Au temps de Klimt

I recently saw an exhibition at la Pinacothèque (Paris) on the Vienna Secession, an Art Nouveau movement formed in the late 19th century by a group of Austrian artists led by Gustav Klimt. The core of the exhibition is based on a selection of major works by Klimt, from his beginnings until his golden age, including his famous Judith I (1901).
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His monumental Beethoven Frieze is exhibited for the very first time in France.
A pioneer artistic movement on the edge of two centuries. The frieze is 34m-wide 
(112ft) and two meters high and is based on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the 14th 
Vienna Secessionist exhibition, which was intended to be a celebration of Ludwig van 
Beethoven. Meant for the exhibition only, the frieze was painted directly on the 
walls with light materials. However it has been preserved and is not on permanent 
display at the Vienna Secession hall.
I have been impressed by the geometrical patterns with excessive golden decorative effects – in reference to his father, a gold engraver.
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Portrait of America

David Datuna became the first artist to incorporate the technology into a public art piece. This is the first artwork in the world to use Google Glass!

This 12-foot American flag sculpture is made up of about 2,000 eyeglass lenses as well as ~400  famous portraits that either magnify or shrink underneath them. These images include historical and contemporary figures who’ve helped shape America into what it is today: George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs and Michael Jackson..

"It's about people who really created this country. It's about people who wanted 
to change this country, build this country. I want to show the American culture, 
the American journey." Datuna

The work is a provocative dive into America’s identity and culture. The sculpture is using GPS locators, therefore when a viewer slips on Google Glass, and directs his gaze at a particular part of the flag, the device begins to play one of more than 50 video or audio clips: Barack Obama’s famous speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a clip of an early Tom and Jerry cartoon. These multimedia features are meant to provoke a reaction from the audience —one that is then recorded and shared in a live stream on the artist’s personal website.

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Archist

Barcelona-based illustrator and architect Federico Babina has created Archist, a series of illustrations that imagine the iconic art styles of famed artists as architectural structures.

“Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the 
definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the 
development of contemporary art. I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of 
art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language.”
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Imagine if Keith Haring or Dali designed a museum? …

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Stop and watch

Tineke Meirik is a Dutch illustrator who has created a unique photography based on the simple concept: “stop and watch”. This notion is based on having a closer look at you look at. She takes photos of apparently uninteresting items such as litter and bird-droppings and adds a minimal illustration digitally. Tineke reworks them to reveal shapes and characters, thus giving us a different vision of the world.

"Tineke Meirink recognizes the beautiful potential in them, revealing it to us by 
digitally drawing delightful characters on the pictures. That way the photos get a 
whole different meaning, they come to life. She hopes it makes people realize that 
everything has its beauty."

Have a look to her creative world!

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Faces

Victor Nunes is an artist who combines every-day objects with simple illustrations to turn them into pictures of faces, animals and other playful scenes. He has a great sense of humor as he playfully transforms bits of food, old wine corks, and crumpled candy wrappers into an elaborate page filled with incredible line drawings. Without the objects in place, the illustrations would appear incomplete. By placing everything together in imaginative arrangements, Nunes presents his viewers with all kinds of quirky creations…

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Reflection

Daniel Popper and Chris Shelvey have designed an incredible sculpture for the AfrikaBurn event 2013. Each year this event brings together artists and sculptors who create amazing sculptures and then burn them to the ground. In 2013 the sculptures reached amazing new heights of creativity and quality. The artists create all of the sculptures using flammable materials in preparation for the events flaming success, the moment when the art goes up in flames. The sculptures are massive in size and amazingly beautiful as the artists use lights to showcase their designs, but nothing matches their fiery demise.

Reflection is a massive 9-meter-high sculpture of a man with outstretched arms. Stunning day and night, this new figure will enchanted you..

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Lanterns of Terracotta Army

Dozens of larger-than-life lanterns inspired by ancient Chinese army were lit up in Edinburgh last week, for the Chinese New Year celebrations.hey are 90 brightly colored, illuminated sculptures crafted by Chinese artist Xia Nan and are installed at the Edinburgh University Old College Quadrangle. Originally created for the Bejing Olympics and now touring the world, the Lanterns of Terracota Army are inspired by the famous Terracotta Warriors but here they are done like Chinese paper lanterns.

Up to 2.5 meters tall, these larger-than-life lantern warriors include men with horses, women, and children. When lit, their bodies shine beautiful hues of red, green, white, and blue. What a fantastic realisation !

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Playmobil Time

When artists are playing with toys… especially with the classic Playmobil people!

Richard Unglik is the author of several books for Playmobil where are 
our friends in all sorts of disjointed scenes around the world, 
recreating characters more or less illustrious, and Pop icons of all 
kinds.

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