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Women who have shaped the art world.

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Art history is full with names of great men like Picasso and Van Gogh, but what about the women who have helped shape the world's visual history?

We want to use this year's International Women's Day to tell you more about four strong and influential women in art history.

Get inspired by our power women artist quartet who changed the art world.

 

1. Frida Kahlo

Probably one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century is the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She is admired for her complex self-portraits that deal with topics of identity, suffering and the human body. 

Kahlo was involved in a traumatic bus accident at the age of 18 in which she was seriously injured and confined to a bed for months. During her slow recovery, she took up painting from the bed and then gave up her academic activities to work as an artist.

We can still feel the influence of Frida Kahlo today, her endless recreation and layering of her own identity was an essential precursor of identity politics and continues to inspire artists today.

 

2. Yayoi Kusama

Our second power woman is the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Also known as the "queen of polka dots", Kusama is considered as one of the best-selling female artists of the 21st century.

It is nearly impossible to classify Kusama in a single artistic category. Throughout her long career, she has worked in painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance art and environmental installations. Kusama was involved in Pop Art, Minimalism and feminist art movements even before these movements became famous.

We genuinely recommend you not to miss the exhibition of her infinity rooms at Tate Modern that will open in May 2020.

 

3. Marina Abramović

Another power woman that we like to introduce is the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. 

Her artworks explore the relationship between artist and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Did you know that she once performed "The Artist is Present" for 736 hours and 30 minutes long? She stayed silent and sitting motionless in the atrium of the MoMA while the audience was invited to sit opposite her in turn. Over the course of nearly three months, for eight hours a day, she met the gaze of 1,000 strangers, many of whom were moved to tears.

 

4. Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola was a late Renaissance painter best known for her portraiture. She was one of the first known female artists and one of the first women artists who established an international reputation for herself. 

Anguissola was born into a noble family who supported her to learn painting together with her five sisters. It quickly became obvious that she adept at portraiture. Her numerous self-portraits show the daily activities of a noblewoman of her rank like reading, playing musical instruments or painting. 

The four of them have much more in common than just their gender; they are true legends that have shaped the history of art in their unique way. Today, on International Women's Day, we should celebrate and recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. 



One weekend in Madrid with CloudGuide

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Wondering what to do in Madrid for a short getaway over the weekend? Below you can find the route with all the must-see museums and some secret cultural gems of the city!

 

On your first day, we can propose three impressive sites which are very close to each other but still will make you walk your 10.000 steps a day! The extraordinary Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza which houses one of the essential painting collections assembled in the 20th century. Located on the Art Walk, it became part of the Spanish heritage just one year after its inauguration in October 1992. The permanent exhibition, which is entirely available on the CloudGuide App, shows amongst others, artworks of famous painters like Manet, Degas, van Gogh and, Renoir. Did you know that its name comes after the art collector Heinrich Freiherr Thyssen-Bornemisza who gave his private collection to the Spanish state?

 

Only a stone away you can reach the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas that offers visitors a deep insight into the life of the 14th century until today. It shows the changes of the time and how different materials, manufacturing methods and, functions of objects have developed. 

 

To end the day comfortably, we suggest going up to the roof terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes and enjoying a drink with an impressive sunset. The museum, located in a magnificent building designed by Antonio Palacios inaugurated in 1926, has some of the best views of the city. 

 

For your next day, we recommend you go a bit deeper into Madrid’s cultural life and visit Museo Cerralbo and Museo Sorolla.

 

The Museo Sorolla is one of the lesser-known museums in Madrid that houses a collection of artworks by the impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla Bastida. Not only the original furniture in every room is unique, but also the beautiful courtyard and with flowers and fountains are a must-see. 

The Museo Cerralbo houses the incredible private collection of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo. The decoration consisting of neo-baroque and rococo elements gives the museum a unique character. You can discover around 50.000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, coins, medals, weapons and more. 

 

So, what is stopping you from hopping into a plane and go to Madrid now? Just book your ticket and enjoy a fabulous weekend!

