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El Castillo, also called The Impact of the Book, is a work by Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake. It was first exhibited in the José Cornejo Franco Library in Guadalajara and later also in Venice, Paris and Istanbul. The installation consists of a wall, at the base of which is placed a book that produces… Read the full article

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After the one-man theater tour Springsteen on Broadway (2018) and the studio album Western Stars (2019), Bruce Springsteen returned to the studio to record a musical work that is as complex as it is immediate, called Letter to You (2020). Observing the genesis of this album, we can see how it is full of strong… Read the full article

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The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, is one of the most famous Japanese works of art. It served as inspiration for Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Debussy’s orchestral work La Mer. It is a woodcut from 1830, belonging to a larger series, as evidenced by the title in Japanese, Thirty-six views of Mount… Read the full article

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A few years ago we dedicated an essay to the Missa Papae Francisci,[1] which Ennio Morricone, overcoming some hesitation, had composed and dedicated to Pope Francis. At the time we thought we had penned a definitive tribute to the Roman composer. He appreciated it so much that he confided in us some important observations about… Read the full article

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Environmental art On May 31, at the age of 84, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died. Known as Christo, he was one of the major exponents of Land Art, although the artist actually preferred to speak of Environmental Art. This is the message from the artist’s press office: “Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only… Read the full article

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Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn on December 16, 1770, and died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. Hence December 2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Among the great musicians of 19th-century Germany, Beethoven is certainly the best known and most popular. It has been said of him that “he is… Read the full article

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“Life is not something that takes us by surprise, but an astonishing mystery that inspires poetry in us,” said Pope Francis in a recent audience. And he continued: “When a person lacks that poetic dimension, let’s say, when poetry is missing, his soul limps.”[1] That’s why I thought of contacting the director Martin Scorsese: life… Read the full article

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Als Ich Can (How can I): these are the words engraved on the frame of the first self-portrait in history, a work by Jan van Eyck.[1] Three words and a challenge to generations of artists to measure themselves against this challenging artistic claim. In the case of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69),… Read the full article

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