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Amrita Sher-Gil – Greatest Avantgarde Women Artists of the Early 20th Century

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Struggling for days out of ideas as for many just “sit and wait” for their lockdown to end … Below is a riport/update shared for the rollinginbudapest readers to enloose a bit and enjoy the reading.

Riport based on … gain through Webniar on the Life and Art of Amrita Sher-Gil at the Indian Cultural Center in Budapest. During the Webinar several India art professionals joined the gathering and spoke about the legendary artist life. Amrita Sher-Gil, as a Hungarian and an Indian, a European and an Asian, belonged to both cultures, creating a synthesis between modern European and traditional Indian painting.

Amrita Sher-Gil was an extraordinary painter of the 20th-century whose legacy stands on a par with the Masters of Bengal Renaissance.

About the name of the Indian Cutural Center – Budapest … in 2013 a ceremony was held to name the cutural institution to be Amrita Sher-Gil.  At the time being, Ambassador Malay Mishra and art historian Katalin Keserü spoke about the naming Amrita Sher-Gil at the event, which also celebrated in time India’s 67th anniversary of independence. The culture center is just a few steps from the Embassy of India – Budapest.

A flashback to her early life and history: Amrita Sher-Gil born January, 30. 1913 in Budapest, Amrita’s father was an Indian Sikh aristocrat with a deep scholarly interest in Sanskrit and astronomy. Her Hungarian-Jewish mother Marie Antoinette Gottesmann was an opera artist. Throughout the short years Amrita Sher-Gil led a life as compelling and unorthodox as her art. The Indian artist spent her early life in a village of Hungary and at the age eight her family shifted to Shimla which was considered as a stunning hilly venue of India. Shimla was the place which marked the beginning of Amrita’s love for art and there she began receiving formal education on the subject of art from an Italian sculptor. The painter moved to Italy in 1924 and Amrita, along with her mother, followed him. Soon enough, she joined a Roman Catholic institution called Santa Anunciata. This was the place where she witnessed the miraculous works of Italian artists and got inspired from them. Showed interest and took formal lessons completing her formal studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the age of sixteen. Sher-Gil painted her airly Bohemian life in Paris, a series of self-portraits, which showed her grappling with her own identity caught between Europe and India. In Paris, she was greatly influenced by European painters like Paul Cézanne, Amedeo Modigliani and Paul Gauguin. Despite in 1929 her early success in Paris, she increasingly longed for India and finally returned to her home country in 1934, finding the inspiration she needed as she traveled around the country and reconnected with its people. At this point, was ways of seeing changes radically in India. This was the beginning of her life-long journey of trying to decode the traditions of Indian art. She deeply thought her new style diverged greatly from her previous works learned in Paris, but she realized that Europe belonged to the art likers of Picasso and Matisse while India belonged to her. The influence of Western painting traditions are apparent in her early works, most notably seem to evoke the poverty, sadness and monumental gravity of the people she saw around her.

One of her paintings  The “Group of Young Girls”  a powerful work done in earthy colors portraying three, young girls waiting pensively for their future received Gold medal at Grand Salon Paris – 1933., and also won a Gold medal from Bombay Art Society – 1937. 

Overall, on one hand, Amrita was passionate about everything life had to offer and on the other hand, she harbored a deep sense of melancholy. Amrita  Sher-Gil  was often referred as India’s Frida Kahlo.”The Two Fridas” play was introduced in the UK as storytelling through dance and music. (Writer’s note … Would be great to bring the UK’s preformance over to Budapest  Hungary!)

In the year 1938, Amrita married her Hungarian first cousin, Dr. Victor Egan. Afterwards, she moved to the city of Gorakhpur, where her paternal family resided, with her beloved husband. Later on, the couple decided to move to Lahore which was a part of the undivided India. Sadly, in the year 1941, Amrita Sher-Gill left the world and gone ahead.

Amrita Sher-Gill was the first and youngest only Asian artist. Her works show a considerable amount of influence from the west and her deep passion, along with a great sense of understanding towards colors, shows why the artist is considered remarkable even in today’s times.

