Must-See Houses in The Woods

Discover these beautiful forest houses that fit beautifully in their natural surroundings.


Jean-Michel Basquiat, from the streets of New York to the walls

The amazing works of Jean-Michel Basquiat in Taschen book. From the streets of New York to the walls of its most prominent galleries, follow the short, prolific, and politicized career of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a cult figure of artistic social commentary. This introduction explores how the young trailblazer drew from inspirations as varied as Greek, Roman, and African art, along with French poetry and jazz, to create visceral images mixing word with bold color.


The Art of Intentional Camera Movement by Heinz Innerhofer

Italian photographer Heinz Innerhofer has created a pretty unique series where he creates mesmerizing long exposure photos using intentional camera movement - also called camera painting technique.

Heinz tries to view things as if he had never seen them before. His idea is to discover unnoticed aspects of them. This process takes time, dedication and openness to what is new. It is, in essence, about forgetting, casting aside habitual ways of seeing.

In this series, Heinz has made an effort to develop this technique. With this perfection, he has created a unique nisch between traditional painting and photography.


The next Photokina will take place in May 2020

Since its introduction 1950, Photokina has taken the title as the largest trade show related to photography in the world. This trade show takes place in Cologne, Germany and brings in nearly 200,000 people for each event.

Following a successful Photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event's organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.

photokina 2018 clearly exceeded our already optimistic expectations with groundbreaking innovations and 180,000 visitors from 127 countries," explained PIV's CEO Rainer Führes. "As a result, we set the bar very high for the next event. It is therefore unlikely that, in May 2019 after just over seven months, we will once again be able to create the same enthusiastic atmosphere that characterised photokina 2018. This is why we have decided to start the planned annual cycle in 2020. The Photoindustrie-Verband would like to thank Koelnmesse for its willingness to quickly comply with this request. This shows once again the great professionalism and excellent customer orientation that has characterized our trusting partnership for decades now.

We understand that even the most powerful technology companies cannot ensure that they will once again be able to bring such innovative strength to the exhibition halls as we experienced at photokina 2018 within an extremely short lead time of just seven months," added Koelnmesse's CEO Gerald Böse. "It is precisely these innovations, however, that shape the character of photokina as the world's leading trade fair - as does the presence of all the leading suppliers in the industry as well as important users, retailers and service providers worldwide. In order to make sure we can continue to fulfil this requirement in the future and meet the expectations of exhibitors and visitors with every event, we have responded flexibly to PIV's wishes. This will ensure the continued unique impact and public appeal of one of our flagship trade fairs in the future.

This year, photokina had successfully presented itself with a new concept, which included the increased involvement of new exhibitors from innovative areas such as mobile, imaging analytics, digital workflow and moving images, as well as a stronger focus on experience for visitors. This combination of experience and product presentation, which was very well received by younger target groups in particular, ensured full halls, overcrowded workshops and spectacular presentations on the event areas, in front of which large crowds of people repeatedly formed, despite the trade fair being shortened by two days. As a result, the trade fair was mentioned not only in conventional media but also in digital and social channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to a greater extent than in previous years. The newly created Imaging Lab, in which start-ups, investors and scientists presented and discussed new imaging applications, also proved to be an important impetus for the entire industry. Together with numerous groundbreaking innovations from established imaging companies, this resulted in a showcase of the great dynamism with which the imaging industry is positioning itself for the digital future and which will also shape photokina 2020.

Photographing the female body in a delicate way by Ellen Loke

German photographer Ellen Loke has an affinity for photographing the female form in a delicate way. While taking photos Ellen is able to express her feelings in that particular moment. She enters into another world and become part of everything.

Even though Ellen loves taking photos of landscapes and people in colour, she is fascinated by the powerful expression of black-and-white photography.

Why the female nude as a woman?

It is the view of the female beauty and the visualization of the soul. The women are naked but do not show their intimacy. Feelings are transported, such as longing, love, vulnerability, also self-awareness and tenderness.


Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving - Brooklyn Museum

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included.

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida in New York, 1946; printed 2006. Carbon pigment print, image: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2010.80. Photo by Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archive. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Kahlo’s personal artifacts—which range from noteworthy examples of Kahlo’s Tehuana clothing, contemporary and pre-Colonial jewelry, and some of the many hand-painted corsets and prosthetics used by the artist during her lifetime—had been stored in the Casa Azul (Blue House), the longtime Mexico City home of Kahlo and Rivera, who had stipulated that their possessions not be disclosed until 15 years after Rivera’s death. The objects shed new light on how Kahlo crafted her appearance and shaped her personal and public identity to reflect her cultural heritage and political beliefs, while also addressing and incorporating her physical disabilities. 

Brooklyn Museum from February 8–May 12, 2019

Dreamlike paintings by Joseph Lorusso

A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness. Ingrid Bergman

Joseph Lorusso creates landscapes and figurative works. In painting these subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other eras.

Discovering the works of the Impressionists, he gravitated towards the works of Manet and Vuillard. Lorusso searched for similar work of such emotion and soon became an avid student of painting, seeking out and immersing himself in the works of various artists. This path would ultimately lead him to the works of Sargent, Sorolla, Whistler and a whole army of lesser-known yet equally capable painters. Within this group of artists, Lorusso would find a sense of identity. In these masterful works, he saw the power to harness emotion and convey it with power and confidence, yet with delicacy and tasteful restraint. He also saw in these artists the ability to express the "essence” of an object with just a few carefully chosen brushstrokes, creating a visceral and intuitive state of painting.


Some of the most beautiful libraries in the world 📚

These libraries are known for their extraordinaries exteriors and interiors featuring outstanding designs. Nothing compared to the millions of books housed within their walls. So whether you're a bookworm or an architecture lover, start adding these libraries to your must-visit list.

Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

St. Florian Monastery, Austria

The Oberlausitzische Library of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

Royal Site of San Lorenzo De El Escorial Library, S. Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain

Library of Orthopedic Institute Rizzoli, Bologna

The Admont Library in Admont, Austria

The National Library of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

The 19th Century National Library of Greece, Athens

The National Library of China, Beijing, China

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

The Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

Palácio Nacional De Mafra, Portugal

Public Library, New York

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Abbey Library of Saint Gallen, Switzerland


Underwater Angels by Zena Holloway

Photographer, Zena Holloway, works almost exclusively underwater. She combines the highly technical aspects of working in water with unique creative direction that delivers audiences to a breathtaking aquatic realm. Her underwater aesthetic causes us to question everything we know about water.

 Behind me I feel her presence, my ancestress, my double, turning in midair under the chandelier, in her costume of stars and feathers, a bird stopped in flight, a woman made into an angel, waiting to be found. – Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid’s Tale

Nude by by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama

Nude is a series of nine elegant and mysterious images of a dancer in motion that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time, made by Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama.

These images are comprised of thousands of individual frames layered together.  Collaborating with the choreographer Jessica Lang, Maruyama has created images of movement and the human figure without a beginning or end.  The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912.  A painting which “ended all painting,” Duchamp envisioned a scene enacted over time—a construction of multiple frames of a figure walking down a staircase.