Kurdish Textile Museum, Erbil


I really liked my stroll around the Citadel of Erbil, Iraq. And inside the walled city there is the wonderful Kurdish Textile Museum. I entered it and was at once fascinated by all the colors and the history of the building.


The museum contains exhibits that cover all aspects of daily life, including agricultural tools, clothing, women’s jewellery, household and kitchen products and furnishings, as well as the layout of a traditional house and a nomadic tent.


The museum is actively involved in the transfer of traditional skills to new generations. The destruction of rural villages ended weaving traditions but the museum has employed older women from nomadic communities to train and pass on their skills to younger women.


In addition to weaving rugs, kilims and blankets, they also reproduce decorative screens used in nomadic tents while a felt maker continues the tradition of the manufacture of felt rugs and felt clothing. Whenever you come to Erbil have a look! The small museum is a jewel.




Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, London


Highly recommended. It is a great exhibition about the Spanish fashion designer at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

On now until February 18, 2018

Have a look!


Manchester Jazz Festival: Best of the best


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Brass Gumbo by David McLenachan.

Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission 2017, awarded to Andy Stamatakis-Brown, brings Manchester’s ‘Cottonopolis’ past to life with a jazz, video and dance-music experience.

The award-winning manchester jazz festival (mjf) brings its exciting, eclectic mix of events to a variety of venues across Manchester city centre from 28 July – 6 August 2017.  Recognised for celebrating contemporary jazz through adventurous programming, each year the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals strand provides a talented regional artist with an exceptional opportunity to present new work.  This year’s commission has been awarded to pianist and composer, Andy Stamatakis-Brown, who has been a member of the Manchester jazz circuit for the past fifteen years. His innovative compositions have been performed across Europe, Australia and the USA. Currently, he leads the ‘Andy Stamatakis-Brown Trio’; plays in the hugely-popular, Manchester-based, ‘Gypsies of Bohemia’ (loved for their lively, gypsy-jazz treatments of contemporary tunes); composes and plays piano for the 10-piece ‘Manchester Jazz Collective’ and he also plays piano and synthesisers for ‘Hacienda Classical’.  His winning concept for mjf originals – entitled ‘Cottonopolis’ – will explore iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful past; its role as the power-house of the industrial revolution, and as the happening heart-beat of the ‘Madchester’ dance music scene.

Dancing Audiences mjf 2017 by Majpics

Dancing Audiences mjf 2017 by Majpics.

On Thursday 3 August, 8 – 10 pm – in a surprise location in Manchester (only revealed to ticket holders the day before the gig) – Andy’s ‘Cottonopolis’ will combine a 12-piece ensemble of northwest jazz musicians with the sounds of a mechanical loom and live projections, to create an aural and visual link between some of the most important social and cultural influences on Manchester’s identity. By the mid-19th century, Manchester had been dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’ and the relentless, yet rhythmical sounds of mill machinery had become the soundtrack to many peoples’ working lives.  A hundred years later, the innovators of house and techno music sought to create music that echoed factory life in Detroit and Chicago. ‘Madchester’s’ infamous party scene became a focal point for this mesmerizingly intense music from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

Camilla George Q at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan

Camilla George Q at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan.

For Manchester Jazz Festival, Cottonopolis will bring the noise and clatter of a 19th century mill and the excitement and atmosphere of a contemporary club night to Manchester Jazz Festival. The ensemble, drawn mostly from the Manchester Jazz Collective, will showcase the variety of talented players on the Manchester scene. Andy Stamatakis-Brown said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals 2017 commission. It gives me the opportunity to bring together so many creative people from different parts of my life to present this project. Manchester Jazz Festival gives us a high-profile platform to share the sort of thing we like doing – working together to produce an unusually interesting and exciting night out.”

This ground breaking new work features DJs from Space Cassette and archive and live video projections – developed by Blain Cousin and Ric Lowe from Norvun Devolution – providing an evocative backdrop to a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

Manchester Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director, Steve Mead, said: “Cottonopolis looks set to become yet another milestone in a long line of ground-breaking new pieces that audiences can savour in this year’s festival programme. I’m especially excited about Andy’s idea to integrate a historical subject close to Manchester’s heart with creative artists from the city’s vibrant DJ and VJ cultures and – of course – a formidable line-up of musicians from the north’s inspirational jazz scene.”