The masterworks of this artist have been declared as National Art Treasures by the Government – India and a majority of her creations adorn the beauty of the famous National Gallery of Modern Art – capital of India.In addition to this, as paying respect to the great artist, there is a road by the name of Amrita Sher-Gill Marg in Delhi.

In 2001 the Ernst Museum Budapest held an exhibition on Amrita’s painting which were introduced  to the Hungarian art lovers for the first time in Hungary.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary (2013) of her birth was seen on the fence at the Hungarian National Museum giant tableau 50 arts namely “exhibition fence.”  In January of the same year, was erected a marble plaque at her birthplace District I, Budapest: Szilágy Dezső Square. Also in 2013 UNESCO announced  to be the international year of Amrita Sher-Gil.

During her short but productive career, she influenced generations. Amrita left behind 175 substantial body of works of which 95 works are at the National Museum – Delhi and some are at private collectors. However, the artist has been overlooked for decades, only the past recent times receiving the recognition she deserves.

Update Aggie Reiter

Zsolnay Light Festival – Painted Jami Building with Light @ City of Pécs

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Unfortunetely, due to the situation caused by COVID-19, the Zsonaly Light Festival @ the City of Pécs, planned for the summer of 2020, couldn’t take place.

The organizers, i.e. the state of Zsonaly Heritage Management Ltd. have been working hard in recent weeks not to let the light being out of order and make the most out of the situation in our daily situation. Photos Péter Marsalkó

Therefore, every night from November, 27. to December, 20. from 4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. –  Jami of Széchenyi Square will be dressed up in a light robe. The light artists of the LaLuz Visuals creative group made it happen to enjoy the brilliant sight and make the difficult period better during the Holiday Season a little better.

The biggest light festival in the country is awaiting its visitors.

© Aggie Reiter

5th ArteKino Festival – December, 1-31. 2020.

During the Convid-19 Pandemic effect, not being able to go and sit enjoying movies at the cinemas therefore an attempt was made by the ArteKino organisers to make this year’s selection reachable in watch at home even more colorful selectionof moves than before. The organizers welcome cinema fans to make these hard times easier with online screenings of documentaries that mix with fiction and various combinations of these. Drama taps into comedy and then hyperrealism. We see European conflicts through the eyes of young filmmakers, with a new approach, overwhelming empathy and parade dramaturgy. Cat in the Wall is one of my favorite but also warmly recommended films for Ivana the Terrible, Son of Sofia, and Motherland. The film screened in original language with English/Hungarian subtitles.

Movies are available for free from December, 1-31. 2020 between the following link, after a quick registration: https://www.artekinofestival.com

Since it was first launched, ARTE has always championed a shared foundation of European cultural values by placing imagination and pluralism at the heart of its project. This European ideal pervades all its programmes and, thanks to digital technology, the channel is now able to share it with more and more Europeans. A genuine cultural policy cannot be the sole preserve of “those in the know”, it only makes sense if it is open to everyone, especially those who have no access to culture or may feel excluded.This is why ARTE is keen to address audiences where they are most likely to be found – on digital networks. The ArteKino festival, launched in 2016, is symbolic of ARTE’s ambition to promote the riches of European arthouse cinema and share them with as many people as possible.

For its fifth edition ArteKino Festival is showing a selection of 10 European films that have been made by young filmmakers, and which are freely available in 10 languages in 45 countries across Europe. Our aim is to create new links between works, their creators and a large audience that is keen to discover new and relevant views on contemporary concerns and themes. In an everchanging landscape, these films, fictions and documentaries offer a lens through which we can see our world, and decipher our link with history.

The ten feature length films, made by creators from ten different countries, pay homage to the cultural and linguistic diversity found across Europe. Our selection highlights new creators and their diverse sources of inspiration, along with how they address geopolitical changes and intimate crises. Being either documentaries or fiction, or blending the borders between the two, these films offer a range of views, from melancholic to cheerful, of a transforming world.

