Arts and Culture

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

by Ilgin Karlidag Agence France-Presse FINSE, Norway (AFP) — Inside a giant igloo in a snowy Norwegian village, the sound of a horn rings out, warming the mood of a freezing audience, huddled together in -24 Celsius. But the four musicians performing are even colder: the instruments they are playing are all made of ice. The xylophone, claves and wind instruments have been painstakingly carved from ice blocks extracted from a frozen lake, and are […]

Preserved in time: WWII bunker hidden under Paris train station

by Jean Liou © Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFPI) — t lies hidden deep beneath Paris’s bustling Gare de l’Est railway station, its sprawling subterranean rooms and sparse furniture pristinely preserved if a little dusty. Originally built a few years before World War II for luggage storage, the underground bunker was repurposed after war broke out. French railway historian Clive Lamming said its 1939 overhaul was to provide “a place to retreat in case of an […]

Arts Center ng Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, binuksan na

By Aily Millo Eagle News Service QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Bukas na para sa publiko ang kauna-unahang art exhibit ng Eagle Broadcasting Corporation Arts Center bilang bahagi ng seleberasyon sa Golden Anniversary ng EBC. Iba’t ibang obra ang tampok sa EBC Arts Center Tampok dito ang iba’t-ibang mga obra, hindi lamang ng mga professional artist kundi pati na rin ang obra ng mga estudyante. Oil painting, screw art at hardboard art, ilan lamang […]

Israeli president visits Greek site of future Holocaust museum

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AFP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday announced the northern port city of Thessaloniki is to host a Holocaust museum, during a visit to the site with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos and the German government will each make a 10 million euro ($12 million) donation to cover the bulk of the cost of the museum on the site of a former railway station from where trains […]

Poland to post Chopin collection online

WARSAW, Poland (AFP) — Poland’s Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) on Tuesday said it would make its entire collection devoted to the 19th-century composer available online for free by 2020. “Chopin will be the first great composer to have all of his musical scores digitised” and openly accessible by all, NIFC deputy director Maciej Janicki told reporters. Nearly 40,000 Chopin items from the UNESCO world heritage collection — including photographs and paintings of the Polish-French romantic […]

Rare Picasso painting in Hong Kong ahead of historic auction

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A rare Picasso painting on auction for the first time made its debut in Hong Kong at the start of a global tour on Tuesday and is expected to fetch $50 million, auction house Sotheby’s said. The painting — “Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter)” — is a colorful and angular depiction of Picasso’s French lover with a dark silhouette looming behind her face. “Of all of the […]

When Greeks were less fond of Alexander the Great

by John HADOULIS Agence France Presse ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — To modern Greeks, Alexander the Great is an integral part of their rich heritage — one of history’s greatest conquerors who toppled the hated Persian Empire and took Greek culture as far as Egypt and India. But ancient Greek city-states, who spent more than a decade fighting against Alexander’s father Philip II of Macedon, were probably less enthusiastic. A skilled general and diplomat who transformed […]

Van Gogh Museum unveils rare picture by peer Munch

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) —  Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum unveiled a rare new purchase Tuesday, painted by Vincent’s contemporary Edvard Munch, the only portrait by the Norwegian artist on display in The Netherlands. The “Portrait of Felix Auerbach,” created by Munch in 1906, was bought for an undisclosed amount from a private collection, Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger told journalists. “It’s the only portrait by Munch in a Dutch collection,” a beaming Rueger said as […]

1886 drawing of Van Gogh discovered

  (Eagle News) — A new drawing by Vincent van Gogh, dating back to March 1886, has been discovered, according to the Van  Gogh Museum. The drawing “The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry” was confirmed following extensive research conducted by the Van Gogh Museum into the subject, style, technique, materials and provenance of the until now, unknown drawing in the collection of the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation. “As a result of this discovery, a […]

China demolishes a megachurch

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Authorities in northern China have demolished a megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”. China’s officially atheist Communist authorities are wary of any organised movements outside their control, including religious ones. The huge evangelical Jindengtai (“Golden Lampstand”) Church, painted grey and surmounted by turrets and a large red cross, was located in Linfen, Shanxi province. Its demolition began on Tuesday under “a city-wide campaign to […]

British crown jewels buried in biscuit tin during WWII

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Precious stones from Britain’s crown jewels were hidden in a biscuit tin and buried at Windsor Castle during World War II, a BBC documentary to be shown on Sunday reveals. Gems, including the Black Prince’s Ruby from the Imperial State Crown, were buried under a secret exit from the mediaeval castle used in times of emergency. The operation, intended to ensure the priceless gems did not fall into Nazi hands, […]