Symbolism in Art

Symbolism in Art

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In 1993 Christina Beckenäs founded The Academy of Symbolism in Art. Read more: As a symbolist Christina believe that art apprehends more absolute truths which could only be accessed indirectly. Thus, the painted and sculptured scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner. The paintings and sculptures provide particular images or objects with esoteric attractions.On this blog you can read about Christina and other artists´works of art, interesting ideas and cultural events. Pax Profundis! Pax Cultura!

Cindy Sherman

Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Thu, March 01, 2012 18:41:14
Cindy Sherman
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Cindy Sherman

February 26–June 11, 2012

"Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954) is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary art. Throughout her career, she has presented a sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of the construction of contemporary identity and the nature of representation, drawn from the unlimited supply of images from movies, TV, magazines, the Internet, and art history. Working as her own model for more than 30 years,...."

Read more: MOMA

Photo: © 2011 Cindy Sherman


Cindy Sherman: Characters | Art21 "Exclusive"

Episode #139: Cindy Sherman reveals how dressing up in character began as a kind of performance and evolved into her earliest photographic series such as "Bus Riders" (1976), "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-1980), and the untitled rear screen projections (1980).

Cindy Sherman: Mannequins & Masks | Art21 "Exclusive"

Cindy Sherman: Transformations (excerpt,


Read more in Swedish: KONST världen nummer 1 2012

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Gothenburg Museum of Art

Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Tue, November 08, 2011 17:45:18
Idag besökte jag Göteborgs konstmuseum, för att betrakta konstverk av bl.a. Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera.

Today I visited Gothenburg Art Museum, to see an art exhibition:

23 oktober - 22 januari 2012


Frida Kahlos (1907-1954) konstnärsskap och livsöde fascinerar mig. Hon är en föregångare både som konstnär och kvinna, därför hade jag önskat att utställningen tydligare hade beskrivit den självutlämnande utsatthet Frida Kahlos målningar så ofta beskriver.

Frida Kahlo's (1907-1954) artistic career and life story fascinates me. She is a pioneer both as an artist and a woman. I had hoped that the exhibition more clearly had described the self-disclosure the vulnerability Frida Kahlo's paintings so often describes.

Read more: Frida Kahlo Fans The Frida Kahlo Museum Wikipedia

Åke Göransson

Göteborgs Konstmuseum visar flera verk av Åke Göransson. Wikipdeia (svenska/Swedish) "I Göranssons begränsade produktion speglas ett kort och gripande människoöde."...

Jag älskar hans målning "Kvinna i blått":

Gothenburg Museum of Art displays some works of Åke Göransson. Wikipdeia (Svenska / Swedish) "Göransson's limited production reflected a short and poignant human destiny ."...

I love his painting "Woman in Blue":


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South African National Gallery in Cape Town. A "meeting" with Jane Alexander

Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sun, October 09, 2011 14:34:37
In 2006 I visited South Africa "The Garden Route" arranged by SYDAFRIKARESOR.

In Cape Town are The South African National Gallery, where I discovered an amazing artist Jane Alexander.

Jane Alexander´s History online & Biography

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Egyptian Museum San José USA

Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sun, October 02, 2011 08:00:06

In 2006 I visted a fantastic museum "Rusicrucian Egyptian Museum" (Mission, History, Collaborative Research) in San José USA. An important link between past, present and future.

"Today the Museum, with over 4,000 artifacts, houses the largest collection of authentic ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in Western North America. The Museum hosts more than 100,000 guests per year, including 26,000 school children.

Mission Statement

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium is an educational institution that uses trans-disciplinary approaches to increasing knowledge about the past, present, and future, especially related to the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures.

It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live, drawing on the wisdom of ancient traditions and modern science. Its collections, public learning programs, and collaborative research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds, and knowledge.

The Museum highly values collaborative research and in recent years has worked on projects with: Stanford University Hospital, UCLA, NASA Ames Biocomputation Center, the British Museum, National Geographic’s Mummy Road Show, and others.... The Museum’s future looks promising with new exhibits, tours, and workshops, continuing research and scholarship, and a perennial commitment to education and service.".

From there homepage: "Egyptology is the study of ancient Egyptian history, language, religion, and art. Become an Egyptologist! Learn about the periods and dynasties in Egypt's history with the interactive timelines. Read about how the ancient Egyptians lived in the factsheets.".".

My interest in Egyptian mythology started long ago. Already in the 80s, I started to paint pictures inspired by "the Osiris myth", which is about Osiris, Isis and Horus.

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Egyptian Museum Cairo Egypt

Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sun, October 02, 2011 07:41:25
I´ve visited Egypt and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo 2005 & 2008. Wonderful ecperiences!

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Nicholas Roerich Museums in USA, RUSSIA and INDIA

Interesting Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sun, September 25, 2011 19:53:19
Nicholas Roerich Museum 319 West 107th Str., New York

Paintings/Nicholas Roerich Music/Vangelis

International Roerich Memorial Trust India

I visited the Museum in New York twice in March 2007. The first time to experience Nicholas Roerich paintings and the second time to participate in a discussion about "Kindness" based on monthly Agni Yoga text (photo top left and right).

Both visits were incredibly interesting smiley.

There is also an International Centre of The Roerich in the very heart of Moscow with "The Nicholas Roerich Museum" (photo bottom left).

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Ordrupgaard DK/Helene Schjerfbeck

Interesting Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sat, September 24, 2011 17:37:05

Helene Schjerfbeck at Ordrupgaard Denmark

September 23d 2011 - February 12th 2012

"Imagine the life of Frida Kahlo yoked to the eye of Edvard Munch, and you´ll begin to get the measure of this oeuvre..." Boyd Tonkin on Helene Schjerfbeck in The London Independent, 2003

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LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art/Cph Denmark

Interesting Museums of ArtPosted by Christina Beckenäs Thu, September 22, 2011 15:33:26
VILJA CELMINS 8 September 2011 − 8 January 2012

"A richness of details is found in Vilja Celmins drawings - a fantastic handicraft, which leaves us wondering how the drawings were made. Her art works are an invitation to see being concentrated on the absolute essential in technique as well as in her choise of motives."

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