A hell of a lot of wax and bronze. Horned self-portraits of Jan Fabre in the sculpture series CHAPTERS I - XVIII
The "great and terrible" Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete…

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Guardian angel
This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in "warm lands". The…

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Seven mystical horror movies
Tomorrow Is Halloween. A time when you have to cut pumpkins mercilessly, tell scary stories, and, of course, watch horror movies. So we can't do without the appropriate film rating.…

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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Mystery and fantasy in an unusual paintings by Alexandra Modeller

The gallery of strange creatures, embodied fears and sinful desires in the paintings of Alexandra Bodeller will easily take you to the farthest borders of fantasy. Each canvas is a window to the Other, where everything is decided only by imagination. Beautiful, strange and unusual paintings by the Saint Petersburg artist open the door to the alluring world of the supernatural.

Demons and monsters, unearthly landscapes – all fantastic, but elusively familiar. Most artists avoid anything related to modern mass culture. Alexandra does not follow prejudices, and very organically takes the best out of her. In the anatomy of demons, you can recognize the hyped “chitinous” style, and the elements of clothing are made in the tradition of modern fantasy (with a light feed of J. R. R. Tolkien).R. R. Continue reading

The bride’s corpse: the mystical story of the La Pascualita mannequin

The “great and terrible” Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete with the works of the famous Damien Hirst, but this did not prevent them from showing off in the halls of the Louvre itself, opposite the immortal masterpieces of medieval painters and sculptors. Horns and hooves, bones, blood and internal organs, insects, crosses and tombstones, skeletons, death and other devils – this is a short list of the foundations on which the extraordinary creativity of Jan Fabre is based. Well, and a part of him, of course, – it is also in every, without exception, the work of the Belgian sculptor. Continue reading

Mysticism is near us
Did anything surprising happen to you? Our electricity was leaping (my computer didn't turn on at all). On this day, so many things accumulated that everything had to be done…

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The unsolved mystery of the "humpback horse": what hidden knowledge could the author encode in the fairy tale?
When Pyotr Yershov wrote "the humpback horse", he was only 18 years old. The genius of this tale, which has not lost popularity until now, as well as the fact…

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10 unverified claims of the eccentric mystic and the most famous marginalist of the XX century Aleister Crowley
Someone calls Aleister Crowley a philosopher and occultist, someone a great black magician, a follower of Edgar PoE and a predecessor of Burroughs. But the fact remains that without this…

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Autumn sketches, or fortune-Telling on coffee grounds
On a typical October evening, I was rushing to the store to restock my groceries. Hesitating at the newly opened tea and coffee Department, I caught the thought: "I'll Come…

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