Stories By Magda Michalska
Art History 101
How to Become an Old Master? Turn on the Youtube First!June 13, 2019
I can’t draw, I can’t paint, I can’t sculpt or do pottery. But I can watch videos on Rijksmuseum Youtube channel called RijksCreative and imagine I’m a Great Master, too. If you have canvas and brushes,...
Natalia Goncharova First Time in LondonJune 6, 2019
We couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift for Natalia Goncharova: a month before her birthday Tate Modern in London is presenting the first retrospective of her work in the UK ever. The exhibition opens on June, 6th....
Erna Rosenstein. Surrealist in the Country Where Surrealism Didn’t ExistMay 31, 2019
Erna was born a Jew. This fact weighed on her whole life because Erna’s family lived in Lviv, Ukraine and to complicate things even more, she turned 20 when Hitler rose to power in 1933. Ah,...
All Faces of František KupkaMay 27, 2019
First time I came across František Kupka’s work was in the Centre Pompidou and I thought: “Wow, he was such an interesting guy and I never heard about him before!”. Not much has changed since then,...
Europa in Focus: Rape and RebirthMay 24, 2019
If you read my articles, you’ll know that I tend to get political. With the European Elections coming up this weekend, I wouldn’t be myself letting it pass unnoticed. Hence, I dedicate this post to Europa,...
Brass Heads, Coral Beads, And Ivory: Art from the Kingdom of BeninMay 16, 2019
Today we’ll go back in time to around 1500s when the wealth of Benin kingdom (in contemporary Nigeria) was at its peak: when Europeans traded with Benin spices, palm kernels, gum, brass, ivory, shells, or arms;...
Lubaina Himid’s Dinner Service at the V&AMay 14, 2019
In 2017, Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize (and she was the oldest winner ever, aged 63!). Ten years before she presented her work Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service at the Judges’ Lodgings in Lancaster,...
Josef Šíma: from Czech Republic to ParisMay 9, 2019
Josef Šíma was born in Jaromer, in today’s Czech Republic in 1891, but he became a naturalized French citizen (he took the citizenship already in 1926). Although he spent most of his life in France, he...
Die Brücke’s Magician: Otto MuellerMay 3, 2019
Do we talk enough about Die Brücke? Its importance for the development of modern art is undoubted. But lost between various movements and -isms that we encounter when we read or talk about the art of...
First of May Celebrations in PaintingMay 1, 2019
Happy May 1st to all workers and to all who have fought and still fight for their rights. I hope you’ll celebrate by doing nothing and chilling (hopefully outdoors, wishing everyone a sunny day!). First of...
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