Thursday, April 18, 2019

Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

The debate over the most beautiful bookstore continues, as a new contender has been long-listed. The latest entry, Livraria Lello & Irmão located in Porto, Portugal, features a façade decorated in the Art Nouveau style with Neo-Gothic elements. The façade...
This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paperblanks, but our story begins even earlier than that. Paperblanks is a part of the Hartley & Marks family, a publishing and design company whose origins lie in an old...
This past weekend, the George Clooney action-comedy film The Monuments Men opened in theatres. Based on Robert M. Edsel's books The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the film tells the story...
  Celebrated as the "most magnificent bookstore in Canada, possibly North America" by journalist Allen Fotheringham (and many others!), Munro's Books in Victoria, British Columbia is as culturally significant as it is beautiful. Founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his...
A Belgian graphic design studio united 100 artists from 28 countries for a unique project: to re-design the covers for 100 classic novels to raise awareness of illiteracy. Each cover has been transformed into a poster and is part...
It's hard to believe it's been over two years since we profiled our first Beautiful Bookstore. What was meant to be a one-time feature of what we proposed could be "Book Heaven," has turned into a popular competition as...
Recently, we’ve become fascinated by the Baroque art that flourished in Europe and Latin America from the late 16th century until the early 18th century. Characterized by passion, exuberance and grandeur, Baroque refers to the decorative style that spanned two...
George Orwell is widely regarded as a literary pioneer, and for good reason. His keen awareness of social injustice and opposition to totalitarianism, largely inspired by the time he spent in Burma as an English soldier and policeman, have...
Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionist painters. The near spiritual excitement of his swirling brushwork, contoured forms and intense colour has had a powerful influence on the development of modern painting. Find...
In a September edition of Beautiful Bookstores we asked the question, "Is Polare Maastricht the most beautiful bookstore in the world?" While many readers agreed that Polare Maastricht is indeed a gorgeous building, one commenter suggested that another Dutch...

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