Archive for the 'Art' Category

Spatial structure

February 3, 2019


“In the ’70s and ’80s František Kyncl’s works and collages assembled from skewers or bamboo sticks mirror the conflict between order and coincidence, superiority of the abstract geometric expression over the insubordinate spontaneity of nature, between modern rationalism, characterized by a geometric shape such as a triangle on one hand, and intuition, coincidence and spontaneity, represented by organic growth embodied in tree branches […]. The conflict, for the very first time identified by structuralism in the ’70s — in his diary, Kyncl repeatedly refers to structuralism, and the word structure often appears in the titles of his artwork — is typical of this time period, and reaches a pinnacle in the criticism of the foundations of modern rational thinking, and of the belief in the ability to control both natural and social phenomena […]. The ascending triangle or pyramid, at the top of which modern thinking was believed to exist, is therefore the visual reflection of a hierarchy which Kyncl is consciously undermining by orienting his triangles upside down.”
~ Museum Kampa, Prague.



October 17, 2018

“When one speaks of Michelangelo — says Grimm — woods, clouds, seas, and mountains disappear, and only what is formed by the spirit of man remains behind; and he quotes a few slight words from a letter of his to Vasari as the single expression in all he has left of a feeling for nature. […] Of the whole story of the creation he has painted only the creation of the first man and woman.”

“On the crown of the head of the David there still remains a morsel of uncut stone, as if by one touch to maintain its connection with the place from which it was hewn.”

~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

October 17, 2018

“One of the strongest characteristics of that outbreak of the reason and the imagination, of that assertion of the liberty of the heart, in the middle age, which I have termed a medieval Renaissance, was its antinomianism, its spirit of rebellion and revolt against the moral and religious ideas of the time. In their search after the pleasures of the senses and the imagination, in their care for beauty, in their worship of the body, people were impelled beyond the bounds of Christian ideal; and their love became sometimes a strange idolatry, a strange rival religion. […] More and more, as we come to mark changes and distinctions of temper in what is often in one all-embracing confusion called the middle age, that rebellion, that sinister claim for liberty of heart and thought, comes to the surface. […] The note of defiance, of the opposition of one system to another, is sometimes harsh.”
~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

October 17, 2018

” ‘Simple persons’ — as Michelangelo replied in his rough way to the querulous criticism of Julius the Second, that there was no gold on the figures of the Sistine Chapel — ‘Simple persons, who wore no gold on their garments.’ ”
~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.

September 8, 2018

~ “Intervention”, Jeongeun Lee, Dresden 2018.

Chute des anges rebelles

June 19, 2018

~ Frères Limbourg, “Très riches heures du duc de Berry”, 1411-16.

June 9, 2018

Kronid Gogolev

Rovaniemi Altar

Shipments from Rome to Dresden

June 3, 2018


May 26, 2018

Virgin of the animals, Duerer

National Gallery Berlin

January 13, 2018

Alexandre Calame

Campagna landscape, Arnold Böcklin

Ocean breakers (the sound), Arnold Böcklin

Deep in the forest by moonlight, Friedrich

Moonrise by the sea, Friedrich

Knight's castle, Lessing

Castle by the river, Schinkel

Tilla Durieux depicting Circe, Von Stuck

And also: “Cabin covered in snow”, Friedrich. “After the rain”, Baum. “Low country at the Rhine”, Thoma.