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Art State of Mind

GIF IT UP 2018 – create animated GIFs from public domain artworks

GIF IT UP is an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material. This year’s 5th edition is run...

Europeana 1 October 2018

Masterpiece Stories

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin

Joseph Roulin worked for a post office in the French town of Arles. He didn’t carry letters—he rather was sorting mail at the train station.

Zuzanna Stańska 30 September 2018

The iPad-designed David Hockney’s Queen’s Window Presented At Westminster Abbey

David Hockney is an artist who lately, while creating his works often reaches for… his iPad. A coloured window designed on a tablet has been...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 September 2018

Women Artists

Advancing Women Artists Foundation – Rediscovering Female Artists in Florence

The Advancing Women Artists foundation (AWA) is a group that aims to restore female artists to the world. Founded by Jane Fortune after a trip to...

Alexandra Kiely 27 September 2018

The Renoir Restitution — A Moving Experience in the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Renoir painted Deux femmes dans un jardin / Two Women in a Garden in 1919, the last year of his life. By this time, the artist’s vision had been...

Howard Schwartz 26 September 2018

Alexander Calder’s The Eagle in Seattle

American sculptor, Alexander Calder, most famous for his kinetic moving, suspended mobile sculptures, also created a number of massive stationary...

Nadine Waldmann 25 September 2018

Masterpiece Stories

Johannes Vermeer, Woman Reading a Letter

On the Johannes Vermeer‘s painting, we see a quiet, private moment. In Woman Reading a Letter, a young woman stands engrossed in reading a...

Zuzanna Stańska 23 September 2018

Imagined Paradise Lost: Raqib Shaw’s Reinterpretations of Old Masters

Raqib Shaw was born in Calcutta in 1974 to a family of luxury goods merchants who sold rugs, shawls, jewels and antiques, hence already from a young...

Magda Michalska 22 September 2018

Everything You Must Know About Pont-Aven School

The year 1886 was a turning point for Paul Gauguin’s career as a painter. That was the year when the village of Pont-Aven in Brittany, France,...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 September 2018

Dine & Wine

Don’t Play with Your Food! Unless It’s Art

I’m sure we’ve all been told not to play with our food as we hide unappetising peas under a sticky lump of mashed potato. And most parents have...

Candy Bedworth 20 September 2018

Giacometti’s ‘Final Portrait’

The movie ‘Final Portrait’ is a faithful rendition of the book by James Lord, ‘A Giacometti Portrait.’ The book was published in 1965, a year...

Howard Schwartz 19 September 2018

Museum Stories

Wanderlust Exhibition – Travel Desire Encapsulated in Paintings

It is the last chance to see Wanderlust. From Caspar David Friedrich to Auguste Renoir  – an exhibition on travel desire in the Old National...

Kate Wojtczak 13 September 2018