For the fourth year, mjf originals is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell.  The continuity of this support has enabled mjf to pioneer exciting, innovative new works by northern artists.  Roy Beckett, regional managing partner at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester, said: “Irwin Mitchell is once again delighted to be sponsoring the mjf originals series.  Manchester Jazz Festival continues to go from strength to strength and I think it is appropriate that this year’s Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission, Cottonopolis, celebrates the city’s proud past.”

Northern Monkey Brass Band at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan

Northern Monkey Brass Band at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan.

Tickets and information for Cottonopolis and all other manchester jazz festival gigs are available at www.manchesterjazz.com

Munich: Peter Lindbergh and his Supermodels

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White Shirts: Estelle Léfebure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz & Christy Turlington, Malibu, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery)



April 13 – August 27, 2017
daily 10 – 20 h

Kunsthalle München
Theatinerstraße 8
80333 München


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Kate Moss, Paris, 2014 Vogue Italia © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Giorgio Armani, S/S 2015

This exhibition about German photographer Peter Lindbergh (born 1944 in Lissa), one of the most influential fashion photographers of the past 40 years, features more than 220 photographs. His iconic images, with which he heralded the supermodel phenomenon in the 1990s, will be presented along with unpublished photographs and unseen material, varying from personal notes, storyboards, props, polaroids, contact sheets and films to monumental prints. His avant-garde images quickly addressed concerns of society in a world with established aesthetic codes: his pure black-and-white photographs have determined the course of fashion photography since the early 1980s.


Tribute to Nijinski (Kristen McMenamy), New York, 1993 Harper’s Bazaar © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Valentino, Spring/Summer 1993

Lindbergh’s predominantly black and white photographs that capture the fleeting moment opened up a new dimension of realism in fashion photography, revolutionizing the visual idiom of the well-known magazines and fashion labels. Avoiding the artifice of fashion photography, Lindbergh was the first to focus on the unique personalities of his models. Instead of beautifully dressed human “clothes horses”, he portrayed self-assured, expressive personas, from the femme fatale to the heroine, but also the female dancer and the actress. His oeuvre is characterized by portraits that radiate a certain lack of inhibition and physical grace.


Pina Bausch, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, 1996 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Giorgio Armani

About the exhibition

The exhibition “From Fashion to Reality” is an homage to Lindbergh’s multifaceted oeuvre from 1978 to the present day. The show has a thematic approach, marking his creative development and focusing on the passions he developed over the years.

Eight different sections have been devised: “Supermodels”, “Couturiers”, “Zeitgeist”, “Dance”, “The Darkroom”, “The Unknown”, “Silver Screen” and “Icons”.


Models like Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, among others, were young and unknown when Lindbergh photographed them in the late 1970s and 1980s. Later, their first names became household names that rolled off tongues the world over. While the focus of influential fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue had hitherto been on the clothes, the spotlight was now being shone onto the women presenting them. This section shows Lindbergh’s iconic pictures from the 1990s and is complemented with photographs from the recent reunion of the supermodels (published in Vogue Italia, September 2015). Lindbergh shows that twenty-five years later, they have not lost any of their beauty and personality.

Check it out! The exhibition is really great!


Charlotte Rampling, Paris, 1987 Vanity Fair © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery)



The history of skiing in Tyrol


It is a wonderful museum, made of several generations of one family. They all lived far up in the mountains in Austria and skiing was as essential as eating and drinking. It belonged for decades to the life of the mountain farmers. You find some very rare objects which document the history of skiing from 1900 till 1950. The exhibition takes place in Bio Aktiv Hotel Grafenast in Pill near Innsbruck. Stay for some nights and enjoy Austrian hospitality at its best.

The location of the museum:

Bio Aktiv Hotel Grafenast
Pillbergweg 205
6136 Pill, Tirol, Österreich

Telefon: +43-5242-63209

E-Mail: sehnsucht@grafenast.at