Sure, we can laugh when a sandwich that’s been half-eaten by a celebrity shows up on eBay and sells for an outrageous price. But even rock musicians can be fanatical too. At some point in Nick Cave’s semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis talked about how they once saw a foul-tempered Nina Simone went onstage and stared the crowd down, foreboding what was to be a miserable set — and then went on to stick her chewed gum on the piano, wiped her head with a towel, and went on to deliver an unforgettable performance.
Ever wondered what happens when the museums and theatres close for the evening? They get tended to by some of the hardest working people out there. Aussie photographer Greg Brigg’s series Melbourne Cleaners captures iconic settings such as Queen’s Hall in Parliament House and Melbourne Museum, to see just what happens when the tourists go […]
Belgium is known for its delicious pommes frites, so it’s no surprise that Bruges is home to the world’s first (and not surprisingly only) fries museum. Known as the Frietmuseum, this place is dedicated to educating the public on the history of potatoes and the production of Belgian fries.
Amna Suraka is one of the main tourist attractions for Sulaymaniyah, the cultural capital of Iraq. Here is where visitors are guided through prisons and interrogation rooms that were in use during Saddam Hussein’s rule, with many students, dissidents and Kurdish nationalists being imprisoned if they attracted attention of Baathist authorities of northern Iraq. The […]
I learned of the work of New York artist Katherine Mangiardi from the Merchant’s House Museum of all places. So appropriate. Mangiardi’s paintings of lace are unbelievably haunting, like the delicate, filmy fabric of a ghost, or like the painfully decaying lace of an antique dress. I also found her fabric installations at various historic museums around the East Coast rather beautiful. I find the idea of being able to set up an installation in a historic house pretty intriguing.
Cornwall, England is considered a great weekend getaway for the over-worked under-played Londonite. So much to do! Hiking, horseback riding, castle touring, country pubbing, garden tours and my favourite, surfing! For those of you who find these past-times a bit prosaic and cliched, this little Cornish beach town is also home to the Museum of […]
Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winning architect for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania. As with the rest of the Guggenheim Museums, the architectural boundaries are pushed. Zaha lets loose with her fluid, energetic architecture and has subsequently deemed the building to be the manifestation of the city’s new cultural significance. One wonders […]
The Virtual Shoe Museum was initiated by Liza Snook in 2004. Once the idea was born, a long search began for designers, photographers and publishers connected to shoes. New friendships developed and their mailbox filled with loads of material on fantastic shoes, art and design on shoes. The Shoe featured above is the Electric Light […]
I’d never before seen a museum where the building itself is the attraction more so than what is exhibited inside. Built by Daniel Libeskind in 1999, the Jewish Museum in Berlin is worth a visit even if you are not an architecture fan.