PRACTICE RANDOM KINDNESS AND SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY

PRACTICE RANDOM KINDNESS AND SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty Anne Herbert’s popular precept has been expanded by Margaret Pavel into a powerful message for our era, and for all ages. Combined with Mayumi Oda’s watercolor art in the playful style of picture scrolls from 12th century Japan, offers delight and timeless wisdom.

I don’t know about you, but these days I really feel the need to re-share this sentence.

It is said that it was written on a restaurant’s paper placemat and I believe exactly that all the best inspirations are born more or less like this.

So I would like to write it wherever possible, but especially on the heart.

I would like to write keep calm and spread random kindness.

I hear and read too much hate.


I don’t care one side or the other, I don’t care above, below, sooner or later, because when hatred spreads, no one is right.

Yet we have a lot of history behind us, and we certainly do not lack examples.

Tis but thy name that is my enemy…
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.

These are words that we all know practically by heart.

They are “ancient” words, but only because they were written in 1595 but sadly they could be from yesterday.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion, people must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Another creepy example, you don’t even need to write about who these words are.

We remind them, let’s spread them.

If mine are too stupid, use those of The Great … precursor of the concept of spreading goodness:

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

KALADZE

KALADZE

After talking to me about the Italian courtyards Lela told me that the ballots for the election as mayor of Tbilisi have just been concluded and that Kakha Kaladze (Georgian: კახაბერ კალაძე) has been reconfirmed for the second term.

Although my soccer ignorance is periodically picked up by my son in his attempt to enlighten me, when Kakha Kaladze, or more precisely Kakhaber Kaladze is transferred from Dynamo Kiev to Milan, he was not yet born.

The numbers of his victories speak for themselves: with Milan he won a Scudetto, a Coppa Italia, a Supercoppa di Lega, two Champions League, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup.

And his current political victory follows similarly significant previous posts as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and later Deputy Prime Minister.

A beautiful family to crown even private life: four children with his wife Anouki Areshidze fashion designer even if, even more than the creations, my attention was attracted to this hat from the Café de Flore, curious coincidence?

Their firstborn is called Levan.
Anyone who already knows the life of Kakha Kaladze knows why.

I, for a change, have only just discovered it.

In the photo you can also see the monument to Liberty representing St. George defeating the dragon.

Many times we fail to defeat evil.
For the Kaladze family and for all those who have hoped with them, this has been the case.

Levan was Kakha’s brother: kidnapped a few months after his arrival in Milan. He was only twenty years old.
His body was found five years later.

Since I have mentioned San Giorgio, even though April 23 is far away, I would appreciate the Spanish custom of giving roses and I would dedicate one to the memory of Levan and all the other victims of kidnapping.

BURJ AL BABAS  – ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CASTLE, … NO, MORE!

BURJ AL BABAS – ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CASTLE, … NO, MORE!

Burj Al Babas is the name of a ghost town located in Turkey

Yep, I don’t know about you, but I find the idea fascinating.

And if I tell you that this city is made up of about seven hundred castles inspired precisely by those of fairy tales?

My first thought was a mix of Mickey’s Apprentice Sorcerer getting out of control again like with brooms

 

and the Star Wars clones

 

Not that it is new that “on paper” as they say, the perspectives are a little different… but there is also an official website where you can admire pharaonic contexts.

With all the possible understanding for the splendor of the case, the idea of an agglomeration of seven hundred castles in series makes me think of a nightmare, or at least a sort of Suburbicon in the sheikh version.

But can you imagine how the constraints could be?
I get something like “dragons can only be kept in the highest tower …”

Seriously, Suburbicon is cinematic fiction, but it’s inspired by reality: Levittown

 

just as the seven hundred castles are absolutely real.
Unfinished but real.

The version bouncing around from site to site is that the project has stalled due to the oil crisis and that payments for the more than three hundred castles already sold to Arab buyers have been blocked.

But I honestly do not see these overcharged ones as they move to their mini castle number 511 adjacent to the castle, with a view of castles …

Am I too controversial?

I don’t know, I just can’t make sense of it, or maybe I can’t believe in a real estate project like this, but of course you correct me if I’m wrong!

