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Feel the glory of The Belle Époque

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The Belle Époque, French for Beautiful Era, was the prosperous time between the Franco-Prussian war in 1871 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914. This epoch was distinguished by ubiquitous optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and countless technological innovations. Château-Musée de Nemours in Nemours, France aims to reflect on this period and evoke the feeling of The Belle Epoque in its temporary exhibition by immersing its visitors in the artistic, intellectual and social atmosphere spread through the vast lands of the French Third Republic. The exposition delivers a panorama of the effervescent period, tackling themes from Art Nouveau to the study of Japanese art; the epiphany of entertainment and leisure, including fashion, celebrities and the growing popularity of theater and music halls. Featuring about a hundred and twenty prominent works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts and jewels, the exhibition gives a tribute to artists at the turn of the century. Prosperous names such as Jules Chéret, Félix Bracquemond, Emile Gallé and many others take us back to the “Golden Age” of flourishing arts before the horrors of World War I changed the world forever.

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The world of Ydessa Hendeles: Reality or Fantasy?

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The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier location is welcoming the famed Canadian artist Ydessa Hendeles, marking her first retrospective in Europe with the exhibition titled Death to Pigs. Featuring an expansive arrangement of more than 150 vintage wooden manikins, a plastic pig and an American roadable aircraft, Hendeles collects historical objects and artifacts to bring them together in complex and expansive installations. The exhibition Death to Pigs showcases some of the artist’s most prominent works created within the last thirteen years. Ydessa was born to Holocaust survivor parents in the city of Marburg. Her works reflect the history of the twentieth century with a narrative consistent with loss and alienation presented through thorough historical and cultural research with autobiographical references throughout. Hendeles encourages the visitor to find or forge a connection by looking back in the past to understand the consequences it has on our future. She introduces us to social developments, such as ideas of cultural identity that were used destructively to influence masses and turn utopian ideas into dystopian realities.

The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier’s temporary exhibition reflecting the works of the great Ydessa Hendeles is on display until the 27th of May. Exclusive photos and a deeper look into the story behind her collection are featured in the CloudGuide guide, now available on our App!

 



CloudGuide proudly presents the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels!

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A fantastic addition to the CloudGuide community and a natural must see for children and adults, the Museum of Natural Sciences is one not to miss when visiting the capital of Belgium! Part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, this European scientific establishment is considered the top of its kind, holding an astonishing collection of more thanthirty-seven million conserved specimens in its vaults.

With more than sixteen thousand squares meters open to the public year round, it is to no one's surprise that this incredible institute in Brussels welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year. The most prominent collections at the museum include the Gallery of Humankind, the Gallery of Evolution and the most famous of them all - the Dinosaur Gallery. The Gallery of Humankind is devoted to exploring the human evolution using fossils and modern technology. With life-size three-dimensional reconstructions, visitors can compare their features to those of our ancestor’s hominids who walked this earth seven million years ago. The Gallery of Evolution takes its visitors through billions of years of history, from the first forms of primitive life on Earth to life as we know it today. Based on evolutionary models, the gallery takes us on a trip to the future to imagine how animals might look like fifty-million years from now. The famous Dinosaur Gallery is the biggest of its kind in Europe. It is entirely devoted to the discovery, lives and evolution of dinosaurs. At the end of the nineteenth century, thirty complete dinosaur skeletons were found in a coal mine in Belgium. Today, they form the most famous attraction at the museum along with the replica of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex in the world.

Don’t miss the expansive installations at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels! And when you do go, don't forget to enjoy the museum’s top natural selection exhibits available with video guides on our App!



Celebrating women in 2018!

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In her acceptance speech at the 90th Academy Awards, best actress winner Frances McDormand used her platform to applaud all the brave women in the film industry, an industry shaken by the accusations of sexual harassment and unequal pay. As the crowd applauded in her honour, McDormand asked the female nominees in every category to stand with her and look around the vast Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, witnessing the joy in each of theinspirational women’s eyes as she addressed the imbalances and required more diversity in the industry.

After years of facing criticism for speaking out on their rights, last year has marked an epiphany in our society. Women’s voices are ultimately being heard and history is being written in front of our eyes. Unequal pay, sexual harassment, gender, racial and many other injustices that women have faced through history have resulted in the creation of inspiring social movements such as the #MeToo movement or the Time’s up movement, gathering groups of women and empowering them in controlling their lives, claiming their rights and once and for all breaking the stigma of women in business. CloudGuide is proud to be an example of a successful business founded and ran by women. We are honoured to be on the forefront of the changes our society is going through and delighted to have a majority of female employees. Although we celebrate Women’s Day with joy, proud of the work we’ve done so far, it is also important to remember those women who are still victims of oppressive cultures and grasp the work that is yet to be done. While a good step forward, women have to hold their ground now more than ever and be and inspiration to others so that the generations to follow can be born into the world of equality, love and respect.

 



Explore the Genius Versatility of Guy Mees at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz!

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Guy Mees, a central figure of Belgium’s art scene will be celebrated for the very first time in Austria at the newly opened exhibition entitled ‘The Weather is quiet, cool and soft’. This highly anticipated exhibition will be on view till April 29th at the innovative and international art space, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, where they will be displaying a variety of works from the artist that have rarely been shown before!

The exhibition titled The weather is quiet, cool and soft shows works from different phases in the career of Mees. Some of his best awe-inspiring photographs, videos and fragile paper works have been carefully curated for this showing at Kunsthalle Karlsplatz. The selected works range from his inspiring early lace pieces to the films and the photographs of the celebrated Portraits series. But it doesn’t end there! The never before shown structuralist works from the 1970s, pastel on paper series from the mid-seventies, the Lost Space paper cut-outs from the 1980s and much more are all on display! The title of the exhibition has been taken from a note written by Mees, which gives it an extra special touch. Mees has been represented with solo and group exhibitions in many major museums as well at the 9th Shanghai Biennial in 2012.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see impressive works of the leading figure in the Belgian post war avant garde! To get a glimpse of the exhibition, head over to our App now!



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