Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 36
ART & CULTURE
BIG IN BRAZIL
Go in the Know
Kenya has officially sacked plastic bags: The country recently
introduced what's described as
the world's toughest ban, saving
landfills and the environment
from roughly 100 million plastic
bags handed out annually in the
country's supermarkets alone,
according to the United Nations
Environment Programme. While
the enforcement of hefty fines
and jail terms will reportedly be
reserved for manufacturers and
vendors, travelers are advised
that duty-free, Ziploc, and any
other form of disposable plastic
bag will be confiscated on arrival -
clear cosmetic and zippered bags
are still allowed.
Tarsila do Amaral's
Abaporu ("Man Who Eats").
Tarsila do Amaral, known professionally as Tarsila, painted bright, sensuous abstracts
of indigenous Brazilian subjects. Now, 44 years after the artist's death, the first major
exhibition of her work in North America, Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in
Brazil, is displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago. More than 120 works trace her
development as an artist in the 1920s, from studying cubism with Fernand Léger in Paris
to her exploration of native cultures in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.
Subsequent masterpieces, such as Antropofagia and Abaporu, are featured in the show.
After closing in Chicago on January 7, the exhibition will be on display at New York's
Museum of Modern Art from February 11 through June 3. artic.edu; moma.org.
He's Your Man
Singer, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen is
especially beloved in his hometown of Montréal, where the Museum of Contemporary Art
Montréal is celebrating his artistic legacy with
Leonard Cohen - A Crack in Everything. The multimedia exhibition, running from November 9
through April 9, 2018, will feature Cohen's
self-portraits and drawings, a video installation by Montréal filmmaker Kara Blake, and
Listening to Leonard, recordings of Cohen's
songs covered by artists across the musical
spectrum, from the Montréal Symphony Orchestra to Moby. Beyond museum confines,
visual artist Jenny Holzer will contribute a new work that projects text from Cohen's canon
onto a downtown industrial silo from November 7 through 11. macm.org.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Maybe it's the thermal plunge
pools? More than 15 sloths have
recently taken up residence at
Nayara Resorts in Costa Rica's
Arenal Volcano National Park,
home to the 35-villa Nayara
Springs and the 50-bungalow
Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens.
As part of its sustainability program, the resort has planted
300 cecropia trees, creating
a sloth preserve in the rainforest canopy.
(ABAPORU) COLECCIÓN MALBA, MUSEO DE ARTE LATINOAMERICANO DE BUENOS AIRES/© TARSILA DO AMARAL LICENCIAMENTOS,
(LEONARD COHEN) LORCA COHEN, (SLOTH) MILES PHOTOGRAPHY