The Kennedys exhibition

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys Loewe

On my last post, I told you everything about the amazing Galeria Loewe located in Paseo de Gracia. However, I decided to make a separate post on the temporary exhibition which is shown at this time. This expo is dedicated to the great historical legend of an era: The Kennedys.

The photographer behind this amazing exhibit is Mark Shaw, who also shot personalities of the likes of Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.

Mark Shaw was able to create the most intimate family portrait of the once President of The United States. Shaw remained 1036 days at the White House (from 1960-1963), gathering a large volume of graphic material with warmth that few images have.

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys Loewe

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

40 portraits and photographs that have not been displayed in 50 years illustrate JFK’s public and personal life until his death in 1963.

Shaw was a close friend of the Kennedys and for five years he had the privilege of being the unofficial family photographer. Not only was he present with his camera at the Oval Office at many of the president´s institutional meetings, he also has access to the intimate spaces where JFK spent time with his family and children in an attempt to enjoy a little bit of anonymity. This is what makes his pictures so unique, as they reflect a human, classic and natural vision of one of America’s most renown family.

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

The exhibit will be open in Barcelona until November 15 at Paseo de Gracia 35.

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy

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Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Everyday there’s something going on in Barcelona… The diversity and variety of activities this city holds is amazing. Since I’m about to move to Mexico City in a few weeks, I’m making the most of Barcelona and enjoying every possible spot.

One of the many places I’ve been eager to visit is the Galeria Loewe, a space located at Paseo de Gracia, where the Maison lovers can explore the firms’ universe.

Galeria Loewe  is divided in 5 levels, each of them focusing on a different aspect of Loewe´s 166 years of artisanal expertise, showing its history and tradition through multimedia art installations and interactive experiences.

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

The ground floor is focused on the iconic Amazona bag. This bag is not only my favorite purse ever, but it is also an international symbol since its creation in 1975.

The floor is perfectly structured for visitors to understand the making of of this masterpiece. With a hologram explaining the techniques, an installation focusing on the 65 parts of the Amazona bag, and a glance to the tools used today, it is easy to understand and love this bag (with its multiple reinventions) over and over again.

Amazona tools

Amazona tools

Amazona bag Loewe

Amazona bag Loewe

Loewe silk scarves

Loewe silk scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basement floor is focused on the Loewe scarves made of silk. These are inspired in the Spanish culture, which also characterizes the Maison. On the displays, visitors may see the some of the designs available and also the house’s most emblematic silk collections. What I liked the most was the “Flamenco dancers” installation by artist Daniel Wurtzel. In this, a piece of organza in caught in flight by a whirl of air, personifying a scarf into a Spanish dancer.

On the lower mezzanine lays the historical area. Here it’s worth to see the reconstruction of José Pérez de Rozas (Loewe’s art director from 1945-1978) most memorable window display, from 1960s.

José Pérez de Rozas window display

José Pérez de Rozas window display

The upper mezzanine is all about leather and senses. Here stands a tree in which Flamenco bags of vibrant colors are transformed into fruits of temptation made of napa.

Loewe tree

Loewe tree

Finally the top level, where a temporary exhibition related to the firm is exposed. This time it was all about The Kennedys. But I’ll talk about this on my next post! To read it click here

Kisses…

Video by lunatxell

Happy first anniversary at Dry Martini

Dry Martini BarcelonaTo celebrate my first anniversary blogging at Il Dolce Stilo, I decided to visit a very top and special place : Dry Martini.

This bar is owned by Javier de las Muelas, considered as one of the most prominent cocktail masters in the world.

With more the 30 years of history, Dry Martini is an icon in the Cocktail World. Its English style of a cocktail bar with leather sofas, dark wood and tons of different bottles; its art collection on the walls dedicated to his famous cocktail, its exquisite menu and its classic (and not so classic) cocktails has leaded Dry Martini to the list of the 50 best bars in the World!! Dry Martini Javier de las Muelas

My amazing gin tonic

My amazing gin tonic

This “must-visit” place in Barcelona has a unique enchantment and cozy atmosphere with an amazing know how in cocktails. Although you may assume that the drink to ask for is a Dry Martini (and it is) this bar is considered the third best gin bar in the world. I asked for an amazing gin which was masterly made and I totally support this title. (GIN LOVERS MUST TRY IT!)

