Jan Fabre, "Cross with Snake, II" 2012.

From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month

Here we are: with the coming months already full of new projects about to start, before jumping into workshops, masterclasses and lectures I just wanted to take a moment to share with you three pictures I took in the past weeks, as they sum up different forms of art I have experienced in August. I Read more about From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month[…]

Marco Lusini, "Untitled" – from Oneiric Landscapes | Acrylic | 80 x 80 cm | 1982 | Private Collection

“Marco Lusini: The Colours of the Human Soul” Opens Tomorrow at Fiumano Fine Art Gallery

What immediately strikes you while going through Italian artist Marco Lusini’s biography (1936-1989), are the many art forms he experimented with before finding his ideal medium, painting. Photography, lithography, illustration, black ink drawing, not to mention sculpture and poetry, were all fertile ground in which the Siena-born “astronaut of inner space”, as Riccardo Belloni defined Read more about “Marco Lusini: The Colours of the Human Soul” Opens Tomorrow at Fiumano Fine Art Gallery[…]

Poster for the exhibition 'Inventing Impressionism', on display at The National Gallery until 31 May.

‘Inventing Impressionism’: How Dealer Paul Durand-Ruel Created One of the Most Enduring Trends in the Art Market

When you’re an artist who’s desperately trying to make it, no matter in which discipline, there is something more important than having good press coverage, your own space to create, the budget to set up your first show, or even the money to pay the bills. All of these are key success factors for sure, Read more about ‘Inventing Impressionism’: How Dealer Paul Durand-Ruel Created One of the Most Enduring Trends in the Art Market[…]

"The Snake Charmer" by Henri Rousseau (1907).

From France to The Jungle of Imagination: Henri Rousseau’s “Archaic Candour”

A few years ago I was writing the dissertation for my BA in Communications delving into the History of Cinema. I approached this field by focusing on a very specific film: Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Vittorio Storaro’s mesmerising cinematography struck my eye immediately and I started to research what influenced the Italian “master of Read more about From France to The Jungle of Imagination: Henri Rousseau’s “Archaic Candour”[…]

How to introduce an audience to the masterpieces of The National Gallery.

Why Audiences Matter: The National Gallery Told Through Frederick Wiseman’s Documentary

Being a member of The National Gallery I have already seen its amazing permanent collection many times, as well as quite a few exhibitions (recently, “Rembrandt – The Late Works”). However, I had never had the chance to go behind the scenes and discover how the whole museum works. Thanks to Frederick Wiseman’s documentary National Read more about Why Audiences Matter: The National Gallery Told Through Frederick Wiseman’s Documentary[…]

“Tim’s Vermeer” or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imitation

Films about obsessions usually tell us more about the obsessed than the obsession in itself. That’s why I don’t agree with Jonathan Jones’ review on The Guardian of Teller’s documentary Tim’s Vermeer, which tells the story of Tim Jenison, a tech entrepreneur and inventor who desperately tried to discover the secrets of the painting techniques Read more about “Tim’s Vermeer” or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imitation[…]