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New Banksy adventure, Minotaur in Toulouse and huge poppies in Munich

Why did the 14-meter monster take to the streets to frighten the inhabitants of Toulouse, what did Banksy have in mind, and in honor of which event would 3,000 huge poppies be installed in a square in Munich? Introducing this week's intriguing art digest.

Minotaur walked through the streets of Toulouse

Last week, a mythical minotaur walked through the streets of Toulouse - a marvel of engineering work about 14 meters high and weighing 47 tons. This magnificent monster with the head of a bull and a human body, a unique and impressive mechanical animal, walked through the streets of the city and looked into the windows of houses, which delighted and terrified the locals at the same time. A colossus named Asterion walked through the historic center of the city, accompanied by nineteen musicians, a tenor and a giant spider Ariana. To manage the Minotaur took 17 people. Both “creatures” are a project of artist Francois Delaroiere, artistic director and leading creative force of La Machine, a theatrical company specializing in street shows with the participation of giant mechanized “artists”. Technicians and designers are an important part of the project. The performance was held in honor of the presentation entitled “The Keeper of the Temple”.

Banksy will distribute "merch" at a tourism exhibition in London

Still fresh memories of the scandalous self-destruction of Banksy's work at Sotheby's auction, but the artist has already rushed into the news reports. For all those who were interested in what the odious artist is doing now, we’ll tell you: On November 6 and 7, Banksy will promote his Walled Off hotel at the World Travel Market in London. The artist announced this to the world in his usual form - through Instagram, the only social network where he is registered. “We will be distributing free products (souvenirs) at a Palestinian stand,” wrote Banksy. The action was launched in order to attract the attention of the general public to the hotel. This news is quite surprised the world of art, because this is the first time a British artist presents his stand at any fair. Recall that Banksy opened a hotel in the West Bank of Palestine in 2017.Banksy's work, which he cites in his tweet with the announcement of the event. Read in Arthive: Martial law: how artists became enemies, fought, died and survived during the First World War.

A field of poppies - in honor of the centenary of the end of the First World War

On November 11, in Koenigplatz in Munich, in honor of the Day of Remembrance for the perished in World War I (1914−1918), the art installation “Never More” will open, representing a field of huge artificial red poppies. Red poppy is used in the UK and the Commonwealth countries (mainly in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) as a symbol of the truce during the fighting in the First World War.
Traditionally, every autumn, millions of people around the world wear little scarlet poppies on their clothes. The origins of this symbol lie in Canadian Lieutenant John McCree's poem In the Flanders Fields, written in 1915. It mentions poppies growing on the graves of fallen comrades.
The project and the idea of ​​a symbolic installation in Munich belong to the artist Walter Kun. The artist was born in 1946, a year after the end of the Second World War. The 1 meter high poppies are made of artificial silk, the volunteers helped to implement the project - they created 3000 gigantic colors. Kyun will also install a separate pavilion "Never before": this phrase will be written in different languages ​​on the outer walls. The installation will be open to the public from November 11 to December 2, 2018. Recall that in 2014, an installation was set up in the Tower of London dedicated to the British who died in the First World War. The project, implemented by artist Paul Cummins (Paul Cummins) and designer Tom Piper (Tom Piper), consisted of 888,246 ceramic scarlet poppies.Photo source: newsonia.comArthiv: read us in the Telegram and look in InstagramAr: Anna Znaenok. Based on nytimes.com, artnet.com, theguardian.com