Images from the on going extensive renovation of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, in Tervuren Belgium.
According to RMCA‘s website, their collection includes 10,000,000 animals from Aftica’s wildlife.
Leopold‘s RMCA museum building closed its doors on 1 December 2013 for an extensive renovation and will reopen to the public in mid-2017.
Image source 1 , 2
En attendant les barbares poem by Constantin Cavafis (en/fr/gr) here
B&w wooden mask from the Leopold‘s Congo Free State
genocide period (1885 – 1908), found at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium; featured at the museum’s web page as Treasure of the month (Oct. 2011), one of the finest Pende masterpieces, linked somehow to Picasso’s Black period.
For the creators of this ritual Mbangu mask, the Pende people, a tribe known for their xylophone-based music and dances, this artifact represents someone who has been bewitched, disformed or misfortuned.
For Leopold II of Belgium, the builder king for his people, these couleur locale trophies served mostly his colonial propaganda. In its short existence, Congo Free State manage to became a byword for greed, cruelty, global hypocrisy and ruthless exploitation.
Dead Birds and Hunting Equipment in a Landscape (source)
Dead swan (source 1, 2)
Monkey and dog beside dead game and fruit (source)
The White Peacock (source)
Falconer’s Bag detail
Still lifes and dead games by Dutch painter Jan Weenix or Joannis Wenix (b 1639, 1643– d 1719), known for his hunting scenes.
Artist & Dealer by German artist Moto Waganari, previously featured here.
Silver steel flexible double bladed snake rapier, made during the 19th century in Toledo, Spain. Sharply pointed steel blade: length 810 mm, width 20, thickness 7 mm. Carved inscriptions: Fca de Toledo in 1846 and Acargo del Cuerno de Artilleria. Made of steel, silver and brass.
Images found here
Untitled drawings, acrylic and color pencil on black paper, by Korean artist Kyung Hwan Kwon.
From the Disfigurines series by American ceramist Justin Novak.
A moon landing goes horribly wrong in a hi-la-ri-ous fake video spot from the London based visual-effects studio Cinesite.
Antarctic landscapes from the Age of Heroic Antarctic Exploration, by British photographer Herbert Ponting, member of the fatal Terra Nova Expedition led in 1910-1913 by Captain Scott.
As the expedition photographer and cinematographer, the self-taught Ponting, manage to set up a tiny photographic darkroom in Antartica, inside the expedition’s winter camp. Although this came more than 20 years after the invention of photographic film, Ponting preferred high-quality images taken on glass plates (source).
He return to civilization in 1912 -before the catastrophic end of the Terra Nova Expedition- with more than 1700 large-format glass plate negatives.
You may find more at Royal Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute
Remedial Measures, oil on linen, from the series Accidental Empires by Australian artist Matthew Quick. Artist words about this painting:
70–60 BC Greek life-size marble statues, raised from the Antikythera Ship-wreck found by a team of sponge divers in 1900.The parts buried by the sand are exceptionally preserved while the rest of the Parian marble was disfigured by stone-eating organisms.
The first diver to lay eyes on the shipwreck described the scene as a heap of rotting corpses and horses lying on the sea bed,
From the exhibition Antikythera Shipwreck, the Ship, the Treasures, the Mechanism, at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, photos by WeWasteTime.
previously: the Antikythera Mechanism
Amazing drawings by French artist Jérôme Zonder
On fête l’anniversaire de ses neuf ans, 2009
Un jeu d´enfants, 2009
Garance et Baptiste sont à la campagne, 2009
Jeu d’enfants #4, 2011
Perspective 1, 2012
Jeu d’enfants #6, Au Goûter, 2013
Baptiste au Luxembourg, 2011
Jeu d’enfants n°1, 2010
Check out Zonder’s amazing installation @ Espace Louis Vuitton 2010
previously : We Are Your Brothers & Sisters
Short film on the dangers of texting and driving, by German director Werner Herzog, a collaboration with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Official site info here. via indiewire
When Maria was leaving Christina to sing at Covent Garden in London, where people had slept outside for five nights to get tickets, as she was leaving the Christina in the Mediterranean to fly back to London, he said to her: why do you bother to sing? I’ve got plenty of money.. (Robert Sutherland’s interview here)
Shoreditch of the dead, a short film created by London based artist/ animator Steve Cutts.
He describes this film as: An animation created in After Effects. This is a zombie horror flick set in the office in which I work, based in Shoreditch in London. All the characters are based on my work colleagues, and the character animation is derived entirely from their photos on Facebook.