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...
This name evokes a particular resonance in the auction rooms. There was time
when Fabergé works of art left their homeland for a song, but now they cause
struggle between the most enthusiastic collectors and businessmen who are
fighting both for unique masterpiece and for a guaranteed status rise. But at
the same time such a huge and well-fed demand was a root-cause for fakes stored
in the homes of those claiming to belong to the highest echelons of society.
It is not surprising that many of the art lovers with
deep pockets hold the most varnish part of maestro heritage – Fabergé Easter eggs,
which at closer look turn out to be just a rough replica. Most of iconic eggs,
in an amount of 52, are Easter gift for Romanov Empresses, and 7 eggs were created
for Varvara Kelkh – a wife of wealthy gold industry entrepreneur, and another
10 virtuoso works got into private collections owners of which are still
The first Easter egg from Fabergé was commissioned by
Emperor Alexander III for his spouse Maria Feodorovna in 1885. Compared to
subsequent eggs that one was fairly simple: white enamel shell opened up to reveal
a golden yolk, inside the yolk was hidden ruby-eyed hen crafted of the same
precious metal. Inside the hen, under the principle of Russian nesting doll, was
concealed another surprise – a miniature crown. Fabergé played a winning game: he
based his creation on a souvenir kept for long years in Denmark native for the
Empress. Maria Feodorovna was so delighted with Easter gift that she and then
her daughter-in-law, spouse of Nicholas II Alexandra Feodorovna, were given one
every year until the revolution.
Designing precious eggs jewellers relied on three
postulates: uniqueness, hidden surprise and reflection of events crucial for
the country or its sovereign. The best Fabergé highly skilled craftsmen pored
over this task: Michael Perchin, Francois Bierbaum, Henrik Wigstrom. In the
process of products creation goldsmiths implemented elaborated design solutions,
breathed life into hidden surprise toys, recovered ancient techniques such as
guilloche enamel and bold play on a colour palette.
It is assumed that the most enthusiastic collector of
Fabergé eggs (and other maestro’s creations) among individuals is a Russian tycoon
Viktor Vekselberg who in 2004 bought a collection of Malcolm Forbes. This
transaction caused a lot of disturbances among others wishing to acquire Fabergé
masterpieces. The publisher’s descendants initially planned to put the
collection up for auction. However Vekselberg managed to negotiate with the
owners for sale of 15 eggs (11of which belonged to Imperial family) before the
start of general trading. Price is unknown, it said to be from $ 130 to $ 250
As for the current value of Fabergé eggs, over the
last few decades amount overcame 7-zero threshold. For instance, the
above-mentioned Vekselberg bought composition Coronation for about $ 20
million. The price depends on a number of factors ranging from belonging to the
Imperial Easter eggs collection and ending with the state of the object (broken
and even restored eggs are practically unsuitable for sale), and with the
complexity of the work (in-built clockwork is especially appreciated). Also,
the value at the time of product creation is accounted by jewellers in a very
peculiar way. Thus, the Winter Egg in 1913 was estimated at 24 600 Rubles which
by the standards of 1994, when it was put up for auction, amounted to $ 246 thousand.
Nevertheless, Fabergé creation was auctioned off for more than $ 5 million, and
8 years later it was resold at almost twice higher price.
Thus, Imperial gift is not only elite collectible, but
also a great chance to make money. It is enough to maintain the product in good
condition for several years, and purchase expenses will be covered with plenty
to spare by virtue to those willing to possess a masterpiece. We would like to conclude
the article citing Viktor Skrulov, expert of Christie’s auction house: Do you
know why creations of any artist become five times more expensive immediately
after his death? Because the master is unique! That is why existing companies
Cartier and Tiffany are not as priced as Fabergé.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
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.
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’.