Located less than 1,000 feet from Greece’s famed Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum in Athens offers a panoramic view of the very archaeological sites from which its exhibits came. Designed by modern architects Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis, the 150,000-square-foot property holds more than 3,000 artifacts from the ancient Athenian citadel known as the Acropolis.
On the southern coast of Iceland, near the tiny fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal, loom the enormous basalt stacks of Reynisfjara, keeping watch over one of the world’s most beautiful black sand beaches.
The Cyclades are some of the most well-known islands in the world. Dotting the Aegean Sea in Greece with their small whitewashed houses, rugged cliffs, golden beaches, and breathtaking landscapes, they are a highly-favored destination for travelers from across the globe. At the southwestern-most point of the Cyclades, between Athens and Crete, lies the island of Milos – a hidden gem with a story to tell.
In years past, a visit to the circus meant magic and excitement, thrills and awe-inspiring performances. Over time, however, awareness of what goes on behind the scenes of a circus has seen many people turn their backs and even boycott these entertaining extravaganzas altogether. Circus Roncalli has set out to change that.
The Belgian Pavilion is proud to present “Mondo Cane” at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The show is the work of artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys and curator Anne-Claire Schmitz. “Mondo Cane” centers on a look at society through a lens of marginalization and reality.
For any large toy collection you have seen, you have got nothing on Sherry Groom, founder of the Troll Hole Museum, a charming little place dedicated entirely to troll dolls and their many iterations. Calling Alliance, Ohio, home, the Troll Hole is a cool destination for toy lovers and anyone with a curious spirit who welcomes the weird and wacky.
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the creator of the 1740 French fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast,” actually drew her inspiration from real historical events. In the 1500s, a man named Petrus Gonsalvus was born in Tenerife, Spain, with a rare genetic condition called “hypertrichosis,” or “werewolf syndrome.”
In the anatomical theater of the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine, high on a shelf, sits the preserved head of Portugal’s first serial killer. Diogo Alves was a nefarious criminal, reputed to have killed countless citizens of Lisbon in the 1800s. He would wait for farmers to pass by, rob them, and push them to their deaths off of a 200-foot-tall aqueduct.
The large-scale murals of Mohamed L’Ghacham amplify personal moments in a very public way, by taking seemingly ordinary activities and family photos and turning them into visual, relatable stories.
The work of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was dismissed during his lifetime, with his genius not being recognized until after his death. His painting style changed drastically throughout his life, and in his final ten years, he created over 2,000 pictures. These pictures can be found in collections all over the world.