Bojan Golija – a retrospective in Maribor, Slovenia

Golija’s art evolved from the early, socially charged figurative prints from the 1950s that were created under the influence of his mentor and close friend Božidar Jakac, to increasingly abstract compositions, in which the realistic starting point is first replaced by the stylized dynamics of sharply delineated surfaces in black and white and colour woodcuts. Golija perfected his woodcutting technique during his stay in Japan. He travelled there in 1957 at the invitation of the later chairman of the International Art Education Association and the assistant director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and thus became the first student from the Academy in Ljubljana to visit Japan after World War II.
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Rural America: Where Sam Shepard’s roots ran deepest

When Sam Shepard died on July 27 the world lost one of the greatest playwrights of the past half-century. He was an artist renowned for bravely plumbing his own life for material, spinning much of his own pain into theatrical gold. His best work revealed the hollowness behind the idea of the happy family and its corollary, the American dream. Subversive and funny, Shepard had the soul of a poet and an experimental streak that never faded.
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Liu Xiaobo: a voice of conscience who fought oppression for decades

Only a few weeks after being diagnosed with a late-stage liver cancer in late May 2017, the world learned that China’s most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, died at 61 in a hospital in the north-east region of China, where he was born. As the poetess Tang Danhong wrote, he departed as “an innocent prisoner into the eternal light” (无罪的囚徒,融入永恒的光芒). What a tragedy for a man who fought most of his life for freedom to live out his last days in a hospital bed under lock and key.

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Il faut décoloniser les imaginaires

Comment les conquêtes coloniales sont-elles peu à peu devenues le ciment de la société française ?
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Au même moment, presque par un concours de circonstances, c’est l’apogée des empires coloniaux européens, c’est le moment où il y a une forme de concurrence entre la France, l’Allemagne, la Belgique, l’Angleterre, l’Italie… aux côtés d’autres nations comme le Japon et les États-Unis. La France accélère les principes de colonisation posés à partir de 1830 avec l’Algérie : se bâtir un empire comme réponse à la frustration nationale et à la perte de l’Alsace-Lorraine.
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Rentrée littéraire: Crans-Montana, le coup de cœur d’Anne-Sophie Bruttmann

La fin de l’été approche, avec elle la particularité culturelle française de l’automne – la rentrée littéraire. Parmi les quelques 589 romans prêts pour la course aux nombreux prix qui ponctueront les deux dernières saisons de cette année 2015, Crans-Montana de Monica Sabolo, le coup de cœur d’Anne-Sophie Bruttmann – historienne de l’art et chargée de communication à France 5.
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