Capsula Mundi, Milan

A new approach to Death by guest author Clare Ann Matz.

Death … Leonardo da Vinci once said: „While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.“

Every culture in the world has some concept of life after death. How are you preparing for your rite of passage?

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The Capsula Mundi project wants to spur on a reflection on how our society deals with this important moment of life. There is no gloominess, no deprivation, no decay looking at death as a biological phenomenon: Our body keeps on producing elements through natural transformations, therefore it’s still living, feeding another life.

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This project originates from a thought about the role of designers in our society, in the context of an international exhibition about innovation and avant-garde furniture design, the „Salone del Mobile“ in Milan; in 2003 Capsula Mundi was presented. Since then it has excited much interest from all over the world, with articles and interviews on the worldwide media, exhibitions and the support of so many people (more than 32.000 Likes on Facebook) .

It was created and presented by two designers: Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel who created the project to revise the ongoing burial practices and to change people’s approach to death, while respecting nature.

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In 2015 they also presented Capsula Mundi on the stage of the „TEDx“ in Turin, Italy, and in September 2016 it was exhibited at the „Przemiany Festival“ in Poland, an annual event which combines art, science and philosophy with the aim of discussing how scientific and technological advances change our everyday lives and mould the future.

Capsula Mundi was presented in New Zealand as well, in occasion of the worldwide event „Italian Design Day“ in February 2017 and in April 2017 it was also shown at the 56th edition of the „Salone del Mobile“ in Milan, Italy, celebrating the success of the SaloneSatellite with an anthological exhibition.

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Artwork curated by Containerstudio (www.containerstudio.it)

The project has two key points: The use of design to create an evocative and symbolic object which could change the approach to death, and the respect of nature. Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped container, made of biodegradable material, where the ashes are placed or the remains are laid down in a foetal position. The ancient shape of the egg, the tree which connects earth and sky, the biological transformation of natural substances are all symbols of life, non-religious and universal.

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The pod is buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, is planted on top of it, as a legacy for the posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends look after it. The aim is to have forests instead of gravestones cemeteries.

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Landes_PereLachaise www.danielbelet.ch (Large)

Photo copyrights: Daniel Belet (www.danielbelet.ch)

The cemetery will take on a new look, no more dark stones but living trees in a holy forest. The trees will be mapped with the GPS system, so people will be able to find the tree of the beloved. Green burials are the future: It would change our approach to death and give a contribution to save the planet.

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Brochure curated by Containerstudio (www.containerstudio.it)

More information on the project:

www.capsulamundi.it

infocapsulamundi@capsulamundi.it

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist colony Ahrenshoop, Baltic Sea

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Recently I visited this wonderful small fairy tale place at Germany’s Northern coastline. I felt like stepping into a painting.

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Studios invite to view their exhibitions.

In 1892 painters founded the artists‘ colony of Ahrenshoop. Painters like Anna Gerresheim, Paul Müller-Kaempff and others built their houses in the small village by the sea. They invited other artists to come to Ahrenshoop and established a flourishing art scene which is still alive. Hundreds of renowned artists of almost all important movements of modern German art visited the small seaside town. They reflected the village and its surrounding in their works of art.

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Today Ahrenshoop established an artist way with different stops. At every sight you can compare the artist painting with the view you have now. It is so interesting, especially for an art lover like me. It brings you to a long lost world and you can explore how painters worked in former times and which perspectives of the motives they had.

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Throughout the year, the artists‘ colony of Ahrenshoop offers a wide range of options: The exhibition centres display art from the beginnings of the artists‘ colony through to the present day. From paintings and drawings as well as sculptural works and photography, you will find everything here. Small studios and workshops invite you to view their traditional handicrafts and to join in and get creative. Concerts, lectures, film nights, exhibition openings, tours and much more – there is something to enjoy at any time of year.

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The Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop is worth a visit.

Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop is a museum dedicated to the artists‘ colony. A collection of 900 works represents artists and genres to the present day. A permanent exhibition shows works of the colony’s founders. They created excellent paintings of landscapes, portraits and interiors. Regularly changing exhibitions are dedicated to classical modernism, art from East Germany and contemporary artists connected.

The unique light on the narrow strip of land between the Baltic Sea and the Bodden displays nature in all of its radiance. Whenever you are in the region go to Ahrenshoop. It is a magical place.

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The Kahlo/Rivera poems

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„Never in life will I forget your presence. You found me torn apart and you took me back full and complete.“

Frida Kahlo

 

Touching, inspiring and lovable: The poems in the Blue House in Coyoacán.

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All about Frida: The Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán

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Whenever you are in Mexico City it is a MUST:

The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for the structure’s cobalt-blue walls, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. For me it is one of the best art places I have seen. It is located in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacán in Mexico City. The building was the birthplace of Kahlo and is also the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and in one of the rooms on the upper floor she died in 1954. In 1958, Diego Rivera’s will donated the home and its contents in order to turn it into a museum in Frida’s honor.

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The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other artists along with the couple’s Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more. The collection is displayed in the rooms of the house which remains much as it was in the 1950s. Today, it is the most popular museum in Coyoacán and one of the most visited in Mexico City.

