Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Recent read: Highway and byways

Hauptweg Und Nebenwege: Erinnerungen Eines KunstsammlersHauptweg Und Nebenwege: Erinnerungen Eines Kunstsammlers by Heinz Berggruen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An unexpectedly enjoyable read, which I now consider a must literary supplement for anyone who is even remotely interested in modern art.
I of course happened to be reading the English translation as I don't speak German! And that one, by the Pilkington Press, is of exceptionally high printing quality, with nice and heavy glossy paper and excellent prints of the artworks, something that is rare to come by these days.
Berggruen's life memoirs are full of anecdotes from his brush with some of the most famous artists of the 20th century, incl. Picasso, Klee, Rivera, Kahlo, Matisse, Tzara, Man Ray, even Simone Signoret (so not just painters!).
As an art dealer and avid collector of Picasso especially, he has an undiluted and genuine enthusiasm for modern art, which he manages to convey to the reader.
And he seems like a genuinely likeable and down to earth character, who enjoys the artistic creation for its own sake, and invites us into his world and his musee imaginaire (as he calls his art collection) in the most compelling of ways.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Alcohol is free (we wish!)

This so Greek it makes me smile. Some hints of Balkan, some hints of the Mediterranean, a love of life and dance and alcohol! The bagmalamdaki rocks, and Agathonas' moustache too! Good job guys!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

The Reason of my Hiatus: Anna Sophia

She is cute, adorable, simply amazing. Born on the 21st of March, Alex's younger sister has brought us immense joy and is keeping us really busy. If you also take into account that Alex is 17 months old and a very cheeky and inquisitive toddler, (making me and Colin run after him all day long... Life in this household is no longer quiet or boring (well, it never was boring really!). And the best times are yet to come.