Food for the Soul: Stories of Women at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Food for the Soul: Stories of Women at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout Philadelphia’s main art museum was established in 1876 as part of the centennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (we’ll call it PMA for short) has been expanding its catalog to its current grand total of almost a quarter of a…

Food for the Soul: A Year of the Dragon
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Food for the Soul: A Year of the Dragon

By Nina Heyn- Your Culture Scout In Asia, being born in a Year of the Dragon means to arrive in an auspicious year; dragons, in Chinese astrology, are symbols of power, good luck, and success. Western culture—the modern take from Game of Thrones notwithstanding—treats dragons as monsters to be vanquished. These two radically different views…

Food for the Soul:  Dune: Part Two
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Food for the Soul:  Dune: Part Two

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has always made interesting films. After his intriguing sci-fi tale Arrival, he was brave and talented enough to make Blade Runner 2049, which is a sequel to the iconic Ridley Scott’s dark vision of an AI-populated future. If you have not seen Dune: Part One directed by Villeneuve in 2021, it…

Food for the Soul: Fashioning San Francisco
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Food for the Soul: Fashioning San Francisco

The theme of the rarefied world of New York socialites in the 1970s is being explored in the second season of the ongoing TV series Feud. This season’s story, Capote vs. The Swans, portrays the rise and fall of a gossipy relationship between Truman Capote and some of Manhattan’s most prominent rich and famous, who…

Food for the Soul: European Art Exhibitions in 2024
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Food for the Soul: European Art Exhibitions in 2024

January being a good month to look forward to events in the coming year, here is a list of selected art exhibitions in Europe. If you are planning any travel there, it’s good to keep these “coming attractions” in mind. I hope to report on some of them in my Euro blog. Paris: Fondation Louis…

Food for the Soul: Napoleon’s Loot
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Food for the Soul: Napoleon’s Loot

Ridley Scott, the man who over half a century has given us Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner, and The Martian, has not stopped making big movies. His latest is Napoleon—you do not get any grander than that in terms of subject matter. It is an ambitious biography of the emperor’s rise to power, his many battles,…

Food for the Soul: A Taste of Klimt in Vienna
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Food for the Soul: A Taste of Klimt in Vienna

Artworks by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), the most popular representative of Viennese Art Nouveau, grace collections all over the world. After a protracted restitution battle, one of the most famous of his gold paintings, the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, is now in New York; galleries in cities like Tokyo, London, Tel Aviv, Venice, and many others…

Food for the Soul: Vermeer’s The Art of Painting in Vienna
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Food for the Soul: Vermeer’s The Art of Painting in Vienna

We conclude “The Year of Vermeer” at Food for the Soul with a visit to The Art of Painting , which can be found at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Vermeer painted it around 1666, at the height of his artistic power, and the title assigned to this canvas by historians seems to reflect the…

Nina’s Blog: London Exhibitions, Fall 2023
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Nina’s Blog: London Exhibitions, Fall 2023

Daily life in London is a bit harder than before Brexit. Stores run out of eggs and fresh bread by lunchtime, metro trains sometimes shorten their runs due to lack of staff, and the prices of food are staggering. Culture, however, is not hurting. Any day in London, you can check out dozens of art…