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Francis Bacon: Books and Painting

The later works of Francis Bacon, from 1971 to 1992, evoke the painter’s new literary influences. “Powerful voices read aloud the French and English texts of Eschyle, Nietzsche, Bataille, Leiris, Conrad and Eliot. These authors, who all played a role in inspiring Bacon’s works and designs, share a poetic universe, and form a sort of […]

2019 SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge winners announced

Bee Breeders recently announced the winners of their second annual SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. Taking home 2019’s prizes were Ka Wah Francis Cheung, Federico Fauli, Bryant Lau Liang Cheng, and San Yoon Minjae Koo. The competition brings together participants tasked with creating what could be the next iconic skyscraper for cities around the world. The competition’s […]

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential American architects of the 20th century. Today there are nearly 450 works recognized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as having been designed by the architect. Over the past 15 years, the Wright Foundation has worked to narrow that list down to just eight buildings that […]

A rose in the desert: Qatar’s National Museum, designed by Jean Nouvel

This week, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) in Doha opened to the public. The ambitious architectural project, designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, draws on the Gulf’s twin elemental influences of sand and sea, invoking Qatar’s heritage while celebrating its transformation in recent decades. This daring, multifaceted building promises a glimpse into the […]

Make it new! Jan Dibbets and medieval art at the French national library

On a lovely spring afternoon in April 2014, Charlotte Denoël, chief curator of medieval manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the French national library in Paris, invited the Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets to consult some documents she felt might be of interest to him. The two had met previously and she had already […]

Bauhaus turns 100

As you may have heard, 2019 is a big anniversary year for Leonardo da Vinci and it’s causing some interesting news in the process. However, da Vinci isn’t the only one getting a big celebration. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus – the architecture and design school synonymous with sleekness […]

Maria Pergay’s ‘Iconic’ Retrospective at David Gill Gallery

When it comes to 20th-century design, the most well-known works are usually created by men, with only a few exceptions. Maria Pergay’s works is high among those exceptions, having dominated the male-centric design scene in the 1970’s by essentially rebranding stainless steel and pioneering its use in modern design. David Gill Gallery in London is […]