tv Arts and Culture Deutsche Welle April 2, 2019 7:45pm-8:01pm CEST
and you've probably been to plenty of parties in your time but none come close to this the zero gravity policy do not try so hard. but we begin with a rather unique exhibition that has just opened in paris which is renaming classic paintings it's at the music and is called black models from jeffrey cole to matisse and it's all about black models who featured in famous paintings getting recognition or any recognition at all be chatting to my colleague david lesser leavitt's in just a minute but first is report. money a painter considered by many the father of modern art in the foreground a milk white prostitute who stair shocks nineteenth century viewers and who for a century and a half has fascinated scholars but more recently the figure behind her has become
the focus of black servant the face of one of monies frequent models named for him curators have renamed this famous work. the exhibition black models of paris his music is proof that for centuries black people have had a place in french art have even played a central role albeit not always a dignified one. we wanted to show that yes they were stereotypes such as black figures as servants figures which are sometimes heavily exhaustive silenced and eroticized. there was also another side to it. they had a place where they fully took part in the artistic scene of their time. for instance the models was that a favorite of the great painter really cool. historians used to refer to simply as . next the negro although his face and body figure in some of the artist's greatest
works here he's finally getting his dues as was f. an art lover and model from haiti. the exhibition is being hailed as an important step in france's reckoning with its racist and colonialist heritage. the we are the product of what happens during slavery and colonialism. in this product is also the construction of a view how black people see themselves and how they see others. how white people see themselves and how they see others see if we were able to construct a negative image in the past then today this exhibition allows us to deconstruct that image. because deconstructing something also means understanding that if you were able to construct something negative we can also construct a positive view. of. black models as more than a show it's
a call for museums across europe to give visibility to people of color and to shine a new light on old prejudice. is here with me david do you think the names that they've changed this exhibition will sort of some of them will remain permanently you know maybe some of them will but but say for now that these are suggested new titles some of which may stick now if that sounds radical to give old paintings new names it's not actually that radical when you think about these curators are not suggesting a change to the western art canon which is basically white men for the most part they're not suggesting overthrowing that they're really just saying let's look at these black models now finally as humans now there is one case i want to highlight where i do think the title the new title might stick it's a painting by the. courtroom of madeleine it's now being called its official title at the losers who were ignored. that is portrait of
a black woman originally it was called portrait of a negress this painting was first shown back in one thousand nine hundred during a period when slavery was briefly illegal in france before napoleon brought it back and originally people didn't know that madeleine was the name of the model but her name was forgotten for the last two hundred years it's only because art historians didn't care to record it it's only just resurfaced now a lot of people may know this painting today because it was actually in beyond sanjay z's video last year at the louvre i mean hundreds of millions of people have seen the video and i mean i wondered actually do you think that the cost as famous video in the louvre has sort of influence this exhibition happening i kind of wonder about myself i do think these exhibitions take so long to organize that i i sort of doubt it but in a way it is almost as if beyond say and jay z. did what this exhibition is doing now last year. they go the video for their song
i can't say the full title it's the movie it inserts blackness points out black figures in the western art canon including. the hate the haitian model we just saw in that report as it actually appears twice in this painting the raft of the maids you say one of the most famous paintings in the loop. he by the way was a big abolitionist and by the way if you go to the movie going now you can take a jeezy and beyonce tour that is how big this phenomenon is this whole reexamining is even thank you very much as always thank you. now how about this for a combination our party planning company teamed up with the european space agency for a very exclusive experience up in the sky guess was it up into the upper atmosphere on a special flight and during the party got to experience zero gravity so as the flight was full of celebrity deejays football players and the occasional famous chef see
what it was like. how does it feel to be. in space. fifty celebrity guests zero gravity club found out at a party on board an airplane. musicians artists social media stars and athletes from the world over check in at frankfurt airport for their adventure in weightlessness. they head off to board the airbus a three ten which is normally used by astronauts for weightlessness training these passengers won't need a spacesuit though just a healthy dose of hardiness. at an altitude of eight thousand five hundred meters the fun begins first the passengers are way down at twice the force of gravity then suddenly they lift off.
the procedure is then repeated the plane flies of course much like a roller coaster. the organizers worked with experienced astronauts for the project. the microphone is in weightlessness from one one home to the other if i jump like this. my feet out of the ground floor above my head. this is what we do with. the events organizers specialize in unusual parties this zero gravity class has brought the months of publicising this is the second whiteness party they've thrown in planted only last about six minutes. afterwards the party is
a back on solid ground about still full of adrenaline. there that are so long people are sitting here saying great great great great great and another great. there were even some teary eyes to be honest it's really amazing. i couldn't. actually. to experience weightlessness was clearly something that was out of this world. indeed the french lebanese architect says she eats sprees and sleeps architecture for inspiration comes from her childhood in war torn beirut where she grew up and from nature two very different inspirations the results are found in the very individualistic building she designs around the world that sprout forth trees and bushes and then others where her favorite building material is compacted earth we met up with her office in paris.
has already created a huge body of work together with her first architectural firm she designed these stunning national museum the museum is thank you former soviet military thanks in time to. get off a spectacular exhibition space and an impressive land in one. creation can also be found in japan it was here the group met together with two partners was commissioned to design this house that radiance timelessness. in order to understand what drives lena got mad you have to travel to her home country of levanon. she grew up in beirut a city shaped by war. it's here that she's realizing her latest project stung garden the architecture drawn on the city's recent history for a new residential building. that if you
have seen beirut in ruins and seen how nature infiltrated the space and how the whole history of beirut was revealed if it was and there was a nature invading the whole city of a hard to clear for me it was fascinating to see how nature was capable of bringing beauty even to this pure atrocity at any level it it in and out at a toss it. was elected i wondered about this holds these opening words that are today very political and beirut sit at has these openings or traces of war mythology hollands if these openings were then filled with life again is good because it's right here that vegetation grows. in her adopted home of paris got mail also has major works in the pipeline. in the south of the city
a new quarter is being built. lena got married together with her team in paris are working on really wanted it must end up with it they plan to turn an old runaway station into a center that explores sustainable food production and agriculture. so i. decided as part of a cool for innovative projects to reinvent paris to respond to the challenge of climate change if. my project is about the sustainability it on the. the station will soon be renovated converted to and extended with a fifty meter high wooden talent. lena got manhood critically acclaimed firm of architects practice and historical and materially sensitive approach to their work for a fair and sustainable future. talented
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