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Originally the house was the family home of Frida Kahlo, but since 1958, it has served as museum dedicated to her life and work. With about 25.000 visitors monthly, it is one of Mexico City’s most-visited museums, and the most-visited site in Coyoacán. Be prepared for a long queue and a long waiting time. But it is all worth it!

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The museum is supported solely by ticket sales and donations. The museum demonstrates the lifestyle of wealthy Mexican bohemian artists and intellectuals during the first half of the 20th century. According to records and testimony, the house today looks much as it did in 1951, decorated with Mexican folk art, Kahlo’s personal art collection, a large collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, traditional Mexican cookware, linens, personal mementos such as photographs, postcards and letters, and works by José María Velasco, Paul Klee and Diego Rivera. Much of the collection is now in display cases designed for their preservation.

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The museum consists of ten rooms. You also can visit the formal living room, where Frida and Diego entertained notable Mexican and international visitors and friends such as Sergei Eisenstein, Nelson Rockefeller, George Gershwin, caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias and actresses Dolores del Río and María Félix. And of course the Russian Leon Trotsky while he and his wife obtained asylum in Mexico.

 

Museo Frida Kahlo
Londres 247, Del Carmen
Coyoacán
04100 Ciudad de México, Mexico

 www.museofridakahlo.org.mx

 

Jacqueline Wehrmann, Glaskünstlerin

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Jacqueline Wehrmann mit ihrem Randersackerer Flaschenkind.

Es ist ihr erster großer Auftritt im Rathaus. Jacqueline Wehrmann aus Randersacker freut sich, ihre Glaskunst einem größeren Publikum präsentieren zu können. Seit über 20 Jahren beschäftigt sich die Künstlerin mit Glas. Für Kenner: Die in Diepholz Geborene arbeitet mit der Fusing- und Pâte de Verre-Technik, mit der Blockschmelze und dem Wax Lost-Verfahren und verbindet Glas mit Holz oder Metall.

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Glaskunst und Drahtdesign. Darauf hat sich die Künstlerin spezialisiert.

„Vor 20 Jahren hatte ich zum ersten Mal ein Glasobjekt des Künstlers Kristian Klepsch in der Hand. Ich wollte mehr über die Materie kennenlernen und belegte im baden-württembergischem Wertheim Glaskurse bei Hans-Joachim Ittig und Detlev Tanz.“

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Glas und Schmuck als Hingucker. Alle Werke sind Unikate.

Sie war so begeistert, dass sie mit der Fusing-Technik, eine Glasverschmelzung im Muffelofen, und dem Glasguss begann.  Seit 2011 widmet sie sich auch noch der Glasperlenherstellung.

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Glasperlen als Herausforderung. Sie faszinieren Jacqueline Wehrmann seit 2011.

Bei ihrer Arbeit begegnet sie immer wieder spannenden Herausforderungen, die zu neuen und faszinierenden Kunstwerken führen. „Meine Werke sind alles Unikate“, betont sie. Im Weinort Randersacker zu leben inspiriere sie besonders. Vielleicht auch einmal zu fränkischen Motiven rund um den Wein. Das Randersackerer Flaschenkind gibt es ja schon!

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Es geht auch um den Wein! Besonders in ihrer Wahlheimat Randersacker.

Die Eröffnung der Ausstellung im Rathaus Randersacker ist am Sonntag, den 28. Januar 2018, 11 Uhr.

www.glaskunst-drahtdesign.de

Palacio Nacional: Diego Rivera’s Murals

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It is a Must See! Definitely! Whenever you are in Mexico City you have to visit the murals of Diego Rivera at the National Palace. At the time Rivera began painting these murals he was an internationally known artist with his works reproduced in magazines worldwide. During his painting of them, his work was interrupted several times because he left Mexico City to paint other murals in his country as well as in the United States.

The famous Mexican artist and husband of Frida Kahlo tended to glorify the Indian heritage of his country. Large public murals like these which glorified the Mexican people provided an alternate history for those who could not read it in books. The government at the time was seeking to redefine the nation and Rivera’s murals could help in creating a new national identity.

The Stairway Mural

Diego Rivera began painting the staircase murals in the Palacio Nacional in May 1929 and finished these staircase murals by November of 1935. The stairway „triptych“ is sometimes compared to an epic poem comprising the legendary pre-hispanic past, a kind of prologue, then the depiction in the central panels of the Conquest up until 1930, and on the left, the present, with all its conflicts, but also with the promise of a better future.

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The Corridor Panels

Rivera returned in the 1940’s to work on the corridor murals. This series of smaller panels was intended to go all the way round the second story, but this project was never completed and Rivera was unable to work on this project continuously.

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The last mural (completed in 1951) shows the arrival of the Spanish, with satirical portraits of Cortés and the other Conquistadors. He also includes an image of La Malinche bearing the blue-eyed baby sired by Cortés.

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Palacio Nacional
Plaza de la Constitución S/N
Centro, Cuauhtémoc
06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Open only on work days from 9 am to 5 pm.

Entry is free.

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