It was exactly 29 years ago, on June, 15, 1985, when a citizen of Lithuania Bruce Maygis forever made it into history of pictural art. Yet his accomplishment has a minus in front of it – he got notorious for vandalism not creativity: in Hermitage of Saint Petersburg the man threw sulfuric acid at Rembrandt’s Danae and cut it with a knife twice. Fortunately, they managed to save the canvas and today it is still exhibited in the gallery although now behind armored glass. Who, where and when spoiled masterpieces – next at OUTLOOK.
Most often vandals who defile high art call their acts political or any other kind of protest. This, by the way, was what the abovementioned Bronius Maygis declared. Among his most famous “followers” there is Uriel Landeros who in 2012 used a stencil and a spray to outrage Picassso’s painting “Woman in a Red Armchair”. A young man added a bull and a torero to the work, signing his art “Conquista”. After a while thank to joint efforts of Mexican and American police Laderos was arrested. Weird as it may sound, but as soon as he was given a chance to speak, he declared his love to Picasso.
Sadly, the Spanish master’s works “come in the way” of vandals more often than works of nearly any other painter. And while cases of “Woman in a Red Armchair” or “Guernica’s” insult in 1974 (a scrawl was left on it, too) can be called planed actions, the thing that happened to “the Dream” looks more like a malign fate. In 2006 its owner, gabling tycoon Steve Wynn, when showing the canvas to his friends, made a flounce and tore it. But that’s not all. Virtually several days before the force majeure, the unfortunate collector entered into a contract to sell the masterpiece against 139 million dollars. Ultimately, the deal was fulfilled only in March, 2013, after conclusion of restoration works. Now that we mentioned them, they didn’t affect the price negatively. Rather on the contrary – 155 million dollars were paid for “The Dream”.
While they managed to save the abovementioned Pablo’s work, his painting “Harlequin’s Head” fell off the edge of earth forever. It was destroyed as evidence together with creations of Matisse, Gauguin and Monet after a robbery of Rotterdam museum Kunstghal. When police tracked the thieves, mother of one of the suspects, Olga Dogaru, burned a suit case where her son and his accomplices kept stolen property. Unfortunately, only pigment and nails were left of great canvases. According to experts’ estimations, joint value of the paintings constituted 150-200 million dollars.
The most famous portrait of the world, Mona Lisa, also has its “scars”. In 1956 it was thrown a stone and sulfuric acid at. In 20-something years during an exhibition in Tokyo a woman who disapproved of the museum’s policy concerning disabled people, attempted at spraying paint at da Vinci’s work. After these attempts, Gioconda was placed behind a bullet-proof glass that, speaking of one, saved it in 2009 when a Russian woman who failed to obtain French citizenship, threw a ceramic cup at it. We hope that Mona Lisa will keep smiling despite everything.
Vandalism trend of the 21st century – great canvases are spoiled by other painters. It is surprising, because they of all people should know how very mean such actions are. But no – they even try to become famous this way. Take, for instance, a Pole Wlodzimierz Umaniec who two years ago defaced Mark Rothko’s painting “Black on Maroon” by writing on it “a potential piece of yellowism”. It is a term the wrecker and his companions use to call artistic movement they created that so far interests only them, police and psychiatrists.
However there are exceptions to “paintings-outrage” as well. Back to trend of a “painter spoils works of others” we can’t but mention Banksy. In 2013 the man of mystery bought against 50 dollars an unremarkable canvas with mountain scene to add a nazi on a bench to it. Such tuning instantly turned an ordinary painting into a lot titled “The Banality of the Banality of Evil” that was sold against 615 thousand dollars at auction. Money raised went to charity, by the way.
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.
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.
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’.
Spectacular show project Cirque du Soleil rocked the world of circus art to remind that circus can not only entertain but also create new reality. Crazy experiments on human body defy any power on gravity and miracle-plays of sound and light lure the audience into a twilight labyrinth of philosophical dramas letting them get to the sun together with characters of stagings.