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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

    • 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...

    • 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...

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