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. ​

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.

Nine artists I discovered at Frieze art fair

While many connoisseurs call it “the art circus”, thousands of avid collectors and art enthusiasts keep traveling to London for the most significant art event in the London cultural calendar. This year, Frieze art fair took place from 5 – 7 October (with two preview days on 3rd and 4th October).

Art Made Now: The Royal Academy’s 250th summer exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy’s galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and young talents graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts. This year, Grayson Perry, and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

The 2018 Venice Biennale guide

However, architecture as an exhibition theme was officially added to the Biennale’s activities only in the 1970s, in events, which adopted a historical approach, such as “Italian Architecture during Fascism” (1976). In 1980 the 1st Architecture Biennale opened its doors. This marked the beginning of a new phase of the Biennale, which was characterized by various collateral events and the expansion of the locations in the city, including the Arsenale.

W&K Gallery: From European modernism to Austrian contemporary art

The Baroque State rooms of the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, built in the 17th century are deemed for the presentation of museum exhibitions. From 25 May until 14 September, W&K is presenting selected works by the Austrian artist Walter Vopava in the baroque Palais Schönborn-Batthyany. The installation is evoking an interesting and harmonic interplay of abstract paintings and baroque state rooms.

Museum Van Loon: Dutch nobility and architectural grandness

Amsterdam’s greatest cultural wealths are certainly the many Dutch noble houses located near the picturesque canals.
During my stay in Amsterdam, I had the chance to visit one of the most stunning villas: Museum Van Loon, which used to be the residence of the merchant family of Van Loon. 

Carla Sozzani’s revolutionary concept of a living magazine

Former fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani, is the creative woman behind the idea of a virtual narrative, using the gallery and bookshop as its core. 

The construction of a living magazine is connected to editorial choices in food and fashion, music and art, lifestyle and design which are meant for engagement with the customers / visitors along the different areas of cultural exploration.

Questioning cultural identity at the Weltmuseum Wien

Lisl Ponger has long explored the constructed nature of (cultural) identity, our—often stereotypical— ideas and images of “the other” and the associated questions of visual representation. Her works frequently engage with the academic disciplines of ethnology and anthropology, whose methods and politics become manifest in the collection and exhibition practices of ethnographic museums.

Behind the scenes: Rubens in Vienna

While any usual visitor is mot able to see how much work and preparation lies behind a big exhibition, I have been experiencing the organization very closely. Altogether the exhibition process took around two years, which results an intensive working time. Not only the curator herself was placing high expectations in the show – Indeed the show is being very successful, so far.

Atelier Brancusi: A fusion of sculptures and space

Brancusi considered the relationship between sculptures and the space around them to be very important. In the 1910s he created new works within the studio which he called “mobile groups”, underlining the connections between the works and the possibilities of each for moving within the group.