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Magda Michalska

Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

Stories By Magda Michalska

  • 20th century

    Are You Into Illusions? Oops, It’s Op Art again!

    By April 22, 2017

    Ever been to an optometrist? Then you probably know these graphic cards which check whether you are colour blind. I remember how stressed I always felt to do them right. Well, Op Art, that is Optical...

  • Food

    What An Egg! Easter Egg Art Edition

    By April 16, 2017

    Egg – the symbol of life, the victory over death, new beginnings and recoveries. And one of those gracious subjects in art which seems to be an endless inspiration for the artists. If you don’t know what do...

  • Religious Art

    Crucifixions, Bones and Gruesome Bodies

    By April 15, 2017

    Easter is coming! But before the happy celebration and dancing with bunnies in the garden, Christians go through a Triduum, a three day period including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday which remind of Jesus’...

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Art Models XXL? No Photoshop Allowed!

    By April 7, 2017

    The recent row over the Cannes poster featuring a famous actress Claudia Cardinale, who was slimmed with photoshop by poster designers made me think about our perception of beauty and ideal body size. A reflection that we...

  • Seasons

    Birdies, Flowers and Virgins: Real Meanings Of Spring In Art

    By March 28, 2017

    Spring is my favourite season and it seems to be a favourite season of many artists throughout history. Is it for its blossoming flowers, singing birds and longer days? Or is it rather for its many...

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Lesbianism in Art? Warning: Erotic Scenes In Abundance

    By March 23, 2017

    Ever wondered about the presence of homosexuality in art? Today we’ll travel a bit in time to see how art treated the subject of lesbianism. Of course, there aren’t that many representations of homosexuals as of...

  • 20th century

    Jackie Kennedy- Andy Warhol’s Modern Madonna

    By March 13, 2017

    The Oscars inspired me to watch the latest film about Jackie Kennedy directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman: While I was watching, my thoughts ran to one of the most famous, partly for its...

  • 20th century

    Dorothea Tanning- A Woman For Whom Max Ernst Left His Wife

    By March 10, 2017

    They fell in love while playing chess. After they had met at a party, Max Ernst passed by her studio to consider her works for his wife’s newly opened museum-gallery Art of This Century and was enchanted...

  • Women Artists

    Women’s Day Message To All Women!

    By March 8, 2017

    Happy International Women’s Day! I hope you are celebrating today with all women present in your lives: girlfriends, mothers, sisters, aunties, hairdressers, nail stylists, doctors, engineers, teachers, politicians and wise grannies. Today’s post is a remainder...

  • Surrealism

    Meet Rita Kernn-Larsen, The Surrealist

    By March 2, 2017

    When you hear Surrealism, you probably think Dalí, Magritte, Ernst… But can you think of any female artists…? Today you’ll meet one of them, Rita Kernn-Larsen, who is barely known even in her native Denmark and whose mini-exhibition...

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