By Roméo A.

The tea ceremony has a special place in Japanese culture. Preparing and drinking tea is a meditative process that brings tranquillity, and balance to participators, by allowing them to forget about the daily problems and immerse themselves into the way of the tea.

The ceremony also allows guests to enjoy the traditional Japanese hospitality and get to know the Japanese philosophy of living. …


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Calligraphy, the art of beautiful handwriting was carefully nurtured in many parts of the world. In the Middle East, Arabic calligraphy found its way into every part of human life. It has moved beyond paper and incorporated itself into many different art forms and materials. Apart from religious texts and Quranic quotes, Arabic calligraphers also created a variety of nonreligious scripts like poems or aphorisms. And calligraphy letters were also frequently used as decoration for glass, metal and other household items.


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Latin American art is a comprehensive term that includes the art of South and Central America, and the Caribbean, but also art made by Latin American artists living in other regions, for example, Europe and North America. Apart from being defused to almost all continents, Latin American art also has a long tradition, going deep into the past to the colonial times. It’s not a surprise, that Latin American art is a very wide term encompassing many different artistic genres, styles and movements.


By Paweł Czerwiński

The relationship between art and politics is multifaceted. Art can contribute to political discourse by supporting the current political and ideological views. However, more often than not, art is a disruptive form, that serves as a tool for changing existing political and social realities. Art can address certain political issues or reinterpret different social structures (for example, it can reveal different power balances in the society, offering alternative understandings of certain events, etc.)

Artists can be activists themselves, as a part of a political movement or organisation, but many times they cause political change singlehandedly without joining any pre-existing political…


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Many people struggle to incorporate sculptures into their interior design projects. Even professionals sometimes see sculptures as big, bulky objects that occupy too much space and often opt for more convenient two-dimensional pieces. Adding sculptures to a living area can be particularly difficult in modern, tiny apartments, where every inch counts.

However, there are sculptures for all spaces and sizes. You don’t have to put a monumental 10-feet​【𝟯 𝗺】 tall sculpture by your front door to wow friends and family. You can always pick a charming, smaller piece that can be easily incorporated into any room, no matter how big…


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Many European museum collections contain artefacts, taken from former (mostly African) colonies. In recent years, museums of former colonial powers are met with increasing demands to return the looted heritage to their countries of origin. The movement for the decolonisation of cultural heritage has advanced the furthest in France, where the president Emmanuel Macron ordered the inauguration of the committee for restitution.

According to a committee member Felwine Sarr, almost two-thirds of over 90,000 African objects in French museums, are obtained during the colonial period. Many African countries, have already made lists of looted items and submitted claims for restitution…


By Keith Haring via Artsy

Line art encompasses all artworks that employ lines on (mostly) blank background, to depict two or three-dimensional objects. Line artists use clean, bold lines without tones or shading to convey ideas, messages, and emotions.

Most commonly, line art is monochromatic, with black lines painted on a white surface. However, with the development of a genre, new, more colorful artworks appeared, skillfully mixing colors to redefine the traditional comprehension of line art.

Line art is one of the oldest art types out there, with first line art cave drawings dating 73,000 years backs. Needless to say, line art has drastically evolved…


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Despite its long and profuse tradition, even today the art of Africa remains mostly misunderstood and overlooked outside of the continent. Many people find it hard to relate to African representations of social status, beauty, spirituality, and ethics, so distinct from what we are used to seeing in the Western world. Today, we’ll try to bring traditional African art a bit closer to you, by explaining some of its key elements and ideas.

Let’s start by mentioning that African art is a very broad and versatile term that’s usually used to describe art made in the sub-Saharan region. …


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As humans, we often seek deeper meaning and balance in our lives. Yet only some of us make it in our endeavour. Today, we will discuss two Japanese life principles of Wabi-Sabi and Ikigai, whose goal is to teach us how to make the most of what we have and leave life to the fullest. Ikiɡai is there to help us find our true calling in life, while wabi-sabi can help us embrace the decay that comes with ageing, make peace with the things we cannot change, and enjoy our imperfect lives.

Wabi-Sabi

The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi teaches us to…


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Originating from China, feng shui is the ancient “art of placement” that helps individuals find balance with their surroundings. The basic goal of feng shui is to harmonize chi (also spelled qi) energy that is composed of the female (yin) and male (yang) principle, as the life source of all living matter. This energy flows through the world by wind (feng) and water (shui). When interrupted, it can bring problems in every area of your life. …

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