Wednesday, June 22, 2011

15.2 million euros for the "lover" of Picasso

A work by Picasso, almost unknown to the general public, portraying a lover of the great Spanish painter, was sold for nearly 15.2 million at auction house Christie's in London.
The painting, entitled «Jeune Fille Endormie» (Young girl sleeping, 1935) is a portrait of Marie-Therese Walter.
The painting was donated an anonymous American, from the University of Sydney, which will use the money from the auction for scientific research.
Giovanni Bertatsoni of the house Christie's said the project is an "absolute jewel".
Marie-Therese Walter.

 Marie-Therese Walter posed for many paintings by Picasso. They both met in 1927 when Picasso was 45 years old and she just 17.
They both spent some time together in his summer house in Bouazelou, where the artist created a number of masterpieces.
Marie-Therese Walter
The project «Nude, Green Leaves And Bust», also portrait of Walter, was sold last year in the record price of 74 million.
Nude, Green Leaves And Bust


The study has developed Skating Patkau Architects Shelters, shelters against the cold and wind of Winnipeg, Canada.

Winnipeg is a city of 600,000 inhabitants located in the Canadian prairie. It is the coldest city of its size outside of Siberia. Winters can last six months. So learn to celebrate the winter - Learn to take advantage of opportunities in the winter - it makes sense.

The Red and Assiniboine River meet in the center of the city, and in winter, creating miles of roads on the go eskia. However, with temperatures down to minus 30 and 40 degrees for long periods of time, and where the winds can make you feel up to at least 50 degrees, creating opportunities to find shelter from the wind greatly increases the capacity to use these skating trails. Therefore, we have developed a program to sponsor the design and construction of temporary shelters located along the paths of skating.

The proposal consists of a set of intimate shelters, each capable of only a few people at once. They are grouped into a small "village" to form a collective.
Each house consists of fine wood and flexible space and character is achieved by bending / deformation. Skins, made up of two layers of 3/16th inch plywood flexible patterns are cut and attached to a wooden frame consisting of a triangular base.

The shape of the housing is a result of a process of experimentation in the studio of architects to create a base of deformation in the wood and then release the stress.
The grouping of centers in a group begins with the relationship of two, and their juxtaposition to qualify the size and accessibility of the openings of your post. This seemingly casual association is actually achieved by a precise rotation of 120 degrees. Three pairs (one in the mirror) are placed in relation to each other through a rotation of 90 degrees to form the group and define the space between "internal" within the larger group. Together, the shelters create dynamic relationships taking into account the change in the wind as time of day and environmental circumstances.

They are delicate structures and "alive." They move gently in the wind, creaking and swaying back and forth at various frequencies, floating precariously on the surface of the frozen river, shaking the snow that sticks to its surface. Their fragile nature makes the protected weak are acutely aware of the inevitability, the ferocity and beauty of winter in the prairies of Canada.

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