Over the past five years, Ai Weiwei has been featured in a hundred exhibitions all over the world. However, the one at Royal Academy in London is the first to be opened by the Chinese artist himself. Balancing between art and politics, Weiwei portrays the life of an activist both through his installations and on social media.
8. 1. 2016
With the success of Pixar came an avalanche of computer-generated animation but not all animators are following the hi-tech pack. Monocle Films travels to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and southern England in search of storytellers who think outside the computer box.
12. 7. 2016
We pull up a bar stool in Amsterdam at the inaugural Night Mayor Summit to hear from pioneering night watchmen and urban provocateurs in cities around the world.
Leipzig’s artist studios
7. 7. 2016
Dubbed the new Berlin, Leipzig is home to an increasing number of galleries and project spaces – but the city still has lots of space for inexpensive artists’ ateliers.
A stitch in time
11. 7. 2015
During the Lebanese civil war in the 70s and 80s, photographs of birthdays and parties taken by Beirut-born artist Raed Yassin’s family were lost in the upheaval. He decided to preserve memories of his childhood by stitching them into silk cloths with elaborate patterns.
21. 7. 2016
The Czech Republic’s second city was central to European design before falling into a troubled 20th-century sleep. Revival came thanks to research investment but Brno's future may lie in its design heritage.
1. 8. 2014
Once a deeply industrial city of Ústí nad Labem has risen for a cultural revival. Following a long dispute over funding between a local theatre and the council, key personalities of the creative community started enlivening a run-down cinema. Due to a long-term deprivation of culture, many volunteers have participated on the reconstruction hoping to build an independent creative hub.
Making it in the city
23. 5. 2016
Vienna provided the perfect backdrop for the 2016 Monocle Quality of Life Conference session. Monocle Films paid a visit to six of our favourite ateliers to discover that you can create jobs and wealth with downtown workshops – and the sound of the odd hammer.
25. 3. 2014
The most expensive painting of Czech auctions must not cross the border to reach its new owner. The Department of Culture decided that the abstract work of art by František Kupka sold for 55.5 million crowns will remain a part of national cultural heritage. However, the state has not taken the opportunity to buy the precious tableau. Experts call for a revision of the laws, which enable the officials to arbitrarily block valuable objects within the state’s territory.
27. 3. 2014
Tim Burton started lifting the Hollywood haze surrounding his persona with his MoMA retrospective in 2009. Five years later, he launched another touring show in Prague directing his fans towards his inner artistic journey. The venue itself serves as a statement about his favourite artists Karel Zeman, Jiří Trnka or Jan Švankmajer and the showpieces are presented in traditionally hand-blown Czech glass bulbs.
18. 7. 2015
Since the 1970s, American photographer Roger Vail has captured carnival rides with long-exposure photography, using a vintage view camera with no flash or manipulation. In summer, the artist followed the fairs moving around California to get different angles of the attractions.
Vienna travel guide
15. 4. 2016
Vienna is a city that bridges Eastern and Western Europe with panache. It has long been the melting pot of Europe so it’s easy to feel at home here – especially with our fully illustrated, 148-page hardback book as your guide.