Established by the ArteKino Foundation, the festival has benefited from the support of Europe Media Créative as well as private sponsors. The ArteKino Foundation also supports feature length projects through the “ArteKino International Prize”, a bursary to help with their development, which has been awarded at a dozen large film festivals. Also, through “ArteKino Selection” a film or series is made freely available on ARTE’s three digital cinemas: artekinofestival.com, arte.tv, and the YouTube channel ARTE Cinéma.

Olivier Père, ArteKino Festival Artistic Director
Rémi Burah, President of the ArteKino Foundation

source: ArteKino

Update: Aggie Reiter

Virtual Vinyl Gallery – Now Actually Live – Vote for the Best 2020

First of all maybe for some would be unknown and asking …

“Q” What is Art Vinyl?
“A” Founded in London, England in 2005, Art Vinyl is the original way to display your favourite vinyl records. Perfect for music or art enthusiasts and those with an eye for stylish interior design.

With necessity so often the Mother of Invention, the Art Vinyl bringing this unique chance to wander round their gallery, featuring some of this year’s amazing sleeve designs, which is brought by Folkestone Harbour who enabled this one off Art Show. The gallery is situated in the harbour Customs House, and it is honoured to have this venue for Art Vinyl virtual exhibition.

Play & Display Flip Frames … The unique Play & Display Flip Frame gives the chance to stylishly display favourite vinyl albums or 12″ singles and their contents on personal wall. With this record frame’s unique design can also change over any display within seconds, without having to remove the frame from the wall.

Just a hint from the past years … the winners of Best Art Vinyl 2019 were announced on January 16th 2020 at the Koppell Project Gallery in Soho London. The public vote in 2019 placed French band “Klones” sleeve art, depicting the broken symmetry of sun and clouds for the album “Le Grand Voyage”, in first place; Nick Cave and the “Bad Seeds” fantasy landscape for Ghosteen in second; and in third, “Efterklang” the Danish bands 6th album “Altid Sammen”

The search for the most creative and well designed record cover of the year for 2020 has now begun.

Mind you, the Best Art Vinyl 2020 nominations will be revealed in November and the winner announced in January 2021. https://artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/

Depending of your daily/evening mood, may change the sleeves and design your own gallery wall,  framed and listen to the vinyl record.

In the meantime like to share one tune of my favorit RollingStone album “Tattoo” that meant something so powerful about in the early Stones days. … Might take you into  the mood already to enjoy Art and Vinyl of your own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLVmBOOqVU

ie.: “Since 2019, we’re very proud that the Best Art Vinyl Award has been re-designed and manufactured by Vinylize. The Budapest based brand has been handcrafting glasses out of unwanted vinyl records since 2004 and is a design pioneer within alternative vinyl culture.”

© Aggie Reiter

18th Online Anilogue International Animation Film Festival – Hungary

November, 25- 29. 2020. – Budapest’s Toldi Remote Cinema – Hungary

The films can be viewed within original languages and English & Hungarian subtitles.

Anilogue is organized for the 18th in Hungary, but for the first time through the Toldi Remote Cinema will be covered throughout the whole country. For animation movie lovers between 25 – 29 November the newest and most fascinating screenings will be available. This year 24 short films are competing for the Best Film Award and 15 films for the Best Children’s Film Award. Viewers will be able to see 52 works, including three full-length animations.

Anilogue 2020 will focus on Portugal and two online workshops will also add color to the festival’s offerings.

The program opens with the wonderful adventures of director Anca Damian’s poetic and moving film, Marona. The protagonist of the film is an optimistic stray dog.The animal looks back on its human companions, whom it loved throughout its life. The dazzlingly colorful, overwhelming visual world is partly noted by renowned artist Brecht Evens. The film is a life-affirming story told by a dog’s patient and endless devotion that reminds us how little is enough for happiness.

One of the highlights of the festival is Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen’s
award winning My Favorite War that is a personal, animated documentary about the director’s life growing up in Latvia during the Soviet era 1970-1990, where Sovjet used WW2 as an ideological weapon to suppress and scare the population.

