The angelic faces of the Hummel porcelain figurines do not fail to enchant us with their beauty and innocence. Rare Hummel figurines regularly fetch high prices. It seems surprising that these beautiful figurines could be a subject of an enormous amount of ridicule and censorship in Germany under the Nazi regime. How did Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, the creator of the Hummel figurines, took it all? We explore her life and legacy in this article.
The character heads of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt continue to puzzle the experts, even after 234 years’ of his death. Numerous analysts, historians and scientists tried to explain the inspirations behind the grotesque figureheads that the sculptor is famous for.
Terracotta art and architecture reached unprecedented heights in 16th century Bengal. The devotional movement then sweeping over the region, opened floodgates of creativity. Sacred and civilian buildings, made of baked clay bricks and decorated with extravagant motifs, were set up to showcase the resurgent innovative spirits of the artists and craftsmen. Monumental structures were designed by the architects using innovative techniques that managed to defy the fragility of terracotta structures. Even five hundred years on, the remains of these historical edifices overwhelm us with their beauty and intricacy. What was the essence of terracotta art? And, how did the artists manage to create such timeless pieces of work?
Sometimes it’s not only polite, but merciful to leave things untouched, undiscovered. This installation describes unintentional influence. The vespiary and its cocoons live their own life, murmuring and shimmering in the dark, but if someone comes too close everything is dying away.
Heart is an interactive Arduino art object which throbs like a real human heart. It moves with the sound of music. And, that’s not all. It reacts to the dissonant sounds around it. In short, does more than you may ever imagine. In this exclusive article, the new age multimedia artist Ekaterina Danilova reveals the entire process of creating a throbbing heart.