Alexander the Great
working to change the old guard in government. The love of living and enjoying will win they will just have to dream big and throw off the 400 years Turkish thinking still pulling at them. So with a group of people obsessed with Alexander. It was with a special tour we followed in the steps of Alexander the Great we flew and drove all over the Macedonian part, the north of Greece. My question has been tallow and i am not the only one. how did this small group of Greeks come up with everything we still think and believe in. But that’s another conversation. We visited many sites, we even went under the subway being built to see the problem they have keeping the old civilisation from being dug up. But I specifically mention his fathers tomb, Phillip II which we saw that is encased in a modern Museum I mean it is under the ground with these amazing tombs in perfect condition one sees the most delicate beautiful drawings that takes your breath away and the jewelry and textiles ahhh. I show some pictures go to The Multicenter Museum of Aigai. Pull it up. the tombs were found in the 1970s by a Greek, wholly intact, a miracle by Manolis Andronikos.One must build for the Gods, or in modern terms not your own neurotic silly dream. Sorry, the architects, the starchitects, you don’t come close, glass and concrete and Italian furniture well maybe yahn we will move on from them. Just stand in a Byzantine Church and the breath of it is inspiring. Why did the religions have to go guilt. The Greeks had their gods, knew they were mortal not Gods , did the best they could and enjoyed life, yes drinking and laughing and sex and fighting and prepared for the next world where they would continue to party. The tombs had furniture layed out to continue their drinking parties.
We are Greeks all of us. in our thoughts.
Greek proverbs: “Children should be seen and not heard”, “The middle course is always the safest” – Menander. “Life is short, art is long”, Hippocrates. “Never tell your wife all you know” – Homer. “A rolling stone gathers no moss “, “Nature creates nothing without a purpose”, Aristotle.
Venice Film Festival
Biennale Architettura 2016
Reporting From The Front – 28.5-27.11 Venice
As usual the show is scattered around but the show at the Arsenale was amazing. We walked in and came out blinking in the sunlight after a whole day looking at what was new approaches to live from temporary living to redoing communities using new material, at the end of the show I was so inspired I was snapping all the companies that have new building materials to use on new construction. a new way to deal with how we live. These were not the star architects we are always seeing but cutting edge thinker architects also trying with very little money to make huge differences in quality of living.
Also do not miss the Zaha Hadid show on May 27th – Nov 27th at the Palazzo Franchetti, an explosion of creativity. The show covers all her projects she made and ones not made till now… furniture, paintings.
And while I was in Venice I popped into the Contini Gallery where they were showing a Cuban artist Julio Larraz and he is good. and I mean seriously good..My friend who was with me, being one of the few dealing in old masters in the world and having a true eye for quality said if he would be buying in the Contemporary Art world he would buy work from him.
His prices are still affordable, look him up. And it is a good time to buy. The market is soft. Watch how the sales go this coming month in London and New York.