The closing film of the festival will be Ayumu Watanabe’s Children of the Sea. Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s original manga, this new Japanese anime excitingly combines traditional, hand-drawn drawings with state-of-the-art CGI technique.

The protagonist of the special visual film is 14-year-old Ruka, who feels an inexplicable attraction to the scenario and the two mysterious boys, Umi and Sora, whom he met there.

Tickets for 1500 HUF can be purchased through: https://film.artmozi.hu/anilogue-2020/.

Full program: FB: https://www.facebook.com/anilogue/events

© Aggie Reiter

5th Italian World Gastronomic Week @ Budapest – Hungary – 2020

This year will be online programs during the Vth Italian World Gastronomy Week featuring four through November 23 – 29. 2020.

Along the week, two remote cinema screenings, a webinar and an online cooking course await for those interested.

Map of Art of Eating Well – Regions of Italy

Showing the famous foods of its originate.

In the framework of the 5th World Italian Gastronomic Week and on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Pellegrino Artusi the Italian Cultural Institute coordially calls audience online to the Pellegrino Artusi, the first gastroblogger event held by Prof. Massimo Montanari – Professor, Department of Cultural and Social History, University of Bologna @ 6 p.m. on November 24, 2020 to the Zoom platform. The webinar is designed to showcase the famous gastronomist and writer whose book The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating which was published in 1897 after twenty years of research and in fifteen different editions published with the collaboration of readers who took an active part in sending their recipes and implementation. This is why Artusi’s handbook contributes in building a national culture of Italian unity that was not realized much earlier. The audience can listen to his presentation with simultaneous interpretation in Hungarian language.

On November 23, the film Spiced to Taste will be screened on the online cooking course, Domenico Cilenti remote Cinema platform from 7.30 p.m. Experience changes Arturo’s attitude to life forever.

On November 26, joining the program the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, also with Prof. Massimo Montanari, Professor of the Department of Cultural and Social History at the University of Bologna, Pellegrino Artusi, through the webinar designed to showcase the famous gastronomist and writer whose book The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating was published in 1897 and has since been published in fifteen different editions (lecture: 6 p.m.- Zoom platform).

On November 27, the Gastro Week program continues with an online cooking course, Domenico Cilenti introduces its viewers to the secrets of Puglia cuisine (7 p.m. – on the Zoom platform).

The Gastro Week ends with the screening of Gianni Di Gregorio’s Golden Lady of the Old Women (Pranzo di Ferragosto)nominated for the Golden Lion on 30 November. The hero of the film is a Roman man in his sixties who spends his daily life caring for his mother. Due to her financial problems, in mid-August, as the Ferragosto holiday approaches, she takes care of another lady and then doesn’t even notice, and her apartment will be full of unknown aunts she needs to take care of in a matter of seconds. (7.30 p.m. – Remote Cinema).

Members of the Italian Cultural Institute with a valid membership card (+1 person) can participate at the film screenings and webinars, participation is free and registration is required. Mandatory reservation until November 23, 2020 10 p.m. – through iicbudapest@esteri.it

Streaming codes in limited numbers, in order of application.

© Aggie Reiter

The 9th Jewish & Israeli Film Festival – Online Event @ Hungary

This year as well just as in the previous years don’t have to miss the Best of the Jewish and Israeli films @ the 9th ZIFF film festival which will be screened exclusively online by remote cinema system between November, 24 and December, 6. 2020. Within the framework of the festival, the best films of recent years will be “screened” around Hungary throughout 2 weeks.

During this period a broad line-up of the latest movies depicting to-day’s Jewish culture, heritage and lifestyle will be introduced. The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the year’s program will features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the Germany, United States, Russia, Norway, France, Israel, Austria and Hungary.

The online streeningss will be accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones. All the movies in original languages with Hungarian subtitles.

