, Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Thomas Wilkins, Bahl, Kumar Bahl, 06.24.20, Bay Area Bahl


A Virtual Cannes Is Open. Are Movies Still In Business?

Given the festival’s date shift from early May to late June, Cannes now looks far better than it did a few months ago at the beginning of a lockdown that stretched across the planet, shuttering theaters from Beijing to New York. But now, cineplexes have begun to reopen in Europe and Asia, with box office figures in some territories like Scandinavia, Japan and South Korea exceeding expectations. Adding to the cautious optimism is the fact that U.S. theaters are poised to open up in July. – The H...
Tags: Art, Asia, South Korea, Europe, New York, Hollywood, Media, Beijing, 06.23.20, June Cannes, Scandinavia Japan


John Trumbull’s Famous 1818 Painting Declaration of Independence Virtually Defaced to Show Which Founding Fathers Owned Slaves

Statues of slaveholders and their defenders are falling all over the U.S., and a lot of people are distraught. What’s next? Mount Rushmore? Well… maybe no one’s likely to blow it up, but some honesty about the “extremely racist” history of Mount Rushmore might make one think twice about using it as a limit case. On the other hand, a sandblasting of the enormous Klan monument in Stone Mountain, Georgia—created earlier by Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum—seems long overdue. We are learning a lot ...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Politics, College, Washington, US, History, Atlantic, Philosophy, South, Facebook Twitter, Carolina, Jefferson, Locke, Josh Jones


At What Point Did Humans Become Creative?

At some point, from around 40,000 years ago in Europe, we see evidence of these behaviourally modern humans in a sudden flourishing of cultural artifacts in the archaeological record. So what caused anatomically modern Homo sapiens to turn into behaviourally modern people? – Aeon
Tags: Art, Europe, Ideas, 06.18.20


Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain

Immaculate Conception painting by Murillo reportedly cleaned by furniture restorerConservation experts in Spain have called for a tightening of the laws covering restoration work after a copy of a famous painting by the baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo became the latest in a long line of artworks to suffer a damaging and disfiguring repair.A private art collector in Valencia was reportedly charged €1,200 by a furniture restorer to have the picture of the Immaculate Conception cleaned. Ho...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Painting, Spain, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, Valencia, Virgin Mary, Murillo, Bartolome Esteban Murillo


For What Do We Need Nations?

Over the centuries nationalism has swung back and forth as a progressive and retrograde force, depending on historical conditions. In revolutionary France the “nation” started as a wrecking ball against feudalism and the church. Before the “nation” became defined by its limit of concern, it appeared to the Old Regime as terrifying in its limitlessness. Before the “nation” could be for anyone it had to be against specific someones: kings, priests and their enablers. Nationalism became a forest f...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Issues, Napoleon, 06.12.20


A Long Revered Relic Is Found to Be Europe’s Oldest Surviving Wooden Statue

The Holy Face of Lucca, an 8-foot-tall crucifix with a central role in Christian iconography, has survived more than 1,000 years.
Tags: Art, Europe, News, Jesus Christ, Lucca, Crosses and Crucifixes, Lucca (Italy


Art Dealer/Fugitive Angela Gulbenkian Arrested For Theft Of Andy Warhol Print And Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin

“Angela Gulbenkian, who married into one of Europe’s most prominent art families and allegedly leveraged their name to conduct fraudulent art deals, has been arrested in Portugal. The jet-setting art heiress is facing two charges of theft in the UK, including one in connection with the £1.1 million ($1.4 million) sale of a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture in 2017.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Portugal, Andy Warhol, Visual, Yayoi Kusama, Angela Gulbenkian, 06.18.20


Dutch art detective says he has 'proof of life' of stolen Van Gogh painting

Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was snatched from a museum in Laren in MarchDutch detectives are investigating two apparent “proof of life” photographs of a £5m Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a museum during the coronavirus lockdown.The images appear to show Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring alongside a copy of the New York Times published on the day of the painting’s theft. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Laren, Parsonage Garden


Katie Waggett's best photograph: Sunday worship with Joy

‘Joy was dancing in church with her children in London. She was in her element – her dress speaks to her sense of cultural pride’Her name is Joy and I photographed her outside one of the many African churches in south-east London. I had just finished photographing a mosque on the same bland industrial estate when I found the blue wall, then spotted Joy dancing in the church with her children. I thought: “That’s a portrait I’ve got to get,” and asked if she’d come outside and have her photograph ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, London, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, British identity and society, Quebec


Van Gogh and Gauguin letter about brothel visit sells for €210,000

‘Exceptional’ correspondence sent from Arles in 1888 is bought by Van Gogh MuseumA letter written by two of the greatest artists of the 19th century, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, about their visits to French brothels has been bought for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for €210,600 (£189,000).The correspondence, previously held in private hands, has been described as “exceptional”. The two painters entwine descriptions of their experiences living together in Arles, in Provence, with claims...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Provence, Arles, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh MuseumA


Leadership Succession Crisis At Paris Opera

“Outgoing director Stéphane Lissner dropped a bombshell Thursday, saying Europe’s biggest opera and ballet company was ‘on its knees’ and he would be leaving seven months early in January. But his successor Alexander Neef said Friday he knew nothing of Lissner’s early exit, and cast doubt on whether he would be able to immediately step into his shoes just as the opera faces one of the biggest crises in its 350-year history.” – France24 (AFP)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Paris Opera, Stephane Lissner, Lissner, Alexander Neef, 06.12.20


Suspected 14th-century statue fished out of river in Spain

Sculpture of Virgin Mary and child discovered 11-days ago by an angler looking for troutA week after a Nile crocodile was allegedly spotted in a river in north-west Spain, the country’s waters have yielded an even more miraculous find in the mossy and somewhat eroded form of a granite statue of the Virgin Mary and child that could date from the 14th century.The sculpture was discovered 11 days ago in the Sar River on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela by an angler looking for trout. What ap...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Santiago De Compostela, Sculpture, Virgin Mary, north west Spain, Sar River