Today, Dry Martini is considered one of the top 15 bars in the world, so make sure to visit it  when you come to Barcelona. Be sure to make a toast; mine was for a happy year blogging at Il Dolce Stilo…cheers!!!

DRY martini

 

 

Dali’s Jewelry

Dali Jewelry CollectionI am a huge fan of Salvador Dali and, eventually, I had to visit to visit the Theatre-Museum Dalí, in Figueres.

After visiting the entire museum and going over some of his biggest and greatest masterpieces, I was very eager to visit his jewelry collection.

All of Dali’s art encompasses physics, mathematics, architecture, nuclear science, and these were not the exception.Dali's beating Heart jewel

 

 

His jewels are a protest against emphasis upon the cost of the materials of jewelry. So his object was to show the jeweler’s art in true perspective-where design and craftsmanship are to be valued above the material worth of the gems, as in Renaissance times.

The Persistence of Memory, 1949

The Persistence of Memory, 1949

The Eye of Time, 1949

The Eye of Time, 1949

“In jewels, as in all my art, I create what I love. In some you will note an architectonic sense – as you will in certain of my paintings; again logarithmic law is evident; again the intervention of spirit and matter; of time and space”.- affirmed Dali.

He described his jewels as a serious matter, but he also affirmed that he felt pleased if his jewelry brought a smile. “A smile is a pleasing thing”.

Telephone Ear Clips, 1949

Telephone Ear Clips, 1949

“The jeweled pieces presented in this collection – ornaments, medals, crosses, objets d’art- were not conceived to rest soullessly in steel vaults. They were created to please the eye, uplift the spirit, stir the imagination, express conviction. Without an audience, these jewels would not fulfill the function for which they came into being. The viewer, then, is the ultimate artist. His sight, heart, mind – fusing with and grasping with greater or lesser understanding the intent of the creator- gives them life”

Personally, I loved the Beating heart, the Telephone Ear Clips, the Necklace with Entwined Limbs and the Spider of the Night. But above all, I adore the way he managed to conceive a new way of art and a different perspective in every masterpiece he made…

Necklace with entwined limbs, 1964

Necklace with entwined limbs, 1964

Ruby Lips, 1949

Ruby Lips, 1949

The Spider of the NIght, 1962

The Spider of the NIght, 1962

The Living Flower, 1959

The Living Flower, 1959

 

 

Barcelona prêt-a-porter: Fifty years of fashion

Barcelona expoI have passed in front of the Palau Robert a few times over the last months and always felt the curiosity to visit its latest exposition: Barcelona Prêt-à-porter 1958-2008. Finally, this week I managed to make some time and visit it.

Located at Paseo de Gracia, the exposition is structured around the material held in the Antoni de Montpalau textile Collection.Barcelona prêt-a-porter

Timeline fashionThis expo looks back at 50 years of the recent history of prêt-a-porter fashion in Catalonia, from 1958 to 2008. “This period saw the introduction and consolidation of the design and manufacture mass-produced ready-to-wear clothing, a phenomenon that revitalized the textile industry in Catalonia and which was embraced by the major haute-couture fashion houses and high-end and low-cost clothing manufacturers, as well as small-scale couturiers and tailors, designers and boutiques”- affirmed Josep Casamartina i Parassols, exhibition curator.Barcelona fashion

Designers such as Lydia Delgado, Teresa Helbig, Arman Basi, Purificacion Garcia. Javier Simorra, Sita Murt and brands like Etxart & Panno, Mango and Desigual, showed their designs in this exhibition.

Over 300 pieces will be displayed during the 9 months that the exhibition will run for. This will be refreshed on two occasions: October 2013 and January 2014.

Fashion timelineThe expo was well organized with a timeline perfectly explained and multiple videos with interviews and runways to understand the evolution of prêt-a-porter.

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

I urge you to visit this expo while visiting Barcelona, it is a must for fashion lovers.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004