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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

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Oh Cupid, Mon Amour! Cupids Just Being Awesome

    By February 13, 2017

    Who wouldn’t like to come across a lovely cupid one day? Who wouldn’t like to be a target of his sweet arrow? Sending you a bunch of cupids doing things that only cupids do… Sleeping Blowing bubbles...

  • 21st century

    Siah Armajani – An Iranian Artist In the US

    By February 8, 2017

    Here comes the second episode of my new cycle about art from the ‘banned’ countries. Today it’s time for Iran and its contemporary artist: Siah (Siavash) Armajani. His works are known across the United States, Europe and Iran, as...

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Need A Hug? Paintings Which Embrace

    By February 2, 2017

    Are you having a pretty bad week? Recently I have been really stressed and desperately needed a hug. If you need one too, I’m sending you some most beautiful hugs from art. Charles Blackman Pablo Picasso...

  • 21st century

    Moving Dialogues Between Art History and The Syrian War

    By January 30, 2017

    Muslims are not welcomed any more in many places in the world. The only thing that I can do about it as an art historian is to endorse Islamic art and culture, and educate. This is...

  • Bodies And Erotic Art

    Are You A Conoisseur Of Male Beauty? A Nude Invasion!

    By January 28, 2017

    As I wrote once in my post about naked bodies in Academicism, art history had for centuries glorified male beauty and had somehow neglected or underestimated the female one. Everything changed in the 19th century, when...

  • Architecture

    Build Bridges Not Walls (Bridges in Art)

    By January 27, 2017

    Since some people do everything to create divisions and disconcert by building walls, I want to build bridges and new connections. Share if you want to build bridges not walls like… Vincent van Gogh Maurice de Vlaminck...

  • Architecture

    Mary Cassatt’s Feminist Mural Which Has Gone Lost

    By January 21, 2017

    Mary Cassatt is a well-known Impressionist who often illustrated motherhood and traditional female activities of the 19th century. However, when she was already 50, she received a commission which shed a new light on her entire oeuvre:...

  • Women Artists

    Pegeen Vail Guggenheim: A Never Understood Daughter

    By January 18, 2017

    You must have heard of the family Guggenheim, wealthy merchants who with time became the prominent art collectors and patrons of modern art. You probably know Solomon Guggenheim and his art collection in New York, and Peggy...

  • 20th century

    Before Boccioni Turned Futurist

    By January 10, 2017

    Very few artists developed their styles early in the careers. Most of them were searching for the new means of expression for their entire lives, often making unexpected turns and changes. One of such artists was...

  • 20th century

    Tamara de Lempicka, The First Woman Artist To Be A Glamour Star

    By January 5, 2017

    This is how Tamara de Lempicka, the most famous Art Deco painter, was described by her Hollywood clients. If one wanted to enter the socialite circles, one needed the portrait made by her- the ‘Baroness of...

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