The organiser of the Film Festival is the JCC Budapest – Bálint House. The main sponsors of the event are the Hungarian Jewish Social Assistance Foundation, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Thalheimer family and both Embassies in Hungary, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the State of Israel.

In brief mentioning two films as highlights during the festival. Opening film “Resistance” on November 24. 8 p.m. and further dates: November, 28. 8 p.m., November, 29 3.30 p.m., December, 3. 8 p.m. … The true story of Marcel Marceau, the most famous pantomime artist of all time, who, as a novice actor as a member of the French resistance in World War II, rescued thousands of children from certain death with his companions.

Also on screen will be “GOLDA” Meir, a generation of founding fathers and mohers, provides a captivating insight. She was Israel’s first and so far only female prime minister, whose family fled the pogroms into the new world, who became a socialist Zionist in Wisconsin who defended and built Israel for decades. Vaslady was a grandmother and founder of the state. The documentary provides a captivating insight into the life of the “Queen of the Jews”. Screenings: November, 25. 6 p.m. and December, 6., 4 p.m.

Ticket sales will start on November, 12. 2020. – http://www.zsifi.org

Tickets can be purchased for the dates on the show, allowing ticket buyers to watch the movie at the time the movies are screened. Tickets price 1500HUF.
The process of buying tickets … may find information about movies and screening times in the “MOVIES” or “PROGRAM” menu and can also buy tickets from there. The movies can be viewed online at the specified time(s) – like at a real movie theater. That means with the purchased ticket, unlike streaming services, can watch the selected movie at any time. Tickets can only be purchased online by credit card payment. After the purchase, the ticket will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Click the big green button in the email to enter the show, from where may proceed to the Lounge 1 hour before the start time. The start of the projection is indicated by a triple gong and can start watching the movie by clicking the flashing black button.

The main patron of the festival is Gergely Karácsony – Mayor of Budapest

© Aggie Reiter

“Diwali”  Festival of Lights … #1 Most Popular Festival of India

“Diwali” or “Dipawali” means lighting “Diya” or earthen lamps.

Diwali festival is set on the date by the Hindu calendar so it varies in the Western calendar. It usually falls in October or November. Diwali is a New Year festival in the Vikrama calendar, depending on the cycle of the Moon in the month of Kartika. This festival is celebrated on “Amasvasya” considered to be the darkest day of the month. This day is chosen to brighten up with earten lamps in billions of homes.

Diwali, is a 5 Day Festival celebrated by millions of people across the world every Autumn. The theme of Diwali is marked with firework displays and family feasts. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, with its main theme the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Diwali also is the festival of love, light, and happiness, furthermore, typically this time is meant to get along with friends and loved ones.

In 2020, Diwali commences with Dhanteras on November 12. It concludes on November 16. The main celebrations happen on the third day (this year, on November 14). Deepavali is usually celebrated a day early in South India, but sometimes occurs on the same day, when the lunar days overlap.

Legend says … “On this day the protagonist of the iconic epic “Ramayana” Lord Ram had returned from his 14 years of exile into the forest with his wife “Sita” and brother ’Laxman’ after defeating the demon king “Ravana”.The day he arrived, Ayodhya was lit up with “Diyas” or handmade earthen lamps with cotton wicks and oil. This tradition has been followed till now. This legend symbolises the victory of good over evil. According to the Hindu tradition, this day Goddess laxmi enters the homes of every Indian to bless them with wealth, prosperity and happiness. In another tradition, God Ganesha is also worshipped together with Laxmi and he is said to bless everyone with good fortune. All in all, its a festival to spread happiness, harmony, peace all around as well as within us. A day not only to clean the houses from every nook and corner, and wear new clothes and make delicious food, but to also clean up our hearts and minds of all negativity and spread goodwill around.”

In India thousands of candle and clay lamp lights illuminate houses, shops, streets and markets. It’s that magical time of the year when the doors are lined with diyas and also with colorful patterns, rangoli for decoration and to spread positivity within the colors and to welcome Laxmi – the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, and luck.

