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Catherine de’ Medici 1561 portrait to return to London mansion

Painting has been acquired for nation and will be reinstalled at Strawberry Hill House in TwickenhamA monumental portrait of Catherine de’ Medici, one of the most powerful women in 16th-century Europe, will return to Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham after it was acquired for the nation in lieu of tax.The picture was originally installed in the gothic revival mansion built by Horace Walpole, who acquired it 247 years ago, and was part of an important collection amassed by the son of Sir Robert...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Catherine, Twickenham, Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill House, Robert Walpole Britain


The Museum As Weapon Of War?

The Brutish Museums argues, persuasively, that the corporate-militaristic pillage behind Europe’s “encyclopedic” collections is not a simple matter of possession, but a systematic extension of warfare across time. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Europe, Visual, 04.22.21


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis

Today, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced its affiliation with Stellantis. By 2025, the Zegna Group’s entire fleet of 200 will go green. A new green-car policy has gone into effect at the company, well known for its pricy clothing and accessories. “The quality of our products must go hand in hand with our respect for nature. […] The post Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Global, Sales, Sustainability, Green, Luxury, Electric Vehicles, Italy, Autos, Carbon Footprint, Hybrid, Branding


Europe Has A Banksy Of Potholes

The Lyon-based artist Em Emem (a pseudonym, of course) uses mosaics to fill in gaps in street infrastructure, but also to make them gorgeous. “‘I’m just a sidewalk poet, a son of bitumen,’ he says. His work involves filling potholes and cracked walls on city streets with beautiful mosaic designs, a process he calls ‘flacking’ – a play on the French word flaque, meaning puddle or patch.”- The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Lyon, Visual, 05.01.21, Banksy Of Potholes


The West’s First Superstar Composer (His 500th Anniversary Is This Year)

Josquin des Prez was, in his day and for more than a century after his death in 1521, the most influential and most revered composer in Europe. He demanded, and got, the highest salary; he was the first to have an entire volume of printed music devoted to his work alone; he was the first composer about whom anecdotes and jokes have survived. Zachary Woolfe gives a brief explanation of why his music is both important in music history and wondrous to listen to, then present-day composer Nico Muhl...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Nico Muhly, Peter Phillips, ZACHARY WOOLFE, Josquin, Josquin des Prez, 04.29.21


Fromm and Maccoby on Cultural Stimuli

In our discussion thus far we have paid little attention to the problem of the happiness of the peasant. In fact, we have stressed the economic advantage of the productive orientation, but said little of the subjective factor of satisfaction and contentment. In order to understand this problem better, we must have in mind the important fact, mentioned in Chapter 5, that the village is a cultural and spiritual desert. The values which existed for the precapitalistic peasant, and which Tawney ha...
Tags: Art, Europe, Florida, Mexico, Outreach, Culture, Jazz, Grimm, Tolstoy, Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, Stefan Kac, Fromm, Tawney, Tepoztlan, Maccoby


2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S SUV is the only V8, biturbo-powered, compact SUV. According to Mercedes, it’ll do 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which makes for a quick dash to the mini-mart. Combine AMG performance with Mercedes’ GLC SUV and what do you get? A GLC 63 S SUV powered by an AMG […] The post 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Global, Eu, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, Mercedes-benz, Mercedes, New Cars, SUVs, Amg


Giant statue of Roman emperor reunited with long-lost finger

Bronze finger found at Louvre is remounted onto Constantine’s hand at museum in RomeA giant statue of the hand of Constantine the Great in Rome has been reunited with its missing finger after more than 500 years.The 38cm-long bronze index finger, found in the Louvre in Paris in 2018, was remounted onto the statue at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Archaeology, Louvre, Capitoline Museums, Constantine, Romea


Watch 400+ Documentaries from German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle: Art Forgery, Fashion Photography, the Mona Lisa, and More

You’re certainly familiar with Nouvelle Vague, the “French new wave” that shook up world cinema in the mid-2oth century. You’ve probably also heard of Hallyu, the “Korean wave” of pop music and television dramas (and, increasingly, films) now crashing across not just Asia but the West. As for Deutsche Welle, literally the “German wave,” you may know the term better in its abbreviated form: DW, the brand of Germany’s public international broadcaster. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Photography, Television, College, Germany, Berlin, Africa, West, United States, Seoul, Roma, Turkmenistan, Goethe Institut


QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill?

A Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is already a limited production vehicle. German tuner Novitec, and its Spofec division, are modifying three of these cars for worldwide distribution. The question of the day is whether the Spofec Overdose Wraiths are overkill, or not? Gran Turismo, or GT, cars have a wide berth when it comes to […] The post QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Sales, Luxury, Autos, Gran Turismo, Export, Rolls-royce, Sales And Marketing, New Cars, Carbon Fiber, Tuner, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Exclusivity


Did art peak 30,000 years ago? How cave paintings became my lockdown obsession

Portraiture, perspective, impressionism, movement, mythology: cave artists could do the lot. And I have spent the past year on a virtual odyssey of their primordial wondersI was recently awoken in the night by lions, their eyes glaring in the dark from blunt rectangular faces as they stalked bison through an ancient, arid grassland. As I came to, however, I realised I was not about to be eaten alive. This was simply one of the perils of spending too much time looking at images of cave art on the...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Painting, History, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Archaeology, Dordogne, Lascaux, Chauvet, Gombrich


The Great British Art Tour: how a French artist gave us plenty to see in Barnard Castle

With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights and hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Joséphine Bowes’s Château du Barry in the Bowes museumBowes Museum in Barnard Castle wouldn’t exist without the painter of this work. Joséphine Bowes was a French actor with Théâtre des Variétés in Paris who captured the heart of the English landowner John Bowes. She was also a talented artist, whose work was chosen to be exhibi...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, John, Barry, Josephine, Barnard Castle, Paris Salon, John Bowes, Josephine Bowes


‘Damn! This is a Caravaggio!’: the inside story of an old master found in Spain

Art dealer Giancarlo Ciaroni attempted to buy painting listed at €1,500 for €500,000 – but discovered bewildered owners already had two offers of €3mIt took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under the hammer in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300) could be worth millions.At 9.48pm on 24 March, Pulini, a 63-year-old professor at the Bologna Fine Arts Academy, received a email request for an evaluation. Sent by an anti...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Madrid, Massimo Pulini, Pulini, Giancarlo Ciaroni, Bologna Fine Arts Academy


Size Matters: Of Novels And Novellas And Their Fluctuating Lengths

Novels started out long in the 18th and 19th centuries, got shorter in the early 20th century, and really started bulking up (especially genre fiction) after 1991. What’s more, readers love novellas all over Latin America and in South Korea and they appear regularly in continental Europe, but you almost never see new novellas published in the Anglosphere. Why? The writer’s muse notwithstanding, it’s about money. Lincoln Michel explains. (Oh, and what was the key factor in genre novels getting l...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Europe, Words, Latin America, Lincoln Michel, 04.19.21


Brexit Is Killing UK Musicians’ Gigs

The stress and cost of work visa requirements, new taxes, and prohibitively high touring costs have upended the careers of scores of British musicians, to the extent that many are considering moving to Europe. “There will be a new hub of freelancers in an EU country instead.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Eu, 04.19.21


Unfair Verona: plans to limit tourists at Juliet’s balcony are blocked

Decade-long feud continues over popular selfie spot linked to Shakespeare’s Romeo and JulietPlans to curtail the number of tourists who flock to Verona for a selfie beneath the balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet have been blocked amid a feud over the site that has lasted more than a decade.Tourists can enter the tiny courtyard – free-of-charge – simply to take a photo of the balcony or to rub their hand on the right breast of a bronze statue of Juliet as part of a ritual that is sa...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Culture, Italy, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Verona, Romeo, Juliet


2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows

Mercedes-Benz’s 2021 EQB is its third all-electric launch this year, along with the EQA 250 and EQS. The EQB will be produced for the local market in Beijing. The rest of the world will get their EQBs from Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB will be the first pure EV made in Hungary. A U.S.-spec EQB won’t happen […] The post 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, China, Germany, Global, Eu, Green, Beijing, Hungary, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Mercedes Benz, New Cars, SUVs


2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon

BMW’s 2021 M3 and M4 Competition cars, both endowed with xDrive all-wheel-drive, will arrive in August. Four hundred and seventy-nine lb-ft of torque is on tap. As BMW explains, both cars have three driving modes, the first being 4WD or default. While rear-wheel biased, the focus is on traction and handling. 4WD Sport, the second […] The post 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Quality, Autos, Bmw, Consolidation, Ultimate Driving Machine, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Xdrive, Tuners, Rare Rides, Platform Sharing


UserZoom raises $100M, acquires EnjoyHQ, to grow its platform to improve UX and other interactive design elements

Graphic designer Paul Rand once famously said that the public was more familiar with bad design than good design. While he was referring to most of the design in the world being “bad”, these days that phrase might take on a second meaning: people typically only notice and talk about (and usually complain about) design when it is ugly, or works badly. Conversely, if it’s good, and it works, you don’t hear much. Today a startup called UserZoom that has built a platform used by companies like Googl...
Tags: Apple, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Design, Media, Developer, California, Funding, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Ui, ERP, User Experience, Ux


