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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Cuno Amiet, the Master of Colour

    It has been 150 years since the birth of one of the greatest Swiss artists, Cuno Amiet (1868-1961). He was a painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, he was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland. Amiet was born in...
  • An Imaginative Display of Intimacy

    Great paintings do not always depict a dynamic movement, a profound facial expression, a picturesque landscape. Sometimes, great paintings manage to display just an intimate moment, not exciting, not attractive, but painfully familiar. An intimate, private moment shows a person sleeping or waking up...
  • Ilya Kabakov and the Ironic Nostalgia for Soviet Utopia

    Ilya Kabakov and his wife, Emilia, are among the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. They are best known for their ‘total’ installations, which completely immerse the viewer in a dramatic environment. They trans...
  • Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hébuterne: a Tragic Love Story

    In the spring of 1917, Jewish-Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani living in Paris at the time was introduced to a beautiful 19-year-old art student named Jeanne Hébuterne. Soon they began a romantic relationship. From a conservative bourgeois background, Hébuterne was renounced by her devout Roman Cat...
  • Dada, a Daring Plunge into Gibberish

    In 1918, Dada was cool. In  the past 100 years, since the most important Dada manifesto, art, and the world in general, have come a long way, baby. What once was a conceptual protest against the establishment plunging the world into a world war, has become a constant protest that has eventually...
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Ilya Kabakov and the Ironic Nostalgia for Soviet Utopia
Ilya Kabakov and his wife, Emilia, are among the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. They are best known for their ‘total’ installations, which completely immerse the viewer in a dramatic environment. They trans...
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