 



Artist Couples

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We all know February is the month of love. We are on Valentine's Day mood, which means that love, passion, and romance are in the air. In CloudGuide, we have done some history digging, and this month we are bringing you the story of three turbulent and passionate art-world-romances. Are you ready to discover all the secrets about these three mysterious relationships? 💑 

 

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: 

The first artist couple we want to bring closer to you are Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The Mexican couple went through so many ups and downs in their relationship that soon enough, it got reflected in their art. Kahlo processed numerous adulteries of her husband through her paintings and finally, divorced him in 1939. Nevertheless, despite multiple affairs and quarrels, Kahlo married him again one year later. 

 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: 

The relationship between the artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude began a bit more harmonious. Their love story started in Paris, the city of love. Christo, the native Bulgarian artist, was living as a refugee in Paris and was hired to paint a portrait of Jeanne-Claude’s mother. Long story short Jeanne-Claude fell in love, followed her heart and broke up with her husband to spend her life together with Christo. Who knows, maybe they were meant for each other and it was no coincidence that they were born on the same day in the same year. Together the artist duo became popular for their large-scale environmental artworks wrapping famous buildings. 

 

Françoise Gillot and Pablo Picasso:

The third love story, the one of Françoise Gillot and Pablo Picasso began when they both first met in a café in Paris. Although Picasso was having dinner with his mistress Dora Maar, he only had eyes for the 21-year-old Gillot and invited her to visit his studio. In keeping with the motto that three wives are better than only one, Picasso had a love affair with three women at the same time. Despite these circumstances, the young Gillot was very interested in Picasso, but she was still cautious. During their 10-year relationship and two children together, Gillot supported Picasso in his creation of sculptures and works of art. Finally, there was no happy ending because Gillot divorced Picasso. A few years later, she published a book about her experiences with the artist. 💔

 

We think these are quite surprising stories about relationships between some of the most well-known artists. Can you remember your most exciting love affair?



MadridesModa festival – “Gala Dinner at Cerralbo Palace” joins CloudGuide with their tour

BY Cristina Pérez Ferrer
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The Museo Cerralbo joins the “MadridesModa” festival with its motto "taste the fashion" this year.

The temporary exhibition in the space of this impressive museum brings together various fashion creations by Spanish designers like Felipe Varela, Roberto Verino, Fernando Claro, Juan Duyos and Juana Martín.

Promoted by the Association of Fashion Creators of Spain this pop-up exhibition discovers the importance of fashion as one of the most important cultural industries in our country.

We recommend visitors to take this exceptional occasion to admire remarkable Spanish fashion in this incomparable environment of the museum.

Take your opportunity to check out the free virtual tour on the CloudGuide App!



London’s Victoria & Albert joins CloudGuide with English AND Mandarin-language guides!

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In August, CloudGuide joined forced with the stunning V&A Museum in London to create tours of their permanent collections. This was an incredibly exciting opportunity for us: the Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing over 2 million objects dating across 5,000 years.

As well as fascinating and highly popular displays – the museum’s Christian Dior exhibition recently broke their own attendance record by achieving close to 595,000 visitors in seven months – the V&A hosts a range of events, including 2019’s London Design Week.

The V&A started its life in 1852 as a Museum of Manufactures, before becoming the South Kensington Museum five years later. In 1899, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone to the museum and the title was changed to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The institution has since gone on to become one of the most popular in London, exhibiting collections which range from Chinese ceramics to contemporary fashion design.

If you visit the museum this September, you will be able to see a huge range of exhibitions focusing on illustration (such as Beatrix Potter’s Art: ‘drawn in design’), the politics and pleasure of food, fashion design and British humour across the ages (Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation), amongst many other original and inspiring collections – you can even attend London Design Week between the 14-22 September to see exhibitions, talks and workshops!  

CloudGuide prides itself on developing interactive, educational and useful guides in which simplicity and engagement are key. The CloudGuide tour of the Victoria and Albert allows users to discover its permanent exhibitions and plan their trip to the museum - and is even available in Mandarin for Chinese-speaking visitors!

Download the CloudGuide app today to discover more about the Victoria & Albert Museum and find out why it is one of the top cultural institutions in London.



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