The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity

by Asia Leonardi “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,  [… ] with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,  [… ] who drove cross-country seventy-two hours to find out … Continue reading “The Beats – Driving Cross Country in Search of Eternity”

Bowie’s Alter Ego That Transcends Death: Major Tom

by Asia Leonardi  It is 1969, and the young David Jones, better known as David Bowie, begins to ascend the world stage thanks to the launch of his latest single, Space Oddity. Likely influenced by the space race, the tales of Ray Bradbury, and undoubtedly by 2001: A Space Odyssey. The single was supported by two video … Continue reading “Bowie’s Alter Ego That Transcends Death: Major Tom”

Filippo Brunelleschi and his Dome

By Asia Leonardi Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), architect and engineer, sculptor and painter, is universally considered the pioneer of the Italian Renaissance and the creator of an approach to architecture that would dominate the European art scene, at least until the end of the 19th century. Through a passionate study of antiquity that brought him several … Continue reading “Filippo Brunelleschi and his Dome”

Marina Abramović, Grandmother of Performance Art

By Asia Leonardi  This story begins with a woman standing motionless in a room. Half-naked, a trickle of blood dribbles on her breasts, her eyes swollen with tears, and a gun is aimed at her while surrounded by a group of men. This is not the scene from a crime film, but one of Marina … Continue reading “Marina Abramović, Grandmother of Performance Art”

From Pop + Optical Art to the Rejection of the Artistic Object – the 1960’s.

by Asia Leonardi It will be inevitable, in this article, to feel a certain sense of unease and difficulty in orienting oneself in front of works that are very different from each other a few years later. You will find all and the opposite of everything. In the past it was easier when faced with … Continue reading “From Pop + Optical Art to the Rejection of the Artistic Object – the 1960’s.”

Frida Kahlo: Flowers Are Born From Mud

by Asia Leonardi On 6 July 1907 in Mexico City, Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born to German parents who emigrated from Hungary. She claimed to be born in 1910, with the Revolution, with a new Mexico. Frida Kahlo is a revolution. An artistic revolution, a revolution of thought, an overwhelming hymn to … Continue reading “Frida Kahlo: Flowers Are Born From Mud”

Movements of the Soul Translated into Ceramic: Manon de Vlieger

Interview by Asia Leonardi Amsterdam is the motherland of artists. Among its streets, its bridges, and its canals, a century-old history reverberates, interwoven on the concepts of tolerance, resistance to authoritarian domains, spontaneous expression, freedom. It is for this reason that this city offers a combination of the most sophisticated creative emergencies and the most … Continue reading “Movements of the Soul Translated into Ceramic: Manon de Vlieger”

Simonetta Vespucci: Venus of the Renaissance

By Asia Leonardi In the church of Florence of San Salvatore Ognissanti, where the secular exponents of her family are exhibited, rests today the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci in her secular sleep. But there was a time when the prodigious beauty was the inspiring muse of major Renaissance artists, such as Piero Cosimo, Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, … Continue reading “Simonetta Vespucci: Venus of the Renaissance”

Charlotte Salomon, the Painter Killed in Auschwitz between Life and Theater

By Asia Leonardi Charlotte Salomon, a Berlin Jewish artist, was one of the most original and pioneering female painters of the 1900s. Her work “Life? or Theater? ” condenses her artistic career: some eight hundred compositions that trace her artistic life; an innovative style that we could compare to the contemporary graphic novel in which … Continue reading “Charlotte Salomon, the Painter Killed in Auschwitz between Life and Theater”

Andrea Liguori, a Wonderful Mind in Berlin

by Asia Leonardi Into the urban traffic of Berlin so many people are walking, with them come ideas from all over the world, sometimes changing the surrounding environment. This is the case of Andrea Liguori, an architect from Palermo who has now lived in Berlin for many years. I had a pleasant chat with Andrea, … Continue reading “Andrea Liguori, a Wonderful Mind in Berlin”