WEIMAR’S REPUBLIC

WEIMAR’S REPUBLIC

Massimo explained me the Weimar republic and wandering around the web looking for details about it, I came across this sentence:
no one really knows the history of the Weimar Republic, if not lovers of the history of art and design

Obviously I wondered in what sense, and why according to this concept the Weimar Republic is less precisely known with reference to the economy, which is generally the focus, as for example in this Rai Scuola video

Of that period I had already mentioned the Baroness but Dadaism remains perhaps more separated from the socio-political context, so the fulcrum of the creative movement manifests itself with the rise of the Bauhaus

So I searched for a first answer to Moma:
Bauhaus
The school of art and design founded in Germany by Walter Gropius in 1919, and shut down by the Nazis in 1933. The faculty brought together artists, architects, and designers, and developed an experimental pedagogy that focused on materials and functions rather than traditional art school methodologies. In its successive incarnations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin, it became the site of influential conversations about the role of modern art and design in society.

The names that resonate are Paul Klee or Vasily Kandinsky, but obviously I cannot but mention Marianne Brandt and her metal coffe set

There remains the question of the true essence of the Weimar Republic: does all this really prevail over the disastrous hyperinflation?

Maybe you are one of the aforementioned lovers of art history and design and you know how to explain me.

Passato e Presente describes the Weimar Republic like a parable, divided into three phases: and it is precisely the intermediate phase that sees the artistic flowering.

Weimar is a political, institutional, social and artistic laboratory, crossed by the tensions of modernity.

Let’s imagine observing all this while sitting at the Romanische Café  where the artists met and being able to analyze the Neue Sachlichkeit: that is the New objectivity but also the expressionism of cinema and the approach to realism through their eyes.

Crossed by the tensions of modernity.

During a conference in Florence on the occasion of the centenary, published by the Ministry of the Interior  The Weimar Constitution is defined as the first Charter that tries to respond to strong social tensions, and as a document of extraordinary modernity because it re-proposes the theme of the relationship between democratic legitimacy and the legality of limits to freedoms.

So, I assume: only artists have had the opportunity to fully express and experience freedom?

Yet the Weimar Constitution provided for example: universal suffrage, wages increased in real terms, pension and sickness benefit schemes, compulsory unemployment insurance, government subsidies for the construction of parks, schools and sports facilities, and a massive program of construction of public housing.

But from “suitcases full of dreams” we literally passed to suitcases full of banknotes to be able to buy basic necessities and metaphorically speaking not even AVUS: Automobil Verkehrs und Übungsstrecke that is the first highway in Europe has been able to “run” the freedom of a republic renamed “glass” for its fragility.

But glass is also transparency.
How the truth?

I quote Wislawa Szymborska:
He made himself a glass violin because he wanted to see the music.

What would you like to see?

I would like to read your reflections if you want to share them, meanwhile I dedicate to you You’re the cream in my coffee by Marlene Dietrich.

CHASING STRANDS OF PEARLS

CHASING STRANDS OF PEARLS

Lela pointed out the story of Meri Shervashidze telling me that she was the first model to walk the catwalk with a string of pearls for Chanel and that she stood out for the sophisticated style and way of giving beauty as you can see here where Lela added a tag for me:

A very beautiful story that must be told, since I believe it is not sufficiently known.

Unfortunately, there is little information about her: for example, I tried to search through official Chanel websites but I could not find anything.
Maybe you can be better than me.

According to Vogue, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself was photographed in conversation with the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, wearing her pearl necklaces in 1920.

So a year before Meri arrived in Paris.

But let’s take a step back: Meri Shervashidze was born in 1888 in Batumi and descends from the family of the sovereign prince of Abkhazia.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are other from Tbilisi and from the rest of Georgia as the Observatory tells us but you Lela correct me if I’m wrong.

When she was still a young girl, the family moved to St. Petersburg where Meri became the empress’s maid of honor.

In 1918 the wedding with Gigusha Eristavi, here there is a small family tree.

At the sunset of Georgian independence, and shortly before the arrival of the Bolsheviks, Meri embarks directly to Paris, stopping in Constantinople in Turkey where she participates in a beauty contest, winning it.

Arrived in the Ville Lumière, Meri settled in Rue de la Tour, sixteenth arrondissement, near Bois de Boulogne and it seems it was the aforementioned Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich who introduced her to Coco.

