“George Enescu” International Festival: magic exists

The most important Romanian Festival will start tomorrow 1st  of September at Bucharest. The 20th edition of the “George Enescu” Festival gather important names as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Meneses, Isabelle Faust, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Jean Pommier and also famous orchestras from the entire world.

The opening concert will be hold by the Philharmonic from Hague conducted by the well known conductor Christian Badea. This prepared for the first concert Symphony no.1 of George Enescu and Symphony no.10 of Dimitri Sostakovici.
At Bucharest will be 25 days of music, ballet, opera shows. For the first time at the Festival, people will be able to listen traditional music from all over the world.
In Bucharest the event will take place at Palace Hall, Romanian Athenaeum, Opera Center, Radio Hall and also at “George Enescu” street from Bucharest. The Festival will be present in another romanian cities: Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Sibiu.

George Enescu

The works of the great composer and violinist George Enescu (1881 - 1955) known, among others, for the “Romanian Rhapsody”  and for being the teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, will be listened by the audience in 24 interpretations. Romanian Athenaeum will hold 2 concerts daily.

The first edition of the Festival took place in 1958, but it was stopped by the communist regime in 1971. It started again after 1989 and is held from 2 in 2 years, attracting thousands of people.

The Festival will be broadcasted by the National Romanian Television through almost its channels (TVR Cultural,TVR1, TVR2, TVR International, TVR HD). Also, the Festival can be watched on internet.

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Qi Baishi’s record painting done on marble

Qi Baishi (1864-1957) is a Chinese artist who become the third bestselling paintings in the world after Picasso and Warhol. His paint “A long life, A peaceful world” was sold for 65.4 million US$ at 2011, at China. This work was reproduced for the first time on marble by artist Dr. Nour.  
“A long life, A peaceful world”, by Qi Baishi
The art work represents an eagle on a pine branch flanked by two calligraphy scrolls, each measuring 264.5 x 65.8 cm and was presented by the artist to military and political leader Chiang Kai-shek for his 60th birthday in 1946. The painting sizes are 266x100 cm.
The starting price was US$13.54 million and reached to US$65.4 million after an intense 50 rounds of biddings over 30 minutes.

Qi Bashi (1864-1957)
Qi Bashi was a prolific, largely self-taught 20th c. artist whose work is highly sought-after China’s booming art market.
This painting “A long life, A peaceful World” will be reproduced on marble! The Artist Dr. Nour the art lover, specialized on marble work, started to reproduce it on marble, last June 2011, for the first time in the world and expected to finish it on June  2012.

Dr. Nour, in the production process

Dr. Nour, in the production process

Dr. Nour, the art lover, working on marble
The unique marble work for masters done by Dr. Nour, started in 2000 with “Irises“ of Van Gogh, continued with “Poppy flowers” of the same artist and with reproductions after work of other famous artists as Picasso and Cezanne. See article Poppy flower of Van Gogh on marble!

Leonardo Da Vinci’s lost painting found after 500 years

"Salvator Mundi" Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi, meaning Saviour of the World, dates to around 1500 and depicts a figure of Christ holding an orb. The work was long known to have existed, but had been presumed to have been lost or destroyed.
The recently authenticated work was once owned by King Charles I and recorded in his art collection in 1649 before being auctioned by the son of the Duke of Buckingham in 1763. It next appeared in 1900, damaged from previous restoration attempts and its authorship unclear, when it was purchased by a British collector, Sir Frederick Cook. Cook's descendants sold it at auction in 1958 for £45 and it was acquired by a US consortium of art dealers in 2005. After undergoing extensive conservation treatment last year, it was determined to be an original Da Vinci work. It is now estimated to be worth around £120m.
The last time a Da Vinci painting was discovered was in 1909, when the Benois Madonna came to light. The piece is currently on display at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
“Salvator Mundi” will be displayed as part of the gallery's Leonardo da Vinci: Painter of the Court of Milan exhibition from 9 November 2011.