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Vârcolacii alfa, beta și omega

28/02/2016

Am mai vorbit despre vârcolacii alfa, dar există și cei beta sau omega, mai puțin norocoși în cultura populară. Este deopotrivă interesant și amuzant, cât și îngrijorător că există în generația de adolescenți – tinere persoane care chiar cred în aceste creaturi mitice și în legitimitatea lor, asumându-și spiritele animalice. În cadrul atâtor articole despre […]

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Vârcolacii alfa, un mit demodat cu rădăcini dacice

28/02/2016

Credeam că vampirii și zombii sunt mai populari în rândul pasionaților de literatură SF, artă sau cinematografie, însă m-am înșelat. Vârcolacii alfa, beta și omega sunt și acum printre cei mai fermecători în povești, mituri și superstiții și, deci, în viața noastră actuală. Și sunt exploatați la maximum în filmele horror clasice. Nu știam foarte […]

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Dragobetele: the wonderful Romanian version of Valentine's Day, with its mistical rituals and customs

24/02/2016

I didn’t know too much about Dragobete, but it would be the Romanian equivalent of Saint Valentine. Like many of us, though. I did not know that it is a celebration of Nature, fertility and young love, of romantic pledges, stemming from birds-ancestors. And how much respect there is, in some communities that never forget […]

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Dragobetele în mitologia românească: semnificații, ritualuri și diferențierea de Valentine's Day

23/02/2016

Despre Dragobete nu știam mai nimic, doar c-ar fi echivalentul românesc al lui Saint Valentine de peste hotare. Ca mulți dintre noi, de altfel. Nu știam că este o sărbătorire a Naturii, a fertilității și iubirii ludice, a legămintelor, care izvorăște din timpurile strămoșilor-păsări. Și cât respect există, în unele comunități care nu-și uită istoria, […]

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BIEFF 2016 sparge tiparele proiecției de cinema cu artă contemporană transpusă pe ecrane

03/02/2016

Festivalul Internațional de Film Experimental București BIEFF își schimbă locul în calendarul evenimentelor culturale, odată cu cea de-a șasea ediție, care va avea loc între 14 – 20 martie 2016. Noua ediție BIEFF invită publicul la o negociere a granițelor cinema-ului, printr-o selecție bogată în creații ce provin din zona de intersecție între cinema și […]

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Painter Otto Constantin: "Painting stories of our folklore, we carry on what our ancestors began"

06/10/2015

His art reminds us the the most important episodes in our Romanian traditions and folklore: slices of ancient life transposed abruptly on canvas, in hard strokes, capturing our gaze into this rich culture of the most powerful meanings, rural traditions and pagan rituals. He is 25 year old Otto. An artist who likes stuffed cabbage […]

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The Troll, the slow titan of Norse countries

24/08/2015

We have always been fascinated by Norsemythology. Among steaming breaths and frozen mountains like sleeping lazy giants, slowly breathing cold clouds, through ancestral forests, we found some of the oldest and most creative stories that abound in significance today. The agile creatures with their slow-motion walk fascinates us by their mere existence. Fortunately, the respect […]

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INTERVIEW Breaking the stereotype: the old Superhero, by Andreas Englund

23/08/2015

Who doesn’t love superheroes? With all their awesome powers and crazy attitude, we wonder if they could really have a normal life, too, as we imagine afterevery movie or story about them. Well, Swedish painter Andreas Englund surpassesall ourexpectations by bringing to life a badass in his 60s, tired or bored , witty and clumsy, […]

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Exhibition RITUAL | Otto Constantin, 2015 @ Go Art Projects

21/08/2015

“I met Otto in an exhibition by chance. He shyly approached and asked if he could send a portfolio to me. Nothing in the presence of this young boy would betray the strength and determination with which he paints, the lust in finding his subjects and the relaxation which exhibits his works with. Although from […]

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Totoro, God of Death in Miyazaki's movie?

