Monthly Archives: October 2013

‘Matisse and the Fauves’ in Vienna.

In the beautiful Austrian capital, Vienna, for the excellent ‘Matisse and the Fauves’ exhibition at the Albertina. Fascinating, colourful paintings from Matisse, Derain, de Vlaminck, et al. Henri Matisse ‘Open Window, Collioure’ (1905) André Derain ‘Fishing Boats, Collioure’ (1905) Maurice … Continue reading

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‘The Avant-gardes of Fin-de-Siècle Paris’ in Venice

In Venice for the Guggenheim exhibition – ‘The Avant-gardes of Fin-de-Siècle Paris’. Wonderful exhibits from the Neo-Impressionist, Nabis and Symbolist movements produced during a time of political upheaval and cultural transformation. I particularly enjoyed seeing the works of Paul Signac, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Patrice Chéreau (1944 – 2013)

Patrice Chéreau, the French opera and theatre director, has died at the age of 68. He was responsible for staging what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest opera events ever filmed, the Bayreuth centenary production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, … Continue reading

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