Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Attends a Seminar.

AnneOn Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal arrived at the Stratford campus of University of East London (UEL) to attend the seminar, Higher Education: Improving Access and Opportunities for Mature Students, organized by the UEL, The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, and Action on Access.

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His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Baku, Azerbaijan.

prince albert IIOn February 18, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, for a brief visit.

This morning the sovereign prince held a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev. According to the news agency, APA, discussions focused on “…ways of developing the relations between Azerbaijan and Monaco and the 2015 European Games which will be held in Azerbaijan…”

Thereafter, Prince Albert II arrived at the Heydar Aliyev Center where he viewed the exhibition, Fly to Baku: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan.  The sovereign prince then held a meeting with First Lady Heydar Aliyev.

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Visits the Pound Arts Centre.

camillaOn February 18, 2014, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham, north Wiltshire.

The Pound Arts Centre is an:

“…arts hub for north Wiltshire, offers a year round program of performances, workshops, a youth theatre and exhibitions. 

Our mission is to provide opportunities for all people to experience, enjoy and engage with the arts. We believe that the arts can transform people’s lives regardless of their age, circumstances, ability or interests.”

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Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Attends the Inauguration of the Exhibition, La Colección del IVAM: XXV Aniversario. (VIDEO)

On February 18, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attended the opening of the exhibit entitled, La colección del IVAM: XXV Aniversario, held at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia.

According to the official website for the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, the exhibition:

“…intends to be a glance to the art of the 20th century from key works of its Collection. It is organized in three phases or stages, thought chronologically and forming constellations that articulate the different moments.

The first phase goes from the 1920s until the end of the Second World War. The first hall focuses on the work of Julio González in dialogue with Torres-García, David Smith, Brancusi, etc. They interpret the esprit of the historical Avant-gardes that find their expression in the theses of Futurism, the geometric spatialism. Dadaism and Surrealism will occupy the centre of the artistic debate in the 1920s. From Duchamp to Tristan Tzara and André Breton runs a line of new languages which burst in a society leaning to an end of a period. The new formalism so close to the esprit nouveau of Architecture will come together with the passionate journey of the Russian Constructivism of Rodchenko, Popova, El Lissitzky or Malevich. All of them, with their heroism and revolutionary enthusiasm, ending in the catastrophe that was the Spanish civil war and the Second World War. There you will find the documents of an end of journey, from the Russian agit-prop materials, the work of George Grosz or photomontages of John Heartfield or Josep Renau next to the allegory of Jacques Lipchitz, Prometheus Strangling the Vulture, which express the sense of this tragedy.

The second phase covers the years ranging from the 1950s to 1990s, forty key years in the history of 20th-century art. To these consequences of the war, art answers searching for new languages, leaving all formalism. European Informalism and American Abstract Expressionism are the two lines that trace the new maps of art. Since Dubuffet or Tapies, or from Pollock, Kline or Barnett Newman, passing by the Soulages, Asger Jorn, Saura, Millares, Chillida or Chirino we find the lines of a new map of art. Its highest expression and representative will be found in great American artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. At the same time is the appearance of Pop art, a new language attentive to the dimensions of a new order of things and the world, the so-called American Way of Life that artists like Warhol, Rosenquist, Baldessari or Lindner interpreted. Opposite the reading proposed by Pop art are other languages that will seek to recover a truth of art. Nearest to concept, rather then to media are artists such as Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark, or photographs as Bernd and Hilla Becher, which among others express.

The third stage of the exhibition traces the years ranging from the 90s until today. There has been talk of an ethical spin in the culture, loading art with questions. Issues such as identity, in all its declinations, memory and archives, the cultural approval and multiple forms of resistance, are today the key arguments that contemporary art interprets and elucidates. In this direction we can see works of Robert Rauschenberg and Tony Cragg, Sean Scully, Cristina Iglesias, Juan Muñoz or Cabrita Reis. The duel of Christian Boltanski together with works by Zoran Music, Carmen Calvo, John Davis, Bernardí Roig or Darío Villalba. Paying special attention to works by Baselitz, Lüpertz and Magdalena Abakanowicz. Not to mention the presence of photographers ranging from Gabriele Basilico to Joan Fontcuberta or José M. Ballester which are already a reference in the history of contemporary photography. Concluding with the virtual space of a permanent happening that Antoni Muntadas again offers us as the true measure of the world. In short a journey that from the Collections of the Ivam, allows us to approach the problems of art of the 20th century.”

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend a Special Mass at the Église Notre-Dame de Laeken.

belgiumOn Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium attended a special Mass at the Église Notre-Dame de Laeken to remember “…deceased members of the Belgian royal family…” 

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Visits Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (VIDEO)

On Monday, February 17, 2014, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a private visit.  According to Arab News the purpose of the visit is: 

 “…[continue to strengthen] Saudi-British relations and prospects of further cooperation.  Both sides are expected to tackle international issues, Mideast peace efforts and regional developments, with special emphasis on the Syrian crisis…”

Upon his arrival at Riyadh Airport the prince was warmly welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, and other government officials.

This morning The Prince of Wales held a meeting with the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, His Royal Highness Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and visited the Janadriya Gardens in Riyadh.

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HIM Empress Michiko of Japan Attends a Charity Concert in Tokyo. (VIDEO)

On the evening of Monday, February 17, 2014, Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan attended the AAR Japan charity concert held at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

During last evening’s concert Her Imperial Majesty and hundreds of guests listened as Mr. Kazuki Yamada conducted the Yokohama Sinfonietta Orchestra as they performed works by Mozart and Beethoven to name a few.  Famed Japanese pianist, Ms. Hiroko Nakamura, also performed last evening.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Association for Aid Relief Japan.