01/08/2015

Besides the symbolic names appearing in Spirited Away that can be lightly taken, the obscure duality of chubby Totoro from this fantastic movie is worthy of a deeper look. Those who have not seen the film, certain spoilers ahead At first glance, we’d say that this chubby creature named Totoro brings a lot to a […]

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Symbols in "Spirited Away" send us to sex industry

31/07/2015

Did you enjoy Spirited Away, this animated story about spirituality created by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001? Well, we did! Especially when we found out a bit more about some of the discrete mysteries the movie enchanted us with. Some sort of Japanese version of “Alice in Wonderland” with a well defined identity. Far from being […]

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The werewolf, from beast to modern alpha male. An ideal of masculinity and terrors of puberty

03/07/2015

Being as popular as the vampires, the lycanthropes were being since the world existed and it’s hard to believe that they could have been killed by silver bullets – the silver bullets were invented in the 14th century. The ability to transform into a huge wolf, howling at the full moon, as an hereditary line, […]

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The old and the new Zombie: the modern delirium

02/07/2015

They emerged from the Haitian hot jungles, from the arid northern plains, from the Gaelic mines, from space and time and arrived on Broadway, in video games, movies and parodies, on the streets of America. They’re everywhere. And they are among the few creatures that survived, although they’re outclassed by vampires, Frankenstein’s monsters and other […]

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Vampire, the monster of sexuality and the constant zeal for immortality

27/06/2015

The stories are the romantic nickname of literary language of the realities that we can’t fully explain. A epistemology approach that allows harmony between useful and beautiful. All the creatures that appear during the stories are, in fact, metaphors of the most repressed and hidden or insidious fears of ours, let’s say that too few […]

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Dear Magic Animals,

26/06/2015

Magical or fantastic creatures were the first” animals” we attached in a peculiar and wonderful way so inexplicable to us in childhood, while reading stories. Moreover, cartoons illustrated these intense supernatural powers they had. Proof that we are attracted and charmed by the hidden life of the normal world of those mysterious beings far more […]

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Frankenstein's monster is not a monster, after all

25/06/2015

Far into the contemporary mythology, with short stops on creatures that caught new fairytale attributes and the genesis of each. Indeed, about elves, vampires, zombies and other cool demons Hip Adams and sensual Eves, zombies who fall in love and flirt old-fashioned, evil creatures bearing the innocent souls- all of these are modern reinterpretations that […]

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The Elf, angel and demon on the shelf

24/06/2015

We’ve got used to the image of Legolas from the Tolkien trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson: a human shape, with crystal eyes, pointy ears and a long blond hair, dressed from head to toes and of a divine beauty. Is is tough to figure the male from the female elf. Just that, at first, things […]

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INTERVIEW Oneiric drawings in pens and pencils by Daria Hlazatova

23/06/2015

„Daria’s drawings are inspired by fairytales, theatre, awkwardness and nonsense. Besides that, she’s an avid music and cinema lover, a confident traveller, a mediocre tambourine player and an excellent home dancer.”, writes on her website. Masks, flamboayant muses, hidden feelings, eyes everywhere (the root of her name means eyes, in Russian) into the patterns and cosmic […]

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Unicorn Tapestries: unicorn as a Monalisa

22/06/2015

Unicorn Tapestries are the most complex and staggering artwork surviving medieval time Looking for unicorns? You as well might find them in magical herds like that one of Cloisters Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan), well, if you can afford a trip up there. If you prefer something trippy & outside the box, take […]

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Howl’s Moving Castle, a visual masterpiece of Japanese culture

22/06/2015

Japanese art – they’re traditional at heart, but terribly awkward. A magic blend of wonder and spirituality, of art and sacrifice, of powerful messages about a hilarious, but quintessential testimony of Life.   It is one of those films that you should enjoy two or three times before you understood the story and characters individually. The […]

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INTERVIEW Ethereal portraits in watercolor by Kelly McKernan

22/06/2015

Wandering around whimsical webs of art around the world, we were introduced to the many portraits of Nashville, Tennessee based fine artist and illustrator, Kelly McKernan. Intimacy, delicacy and a serene feeling of a powerful yet feminine force melting, transcending realities. As it says on her webpage, Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kennesaw State University”. Focusing on opposing […]

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Romanian Victor Brauner 's surrealist bestiary

22/06/2015

Paintings with a colorful mix of plant and animal symbols, surrealism and mutilated eyes, tarot symbolism and the Brauner’s fascination for André Breton’s: a bestiary under the sign of contemplative silence. Protégé of Breton, for who our Romanian painter would be magic artist par excellence, is a devoted painter of premonitions, both ironic and cunning […]

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How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

22/06/2015

The author of this HTTYD fantastical stories is a 48 years old London girl who loves writing since she was 9 and has spent most of her childhood on an unknown small island in Scotland, without access to technology. Luckily for her, her father kept telling her stories about Vikings who invaded the island hundreds […]

