Expo 2015 – Firenze

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On April 26th I was invited to attend the opening of the Expo 2015 with main centre Milano but with various Italian cities taking part in it. The beautiful Forte Belvedere in Firenze ( Florence ) is the host of the Human exhibition by Antony Gormley, one of the most acclaimed sculptors working today. The exhibition brings more than 100 works to every part – the inner rooms of the villa, the bastions, the staircases and the terraces of the 16th century fortress, well known with its extraordinary views over the city and the surrounding hills.


At the core of the exhibition there are two arrangements of the work CRITICAL MASS II (1995). This work comprises twelve body forms, each cast five times to produce a total number of sixty works that can exist in any orientation. CRITICAL MASS II identifies a number of basic body postures from the contemplative to the supplicant, from the mourning to the deferential, from the position of a man who awaits an order to the dreamer.


On the east side of lower terrace of the Forte the twelve body forms of CRITICAL MASS II are installed in a linear progression, from foetal to stargazing, recalling the ‘ascent of man’. On the opposite side is a jumbled pile of the same bodies. Here, as abandoned manufactured iron objects, each ten times the specific gravity of a living human body, they reflect the shadow side of any idea of human progress, confronting the viewer with an image redolent of the conflict of the past century.


It’s truly magnificent exhibition and you must see it if you happen to be in Florence between the 26th of April to the 27th of September.


I am wearing: Blazer: Sandro  /  Dress: Celine  /  Shoes: Louis Vuitton  /  Bag: Chanel


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Miss Dior is Coming!


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After few successful months on display in Parisian’s Grand Palais, “Miss Dior” exhibition has just landed in Shanghai. Until 20th of July all visitors of Shanghai’s Sculpture Centre are invited into magical world of master of Haute Couture – Christian Dior and they will be the only ones to see original picture of the woman who inspired French Maestro of Fashion to create the famous fragrance Miss Dior – his beautiful sister Catherine of whom the workers in Christian Dior house used to say when she arrived visiting her brother – “Look, Miss Dior is coming!”.


French fashion label Christian Dior is bringing the work of 16 female artists to a Shanghai exhibit that runs to July 20. The “Miss Dior” exhibit includes paintings, installations, films, photographs and montages to provide guests with many different ways of understanding the iconic perfume of the same name.


The exhibit further emphasizes the link between the brand and the art world by showcasing the relationship founder Christian Dior had with artists such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray and Salvador Dali. The artists tapped for the exhibit come from diverse backgrounds to lend a range of perspectives to the brand’s original perfume. A reference to Miss Dior accompanies each piece to highlight the inspiration.


One of the most beautiful art works is a 14 minutes long video “Illusions and Mirrors” directed by Shirin Neshat and starring Dior’s darling – Natalie Portman. Filmed in the artist’s characteristic, radical, mainly black-and-white style, “Illusions & Mirrors” traces the somnambulistic hallucinations of a young woman, played by Natalie Portman and her attempt of chasing a shadow that wanders through the dunes of an empty beach. When the young woman finally comes to an encounter in a deserted house, she experiences a disturbing surprise. The short was shot by cameraman Darius Khondji, who previously framed Portman in Wong Kar-Wai’s “My Blueberry Nights”. Music and sound design is by Johnny Azari.


In Shirin Neshat’s words: “This film pays tribute to black/white, silent films made by surrealist filmmakers such as Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Luis Buñuel and later the wonderful experimental filmmaker Maya Deren. Thematically it is a big departure for me as it moves away from all my past socio-political subjects regarding Iran and Islam and enters a very timeless and universal story.”


A must see exhibition!


Authour: Krasi Genova









The world of Beatrix Ost


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The world of Beatrix Ost – Magical, Colorful, Avant-garde, Full of Character and Art. A Wild Incredible Paradise

The beautiful and enchanted world of Beatrix Ost has touched me deeply to the core of my soul and inspired me to pursue her to be featured on the blog and just like a little child to take a piece of her wisdom with me. The positivity of this lady came through to me the first time I met her and gives a memorable impression shining through her smile, perhaps because of the diamond incrusted in her tooth. She is the living embodiment of an inspirational woman in every sense. Her deep wisdom and love are just mesmerizing, but at the age of 74 her curiosity, simple joy, and effortless bliss you feel from her is the very child like quality she grabs you and impresses you with the most.  She loves life more than anyone. An artist, World War II Survivor she became also a writer at the age of 60.  She just wanted to preserve her memories and experience for the family memoirs. She does everything with so much passion and attention to detail from painting, writing, cooking, to her apartment and even designing her own clothes. 

Her kindness, warmth, and creativity extended to supporting a family of Tibetans monks for a year by assigning them with creating a rug for her with inscription of words from her personal notebook. She can’t live without her red lipstick and silk turbans. Her favorite designers are Vivienne Westwood, Comme De Garcons, and Philip Treacy. The name of her first book that is being made into a movie “ My Father’s House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria”.

Her philosophy of life: “In your body is a good place to be”

In the photos: Dress, cape, gloves designed by her. Shoes Varda, rings Cordognato Venice, necklace antique crystal, earrings vintage 20’s designer, turban Italian silk.

Photographer for TheGarageStarlets: Ellin Anderegg .

Author: Madlena Kalinova