Archive for October 2018

Poetic visions in Paris during La Nuit Blanche 2018

Art emerges from the museum into the public arena as part of an innovative project designed to reinvent our cities and encourage us to explore places we already know with fresh eyes. Dubbed La Nuit Blanche, this annual event sees the installation of large-scale art projects in the streets of Paris, while galleries and art […]

The contemporary art market looks like it may be cooling off

Since 2000, the contemporary art market has experienced immense growth. Artprice details in its report of 2017/2018 that the number of transactions since the turn of the millennium has multiplied 5.5 times while global turnover has risen a stunning 1,744% from $103 million USD to $1.9 billion USD in 2017/2018 period. In 2000, the average piece of […]

Anish Kapoor, an idol for « Homo Festivus »

Vantablack is not actually a colour since it refers to the darkest shade of black ever synthetisized by man.  It is made from an array of tightly compressed carbon nanotubes and, like trees in the forest, Vantablack absorbs 99.65% of the light that reaches its surface. This near-perfect shade of black was introduced in 2012 […]

Long live the end of summer ! (III)

Valéria If I had to mark this fall by one other event, it would be the bonus and the privilege of having attended a private screening of Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi’s latest film, The Summer House, which was shown at the Venice Film Festival at the beginning of September. Valeria once again “takes a risk” by exposing […]

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev launches $380 million USD lawsuit against Sotheby’s

The Bouvier Affair evolved further last week when Russian billionaire and notable art collector Dmitry Rybolovlev launched a $380 million USD lawsuit against Sotheby’s. Yves Bouvier, a Swiss arts dealer, has been alleged to have defrauded numerous of his clients by misrepresenting the costs of artworks and subsequently charging buyers grossly exaggerated prices. Lawsuits against Bouvier have been heard […]

Long live the end of summer ! (II)

Anne Teresa A feeling of patriotic pride came over me when I attended the opening of the retrospective of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s work during the Fall Festival. On September 15 in the Anticipations building, specifically designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Belgian choreographer presented a piece called Violin Phase which was performed by Yuika Hashimoto as […]

Amos Rex Museum is Helsinki’s new underground sensation

Two years after rejecting the idea to construct a Guggenheim institution in Helsinki, a private museum has been inaugurated in the city centre. Celebrating the architecture of the past, while juxtaposing sinuous, contemporary forms via a new rooftop playground, the rejuvenated Lasipalatsi can legitimately take pride of place in the Finnish cultural landscape. The new […]