Planet Paper

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Joyanne Horscroft and Julie Wilkinson come from another planet. Passion for work, patience, and attention to detail are the main features of their world. Even though very young, they can already name among their clients Gucci, Fabriano Boutique, Vogue Accessory, Vogue Gioiello, British Airways, Armando Testa to list only a few. Based in Milan and London, amazing paper sculptures are the product of their expertise. What is fascinating in their art is that, although paper sculpture is not a typical tradition in the Western culture, Julie and Joy fill their...

Madame Pompom

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To design a pink poodle it is necessary to have a big sense of humour! This is just one of the qualities Myra Klose, a fashion designer with 14 years of experience in the industry, possesses as in 2010 she invented a new way of being creative. Myra lives and works in Berlin where we met at the DMY – the international design festival. Using only the best wool of Italian quality, and paying great attention to the details of each handiwork she realizes, Myra collaborates with a team of...

“Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror”

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Struck by the spiritual power of this verse, the young and talented Korean composer Jongin Moon, set to music Rilke’s Duino First Elegy. The composer, living in Berlin since 2010, did not simply write this music: he has meditated through the seven notes on the Beauty. Thanks to such an artistic procedure, he reveals, maybe unintentionally, a part of his soul. It is about a troubled spirit, which has just discovered that Beauty is not an absolute, but a correlative concept. The Beauty – eternal aim of every artist –...

Artistic textiles by Juro & Julia

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Juro Grau – painter, graphic and illustrator – shows me her amazing atelier in Wedding, the new frontier of the artistic scene in Berlin, with the natural bashfulness sometimes characterising true artists. Inspired by the Art brut, by comics, graffiti art and Jean Michel Basquiat, she has developed a very personal style. In particular, she loves to work with different types of alphabet, with the gesture language, coats of arms, icons and symbols. Together with her partner Julia Moritz, costume and project designer, they founded the Moritz Grau Textiles, based...

Big nudes by Helmut Newton

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Five imposing Big nudes welcome the public at the entrance of the museum. They are all women, all young, all beautiful, all provocative. Helmut Newton devoted countless pictures to the female body, as it was to him an object of devotion bordering on obsession. Rarely his gaze on models’ statuesque bodies is contemplative, rarely it is purely admiring. The most of the times he aims to affirm his superiority, as photographer and artist, on the object of his art: women. It is not simply about male chauvinism, and his photography...

Nietzschean sense of humour

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Kowalski’s paintings are Zarathustra’s laughter. Kowalski, as Nietzschean Zarathustra, challenges life with a mocking laughter. Irony is to him a weapon to fight against the spleen of life and its raw nonsensicality. Irony enables him to contemplate the abyss of truth without going mad or being killed by such a terrific vision: painting has a cathartic function to him. Irony as a tool of understanding the meaningless of life, and in the meanwhile providing it with a new sense: a sense which finds in the nonsensicality the strength and the...

Webcuts 2012

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The 11th edition of the renowned Internet Film Festival in Berlin, took place at Café Moskau in Berlin, in occasion of the Webinale 2012 – the holistic web conference. The best internet films were projected on a big screen, and followed by an exclusive party. The public was given the possibility to vote too, via an on line voting system: the categories “Best film of 2001-2011” and “Berlin award” were open to the public vote, while “Best internet film 2012” was reserved to the evaluation of a jury of experts....

Holy German Art!

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It is the story of a noble renunciation. The Master Singers of Nuremberg is an opera by Richard Wagner, set in Nuremberg in the 16th century. The Master Singers were an historical guild of amateur poets and musicians, mainly formed by master craftsmen. A song contest takes place on St. John’s Day, and the winner will be awarded the goldsmith’s charming daughter’s hand in marriage. Hans Sachs the cobbler, an historical figure – played in the excellent production of the Komische Oper Berlin by an astonishing Tómas Tómasson – is...

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