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Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds

Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds Resist the urge to splurge in the city’s chic shops and instead lose yourself in its transcendental art Think of Milan and you think of fashion. The first time I spent more than a few hours in the city, I roamed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, built in the 1860s and still home to the original Prada store, which was opened by the designer’s grandfather Mario in 1913 – wishing that I was rich (or at least, not quite so broke). What on earth is a girl with an overdraft and a fierce lust for buttery leather supposed to do in a place where everyone is…

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Japan’s arty-pelago: Naoshima and beyond

Japan’s arty-pelago: Naoshima and beyond Among shrines, rice fields and abandoned buildings, contemporary art has transformed 12 rural islands into a creative paradise – the setting for the 2019 Setouchi Triennale I’m sitting on a concrete floor watching water droplets as they skitter across the smooth surface. Around me, other people seem equally transfixed. They stand in silent contemplation staring at beads of water bubbling up from tiny holes in the floor, or lie gazing at the vast domed roof, where two oval openings let natural light flood in. The slightest movement echoes around the space. I take a pen out to make some notes and a member of staff suddenly appears at my side and indicates that I…

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10 great European art anniversaries in 2019

10 great European art anniversaries in 2019 From 100 years of Bauhaus to 500 years since Leonardo’s death, a host of landmark art events and exhibitions open around Europe this year It is 350 years since the death of Rembrandt van Rijn. There is a year-long programme of events in nine Dutch cities, focusing on Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age (listings at holland.com). In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum (15 Feb-10 June) will display all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 engravings – the biggest Rembrandt collection ever seen in a single exhibition. Later in the year it has a Rembrandt and Velazquez show (11 Oct-19 Jan), while the Rembrandt House Museum has three exhibitions and the City…

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10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner maker Tao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The schedule includes three hours of dancing before lunch and two hours after, optional morning meditation and time to explore the island…

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Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota

Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota The carving of the Crazy Horse statue is a story in itself but then insurgent tales and mountain sculptures have helped shape this midwest state It takes a few seconds for the statue of Crazy Horse to come into focus, which is surprising given that it’s being carved out of a 641ft-high stone outcrop. From a distance it looks like just another rocky peak silhouetted against the cloudless South Dakota sky. But get closer and its form and detail become apparent: an unyielding face, a raised arm, a pointing finger, all recreated on a colossal scale. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Dave Everley Tweet

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Big in Japan: dozens of adventure trips and activities

Big in Japan: dozens of adventure trips and activities From tropical scuba-diving to a samurai festival and skiing in perfect powder, these adventures are as varied as Japan’s climate Beyond the futuristic imagery of its cities, much of Japan is rural or wilderness, especially outside the Kanto and Kansai areas. In the bush you may spot local fauna, such as Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) in the mountains of Nagano, deer in Hiroshima and Nara, wild boar in the hills of Miyagi, foxes in Yamagata, and serows in Aomori. Your best bet for seeing ussuri (AKA grizzly) bears is in Hokkaido at Shiretoko national park, a Unesco world heritage site. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Selena Hoy Tweet

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Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a ‘threat to Islamic unity’

Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a ‘threat to Islamic unity’ Sea sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor demolished by authorities after court rules human forms depicted in the work are anti-Islamic A new sculptural work, Coralarium, created by artist and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor, was demolished last week after it was deemed anti-Islamic. The semi-submerged artwork was criticised by religious leaders and scholars in the Maldives, where Islam is the official religion. The depiction of human figures in art is discouraged under Islamic law. The government ordered the destruction of the artwork, after a court ruled it to be a threat to “Islamic unity and the peace and interests of the Maldivian state”, the Malaysian Independent reported, despite…

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7,000-oil-drum artwork in Hyde Park

7,000-oil-drum artwork in Hyde Park Eighty-three-year-old landscape artist Christo is undertaking a mammoth project — literally. He is using 7,506 red, blue, and pink oil drums to comprise his latest artistic endeavor, The London Mastaba, stacking the drums on top of each other in the shape of a trapezoid as tall as Egypt’s Great Sphinx. The work of art can be found on the lake in the middle of London’s Hyde Park, floating around until September. It’s not the first time Christo has attempted a project of this size and style. During his very first project in the late ‘50s, he was nearly arrested for blocking off a street in Paris with 89 oil drums. Christo’s newest London work…

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The 52 Places Traveler: Place 18 of 52: From Refugees to a Reunion, Buffalo Lives Up to Its Welcoming Reputation

The 52 Places Traveler: Place 18 of 52: From Refugees to a Reunion, Buffalo Lives Up to Its Welcoming ReputationIn “The City of Good Neighbors,” our columnist found a generosity that seems ingrained in its makeup. And yes, many wings were eaten.http://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/Travel.xmlNYT > Travelhttps://static01.nyt.com/images/misc/NYT_logo_rss_250x40.pngTravel887JADA YUAN -geoquono- Tweet

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Frida Kahlo’s neighbourhood: exploring vibrant Coyoacán, Mexico City

Frida Kahlo’s neighbourhood: exploring vibrant Coyoacán, Mexico City Ahead of a major Frida Kahlo exhibition at London’s V&A museum we visit the artist’s bohemian district – from her house to the cantina where she drank, and from arts venues to fantastic markets and restaurants • Plus: four more Kahlo stops Coyoacán was once a hard-to-pronounce place, little known outside of Mexico City. Now it is an almost-obligatory destination for most visitors. Blame it on Frida Kahlo-mania. The artist’s birthplace and final residence, now the Museo Casa Azul, is here on a quiet residential street between similar still-private homes built around the turn of the 20th century. The folk art-filled museum, open as such since 1957, now draws queues that…

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