art / Contemporary Art / Curator / Diplomacy / Iran / Iranian Art / Uncategorized

A Most Welcome Surprise from Iran

Given the horrific developments in the Middle East these days, I was delighted when a friend forwarded me this article about the treasured modern art collection in the remarkable Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran…. The Hirshhorn’s director, Melissa Chiu described the collection as “ one of the great unseen collections of postwar European and … Continue reading

art / Christo / Italy / Public Art

Walking on Water: Christo’s Next Installation

It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since Christo’s installation “The Gates” in Central Park. Many visitors reported remarkable sensations, conversations and emotions while walking through the gate constructs, with their saffron-colored fabric fluttering in the winter breezes. Next year, Christo will offer another sensational installation experience called walking on water in Italy.  … Continue reading

art / Culture / Iran / Iranian Art / Liberal Arts / Middle East / Middle Eastern Art / sculpture / Tanavoli / Wellesley College

American College Launches Groundbreaking Middle East Arts Initiative

On its bucolic campus near Boston, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College held a symposium in April titled “Art & Reality, Middle Eastern Art in Context.” Artists, scholars and curators, museum, gallery and auction house leaders, publishers and policy makers traveled to Massachusetts from around the world to dialogue for a day about art in … Continue reading

art / Culture / Curiosities / Good News Stories / music

Lebanese Pianist Delights in Prague Airport

I love this idea of pianos appearing in public places around the world!  Of course the quality is far from ideal, but people with talent can provide a bit of spontaneous happy enjoyment for all.  What a wonderful gift–not to underestimated years of disciplined practice– to be able to play for people.  Continue reading

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Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading