red cross

Easter in Rome, a blue sky in Quadraro Tuscolano.

tiny sculptures

Marco Tirelli‘s impressive but tiny architectural sculptures.

timber

timber

Bicycle + Timber by Roman Signer, 1997.

minimal space

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Cellule no. 2, 1992, by Israeli artist Absalon (1964 – 1993) at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
Absalon made a series of six inhabitation cells (cellules) to be placed in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Zürich.
The living cells were designed for a single person, in this case for the artist himself and, therefore, scaled around Absalon’s bodily proportions with enough space to bring one suitcase.

le déjeuner

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Pablo Picasso was inspired by Manet’s painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1862-1863), Luncheons on the grass. Between 1949 and 1962 Picasso made numerous paintings, drawings and cardboard maquettes for sculptures with reference to Manet’s work. Some pics taken at the Picasso Museum in Paris.

cambeck

Last year at the 56th Venice Biennale I saw this video at the Angolan Pavilion by Binelde Hyrcan called Cambeck. You see 4 boys seated in small holes dug out in the sand that resemble car seats. The boys face the Atlantic Ocean and talk to the taxi driver who uses a flip-flop as steering wheel. The boys talk about family abroad, the slums back home and the dream of global travel. The video also refers to the traffic jams that plagues the capital of Angola, Luanda, where you can spend up to 4 hours getting across the city.

footprint

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Anything can be a shoe. The history of shoes in fashion at the MoMu in Antwerp, Belgium. Last days of the exhibition Footprint, until 14|02|2016.

paper reality

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Monochrome white reliefs by Delft artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994). The geometric reliefs are made from paper, cardboard and white paint on a panel. Reality according to Jan Schoonhoven, until February 14, 2016 at two locations: Museum Prinsenhof in Delft and Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, the Netherlands.

world silence

Isa Genzken’s world receivers (Weltempfänger) made of concrete. On show at her retrospective named Mach Dich Hübsch! until March 6, 2016 at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

body of air

Corpo d’Aria by Piero Manzoni. In 1960 Piero Manzoni produced a number of multiples to humorously challenge the nature of an art object. The idea was that the balloon would be blown up by it’s owner by which his/her breath was elevated to the status of artwork. For a higher price the artist would inflate the balloon himself. To be seen at the exhibition ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars, until November 8, 2015 at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

urban camping

Always wanted to sleep in something unusual? In Amsterdam you can have an art-sleep-experience at the UrbanCampsite Amsterdam. Objects to sleep in with names like Trampotent,  Bedbug and Kite Cabin. In the middle of the campsite there is the Tribal Toilet Tower by Atelier van Lieshout. A self-sufficient installation with septic tanks, showers, toilets, and a self-watering system for plants. This summer until the end of August you can book your fun room via Airbnb.

back to reality

Impressive photographs by Mário Macilau at the Vatican Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. Nine large black and white photographs of street children taken in his hometown Maputo, capital of Mozambique. In a completely dark environment you are a silent witness to their daily survival routines.

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out of bounds

Thousands of coal sacks on both sides of the outdoor corridor wall of the Arsenale di Venezia. An installation called Out of Bounds by Ibrahim Mahama from Ghana . The sagging walls are made of jute coal sacks, metal tags and jute ropes. Together they form a dramatic backdrop when you enter the Arsenale. The sacks are produced in Southeast Asia and are still used in the markets in Ghana mainly for cocoa. The cocoa trade connects Ghana to the rest of the world. The names of companies, owners and products are visible on the sacks and give you a sense of the hard labor involved in the cocoa trade.

elements of desire

In Venice I spotted my favourite blue combined with super brand icons that create a new time frame of life. Elements of Desire by Joseph Klibansky at Bonnet/Van der Sluis Gallery, Campo Santo Stefano.

let’s play ball

The Last Judgement, 2015, by London-based artist Samson Kambalu, born in Malawi. Four hundred footballs plastered with pages of The Bible. As a visitor of the Venice Biennale you are allowed to choose a Holy ball and play your own sacred game on the field.