A princely waltz of opulence

The curtains were raising, as soon as the first note of Mozart’s symphony no. 40 was going to fill a salon of opulence. That is also when I lifted my feet and danced my interpretation of a waltz through a lustrous hall, which made me feel rather small yet gave me a kind of comfort, for its splendour was a luxurious feast for my eyes and thereby for my soul too.

A seductive portrait of saline eternity

Gazing at the waves might therefore feel like gazing at a metamorphosis of human nature turning into a visible eternity of nature. For the human imitates the sea by living and reaching for eternity while the sea’s infinity visually appears to one’s eyes. 

Portraying flamboyance through the lens of Cecil Beaton

Imagine a young man with a brilliant aesthetic eye, combined with a theatrical persona as well as an addiction to glamorous society. The talk is of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated British portrait photographers of the 20th century, renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style. 

Colourful nostalgia through the lens of Jacques Henri Lartigue

Originally rooted in fine arts, Lartigue took his first photograph at the age of seven after receiving a camera from his father. Later his passion for photography started sculpting by recording the pastimes and glamour of a wealthy Parisian milieu.

Driving through LA with Michael Lange

Immediately after diving into the book, which is bound by hand and feels like a map, a journey unfolds, leaving imprints of LA streets and corners. Indeed the photographs mentally brought me to Los Angeles without  having been there before.

Caravaggio’s Viennese theatre of emotions

It is no secret that especially Caravaggio has been able to bring not only an incredible light but also an equal amount of strong emotions to his works. The innermost motions of the psyche were greatly important to Caravaggio’s contemporaries too.

Franz Fromm and his rare art collection at Villa Freischütz

As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.

9 artists to watch during and after the Venice Biennale

While I was visiting the international exhibition, I noticed a certain ambition towards depicting human failure as well as human tragedies including acts of violence, slavery and suppression. My artist guide is based on the works of art whichever managed to capture the pivotal idea of La Biennale this year including many diverse approaches towards the human way of living life.

On the traces of St Francis and Napoleon at Isola del Garda

Currently the Garda Island is owned by the Cavazza family, but over the centuries it had various names which were nearly always linked to the different owners: insula Cranie, island of Monks, Lechi island, Scotti island, de Ferrari island and later Borghese island. ​

Fondazione dalle Nogare’s contemporary projects in rural Bolzano

The Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation was established in 2012 to promote contemporary art as a language for interpreting changes in society and as a tool for promoting interaction between art, architecture, innovation and artistic research, intending a wide range of the general public to engage and take part in various programmes.

The London winter exhibition guide

Besides Frieze London and Frieze Masters, London has got to offer a huge range of art events in the months of autumn and early winter. This guide will give you short overviews of four London shows I highly recommend visiting.