Posted on March 19, 2011
Began operations 58 years ago and today is one of the most iconic companies in its field. The quality and detail of their vases and miniatures and have led to the world's museums.
The story of Lladró porcelain , native of Valencia (Spain) but today with international presence, is not unlike many successful family businesses. It emerged in 1953 on the initiative of the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró, who from a workshop in the village of Almàssera began to refine and innovate work on porcelain.
Progress was not only technical but above all, creative. Already in the 1950s, stood out for its reproduction of Winged Victory (masterpiece of Hellenistic culture). Over the decades, there would be more and more achievements and recognitions.
In the mid-'60s, Lladró landed in the U.S., a market that would gradually seducing. In 1986, incidentally, the Lladró Museum opened in the exclusive 57 Manhattan street.
The launch of the collection of vases in '70 (now a classic) and global trade expansion in the '80s (has subsidiaries in UK, Australia, Japan, China and the U.S.) to strengthen finished Lladró. The art world has also welcomed him: in 1991, the prestigious Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg joined two of his works (sculptures "Float eighteenth century" and "Don Quixote") as part of its permanent collection.
Porcelain and magic
Currently, Lladró has revalued its work with other designers and brands. Thus, by Jaime Hayon created "Scenes", a collection aimed at children (yes, even though we talk about china). Among the highlights of it, find "Lovers" (above) be encapsulated surreal inspiration.
Just alliance we have seen the birth of "The Rocking Chicken Ride" charming piece halfway between kitsch and more stripped current trends.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on December 20, 2010
The smallest of the Balearic looms as an ideal for those seeking to combine the warmth of its quiet beaches and a range of dining options destination.
Just 34 kilometers from Mallorca, we have this fabulous little island with a long list of attractions that include not only its wide beaches but also medieval churches, traditional distilleries (as prepared by the gin Xoriguer) ports and intense life .
If we start with "urban" impossible not to refer to Mahon (pronounced by natives simply as "Mo"), island capital and heart of economic life. The city was founded by the Carthaginians but the footprint of different peoples (Romans, Arabs, Greeks and Phoenicians) was reflected in its unique architecture. Notable examples of this, the Fornás of Torrelló (where there is a mosaic of the sixth century Romanesque style) and the city, with an impressive neoclassical facade and clock to Richard Kane led the British in colonial times.
The city also has remarkable amenities;. Cafes and restaurants of varied style thus quasi-hidden in a popular street in Mahon, we find the Ízaro, discreet subtracted 7 tables offering tickets as cool with ham and plates of classic sea and unbeatable as garlic prawns and octopus. Are also recommended Biosphere (great for breakfast) and MOM café, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, serving exquisite fish lasagna.
Despite its small size (compared to Ibiza and Mallorca), Menorca has many beaches. The largest (with 3 miles of coast) and San Bou is known but also have their charms Binisafuller Cala Sant Tomás (chosen by those who practice water sports), Cala Binibeca, Punta Prima and Cala en Porter.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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If this is typical flavors, who landed in Menorca's capital city should not miss trying the Cheese Mahon. Made using traditional methods, this distinctive cheese with denomination of origin that is made from milk of Friesian cow. It has a fine texture, a slightly sour taste and has aromatic reminiscent of butter and toasted nuts.
Posted on December 19, 2010
Belarusian painter will be one of the star players in 2011 in Sala Kubo. The election will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the death of the great genius of surrealism.
His work is said to put the fair shares humor, fantasy and delusion to unstable twentieth century and their images imagination impregnated an entire generation of apprentices and followers. Tue Chagall, Belarusian origin but soon settled in France, was also painted murals and exquisite director of theater sets.
Son of a poor family and inevitably witness the troubled Soviet seizures, Chagall had an intense life, marked by gaps and marked by a melancholy vision of existence. He himself confessed in 1931 that only when crossed with his muse and wife Bella Rosenfeld, eventually things would take a different turn. Until then, "born dead" would sentence on the autobiographical "My Life."
Yet initial shortage of that gray, Chagall, his art, genuine windows opened to the imagination, playing in his canvases with the bittersweet combination of dreams and fears. This great master is also remembered as a fanatical admirer of Rembrandt and a heavy expressionist use of primary colors (green rabbi, Jews and red houses, green or blue).
Of Jewish origin, Chagall also portrayed the daily lives of his people in the Russian villages of the century. "I and the Village", 1911 and "gray house", 1917 are perhaps the best examples in this regard. Another important legacy of Chagall are 12 windows in the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, made in 1962.
In the Sala Kubo
Next year, the Sala Kubo San Sebastián (which just celebrated its decade of existence), devoted one of its two main samples Chagall. Forward according to organizers, the exhibition will feature works donated by private collectors and institutions and will take place at the beginning of the summer. Meanwhile, those who wish to rediscover the work of Chagall on other dates may call at Nice, the city where there is a museum in his honor, as we have recently been reported in MV Reviews.
(Photo 2: JerusalemShots.com)
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on December 11, 2010
Tempting and original dishes from the new Basque cuisine dazzle textures as unthinkable by combining both ingredients.
We have said it is no coincidence that the Spanish restaurants dominate every year in the ranking of the top 100 world subtracted. That was in 2008 and 2009 and is expected to be this year.
But for a moment leaving the rest of the culinary varieties (such as Galician or Catalan), today we focus on the Basque Country promising highlighting four dishes and one hundred percent creative.
First you have to reach the small town of Hernani Guipuzcoa (only 10 miles from San Sebastian) for Fagollaga , by chef Isaac Salaberria. Here are your suggestion tapes squid broth chives and black ink.
Then, returning to the very San Sebastián we can run into the False vegetable risotto with beetroot yolk prepared in Akelarre (by chef Pedro Subijana). A second option, in this restaurant are Molluscs in fisherman's net, and an alien craft that enhances the aesthetic proposal (with a paste of dried rice conveniently "transformed" into a network literally) and alternating aptly vegetables and seafood (stems, oysters, shrimp and flowers linked with mastery).
Finally, and in the Vizcaya town of Galdakao (in Greater Bilbao) we came to Andra Mari , where creativity is by Andoni Arrieta.
One of the proposals is their egg Arrieta village with roasted pulp, refined dish that includes a cream of peppers and potatoes and preparing the octopus with a touch of smoke.