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Miyazaki’s Totoro & Princess Mononoke came to life in Seoul

22/06/2015

The legacy of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese kingship of the most witty and complex animated stories of all time – some compare him with Walt Disney – continues to expand despite his retirement from the famous Ghibli Studios. But the Studios have not given up Miyazaki. At least in Seoul.   While running for a […]

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10 graphic stories about unicorn from medieval and modern art

22/06/2015

Even now, we crave for stories. We need creative ways to express ourselves in order to keep the magic happen – if it’s not too much to say, your own life storyline. Fortunately, this courage took shape in different art environments and even advertising. The fact is the unicorn is so alive in our lifes […]

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Mitchell Landsman's #morbid unicorns

22/06/2015

We’re getting closer, so close to the end of the world, not the party, but the big bang finale party, heh. With a cigarette burning our lips, we, the nihilistic talented minds, hungry for new worlds, we, the artists, the sadistic little ones behind the curtains. When we have nowhere to go, we go back […]

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Unicorn, a frankensteinian experiment

22/06/2015

“Well, now that we have seen each other”, said the Unicorn, “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll No wonder we insist on it. Licorns are perhaps the only creatures that stir our imagination and interest even today, given the secrecy is bathing in. The fascination for […]

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Unicorns in world's cultures

22/06/2015

Jews and Re’em And the great monsters were created in the Sixth ay, some still living among us, while others were wiped off the face of the earth during Flood. Re’em was a gigantic animal and only existed one pair, male and female. Scientists argue about the number of their horns: either was only one, […]

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The 4 Myths of the World

22/06/2015

“Fantastic”, “fabulous”! these words got into our vocabulary without even aknowledge their full sense. We’re still charmed by supernatural, stories and mythical creatures and we often stare perplexed when they are brought back to life in movies and contemporary art. With just a tiny little detail missing from our head: we forget where they all […]

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10 awkward but worthy, old and new animations

22/06/2015

It took a long time until the animation got strongly divided into Disney massive production and anime world. The first became commercial, but full of sweetness, ultimately full of hidden meanings. We love both of them, but I personally got tangled into the Japanese anime. Meh, it’s never too late, we know, we know! The […]

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Memorabilia on Ebay: Alice in Wonderland

20/04/2015

One girl’s dream of a victorian world, in which life gets pastel, the characters drink tea, animals are humanized, play and make trips nearby. Actually, she prefers to reflect reality in chimeras, finding similar fantasies to every milestone in his life. There are also shadows and mystery involved. Somehow, no one understands anything, but remains […]

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8 fairytales gone wild: modern stories based upon classics

19/04/2015

A Cinderella driven in meth psychosis, a divorced Snow White, the big bad wolf as a town’s sheriff or some Grimm’s poetry – these are the adaptations which successfully became the modern tales. Long story short, o selection of bizzare fairytales up to date. Six-Gun Snow White Wild Wild West managed to transform Snow White into […]

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10 whimsical places in the world where you'll find magic

19/04/2015

With each story I’ve read wandering, I found myself fascinated. Those whismical places, full of daring secrets which I would known with my steps trembling – a golden apple orchard, that home of good and mischievious fairies hidden in deep, dense dark forests, those ol’ forgotten castles and most of all, the dungeon of a Romanian […]

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Golden Gate is born from fonts

19/04/2015

What do you do when you have too many letters in too many styles? You print them in templates of buildings, of course. Or, at least, one of us does. The roman Colosseum , Brooklyn Bridge or Salt Lake. Strong in bold or suave in italic, delicate and vulnerable like in those calligraphy sketchbooks. The […]

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“Sight”, a futuristic game on a romantic dinner

19/04/2015

Futurism. That movement dedicated to evolution, to the future and solitude, assumed once with the risk of technological revolutions, initiated by an Italian poet, Filippo Tomaso Marinetti around 1909. It sounds curious,intriguing and frightening alike. Appetizing with a predilection for the fans of modern technology, the short sci-fi movie made by Eran May-Razand Daniel Lazo […]

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FOTO Eroi români, mascaţi, poveşti la vie şi ritualuri străvechi, în viziunea lui Otto Constantin @RITUAL, Go Art Projects

07/03/2015

La vernisajul de pe 5 martie găzduit de GO Art Projects, spaţiu de artă contemporan la Uranus 98, Otto a expus 22  de desene şi o pânză. Ritualuri agrare tracice pentru pogoane fertile şi bogate, ofrande, poveşti la vie ale ţăranului de rând, chiar şi Bătaia de la Ruginoasa, toate sunt deconstruite şi reconstruite în […]