Benin Bronzes Are Not Safer Held In The West, Say Researchers

“They have been equally unsafe in the hands of British, not least because of attack in 1897, which destroyed so much royal and sacred landscape,” said Dan Hicks, an archaeology professor at the University of Oxford in England who has written extensively on the Benin Bronzes. And, he added, many Benin Bronzes have headed to market in Europe, leaving their whereabouts and their safety uncertain. “The most important of the collections have been sold off in the West.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Europe, England, University of Oxford, Benin, Visual, Dan Hicks, Benin Bronzes, 04.12.21


Painting that was nearly sold for €1,500 could be Caravaggio worth €50m

Spanish government imposes export ban on oil painting as experts study it to determine authorshipBefore it was pulled from sale, lot 229, a small but luminous oil painting of the scourged Christ attributed to the circle of the 17th-century Spanish artist José de Ribera, had been due to go under the hammer in Madrid on Thursday with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300).Closer inspection, however, has raised suspicions that the Crowning with Thorns may be the rather more valuable work of the Italian m...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Madrid, Christ, Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi, José de Ribera


Right-Wing Populists In Europe Are Going After Public Broadcasters

“In some countries, such as Hungary and Poland, illiberal governments are turning them into mouthpieces for the ruling party. In others, such as Germany and Sweden, populist movements accuse them of bias in favour of the establishment and the left. Modelled on Britain’s BBC (now facing political pressures of its own), Europe’s public media were set up to anchor democracy by providing citizens with objective reporting. But in an age of polarisation and disinformation, that is getting harder to d...
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, Media, Germany, Bbc, Hungary, Britain, Poland, 04.06.21


Dutch police arrest man over £18m theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing Boys, stolen last yearDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals with an estimated value of £18m during night-time raids on museums in the Netherlands last year.The unnamed man was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Co...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden


Dutch police arrest man over theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for multimillion-pound Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing BoysDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands last year.The man was held at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden


'They are living maps': how Richard Mosse captured environmental damage in the Amazon

In a new set of photos, environmental degradation in the Amazon is explored to shine light on ‘a hideously complex story’In his 20s, Irish photographer Richard Mosse made his first foray into photojournalism by capturing postwar Balkan nations. This experience led to a realisation that the medium was inadequately suited to capture complex, layered narratives. “You have to put the thing in front of the camera, and when that thing is an abstraction, far bigger than a human figure, it’s very diffic...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Europe, Photography, Environment, Culture, Art and design, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Amazon Rainforest, DR Congo, Richard Mosse


Fun

It might not be fine art but the display on the Champs Elysees by the Belgian artist Phillippe Geluck was fun to see. I was a bit familar with his cartoons featuring a cat. It took two years and 65 people to get these bronze statues , each weighing 2 1/2 tons, created. The statues will travel around Europe and end up in Brussels for the opening of the Chat Museum. They are already sold to wealthy art lovers for 300,000 Euros each. This is how the cat is usually seen in cartoon form. ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Europe, Paris, Brussels, Champs Elysees, Arch de Triomphe, Open Air Art Exhibit, Phillippe Geluck


All 18 works at show of Spanish artist Maruja Mallo were fakes, say experts

Curator of Galician show honouring surrealist admits ‘we knew there would be a fuss’ over authenticityA year after an exhibition celebrating the works of the pioneering Spanish surrealist artist Maruja Mallo closed its doors, a letter from experts has emerged claiming that none of the works displayed actually sprang from the hand of the avant garde painter.Mallo, who died in 1995, was associated with the so-called literary Generation of 27, whose members included Federico García Lorca, Ernestina...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, South America, Mallo, Maruja Mallo, Rafael Alberti


Show of Spanish artist Maruja Mallo's works contained fakes, experts say

Curator of Galician show honouring surrealist admits ‘we knew there would be a fuss’ over authenticityA year after an exhibition celebrating the works of the pioneering Spanish surrealist artist Maruja Mallo closed its doors, a letter from experts has emerged claiming that none of the works displayed actually sprang from the hand of the avant garde painter.Mallo, who died in 1995, was associated with the so-called literary Generation of 27, whose members included Federico García Lorca, Ernestina...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, South America, Mallo, Maruja Mallo, Rafael Alberti


At The Opera In Barcelona — Indoors, With 1,000 Other People

There were staggered arrival times, temperature takers at the entrance, plenty of hand sanitizer, mandatory masks (a few of them fabu-fied with sequins). Every second seat was kept empty. In the pit, Gustavo Dudamel conducting a 50-piece orchestra; onstage, 75 singers, headed by tenor Gregory Kunde and soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, in Verdi’s Otello. “Spain is an outlier here in Europe. Concert halls in Vienna are shuttered, as are theaters in London. Will the openness in Barcelona backfire? Th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, London, Spain, Barcelona, Vienna, Verdi, Gustavo Dudamel, Krassimira Stoyanova, 03.30.21, Gregory Kunde



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