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Beauty of 'Game of Thrones'  in miniature
Art does not only seek to entertain the senses of its audience, it also imposes a mental and physical test on the creators. Arguably, the process of creating or performing art is the true essence and spirit of art.
 
Falling in love with the piano
Israeli pianist Borg Giltburg performed the 24 preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff for his piano recital at the National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳), Taipei last Friday. A day prior to the recital, we had a chance to sit down with him, where he shared some of the interests and experiences that led him to become the pianist he is today.
 
German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague
German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague's National Gallery.
 
An outburst of creativity
What makes us stand out among other living beings is our natural inclination to express ourselves and our ability to create. And oftentimes, a lack of resources in humble circumstances will enable us to unleash our greatest creative potential.
 
Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz dies at age 86
Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's leading visual artist, has died at age 86, the rector of Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts said Friday.
 
'The Aesthetic Worlds of the 19th Century'
From April 8 to July 24, you won't need to travel all the way to Europe to see the masterpieces of 19th century. On the 30th anniversary of the Orsay Museum, the National Palace Museum is collaborating with the French museum to showcase "The Aesthetic Worlds of the 19th Century." The 69 masterpieces on display, valued at up to NT$15 billion, include Van Gogh's iconic "Noon - Rest from Work," Millet's "The Gleaners" and Renoir's "Girls at the Piano."
 
Sparks to be ignited for dialog
Under the theme "culture explosion" (我們在文化裡爆炸), the Creative Expo Taiwan (CET, 臺灣文博會) opens today and will run until Sunday, April 23. Entering its seventh year, the occasion hopes to stimulate discourse on contemporary Taiwanese culture and further innovate and elevate the cultural and creative industry. At the three venues of Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文創園區), Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區) and Taipei Expo Park (花博公園), the products on display all come from local materials and share a common care for society.
 
Brazilian artist paints 'biggest' ever mural on side of factory
Many painters struggle to get their work viewed but Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra won't have a problem -- his most recent work is billed as the biggest in the world.
 
Beyond the stage
In a world where standard answers are expected and society attempts to fit individuals into the same box, art offers a welcome reprieve. The fun thing about art is that you get to express what you wish to express and the audience sees what they hope to see.
 
Hello … 'My Name Is Paul Smith'
Paul Smith, one of the top fashion designers in the world, is famed for his bold chic patterns. Wonder where he got his ideas from? You can look for answers at Paul Smith's upcoming solo exhibition, "Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith," at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. From June 17 to Sep. 3, access Smith's personal office, his design studio and more places where the iconic fashion designer becomes inspired.
 
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