"Once upon the time, in a kingdom a princess was born. She had skin white as snow, so the baby princess was given a name of Snow White..." this story with witch-stepmother, poisoned apple and all-conquering love is known to everyone. In real life, the magic did not affect the prototype of the heroine, and the wicked did her job. Which other fabulous characters are based on real people, and what they have in common with fairy tale twins, you will be told by OUTLOOK...
Stuffed with sawdust main consumer of honey in children's literature, American and Soviet cartoons Winnie the Pooh, was apparently copied by the author Christopher Alan Milne from his son’s favourite toy. In his turn, the child gave this name to his teddy bear not accidentally. During family walk at London Zoo the kid was attracted not by exotic monkeys and kangaroos, but by the huge brown bear, friendly gazing at the visitor from behind cage bars... The family got to know animal’s life story from zoo staff. Clubfoot lady as a cub, in 1914 was bought from hunters by Harry Colborne, the vet of Cavalry Regiment of Canada. He called this acquisition in honour of his hometown Winnipeg. Travelling with the military troops during the First World War, the bearess explored the cities and countries, then got registered in London. She was tamed, they say that even children were allowed to touch Winnie and feed her with favourite condensed milk and honey...
In the late eighteenth century it was quite possible to meet a real Pinocchio! Considering wooden man to be Carlo Collodi’s splash of imagination, the researchers were more than surprised to find on a deserted part of the cemetery, where the author was buried, an old tombstone with the name of Pinocchio Sanchez. After digging in the old archives and checking dates, they found out that Sanchez died a bit more than a hundred years before the book was published... And having received permission to exhume, they proved that it was unmistakably him. Underground rested man of small stature with a wooden leg and nose-prosthesis.
The Russian version of tale about adventures of wooden puppet Buratino, as it turned out, was linked to real people. Prototype of huckster selling medicinal leeches Duremar was a certain Dr. Jacques Bulemar who emigrated from France. The doctor believed leeches to be the main panacea for all illnesses. He used to catch them wandering near a pond, dressed in a long robe - the main protection against mosquitoes. Thus, he became an object of ridicule and jokes, including mangling his French name.
History of the Carol’s Alice in Wonderland is a fiction, yet, the main character was based on a real girl. The author was friends with the family of the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University Henry Liddell. And having a broad imagination, during promenades told magical stories to his daughters... Seeing that girls attentively listen to his tales, Carroll committed his thoughts to paper, and the main character was namesake of professor’s younger child, moreover the author borrowed from her some features of character and appearance. Eventually, a few years later seven-year Alice Lindell was presented with the handwritten manuscript with stories, to which her photo was attached.
Fabulists Brothers Grimm were not quite storytellers... The story of Snow White, matches events of a real life, just a little touched with "magic" veil. They borrowed the idea from the history of their fellows Germans. In the middle of the 16th century there lived aristocratic couple headed by Count Philip. Family idyll was shattered when his wife died in childbirth. But the child survived and her father remarried so as not to leave the girl without mother's love... Despising young beauty, stepmother decided to get rid of her using hemlock poison. The girl died, and the killer went to a long imprisonment.
By the way, Snow White’s fabulous friends dwarfs may also walked the ground, and even worked in the mines. Such a hypothesis was put forward in the work of Professor Michael Zehnder exploring the mythology and fairy tales... In ancient manuscripts he found the stories of miniature toilers working in Hessen mines.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage. If only he knew that it would come true, maestro would hardly have lost his spiritual strength...
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea. Jūratė forgot that immortal ones are not allowed to enjoy simple human happiness, she fascinated the young man to the bottom of the sea into her amber castle, and there the couple in love lost count of days and nights. On hearing this, the lord of gods Perkūnas decided to punish them: bolt of lightening stroke mortal lover, and disobedient lady was chained within her precious possessions for all eternity. Since then, the grieving goddess cries dropping yellow tears, and waters of the Baltic carry them to the shore for others to enjoy.
The spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine Irina Sultanishvili carried out a meeting of the Ambassadors Spouses Club, in the frame of which some traditional clothes was demonstrated.
In those days when the Persian soldiers were second to none, and both the Roman Empire and the Arabian Peninsula were conquered by their power, skilful fingers of winner nation craftswomen created their first masterpiece. The carpet called The Springtime passed into history as the most precious of all time. It symbolized powerful rule of the Persians, and its beauty told about the divine origin of the king Khosrow I.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops. Having compelled self-will of the thread to a dream about heaven, promised for humility, skills defied despair and need – to secure victory.
Fashion is an act. Fashion is a demonstration of freedom. Not being afraid to once seem ridiculous and odd, a person risks to become a part of fashion industry. Some names it remembers, some are wrongly forgotten and for some it becomes a pursuit, the meaning of the whole life.
In Kyiv academic theater of drama and comedy under support of Embassy of Belarus to Ukraine and Kyiv city governmental administration it was the play ‘Marriage contract’ of Minsk Film Actor’s Studio Theater. The performance was going in the frame of the tour in Ukraine.
Françoise Barbe-Gall teaches how to talk to children about art. She gives practical advices in her books, teaches to see things invisible to many people, to notice details and forget about labels. But we have to admit that among adults there are very few people who can boast with expertise in this area. If you want to change this order of things, today we offer you to go with us to the museums. Yes, it's a good idea, since we have chosen the best.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
Flowers and trees, animals and birds, dragons and fairytale characters – to put it short, anything that may come to your head can turn into an object of edible art there. Amazing technique of painting with hot sugar is possessed by craftsmen from Sichuan province. Paintings performed in almost caramel can be neither “edited”, nor painted over.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
There is music which brings us back to life. It happens even if the tears are falling when one listens to it. The musical genre mugham talks to the audience using the right language. Everyone has lived out unhappy love, loss of a close person or ruin of ideals. These topics became the source of inspiration for the musicians of Azerbaijan movement mugham. OUTLOOK will tell about this unique style of music.
The power of gestures burns the text to ashes, sound deafens and takes to the abyss from which all of us come and where we return upon the accomplishment of a short time period called as the life. Attending the Theatre of Cruelty, a human appears in the centre of performance as there are everything we are hiding from in the everyday routine, particularly, freedom and isolation, life on the border, merging with the crows till self is lost and lonely residing at the top. The drama of being involves in its mineral resources, the echo of tragedy overwhelms publics and spectator without noticing it appears in the trap of the own perception. That is about the so-called ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ (theatre de cruaute), the child of French playwright and director, eccentric and shocking Antonen Artaud.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Embassy of Lithuanian Republic to Ukraine, the Embassy of Australia to Ukraine and National Museum of Taras Shevchenko represented in Kyiv the photo exhibition ‘Olegas Truchanas – legend of Lithuania and Australia’.