The big reveal

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    Leading light designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson were at the forefront of Australian fashion from the late 1980s right up to just a few years ago when they zipped up shop in 2016.  The Designers Guide: Easton Pearson Archive is a fabulous exhibition showcasing their unique style and vision carefully selected from a multitude of garments, accessories and assorted ephemera. Head north to catch it and take in this interview with Lydia on The Design Files. Image by Jono Searle, courtesy of Museum of Brisbane.
    #archivefever . 22.01.19

    BOOM

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    Pyrotechnic fanatics and illustration lovers are going to explode over this nugget we found on Colossal: illuminating catalogues of fabulous Japanese fireworks from the beginning of the 20th century. Take us back!

    #archivefever . 21.12.18

    Deep Dig

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    Strictly speaking Amsterdam's newest museum is really a metro station on the recently opened North South line. During construction of the new line some 630,000 fragments were found, categorised and catalogued with nearly 9,500 on display in specially made vitrines between the escalators at the Rokin stop. It's a fascinating collection of all manner of things from cameras, coins and old phones through to fragments of ancient vessels and other things, some dating back 112,000 years. Don't miss your train taking it all in! Check out the accompanying website Below the Surface to get an idea ...
    #archivefever . 28.08.18

    The Scream

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    Don’t scream but we recently discovered that there are some 7,600 plus drawings the Munch Museum in Oslo has digitised and made available from one of Norway’s most famous artists. We had no idea that he was so prolific, or that he had a contentious relationship with his neighbour’s ‘Angry Dog’ (above). We highly recommend checking the online-archive and reading the Hyperallergic article for more insights. Image: Munch, “Angry Dog” (ca 1938–43), watercolor, courtesy of the Munch Museum.
    #archivefever . 14.08.18

    Colour Coded

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    We're all for interactive cool collaborations, and that's just what Zeeuws Museum X Das Leben am Haverkamp is. Four Dutch fashion designers (Anouk van Klaveren, Christa van der Meer, Dewi Bekker and Gino Anthonisse) reinterpreted objects from the Zeeuws Museum collection via visitors' verbal descriptions of said objects. Each designer used these recordings to create their own colour-coded modern interpretation of old era objects. What's more there's a small room where the original objects can be viewed and compared. The transformations are both surprising and spot on. Check out Das Leben ...
    #archivefever . 15.03.18

    Nice and Tidy

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    Austin Radcliffe’s shipshape new book Things Organized Neatly brings together the work of 13 artists including our favourite stacker along with their collections. It's a thing of beauty showing that gathering en masse nets results. Catch a glimpse of what's in store via Hyperallergic's intriguing article. Image: Sarah Illenberger, “Mini Melancholy.” From the Tutti Frutti series (image courtesy Rizzoli).
    #archivefever #publish . 30.01.18

    Stacked

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    Swedish artist Michael Johansson sure knows a thing or two about stacking. Think mind-bending precision coupled with carefully pondered palettes to form large and small installations composed of everyday objects that leave you both puzzled and in a state of wonder. Michael's exhibition at Voorlinden closes soon for those near The Hague.
    #archivefever #thisis . 25.01.18

    Enchanting Darling!

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    The pièce de résistance of window shopping is, and we think without doubt, at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. It's here that Leïla Menchari has worked her infinite magic creating enchanting window displays for Hermès that go beyond merchandising and enter the realm of theatrical wonderlands! We wish we could sashay into Paris to experience an exhibition showcasing 35 years of superb displays at Grand Palais on through to 3 December 2017 ourselves, but for now we're happy ogling outstanding images on Trendland and getting the lowdown on Vogue. Image: Véronique-Mati.
    #archivefever #onfleek . 21.11.17

    Get Giffed

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    Calling all gif-makers! The deadline for annual international gif-making competition organised by EuropeanaDigital Public Library of AmericaDigitalNZ or Trove is fast approaching. Creatives, history nuts, animators and all other gif afficionados are invited to mine the archives of the organisers to produce inventive animations with a historical bent. We've posted a few of our favourites here, and highly recommend a visit to the online gallery. From top: Phillippe Carter, Mars Attaque Two, source material via Europeana;  Morgane Perrie, Ball Game! Source material via Europeana;
    #archivefever #publish . 27.10.17

    Harlem Renaissance

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    If Hyperallergic's in depth article on the Harlem Renaissance exhibition is anything to go by, Gather Out of Star-Dust is well worth venturing to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in Connecticut, even with just days to go. Featuring ephemera, maps, photographs, manuscripts and way more from a period when “African American cultural and intellectual endeavor surged into the American mainstream” according to Melissa Barton, organiser of the exhibition, this is one show bound to excite the senses and inform the mind. Images: Stephen Longstreet, illustration ...
    #archivefever . 13.04.17

    X-Ray Visionary

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    We can highly recommend Hyperallergic's fascinating article about a 1930s osteopathist called Dr. Dain L. Tasker who used his X-ray machine to learn more about the anatomy of plants. Another amazing find in the archives. Image: Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Eucalyptus X-ray” c.1930s.
    #archivefever . 12.07.16

    Art Addict

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    The aptly titled Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is an arresting documentary from Lisa Immordino Vreeland focusing on the extraordinary adventures of one of the art world's pioneering spirits. The official trailer and Nowness's evocative excerpt offer two different perspectives into an astonishing life complete with surreal beauty where it's all about art and love. It's any weather viewing. Images: Roloff Beny/Courtesy of National Archives of Canada and courtesy of the Peggy Gugggenheim Collection Archives, Venice.

    #archivefever . 19.01.16