This week on Google Arts & Culture
West Side Story
Step inside the musical world of the new West Side Story project to discover the inspiration behind the musical, as well as stories from the stars and the makers—including an interview with Chita Rivera, the original Anita. "Get cool" and explore the legacy of the iconic broadway show, its social impact, its Hollywood adaptation and Carnegie Hall’s contemporary production.
25 Weird and Wonderful Entries in Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary
Nowadays dictionaries include words like "pregame", "binge-watch" and "photobomb"—all which would have sounded ridiculous to someone a hundred or so years ago. Likewise, take a look at how hilarious these entries published back in 1884 in Dr Samuel Johnson’s dictionary seem to us now.
Astonishing Stories from Mucem
Mucem, or the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, houses over 1 million objects that together paint a vivid picture of human history, behavior, and creativity—including a mermaid made out of bread and a graffitied mailbox. Explore the other surprises in this weird, wonderful, and unexpected collection; go behind the scenes of the conservation centre; and take a tour of the impressive museum complex with this new project.
A History of England's Homes and Gardens
Explore the story of England in the early 20th century whilst discovering how the Autochrome Lumière process revolutionized color photography. In this new exhibit you can see pioneering color photographs of homes and gardens taken between 1910 and 1930, from terraced house and country estates, to domestic gardens and public parks.
Rodin Illustrates Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal
Auguste Rodin is most widely known for being the forerunner of modern sculpture, but he was also a talented illustrator. This new exhibit shows the dark illustrations (in style and often content) that Rodin added to a publisher’s personal copy of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.
Noor Jehan: Images from her Family's Private Collection
Noor Jehan was a prolific singer and actress whose career spanned more than six decades. Not only did she record over 10,000 songs and is known as Pakistan’s first female director, but she also won the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of the highest Pakistani civilian awards, in recognition of her legendary patriotic songs. Check out these rare images from her family's private collection.
Artist of the Week
Discover Amrita Sher-Gil
The painter Amrita Sher-Gil, the daughter of a Hungarian opera singer and a Sikh aristocrat, spent her childhood years traveling between India and Europe, both of which influenced her work in a myriad of ways. Often referred to as 'the Indian Frida Kahlo', she studied in Paris where she was influenced by academic realism and post-impressionism.
Explore Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art is housed in three 1950s Bauhaus-influenced factory chambers in the heart of Beijing's trendy 798 Art District.
Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #1131: Whirls and twirls was painted at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, transforming the previously pale architecture with bright, intense colorful—you guessed it— whirls and twirls.