Together with million other people, we are currently staying home. These key tags by Various Key Tags are very timely. Not sure if we will need them for the time being, but I love the idea.
I first thought that this amazing work was done by Chinese artists. But despite the name, Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Dordogne, France. Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann first studied graphic design, but then decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials. Their favorite material is basically paper. It blows my mind how these artists dedicate their time to manipulate paper, creating beautiful intricate and colorful sculptures. Selected clients include Hermès, IBM, Microsoft, TIME, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel and the Nobel Prize Museum.
Back stage of a haute couture fashion show in Paris 1989. I love this photo by Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna.
After spending the first years of his life in Sicily, Scianna became a specialist in the Sicilian way of life and spent many years documenting the culture of the island. His collaboration with the model Marpessa Hennink and Dolce & Gabbana resulted in iconic pictures.
“Of Course a Horse” is the name of the new campaign from Gucci, photographed and directed by Yiorgos Lanthimos in Los Angeles and Chateau Marmont. Great soundtrack, outrageous styling and of course, horses!
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We were two days in Milan last week and we had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Fondazione Prada. Co-chaired by Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli, Fondazione Prada is an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It has venues in Venice and in 2015 it opened a new, permanent facility in Milan. The amazing Milanese venue conceived by Rem Koolhaas, combines existing buildings with new structures. It is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910’s.
First we visited the permanent exhibition and from everything we saw, the following made a big impression to me: The artwork ‘Tulips’ (1995-2004) by Jeff Koons is a massive art installation, perfectly executed.
Carsten Holler’s amazing ‘Upside Down Mushroom Room’ is a dreamy installation that reminds you of Alice in Wonderland.
And last but not least, ‘The Last Judgement’ (2002) by Damien Hirst, which is a huge artwork consisted of real flies glued with resin on canvas.
We also saw a temporary exhibition project curated by Wes Anderson, one of my favorite directors, together with illustrator, designer and writer Juman Malouf. The exhibition is called ‘Il sarcofago di Spitzmaus e altri tesori’ (meaning Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures). Organized in collaboration with two Austrian museums, the exhibition features 538 artworks and objects selected by the two curators, from collections of the Art History Museum and the Natural History Museum in Vienna. The exhibition is organized in a very interesting way by groups of works: from green objects to portraits of children, from miniatures to timepieces, from boxes to wooden objects, from portraits of noblemen and common people to natural subjects like meteorites and animals. All items are mixed and combined, with no regard to chronological order or art movement, with unexpected but very interesting results.
In the end, we enjoyed a great espresso at the Bar Luce, the Fondazione cafe. It was designed by Wes Anderson himself in 2015, recreating the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafe. The colors, the formica furniture, the seats, the floor, and the wood wall panels are inspired by Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s.
The Paris 2024 Olympics logo combines the Olympic flame, Marianne – the French national symbol, and a gold medal, all in one. The new design created by creative agency Royalties Ecobranding, brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport, the Games and France. The Paris2024 font is a variable bespoke typeface which takes its inspiration from Art Deco.
Having previously hosted the games in 1900 and 1924, Paris will become the second city to host the Olympics three times and 2024 will mark the 100 years anniversary of the Paris Games of 1924.
Love this “Women” series by illustrator, painter, and printmaker Ashley Seil Smith. I look at these women and I find them very feminine, confident and sophisticated.
The Birds of America is a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in Edinburgh and London. The work consists of 435 beautiful, hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 99 by 66 cm.
All these 435 illustrations from J. J. Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ are available now for free download. My favorite is the one with the huge pink flamingo.
One Breath Around the World is the latest ethereal underwater film from the freediving champion Guillaume Néry, and his partner, also free diver and underwater filmmaker Julie Gautier. The two have filmed different clips while holding their breath, seamlessly edited together, thus giving the impression that the diver’s journey is taken in a single breath.