The Genteel
January 17, 2021


Visitors to the Humlebæk, Denmark-based institution's current show "New Nordic: Architecture and Identity" are invited to consider whether contemporary Scandinavian architecture stands apart. Source:
Scandinavian architecture NEw Nordic
Reilf Ramstad Architects’ Trollstigen National
Tourist Route, Romsdalen, Norway, 2010.
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The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


NEW YORK - New York International Fringe Festival. FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues. Various locations (until August 26).

EDINBURGH - Edinburgh International Book Festival. Bringing together readers and writers for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration, the festival welcomes over 800 authors in over 750 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners. Charlotte Square Gardens (until August 27). 

FREDENSBORG (Copenhagen) - New Nordic: Architecture & Identity. Is there a Nordic identity? Does The Nordic Way exist? Can one still understand identity as something that is associated with particular places? And if that is the case, how has the Nordic identity developed alongside the development of the rest 
of the world? Through three themes, the exhibition explores how the latest developments in the five Nordic countries are 
taking form. The themes stress the new Nordic, including a rediscovery of the tradition. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (until October 21, 2012).

JERUSALEM - 720°. The Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Season of Culture are presenting Ron Arad's monumental installation 720° - an immersive experience that presents 360-degree screenings of films and video art - in the heart of the museum's Isamu Noguchi-designed Billy Rose Art Garden. Composed of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a height of 26 feet to form a perfect circle, 720° will allow visitors to experience projections both inside the installation's interior and also from vantage points across the museum's 20-acre campus. The exhibition will feature a nightly scheduled program of video projections by leading multi-media artists, together with surprise, one-time-only performances by Israeli performers and performance artists. Israel Museum (until September 5, 2012).

Alexander McQueen Anne Deniau
From Love Looks Not With the Eyes.
Photograph by Anne Deniau. Source: 

TOKYO - Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. Against the background of the economic development of the second half of the twentieth century, the Japanese fashion industry underwent a transformation. In 1970, Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake made their appearance, followed in the 1980s by Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, whose work was not confined to a Western context but displayed a new form of aesthetic that shocked the world. What is the true essence of Japanese fashion? How has the relationship between people and clothes changed? This exhibition will explore the works of Japanese fashion, which has fascinated the world since the latter part of the twentieth century, from a variety of angles, based largely on the collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) but also using video and printed materials. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (until October 8, 2012).

SYDNEY - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney will showcase the contemporary S/S collections of Australia's leading designer brands and retailers. Sydney Town Hall (August 21-25, 2012).


Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen (Abrams). Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, Alexander McQueen's shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators - including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewellery designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss - to create his meticulously produced spectacles. Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist. (Release: October 1, 2012) 

Elsa Schiaparelli Paris Fashion Museum

A lambskin belt and suede gloves with gold metal
talons by Elsa Schiaparelli around 1936.
Source: T Magazine. Photograph by Jason Schmidt.


T Magazine - Lynn Yaeger makes a delightful, heart-stopping visit to the archives of the Galleria, Paris Museum of Fashion, where she marvels at the 23,000 garments (and 32,000 accessories) under its guardianship. 

Trendhunter - 38 examples of stunning (existing and proposed) architecture in Seoul. Skip #1 (IKEA?), and marvel at the rest.

Seoul has undergone immense transformation over the past quarter century. In 2010, the city was designated the 2010 World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and was appointed by UNESCO as a UNESCO City of Design in July 2010. In 2011, Design Seoul was awarded the INDEX: Design to Improve Life award in the Community category. Read more about it here.

Chictopia - We've seen many rundowns of the best and worst fashions from the London Olympics, but what about hairstyles? Chictopia hands out medals for best hair.

The Guardian - Do you judge a book by its cover? Designers Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan shared their theories on attracting readers - from cute cats to alluring perfume - at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Business of Fashion - Imran Amed examines the fruitful interaction between London's rising technology and fashion scenes for Wallpaper* magazine.

British Journal of Photography - Following today's news that Getty Images has been sold for $3.3 billion to The Carlyle Group, BJP speaks with CEO Jonathan Klein about what's to come for the company



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