Paris in those years frames a particular type of beauty, so much so that the writer Alexander Vasilyev wrote a book: “Beauty in Exile” or artists, models and nobility who fled the Russian revolution and influenced the world of fashion.

Meri’s style and elegance do not go unnoticed: Saveli Sorin paints her portrait which is located in the palace of the Prince of Monaco.

Meri is also photographed by Man Ray but emblematic is the meeting with Galaktion Tabidze in 1935 because it is believed that her compositions in Georgian are dedicated to her although some publications are earlier .

Here you can listen to the poem in the original language, personally it strikes me to hear the name “Meri” which by now in the light of this path to find its traces, for me it has assumed the typical aura of women who have been able to leave a mark.

And because elegance comes from within, Meri Shervashidze spent the last years of her life in a nursing home preserving beauty, nobility and majesty until the last day of her life, at the age of 97.
She is buried with her husband in the Saint Genevieve des Bois cemetery.

I remember the period in which I listened to Destini incrociati – Fates crossed and I find the story of Meri could be told in this way, even if I later found that Giacomo Zito and his collaborators have paired Coco Chanel with Luchino Visconti

we can always make a new episode, or not?

And asking ourselves what “we can do”… I would say that we rather cannot talk about elegance and strings of pearls without mentioning her
Here the post with the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s scene. 

And you, do you have other strings of pearls to chase?

ITALIAN YARDS IN TBILISI

ITALIAN YARDS IN TBILISI

Lela is teaching me a lot about her country and their traditions, topics almost unknown to me up to now.

A few days ago it happened that she tagged me in a very funny tweet that can only make you smile, but even then I learned something.

Did you know that the courtyards of old Tbilisi are known as Italian Yards?

Italian courtyards.
I find it simply fantastic!

So, now fascinated by this thing, I started looking for information.

The result was an exploration in the literal sense since obviously the institutional sites are written in the Georgian alphabet.
Which by the way is composed of three systems: Mrgvlovani, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli and has very ancient origins.

 

Oriental languages, my always dream.

Lela, you know it, indeed sorry again for the question of the pending books, and always correct me if I’m wrong, but I have the hope of being able to slowly learn a minimum of these characters that I find harmonious, almost as if they were able to communicate to me a sort of melody together with the words.

It is no coincidence that the three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet have become UNESCO heritage.

But let’s go back to the courtyards!

First I would tell you to look at the photo of this tweet because it looks like a painting.

So far I honestly have not found an immediate resemblance to the courtyards we are used to seeing.

But I found a first explanation here:
people often name this type of courtyards ‘Italian’, but it were rather Persian caravanserais which influenced to Georgian tradition structure of houses. Unlike the both of them mostly square shaped and surrounded by solid stone arcades, the Georgian ones will impress you by unpredictable shapes, light and elegant wooden arcades richly decorated by carving with unique combination of Classicist and Oriental motifs; crazy combination of numerous superstructures, overhanging bridges connecting houses , spiral staircases, glazed loggias, patches of various materials used during renovations, picturesque bunches of pipes and wires, riot of greenery (thanks to the wet Georgian climate) the effect is breathtaking.

And I would say that we are all in agreement on the breathtaking effect.

Here there is a series of photos by Ksenia Vysotskaya to reconfirm of the intrinsic beauty that transmits life lived at first glance.

Having established that the splendor is undisputed, however, it remains to be discovered how the parallel with the Italian courtyards arises.

Ask any Tbilisi local, however, and they’ll tell you the city’s much-loved architectural treasures are its charming “Italian” courtyards. What makes them “Italian” has less to do with the architectural style than the relaxed way of life that flourishes between its wooden facades. “There is a lot talking, arguing, gossiping that happens here. Georgians are very emotional, just like Italians.”

So it’s not about aesthetics but about essence!
What unites us is the way of life, isn’t it wonderful?

And it reports exactly to Lela’s tweet.

By a curious coincidence these days commenting on “the consolation of the willow” by OREAROVESCIO I found myself remembering the courtyard of my childhood.

The speech then continued with the memory of Bianca also on her blog

So I’d like to continue with memories but also anecdotes of the present: how do you live or how do you see Italian courtyards?

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