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Museyon’s Guide to…North by Northeast


North by Northeast, South by Southwest’s Canadian cousin with distinctly less bbq and more flannel, will be taking place all this week in Toronto. Music folks call SXSW ‘Indie Spring Break.’ Well if that is spring break, NXNE is Summer Camp. The festival has been held yearly in June since 1994 and like SXSW, includes a music and interactive conference ... Read More »

News: Istanbulive in Central Park


On Saturday, July 3 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for the second year in a row, the Istanbul music scene will be setting-up camp in Central Park in New York for a free day long concert. The concert is in celebration of Turkish music and features:   Kenan Dogulu has become one of the most successful entertainers to emerge ... Read More »

Chronicles: Brooklyn’s Eye on Manhattan


  The Brooklyn promenade is without a doubt, one of the greatest sites in New York City. Forget for a second about the cobbled streets or gorgeous Gothic revival architecture of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood where it sits and instead, cast your eyes western, across the East River, and gaze upon one of the most famous and awe inspiring views ... Read More »

News: Matisse and his Radical Invention

enri Matisse.  The Moroccans. Issy-les-Moulineaux, late 1915 and fall 1916. Oil on canvas. 71 3/8" x 9' 2" (181.3 x 279.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx copyright 2010 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 Matisse is most universally famous for his bright use of colour and flowing lines but there was a period in his life where that wasn’t always the case. When Matisse first burst onto the scene, he was an innovator whose painting was a radical revelation. However, with the advent of Cubism and the likes of Picasso hot on his heels, ... Read More »

Extended Travel: Harlem, NY


  Millions of tourists flock to New York City each year but it is not often that they venture to Manhattan Island’s northernmost neighborhood, Harlem.   Originally settled in 1658 by Peter Stuyvesant under Dutch rule, Nieuw Haarlem was lush agricultural land distinctly separate from Nieuw Amsterdam at Manhattan’s southern tip. Since then, Harlem has seen many rises and falls, ... Read More »

2 Days In: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, a view from Ljubljana Castle. Source: taken from IndiaWest, via Flickr, via WikiCommons

Ahh, gentrification. Artists move in and suddenly a previously undesirable area is filled with cafes, bars, and hipsters who themselves are soon threatened to be displaced and replaced by even more fashionable newcomers. Such has been the case in cities around the world and Slovenia’s tiny capital, Ljubljana, has not been spared. Shortly after Slovenia gained its independence in 1991, ... Read More »

News: Ukraine Reveals its Treasures


A week from today, the Museum of Biblical Art will open it’s summer show entitled The Glory of Ukraine: Sacred Images from the 11th to the 19th Centuries. The exhibition “will survey the history of Ukrainian icons and their stylistic evolution over the centuries” through icons from the “collection of the oldest monastery in Ukraine, the Kyiv-Pecherskaya Lavra (or Monastery ... Read More »

News: This Summer at the Munch Museum

Midsummer, 1915 - courtesy of The Munch Museum

This summer The Munch Museum in Oslo will be presenting Highlights from the Permanent Collection. On view will of course be the famous The Scream along with Munch’s Madonna and several works not normally found on the museum’s walls. The young artist is represented by a handful of works from the 1880s. In a separate hall are shown several of ... Read More »

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