Midsize Music Ensembles In Peril – Most Members Are Freelance

Even in Europe, which has a reputation for generous governmental arts subsidies, midsize ensembles have found it difficult to support their musicians. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, 06.13.20


Paris museum reopens with stories of frantic wartime exodus

Visitors may find echoes of early 1940s Europe in present-day fears and uncertaintiesEighty years ago, on 13 June 1940, the last of the 2 million Parisians – nearly three-quarters of the city’s population – to flee the fast-advancing German army were scrambling frantically to leave the capital.Amid chaos and confusion, by train, in cars piled high with belongings, by bike and on foot, pushing prams and pulling handcarts, clutching suitcases and small children, they joined a throng of 8 million d...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Museums, Paris


Director of Development – Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival invites applicants and nominations for the Director of Development position at one of nation’s leading regional theatres. Join the leadership team of Artistic Director Nataki Garrett and Executive Director David Schnmitz to guide OSF’s vision and strategy. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is one of the nation’s most important theatres and one of the few remaining large-scale theatres offering rotating repertory and a resident company. Over its 84-year history...
Tags: Art, Europe, Jobs, Oregon, Finance, America, West, United States, Shakespeare, Msn, Board, Cascade, Garrett, Ashland, Rogue Valley, Siskiyou


Paul McCartney Slams Italian Law That Forbids Refunds For Canceled Concerts

He wrote on Facebook that when his shows across Europe were cancelled on 7 May, it was in the belief that fans would receive a refund. While this was the case in the other countries the singer had been scheduled to visit, a decree passed by the Italian government offered only vouchers for scrapped music events. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Facebook, Europe, Music, Paul Mccartney, 06.09.20


Meet the mud people of Ireland – in pictures

Hurling and Irish dancing are part of County Wexford’s cultural tradition. Photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez got physical with the locals Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Dance, Culture, Ireland, Art and design, Stage, County Wexford, Folk dancing, Art and design books, Luis Alberto Rodriguez


France’s First Professional Theatre Performance Since The COVID Shutdown (It Wasn’t In A Theatre)

“Last week in [a small] city in eastern France, the residents and staff of a nursing home watched from a safe distance — some from windows and balconies — as five actors appeared in the building’s courtyard in front of a makeshift red curtain” to perform Cabaret sous les balcons (“Cabaret Under the Balconies”). “While most live events in Europe and the United States remain on forced hiatus, the relief of the cast was palpable as they performed.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Theatre, United States, 06.04.20


As Big Museums Reopen In Europe, A Benefit: No Big Crowds

Now, at most 450 people at one time are allowed in the Uffizi’s many galleries, chock full of some of the art world’s greatest masterpieces. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Europe, Audience, Visual


Many Museums Across Europe Reopen

Some 1,600 people reserved tickets in advance to see the Sistine Chapel and its sublime walls and ceilings on the first day the Vatican Museums opened to the public after a three-month coronavirus shutdown. – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Europe, Visual, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, 06.01.20


Europe’s Dance Companies Begin, Very Carefully, To Go Back To Work

Here, for instance, are the rules for dance class at the Ballet du Rhin in France: “Dancers are not allowed to use changing rooms. Instead, they must go directly to the studio and stand at a marked spot at the barre, about 11 feet away from others. Their outside clothes must go into a bag to ensure they do not touch anything … [and] that bag must then be put into another one provided by the company that is thrown into the trash once the class has finished. They are also each given a spray to di...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Dance, 05.28.20, Ballet du Rhin


‘Deeply Disappointing’: Arts Officials Say Culture Is Being Cut In EU’s €750 Billion COVID Recovery Plan

“The European Commission announced an ambitious seven-year budget yesterday to bail out the EU’s 27 member states from the economic impact of COVID-19, but culture representatives say it fails to provide enough protection for their industry, which is one of the economic sectors that has been hardest hit by the pandemic.” In particular, the representatives say, “cuts to three programs — Erasmus+, Creative Europe, and European Solidarity Corps — send a ‘terrible message’ to the cultural, creative...
Tags: Art, Europe, Eu, European Commission, Issues, COVID, 05.28.20, European Solidarity Corps


Extra legroom and no interval: Germany plans for post-lockdown theatre

Berliner Ensemble unveils auditorium with most chairs ripped out, but some left in pairs, for a socially distanced audience who can visit the toilet during the playGoing to the theatre after the coronavirus lockdown could be not just a novel but a more pleasant experience, if the plans of Germany’s leading theatres are anything to go by. There will be generous legroom for spectators and a more casual attitude to toilet breaks.As Germany continues to relax social distancing restrictions imposed t...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Arts funding, Berliner Ensemble, Schaubühne, Coronavirus outbreak


Galleries in Europe open doors as lockdown lifts – in pictures

While museums and galleries across the UK remain closed, cultural institutions abroad are beginning to welcome visitors as lockdown easesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, UK, World news, Art and design, Museums, Coronavirus outbreak


Africa’s First Million-Selling Singer, Mory Kanté, Dead At 70

“[He] came from a family of griots, the dynastic West African musicians whose songs carry news and chronicle history. Steeped in those traditions, he electrified the kora, the traditional griot’s harp, and he fused African music with styles and instruments from Western pop. … [His] 1987 single “Yé Ké Yé Ké” was a hit, first in Africa and then across Europe. It became the first African single to sell more than a million copies and has been licensed frequently for commercials and film soundtracks...
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, People, Yé Ké Yé Ké, 05.24.20



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