Category Archives: European art

Czech National Gallery to return monastic artwork

From Prague Post. Several extremely valuable and important paintings that have been living in the Czech National Gallery will be returned to their monastic owners according to restitution law. However, they won’t be going anywhere for at least ten years … Continue reading

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Rare Jewish manuscript found in England

From the London Independent. A rare Jewish manuscript from the 18th century has been found and will be auctioned off. (Not related to the art horde recently found in Germany). Check those soup cartons before recycling!

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A Roman eagle in London again

From London Independent. A Roman eagle sculpture, around 1800 years old, has been dug up near Aldgate and is on display at the Museum of London. In excess of two feet tall, an amazing piece, quite possibly from some big … Continue reading

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Microtheatre, a new entertainment option in Madrid

From France 24. An interesting choice for theatrical entertainment in Madrid – Microtheatre. It’s only been around for four years but it is intimate, cutting edge and above all cheap, making it more affordable for out-of-work locals as well as … Continue reading

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Emperor Augustus on exhibit

From France 24. A new exhibition on Roman emperor Augustus opens in Rome and runs through early February. It turns up again mid-March in Paris until mid-July. This all coincides with the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death. No flowers please. … Continue reading

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Stuff to see (mostly) in London for autumn 2013 and gourmet getaways

From the London Independent. A serious list of fifty arts events and performances, live and recorded, mostly in and around London but there are a few for a day or a weekend away. Pick something and go! I’m a big … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey costumes on display

From Oxford Mail. An exhibition of costumes used in the runaway TV hit series, Downton Abbey, runs through 29th Sept 2013 at the West Ox Arts museum in Bampton. Find it on the map and hurry over there.

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Van Gogh’s lost masterpiece

From France 24. Sunset at Montmajour by Van Gogh has been found, authenticated and unveiled at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. You should go.

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My favorite London sculpture

These days, the first bit of outdoor art I check out in London is the rotating art installation on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Always interesting, subject matter all over the place and there’s a new piece every year … Continue reading

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First impressions of Venice

Italy sounds like the most romantic destination. The name conjures images of wine and cheese, pastoral sunsets, pizza and pasta, cypress-dotted countryside and Renaissance art and architecture, not to mention movies and movie stars that glam up the image. You’d … Continue reading

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Some autumn festivals and exhibitions in Europe 2013

From the London Independent. A new jewelry exhibition at the Museum of London opens in October for the now-named Cheapside Hoard. Dates from 11 Oct 2013 – 27 April 2014. Looks stunning. In Lisbon, the architecture triennale from mid-September thru mid-December. … Continue reading

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Summer fun in the UK and beyond

From the London Independent. Adventure weekends around the UK. Plan a trip down to Portsmouth for the newly opened of the Mary Rose museum. Rembrandts and more sneak over to Bath’s  Holburne museum from the Royal Collection. From Prague Post. … Continue reading

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More euronews for spring 2013

From Deutsche Welle. Russia is trying to require passenger data for everyone entering Russia, a violation of EU law, if not others. The new Dutch king and queen are going walkabout. Seems they survived the warm, wild welcome we gave … Continue reading

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Some quick notes from Europe

Haaj. Hola. Hello! Coming to the end of the first week on vaca. Wi-fi has been spotty to say the least. The hotel in London only had access in the lobby, a real pain. The place I stayed in Alkmaar … Continue reading

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More April 2013 news from Europe

From France 24. The Gates of Hell have been dug up in Turkey (not a government building – it’s an archaeological site). From London Independent. This event was linked to in a previous blog post. Ruminations on the reopening of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum … Continue reading

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Dutch and other European news March/April 2013

From Dutch News and BBC. Two big art museums in Amsterdam are sue to reopen after long closures. One is the Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, among many other masterpieces. It will reopen on 13 April. Also, the … Continue reading

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French town rescues Courbet painting

From France 24. The town of Ornans helped to raise 4 million euros to repatriate Courbet’s The Oak of Flagey back to France after a century overseas in private hands. The town’s Courbet museum will display the painting free of … Continue reading

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Barocci exhibit in London

From London Independent. A small but stunning exhibition of paintings by a little-known Italian master, Federico Barocci, opens in London’s National Gallery. Thru 19 May.

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British Library crime fiction exhibit

I’m a murder mystery junkie. Most particularly, I’m hooked on stories with a European setting – gee, there’s a surprise. This from the London Independent. The British Library has an exhibition of crime fiction thru mid-May. Another reason to ignore … Continue reading

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Multiple Mona Lisas

From France 24. Swiss analysis, including carbon dating, has confirmed that, although the Louvre’s Mona Lisa is an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci, it’s a copy he made of an earlier version.

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Remembering Rudolf Nureyev

From France 24. Today (6 January, 2013) marks the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev‘s death. This France 24 article is a remembrance of his genius and legacy. I saw him dance in Boston in 1966 or ’67. He was dancing … Continue reading

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A virtual tour of the Louvre’s new branch in Lens

From France 24. Now that the Louvre’s second location is open in Lens, France, we can get a digital glimpse of what is there. Fears that this would be a second-rate installation proved to be unfounded. Click on the link … Continue reading

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Doorways of Ljubljana

I often find myself drawn to architectural details in my travels. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s just that they often provide the most visual interest. In Ljubljana, Slovenia this past autumn, doors and doorways caught my attention. Here are … Continue reading

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Nefertiti in Berlin now thru April 2013

From France 24. Berlin celebrates centenary of discovery of Nefertiti bust.

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Louvre opens a new branch in Lens

From Deutsche Welle. A new branch of Paris’s Louvre is opening in the northern mining town of Lens. If you are in France after December 12, 2012, stop in.

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Fundraising for Milan’s Duomo

From France 24. Milan’s Duomo needs 25 million euros for cleaning. Budget cuts won’t begin to cover the costs, so they’ve come up with an interesting idea – adopt a gargoyle! The price to adopt one gargoyle is 100,000 euros, … Continue reading

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New Saxon finds at Oxfordshire museum in Woodstock

From Oxford Mail. For the rest of 2012, ancient treasure unearthed by private citizens and their metal detectors will be on display at a free museum in Woodstock, north of Oxford. Cool!

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Catherine the Great in Edinburgh

From the London Independent. An exhibition devoted to Russia’s Catherine the Great is running at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh thru October 21. Hmmm. Another possibility for my fall trip.

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Prague Underwater – a photo exhibit in Prague commemorating the floods of 2002

From Prague Post. Prague Underwater, a photography exhibit of the “once in a century” floods in 2002 runs through October 7, when it will move to the Old Town Hall. Flood barriers have been improved since then and have been … Continue reading

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Chagall exhibition in Moscow

From France 24. An exhibition of Marc Chagall‘s work at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery runs through 30 September.

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