En attendant les barbares

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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.

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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.

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En attendant les barbares poem by Constantin Cavafis (en/fr/gr) here

the misfortune mask

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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 Games / Jan Weenix

Jan Weenix, Dead Birds and Hunting EquipmentDead Birds and Hunting Equipment in a Landscape (source)

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Still lifes and dead games by Dutch painter Jan Weenix  or Joannis Wenix (b 1639, 1643– d 1719), known for his hunting scenes.

 

Snake rapier

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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.

 

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Images found here

Terra Nova / Herbert Ponting

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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.

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You may find more at Royal Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute

Don’t go to Hell, Pictures from the Pit

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full length video based on the work of a young Korean artist who had been taken to hell by the Lord Jesus Himself.
Read his interviw here . Pictures taken from Holy Bible’s (The King James VersionFacebook page.

Hell is real.
Do not go there.
Go to Heaven instead.
Have a nice Sunday.
Link to video.

interventions of the Antikytherian sea sculptors

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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,

 

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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

Jérôme Zonder

 

Amazing drawings by French artist Jérôme Zonder

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On fête l’anniversaire de ses neuf ans, 2009

 

jérôme zonder 2Un jeu d´enfants, 2009

jérôme zonder 12Garance et Baptiste sont à la campagne, 2009

 

jérôme zonder 7Jeu d’enfants #4, 2011

 

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jérôme zonder 6Papa, 2010

 

jérôme zonder 8Perspective 1, 2012

 

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jérôme zonder 10Baptiste au Luxembourg, 2011

 

jérôme zonder 11Jeu d’enfants n°1, 2010

 

 

Check out Zonder’s amazing installation @ Espace Louis Vuitton 2010

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previously : We Are Your Brothers & Sisters

sempre viva

marria callas

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)

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Shoreditch of the dead / Steve Cutts

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.