Nina’s Euro Blog: Wandering around Prague
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Nina’s Euro Blog: Wandering around Prague

I went to Prague to look at paintings in museums, but I found out that the best art there is not necessarily on the walls inside but on the ones outside. In other words, there is so much architectural beauty to be found in the city’s buildings, streets, and views that it surpasses the art…

Food for the Soul: Oppenheimer
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Food for the Soul: Oppenheimer

Within one month of its global release, the movie Oppenheimer has grossed $700M in cumulative worldwide box office, making it more successful than Interstellar, the 2014 space movie by the same director, Christopher Nolan. The movie benefited from the social media trend of viewing both Oppenheimer and Barbie on the same day, and word of…

Food for the Soul: From Barbie to Oppenheimer and Back Again
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Food for the Soul: From Barbie to Oppenheimer and Back Again

It used to be called counter-programming. Studios would, for example, plan to release a comedy skewed to female audiences on a Super Bowl weekend, reasoning that women who would not want to watch football games all day might want to go with their girlfriends to the movies. No longer. Oppenheimer and Barbie were scheduled to…

Food for the Soul: Hollywood’s Impossible Mission and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
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Food for the Soul: Hollywood’s Impossible Mission and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout If you, like me, are heading to movie theaters to cool off and to check out the latest blockbusters, you may want to keep in mind that next summer, big-budget movies might be hard to find. On July 13, SAG-AFTRA, the guild of Hollywood actors, announced a strike….

Nina’s Blog: Rome – Art Discoveries for Wandering Tourists
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Nina’s Blog: Rome – Art Discoveries for Wandering Tourists

Rome is so full of Art with capital “A,” from frescoes at the Vatican to sculptures at the Capitoline museums, that it is easy to miss some other art treasures that are tucked away and not on the typical tourist itineraries. I was trying to check out the collection of the Palazzo Barberini, but thanks…

Food for the Soul: Animal Hunt at Art Institute of Chicago
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Food for the Soul: Animal Hunt at Art Institute of Chicago

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout Comprehensive and large-scope art museums tend to be those created in centuries past, such as the Louvre in the 18th century and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the “Met”) in the 19th century. Their function was to provide the inhabitants of big cities with collections that were educational,…

Nina’s Euro Blog 2023: Chasing Art in Paris

Paris is not very user-friendly this spring because ongoing strikes are affecting daily life to a great degree. I was planning to see Vermeer’s The Astronomer—a painting that was not included in the loan exhibition at the Rijksmuseum—which is often described as a “companion” to The Geographer, featuring the same model and a similar scientific…