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Interviu cu Otto Constantin: RITUAL, solomonari, strigoi şi sânziene

01/03/2015

Cu vernisajul său de pe 5 martie, ne-am adus aminte de episoadele cele mai importante din tradiţia noastră românească: felii de viaţă străveche, transpuse pe pânză abrupt, direct şi pline de esenţă, magnetizând privirile spre tematica cea mai bogată a culturii noastre: obiceiurile româneşti, tradiţiile rurale şi ritualuri păgâne. El e Otto, 24 de ani, […]

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Vernisaj RITUAL | Otto Constantin, 5 martie 2015, Go Art Projects

01/03/2015

Participa la vernisaj aici: RITUAL / OTTO CONSTANTIN  “L-am întâlnit pe Otto la un vernisaj.. pură întâmplare. S-a apropiat timid şi m-a întrebat dacă poate trimite un portofoliu pe adresa galeriei mele. Nimic din prezenţa tânarului aflat în faţa mea nu trăda forţa şi determinarea cu care pictează, pofta cu care caută subiecte şi relaxarea […]

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Trolul, titanul greoi al ţărilor nordice

08/01/2015

Dintotdeauna am fost fascinaţi de mitologia nordică. Printre respiraţiile aburinde şi munţi îngheţaţi care dorm ca nişte uriaşi leneşi, fornăind lent cu aburi reci, prin desişurile pădurilor ancestrale, s-au găsit unele dintre cele mai vechi şi mai creative poveşti, care abundă-n semnificaţii şi astăzi. Iar creaturile care-şi duc mersul agale şi agil, dincolo de privirea […]

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INTERVIEW Breaking the stereotype: a different portrait of the Superhero, by Andreas Englund

05/01/2015

Who doesn’t love superheroes? With all their awesome powers and crazy attitude, we wonder if they could really have a normal life, too, as we imagine after every movie or story about them. Well, Swedish painter  Andreas Englund surpasses all our expectations by bringing to life a badass in his 60s, tired or bored , witty and clumsy, […]

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Totoro, Zeul Mortii in "My neighbour, Totoro" al lui Miyazaki?

04/01/2015

Pe lângă simbolistica unor nume care apar în Spirited Away şi care poate fi trecută uşor cu vederea, şi dualitatea rotunjorului Totoro din filmul fantasy cu acelaşi nume, aparţinând tot lui Hayao Miyazaki, este la fel de fascinantă. Aviz celor care nu aţi văzut filmul, următoarele rânduri conţin spoilere. La prima vedere, am spune că […]

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Simbolurile ascunse în "Spirited Away", trimiteri la industria sexului

02/01/2015

Ţi-a plăcut Spirited Away, povestea animată despre spiritualitate creată de Hayao Miyazaki în 2001? Ei bine, şi nouă. Cu atât mai mult cu cât am aflat câte ceva despre câteva dintre discretele mistere cu care ne-a învăluit filmul în povestea lui. Un “Alice în ţara minunilor” varianta japoneză, cu o identitate bine definită, suprarealistă. Departe […]

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Varcolacul, de la bestie la masculul alfa modern: Idealul masculinitatii

07/12/2014

 “There can be little doubt that the werewolf as a psychic phenomenon could, did, and perhaps still does exist. What superstition, one that is a thousand years or so older than Christianity, could survive to the present day if there were not a germ of truth somewhere?”     Ian Woodward,  The Werewolf Delusion  VÂRCOLACUL Cu […]

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Zombie vechi si nou, delirul modern

24/11/2014

Au răsărit din junglele fierbinţi haitiene, din secetoasele câmpii nordice,  din minele galice, din spaţiu şi timp şi-au ajuns pe Broadway, în jocuri video, în filme şi parodii, dar şi pe străzile Americii. Sunt peste tot. Şi sunt printre puţinele creaturi care au avut performanţa de-a rezista, deşi sunt surclasaţi calitativ de vampiri, monştrii lui […]

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Vampirul, monstrul sexualitatii si-al fricii de (i)mortalitate

16/11/2014

Poveştile sunt pseudonimul romantic în limbajul literar al realităţilor pe  care nu ni le putem explica pe deplin. O abordare gnoseologică, care permite o armonie între util şi frumos. Toate creaturile care apar de-a lungul poveştilor sunt, în fond, metafore ale celor mai reprimate şi mai ascunse ori insidioase temeri ale noastre, de aici şi […]

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Cele mai populare animale magice din povesti

15/11/2014

Creaturile magice sau animalele fantastice au fost primele de care ne-am ataşat într-un mod inexplicabil pentru noi, în copilărie, citind dragile poveşti. De altfel, şi desenele animate ilustrau intens puterile supranaturale pe care le aveau personajele sale – de cele mai multe ori animale ori creaturi. Dovadă că suntem atraşi şi fermecaţi de lumea ascunsă […]

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Monstrul lui Frankenstein nu e deloc un monstru

16/10/2014

O incursiune în mitologia contemporaneizată, cu opriri scurte asupra creaturilor care-au prins noi atribute de basm și geneza fiecăreia dintre ele. Într-adevăr, despre elfi, vampiri, zombi și alți demoni cool Adami hip și Eve vampiroaice, zombi care se îndrăgostesc și flirtează după moda veche, creaturi malefice care poartă suflete inocente  – toate sunt reinterpretări moderne […]

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Elful, ingerul si demonul lumii fantastice

09/10/2014

Ne-am obișnuit cel mai probabil cu imaginea lui Legolas din trilogia lui Tolkien, regizată de Peter Jackson: de statură umană, cu privirea cristalină, urechi ascuțite și lungi și un lung păr blond platinat, îmbrăcați în veșminte din cap până-n picioare și de-o frumusețe divină, fiind greu să discerni între femeie și bărbat elf. Doar că, […]

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INTERVIEW Oneiric drawings in pens and pencils by Daria Hlazatova

03/10/2014

„Daria’s drawings are inspired by fairy-tales, theatre, awkwardness and nonsense. Besides that, she’s an avid music and cinema lover, a confident traveller, a mediocre tambourine player and an excellent home dancer.”, writes on her website. Masks, flamboayant muses, hidden feelings, eyes everywhere (the root of her name means eyes, in Russian) into the patterns and cosmic […]

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Howl’s Moving Castle, un spectacol vizual plin de magie japoneza

02/10/2014

Este unul dintre acele filme pe care trebuie să le savurezi de două-trei ori înainte de-a înțelege povestea și personajele, fiecare în parte. Deloc plictisitoare, pelicula din 2004 a marelui scenarist și regizor japonez Hayao Miyazaki este o capodoperă vizuală, opulentă în detalii care fură privirea și plină de semnificații dincolo de aparența jucăușă specifică […]

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INTERVIEW Ethereal portraits in watercolor, by Kelly McKernan

15/09/2014

Wandering around whimsical webs of art around the world, we were introduced to the many portraits of Nashville, Tennessee based fine artist and illustrator, Kelly McKernan. Intimacy, delicacy and a serene feeling of a powerful yet feminine force melting, transcending realities. As it says on her webpage, Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kennesaw State University”. Focusing on opposing […]

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Bestiarul suprarealist al geniului roman Victor Brauner

12/09/2014

Picturi pline de culoare, amalgam de simboluri vegetale și animale, suprarealism și ochi mutilați, tarot și fascinația lui André Breton pentru arta magică a lui Brauner: un bestiar sub semnul tăcerii contemplatoare.  Protejatul francezului Breton, pentru care românul pictor avea să fie artistul magic prin excelență este pictor devotat al premonițiilor, ironic și viclean deopotrivă. […]

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"Tapiseriile Unicornului"

08/08/2014

Tapiseriile Unicornului – cea mai complexă serie de lucrări de artă medievală care a supraviețuit timpului Dac-alergi după inorogi pe pereți, s-ar putea să-i găsești în herghelii magice în Cloisters (Muzeul de Artă Metropolitană din Manhattan), dacă-ți permiți un drum până acolo. Dacă-i preferi pe cei mai outside the box, prinde-i în cele mai deprimante […]

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10 filme animate altfel, vechi și noi, pe care merită să le vezi

08/08/2014

Nu a durat mult până ca lumea animată să fie divizată puternic în producții masive Disney și anime-uri japoneze. Primele mai comerciale, dar pline de dulceață și visare, cele din urmă pline de semnificație, tâlc, magie și prietenie. Sunt subiectivă, că le iubesc pe ultimele. Dar excepția de la regula animațiilor o fac cele ce […]

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