Art Update (4 April, 2014)


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A news of this week’s art-update values minimum of 10 million Euros and another news relates to the Nazis. Then after is a breath-taking attempt of making the historical paintings much more interesting with the help of modern 3D technology, which will make you think that every painting should be represented in that way to children in schools.

Europe Gets its first Trick Art Museum – Unlike conventional museums

Don’t know exactly what a trick art is? Here are some really good examples:

Indonesia Trick Art


trick art room

See? People are interacting with the artworks heavily. Actually, that seems to be the whole point of the art works. Making people to interact with it and take some pretty, crazy shots of themselves.

This is called Trick art. Now, imagine a whole museum of such art-works. It would be crazy to see people ripping off the Mona Lisa and willingly entering into the mouth of a shark.

Europe has just got its first official trick-art museum open in Turkey. Its called Alive Museum.


There are more than 100 such art works which are designed to allure you to interact with them and take photos of yourselves. Unlike the traditional museums where there are so many rules about ‘not taking photos’ and ‘not touching anything’, that one day they might force us to wear the Hazmat suits to protect the artifacts.

Trick art is around 2000 years old, so you can expect some really breathtaking art pieces at the museum which changes regularly every after a while.


Paul Gauguin’s 1889’s stolen painting found, worth between 10 to 30 million Euros

First, go and check out your kitchens or drawing rooms or any other room where you might have hung a painting bought for $50 and look at it once a week. Find out the artist and the history behind it. If you are immensely lucky, you might have bought a masterpiece worth of millions for the price of a regular wrist-watch.

At least, that is the case with this retired Italian who has been hanging a painting by Paul Gauguin (Vincent van Gogh’s friend, on whom he attacked with a knife) for two decades.

Though, he isn’t going to get any fortune out of it as the painting was stolen in 1975. But, that couldn’t be your case necessarily.



Historical Painting + 3D Technology = Breath Taken Away!

A hungarian 3D artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas has created some really awesome artworks, which you can see on his official website.

His latest creation includes a historical painting with a touch of 3D technology. No, not same as the lame 3D technologies (except Avatar) used by Hollywood movies nowadays. They creates headache. While this work gives you a refreshing, breath-taking experience of the same work that you almost start to wish that every great historical paintings should be rendered in 3D, so you can enjoy the painting to a whole new depth you would never be able to perceive with regular 2D painting, no matter how long or close you stand against the painting. You are never going to get the same experience Farkas has created in regular method of contemplating.

Here is the painting which Farkas’s wife pointed out to render in 3D:

Budavár repossession by Gyula Benczúr

Budavár repossession by Gyula Benczúr

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And here is the breath-taking 3d recreation by Farkas. Don’t you miss the video or you won’t know, what I am talking about.

Budavár visszavétele 3D from ekho on Vimeo.

Just imagine if you can see other paintings in the same way. It would be extremely enjoyable and intruging. Some works I would like to watch turned into 3D would be Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens, Morning in the Pinetree Forest by Ivan Shishkin, The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette by Pierre Auguste Renoir and even No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock if they could separate each color. That would be awesome. But, at the same time, it seems almost impossible.

You can’t get everything you want, right?


1935’s painting made 578,500 pounds

A painting made in 1935 has successfully raised over half a million pounds in a Sotheby’s auction held in London.

A Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed by Laurence Stephen Lowry

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It is an iconic scene of the real market of the English town Berwick-upon-Tweed where the artist used to spend annual holidays. The English artist’s name is L. S. Lowry.

The reason the painting was sold for such a staggering amount was for its iconic depiction and historical importance. We can assume that sometimes, the value of the painting is decided by the valuable history attached to it and not only by aesthetic properties. That’s the case with the most of the world’s most expensive paintings.


From Nazi Plunder: Important Claude Monet’s painting recovered

Nazi Plunder was the art-theft exercised by the Nazis during the World War II. Hitler wanted to become a professional painter (who stopped him?) and also have a list of painting attributed to him as a painter. This love for paintings wasn’t vanished while his one hand was busy painting the buildings and other one killing the Jews in The Holocuast. His soldiers were ordered to obtain every valuable art-pieces from defeated country for their royal collection.

Hitler cared more for some thousand art-pieces than the nearly 9 million Jews out of which he killed 6 million. Good or bad, him being a painter was enough to save the people. What a tragedy.

Coming to the core of the article, an important painting by Claude Monet has been recovered from a trove hidden by the Nazis. The subject of the painting is the Waterloo Bridge, London and the painting is said to be painted in the year of 1903.


Other art-updates includes Met Museum selling 3,290 art pieces for total of $5.4 million, a 50p painting expected to earn $1500 and a full-fledged attempt by the art-experts to find out the truth behind the ‘El Greco’ portrait.

Finally, take a look at this weird collection of paintings which puts the famous renaissance faces as a modern day models.




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