Anting-Anting are something that many people in the West will not be familiar with. Yet, their designs and purpose have a connection to faith and superstition right across the world. These talismans are worn by their owners to protect them from danger. They often come in the form of crosses or other religious iconography and have great significance to the wearer. The idea is that those large amulets will protect soldiers in the line of fire, policemen in the line of duty and all kinds of other wearers. The mixture of Catholic and traditional culture is familiar, yet at the same time unique to the Philippines.
An emblematic Parisian monument, the Eiffel Tower stands a proud 324 metres high against the city’s skyline. As much a symbol as a landmark, it’s the most visited paid monument in the world. Unique and beautiful as she is, it’s amazing to think that the ‘Iron Lady’ was not expected to be permanent.
The beginning of April is an important time in the artistic calendar – especially for those in the contemporary art scene. This is when artists and art fan across Paris can converge on the Grand Palais for the Art Paris Art Fair 2019. This event – between the 4th and the 7th this year – is a brilliant chance to see what is new and hot in the city’s art scene. Local talent and new galleries can come together to showcase the best work to keen buyers.
Emil Georg Bührle is one of the most celebrated German art collectors of the modern era. Over a short period in the 1950s, Buhrle amassed an enormous collection of art from some of the best masters in Europe. These pieces stretch from the impressionist movement of the 19th century to some of the masters of cubism and modern art in the mid 20th century. Among them are beautiful pieces by Degas, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso and many more. The collection on its own is a snapshot of European art history through the eyes of a very clever collector.
It is fun to be at the cutting edge of a new art trend or to say that you were the first to see or do something in the art world. This could be the opening of a show by a bright young star, the purchase of a painting from an upcoming gallery or a new event in the calendar. The Paris Art Fair of contemporary art at the Parc des Expos – Porte de Versailles should provide all three experiences in 2019.
There are lots of stereotypes when it comes to a Valentine’s date. Some of the old cliches are great when delivered well. It can be difficult to beat a romantic dinner for two at a top restaurant, followed by an evening’s entertainment at the theatre. Add in a romantic walk and some luxury chocolates and it is many people’s idea of heaven. But, there are other places to enjoy a romantic date that do things a little differently.