This year, things will be a little different for all due to these challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic and the organizers indeed will be aware in properly wearing the mask and keeping distance.

© Aggie Reiter

The 4th Italian Design Day in Budapest 2020

This year, things will be a little different for all due to the challenging times of COVID-19 Pandemic, yet H.E. Massimo Rustico Ambassador of Italy to Hungary arranged a special celebration within a Virtual Journey, which took place on November, 5. 2020.

Riport to the Italian Design Day … an integrated promotion project launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to highlight the excellence and peculiarities of Italian design around the world. The initiative, which is at its 4th edition features over 100 events across 100 global cities, and is organised by the Italian Embassies, Consulates, Cultural Institutes together with the Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

Discription of some of the ideas which Made in Italy are known at every corner of the World … Italian Design Day 2020 was up-to-date in several perspectives. Italy came to comprehensively dominate the global design field and long led the international pack in acountless fields such as cars, fashion, interior products & furniture and last but not least food. Also describing “ Drawing the future … Automotive”  … Italian cars are considered among the world’s most beautiful ones.  “Design & technology” so innovative to bring about absolute jewels such surprise. The brand  new FIAT 500 Full Electric Design. “Tradition of Crafting” techniques combining with innovative, modern design, state of the art technology to translate into the highest quality and resounding beauty. within  Hotels, Flagship Stores, Buildings, Megayachts. The global luxury firm – theMolteni Group with more than 80 years of experience … all in the name of quality living. Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg join creative forces to create Sicily a unique project Made in Italy. The small appliances collection produced by Smeg with an unmistakable Dolce&Gabbana touch. Italy – leadership in luxury fashion with its brands continues to confirm, whether a dress, a bag, a pair of sunglasses or shoes, make the difference and will be stylish and trendy in a new definition of elegance. “Jewelry & Corals” – “Coralli e cammei” of Torre del Greco by Assocoral.
Last and not least … The ambassador of Italian Design for Hungary Architect Mario Trimarchi plays a key role in promoting Made in Italy  … vast influence on urban, industrial and fashion design by turning it in a world trendsetter.

Italy has produced some of the finest design groups and companies worldwide, which are a magnet for global talents too.

Hopefully in the coming future many Hungarians will be able to personally attend live at  “Made in Italy” special celebration.

© Aggie Reiter

“Idiot Prayer” – Nick Cave’s New Concert Film Screening Across the Country.

Due till this date, taking into account the rules and measures to fight the coronavirus, the projections will be held … information about the changes can be found on the cinema’s website. Until then … from November 5, at the same time as the world premiere, Nick Cave’s new concert film “Idiot Prayer” will hit pictures across the country, in which the Australian songwriter-singer will perform his songs solo, accompanied by a piano.

The intimate, two-hour concert film features songs from different eras, both rarely heard songs and popular hits, s alone new songs he performed at his livestream show. Sceening in English language with Hungarian subtitles. From the earliest Bad Seeds and Grinderman records to the latest Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen. up to the record material, including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues or Girl In Amber.

The film was in June 2020, originally recorded as a concert film that could only be watched online once during quarantine, and can now be seen on a big screen in an expanded cinema version worldwide, along with four brand new songs, now heard for the first time. The unique atmosphere of “Idiot Prayer”, which is more personal than any Nick Cave concert film to date, reflects months of quarantine with isolation and uncertainty on the one hand, and hopeful anticipation on the other.

The “Idiot Prayer” – Nick Cave Alone @ Alexandra Palace London – concert film will be distributed by Pannonia Entertainment LTd. within 30 cinemas nationwide from November 5, including the entire Cinema City network, Corvin, Toldi and Pólus Cinemas in Budapest and the Urania National Film Theater, limited screenings or only one evening at a time.

The performance was filmed by multiple award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (My Favorite, Marriage Story) in the ornate auditorium of iconic Alexandra Palace in London. The film’s music recording director was renowned producer and sound engineer Dom Monks, who had previously worked with Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Katie Melua, Tom Jones and Coldplay.

© Aggie Reiter