Art & Culture

Haute Couture – The “Pouf” of French Gross National Product

“If you want to establish an international presence you can’t do so from New York. You need the consecration of Paris.” Oscar De La Renta When hearing the expression “Haute Couture” (pronounced OTE koo-TUR), you immediately think of France, and Paris in particular. There is no coincidence in that association, since the home country of…

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Unfinished Portrait by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was one of the pioneers in the modernist revolution of portraiture, which is called “portrait situation”, engaging the psychological interest of the artist for the subject (the model). Pablo Picasso’s approach to portraiture is similar to an analysis where the psychological dynamics, translating the artist’s feelings and experience, is the key. Picasso phrased…

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A Three-Piece Suit for Vladimir Lenin

One hundred years ago today (October 25 according to the old calendar), the October Revolution led by the Bolshevik party headed by Russian emigré Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin forever changed the history of Russia. On that day Petrograd was suffering a stormy weather. In the morning at 10 am Lenin, wearing a three-piece suit, was writing his…

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“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.”

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In 1898, when the Ritz Hotel in Paris first opened its doors to a “glittering reception”, caviar with champagne came very soon to be one of the signatures of the bar menu. Indeed, caviar is associated with something luxury, exquisite and extravagant at the same time. What is caviar? The term caviar (sometimes called Russian…

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Hidden and Visible

What do a child’s brain and fashion have in common? In my view, both are looking for newness by letting creativity and curiosity swinging around in a valse. According to Paul Klee children have artistic ability, and the more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us. Children see the hidden…

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Style by Modigliani

July 12 is the birth date of Italian Jewish artist and sculptor Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (Livorno, 12 July 1884 – Paris, 24 January 1920), whose life was unforgivably short but enriched with magic of art and dignity of style. His modern portraits and nudes with elongated faces and figures did not get a fair reception during…

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Sustainability of Living Heritage

In the heart of Valetta, the city which once was found by the Knights of the St John’s Order of Jerusalem, there is a beautiful 16th Century palace called Casa Rocca Piccola owned by a Maltese Noble family. The head of the family is the 9th Marquis de Piro, who lives in the palace with…

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The Simplicity of Roman Elegance

In 1881 an important archaeological site was accidentally discovered in a small town called Rabat and situated outside the gates of the old capital of Malta, Mdina. The discovery revealed outstanding Roman remains from the ancient city of Melite with some ruins, what must have been a sumptuous Roman house belonging to the first century…

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The Art of The Bookstore

Yesterday I was desperately looking for a bookstore with the official name “Island Books Malta” here in Gozo, which according to Facebook would have some older copies available. After walking through long streets with the sun at its peak, I could finally find the place. In Triq Birbuba in Gharb, village at the westernmost point…

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The “Antichrist of painting”

Three days on Gozo have made me ready for a date with no one else but Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610). Tomorrow, if everything goes according to the plan, I will with my own eyes behold his ‘Beheading of St John the Baptist’, which he painted while settled on Malta. To Malta he…

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Lost in Taste

We are always talking about a “good” or “bad” taste, without giving any thought to the anthropological nature of the concept of taste. Nevertheless, taste has originally pure biological routes connected to human physiology, where both disgust and aversion have developed as a part of the evolution in association with something inedible. Human beings have…

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