Art Exhibitions: Art Summer 2015

Need any suggestions, how to brighten-up your summer vacations? This July and August promise to be amazingly interesting! This time we have prepared a truly curious and non-standard selection of 4 must-see-shows that will prompt you to start packing your bags to see all of them immediately after reading it!

Think beyond the frame

How weird it might sound, but the fact is painting isn’t only about painting. For sure we all admire virtuosity of an artist, his talent to find the proper stroke to capture all complicatedness of the Universe… Yet, one very important element in creating our impression from the piece is often left underestimated – it’s frame! And this omission was compensated by curators of National Gallery, who has presented ‘Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames’ show. Sansovino frames are named after one of the prominent Italian Renaissance architects and sculptors architect and sculptor Jacopo Sansovino (1486–1570), who was the author of some of Venice’s finest buildings, like the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

Yet, we have to mention that those frames are closer to Baroque than Renaissance style: gilded , with scrolls and swags of fruit, cherubim and grotesque masks, dark walnut and shimmering gilt, ‘Sansovino’ frames are thought be the most flamboyant in the history of frame design. As organizers of the exhibition noticed, “With only two of the exhibits framing paintings, the exhibition demonstrates how frames – designed as removable items to enhance a painting only since the early 1500s – can be considered works of art in their own right, and can transform the way we look at paintings.” It’s definitely a show that can change the way we look at painting. So just don’t miss it!

DATE & TIME: till 13th September 2015
WHERE: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
PRICE: free.
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Feel art with skin

Feel art with skin

There’re two types of people in the world – those who praises tattoos, and those, who’re against them. From ancient time, in primitive cultures, tattoos had a defining social, religious and mystical role. Conversely, in civilized Western culture such bodily modifications we perceived as a sign of infamy, criminality a mark of identity for urban groups. Whatever you opinion is, it’s always interesting to dive into the origins of this phenomenon and its the renewal in contemporary world. And you have such possibility – Musée du quai Branly opened a curious exhibition ‘Tattooists, tattooed.’

It explores not solely ethnological and anthropological values of tattooing, before exploring the sociological landscape and psychological meanings, but its artistic nature and contemporary history. The exhibition is divided into five main sections: From global to marginal; An art in movement; New skin: the renewal of traditional tattooing; New territories of the world; New inking styles.

Apart from that, viewers can acquire with 32 novel works made specially for the exhibition on volumes representing legs, torsos and arms in silicone. 19 masters from all over the world were involved in this project.

DATE & TIME: till 18th October 2015
WHERE: Quai Branly museum 37, quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France
PRICE: full price 9 €; reduced rate 7 €.
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Watch your step

Watch your step

When visiting various historic places our neck can hurt from long looking upwards, as we admire grandiose ceilings and walls of classic buildings, with amazing frescoes and decorations on them. But sometimes looking downwards can be useful too! Especially if you happen to be in Siena in July and August! Marble mosaic floor in its one of main artistic monuments – Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) – will be uncovered for tourists for more than two months! Usually it’s preserved under wood deck to protect them from wear.

The mosaic is unique by its exquisiteness and amount of work put in it. It took artists and mosaicists (mostly local masters) more than two hundred years to finish it – from the 14th to the 16th century. Among those, who contributed to this masterpiece were citizens of Siena and outstanding artists il Sassetta (real name Stefano di Giovanni), Domenico di Bartolo, Matteo di Giovanni and Domenico Beccafumi, as well as a recognized painter from neighboring Umbria – Pinturicchio.

DATE & TIME: till 31st July 215; 13th August 2015 – 27th October 2015
WHERE: Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
PRICE: 7 € (Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library, inside the Cathedral); OPA SI PASS 12 €/valid 3 days (Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library + Baptistery of San Giovanni + Crypt + Duomo Museum + Panoramic terrace of the Cathedral)
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An Old story – a new look

an old story a new look

Modern culture claims to be absolutely secular and distanced from any sacred themes. However, more and more artists refer to spiritual themes in their works, looking back at our religious heritage and Bible in particular. Few biblical stories are as controversial and terrifying as the one about God’s order to Abraham to sacrifice his own son. It was the motif four numerous masterpieces created through ages and didn’t lost its actuality nowadays. Inspired by the subject multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke and world-renown director Peter Greenaway decided to cooperate and create a project “Obedience’ for Jewish Museum Berlin.

The authors understand the sacrifice of Isaac as a human drama. They ask a question: which is stronger – God’s command or the love of a father? And where can the modern subject be found between the priorities of obedience and trust? The project reenacts the whole story. Using film projections, installations, precious objects, and their own soundtrack, they stage the biblical narrative as a sensuous and emotional showpiece in fifteen parts. Their dramaturgy is inspired by the legends of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, and linked with the experience of our days.

DATE & TIME: till 13 September 2015
WHERE: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Germany
PRICE: regular charges – 8.00 €; reduced 3.00 €.
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