Month: June 2016

LIVING Lisbon’s Art Scene

Selections attempts an overview of the Portuguese capital’s thriving art scene through its art institutions, foundations and project spaces Lisbon, one of Europe’s oldest and southernmost cities, is undergoing a cultural renaissance. Known by locals as the City of the Seven Hills, its staggeringly beautiful art nouveau, baroque, gothic, Romanesque and post-modern architectural sites are […]

Playing with Space

Lisbon’s art-architecture collective Os Espacialistas seeks to change our perspective on everyday spaces Lisbon-based collective of artists, architects and a landscape designer Os Espacialistas has been creating interventions that interrogate art and architecture, questioning the relationships existing between bodies, objects and architectural spaces. Through their collaborative projects that both subvert and interrogate the histories of place […]

Reflections on Home, War and Exile

Through his artworks, Lebanese artist Abed Al Kadiri makes a powerful statement against war and violence The violence that exploded in the aftermath of the Arab Spring pervades Abed Al Kadiri’s work. The 31-year-old Lebanese artist, who recently moved back to Beirut after many years in Kuwait and a short stint in London, looked to […]

Kurt Schwitters shines in Zurich with architect Zaha Hadid’s concept

Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich, Switzerland last week opened the major retrospective “Kurt Schwitters: MERZ” in collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire, and in conjunction with the 100-year celebration of DADA this year. “The architecture for our ‘MERZ – Kurt Schwitters’ exhibition was entirely Zaha Hadid’s concept, fully formulated before her death and discussed in detail with me […]

Gigi Cifali, photographer of water

Trained as a topographer, the Italian photographer Gigi Cifali has revealed his latest work – “Absence of Water” in London. The series of baths, pools and lidos from all around the UK was taken between the years 2006 and 2014. “They were places in vogue, fundamental for the life till the thirties of XX Century,” […]

Skarstedt reveals their new London gallery

Right in the heart of London, on St James is where Skarstedt is opening up their new gallery space. Bona Montagu, Director of Skarstedt London, said, “The new space on Bennet Street, with three interconnected galleries, affords us the ability to present more comprehensive historical exhibitions.” And with their opening they are showing two artists, […]

A Landmark Expansion

 London’s Tate Modern increases its exhibition space with the opening of an iconic new tower When the Tate Modern opened in 2000, on the south bank of the River Thames, it revitalized an entire neighborhood, infusing culture and entertainment into an area of London that had been thoroughly neglected. Sixteen years on, and building on […]

A Dialogue with the Past

Iranian artist Reza Aramesh is in constant dialogue with artists from the past, using traditional media to address contemporary topics Iranian-born, London-based contemporary artist Reza Aramesh confronts violence and oppression around the world, and examines how mass media portrays conflicts and their consequences through his politically charged sculptures, photographs, installations and performances. Aramesh is currently […]

Celebrating Choucair’s Centennial

The Sursock Museum pays tribute to one of Lebanon’s greatest artists on her 100th birthday Happy Birthday Saloua Raouda Choucair! To celebrate the 100th birthday of one of Lebanon’s most original and influential artists, the Sursock Museum is hosting a celebration tonight in collaboration with the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation. Born on June 24, 1916, […]

Collage Dropouts

Lebanese artist takes a stand with rebellious montages Sarah Saleh has a distinct intention. She’s disheartened by female stereotypes, by the sexualisation of women at the hands of the very media that are alleged to provide solidarity. To that end, Akupunkture, her first solo show in Milan’s LUME (Laboratorio Universitario Metropolitano) this month, aimed “to […]