_Thoughts on Intellectual Elegance

I found this great author over at BrainPickings and I would like to share it with those moved by graphic design.
Iconic Designer Massimo Vignelli on Intellectual Elegance
My favorite quote from the discovery

Intellectual Elegance

Signore Massimo Vignelli



In Review: The Biennale di Venezia

ILLUMInations (4th June to 27th November).

The 54th edition of the international modern art exhibit that is Biennale di Venezia, is underway in the city of Venice, Italy right now. Incredible to know that it has been going on since 1895.You may also have heard of the International Venice Film Festival which happens in conjunction with the Biennale.

The title chosen for the 2011 edition of the Biennale is evocative and compelling, ILLUMInations is a reference to poetry, writing, to the Biennale’s very structure composed of national pavilions. However the most important message this tittle illustrates is the one of art’s intrinsic characteristic: it’s unique and illuminating experience. The grounds are set up with two main exhibition areas, The Giardini and The Arsenal, which will  give you moments of extreme density and others of greater breath.

An impressive arts, dance, film and cultural organization expanding the gardens of Venice and setting the stage for the  interpretations of hundreds of artists from Spain to Israel who have transformed their country’s pavilion in to a statement of personal meaning, national expression, emotional turmoil at times and hopefully ILLUMInation. Below I take a closer look at some of the pavilions I was most struck with…

The French Pavilion curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, presents a new installation by French artist Christian Boltanski. The installation, titled “Chance“, deals with the themes that are characteristic for Boltanski’s work: chance, luck and misfortune.




After arriving to Piazza Roma with a couple friends the first thing to do with a bunch of Italians is eat & drink. Once we had some homemade beer and and few pounds of cured meats we were ready to hop on a  vapporetto and navigate to the ‘giardini’ to arrive at one of the two main exhibition areas in the Gardens of Venezia. The lush backdrop of the gardens is a most idyllic canvas for all of the modern art expression to reveal itself as you enter the pavilions. Yes the buzz from lunch helps too!

Starting with Spain you’re perplexed by the simplicity of the artist’s interpretation  to the more elaborate German, French and Venezuelan pavilions. [See videos and Photos] With modern art there is not any one meaning to a work or works, all you can gather is an experience and perhaps emotions which is a powerful measure of the work itself.

Personally I thought the fair is unlike any other, there is no art for sale, most importantly the emphasis on the representation of a country through a message, I found very compelling. For me the day spent in the Gardens was one I’ll never forget. It’s truly something to see and do, even more so if you are a modern art enthusiast.

United States



The artist is Vancouverite Steven Shearer, known for his engagements with near and distant pasts—namely, with the hard-rock and heavy-metal iconography of the 1970s and 1980s, and its visual resonance with the longhaired bohemians and symbolist reveries of late 19th-century European painting.


The Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Best National Participation was given to Germany this year for Christoph Schliengensief’s multi-disciplinary practice “that is intense, committed, and possesses a strong personal vision.”

For more info beyond what you find here please visit the official website for the Biennale.

Eduardo Souto de Moura ||| 2011 Pritzker Recipient

Architecture is one of my interests and if you have read this blog before you know so. Today I bring you the 2011 Pritzker prize winner and his celebrated work. For those who are not familiar with this award, it’s the equivalent of the Novel Prize, this is the highest honor you can receive in this field.

This years winner, Mr. Souto de Moura, who lives and works in the northern Portuguese city of Porto, is deeply respected in the field but is not as well known internationally as many previous Pritzker winners. He is the second Portuguese architect to win the prize; the first, in 1992, was Alvaro Siza, for whom Mr. Souto de Moura worked at the beginning of his career.

We here at Ana3Ana are cultured, well rounded folk and want you to be too! For more on the topic of Architecture and Design use the links provided to the right.

Below is a photo retrospective of  some of the works and if you would like to read on please click here.

Shigeru Ban pour Hermès | Salone del Mobile 2011

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has collaborated with french lifestyle brand Hermès to create a paper house pavilion for Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, Italy. Following in the style of Ban, the pavilion is made of paper.

A wooden frame is in place which acts as the support for paper tubes which are placed vertically to form the walls of the structure. Paper is then woven horizontally across through these ‘columns’ to close off the space, offering more privacy.

The house is open on each end, allowing visitors to walk through the structure with ease. The pavilion stands as an exhibition space for the first contemporary furniture collections designed for Hermès with pieces by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio, Denis Montel and Eric Benqué, along with new home furnishing fabrics.

The Soumaya Museum, Mexico City.

Opened last month in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood and funded by the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helú, it’s no surprise this new museum is creating a lot of buzz. The sculptural form of  Museo Soumaya is meant to be an iconic symbol of Mexico City. The 150-foot-high structure is covered with 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates designed to reflect the sun’s light. Pretty cool!

Imagined by architect Fernando Romero, 39,  along with his studio in Mexico City, the museum was also co-design by Slim himself as he revised almost every aspect of design and construction. In an interview to W Magazine Romero talks about working with Slim: “I’ve been very lucky in my life to see two unique minds working. One is Mr. Slim, and the other is Rem.” The latter refers to  to Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch titan with whom he worked on several large projects.

The Soumaya  houses a 66,000 piece collection of art  that include works by van Gogh, Matisse, and El Greco, along with the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France.

However, all that glitters is not gold. The LA Times has critizied the museum for it’s weak collection, and how poorly the paintings, sculptures and decorative arts have been installed in the open floor plan galleries.

Let’s hold off in making any judgements until we experience Museo Soumaya ourselves! Admission is free to all.

Images courtesy of Adrian Gaut, Courtesy of LAR/Fernando Romero 

For more info: http://www.fr-ee.org/