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Curious Muse

Curious Muse

By Curious Muse
Welcome to Curious Muse!

We bring the best of arts and culture stories from around the world. Our episodes will make you feel curious, learn new things and have a good time too. We cover a wide range of topics - visual and performing arts, literature and history, architecture and design, fashion and more - explained in a cool, digital way.

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Fauvism in 4 Minutes: The Wild Beasts of Art 👹
The early 20th-century movement called FAUVISM started in 1905 in France and lasted for just a couple of years. The best-known fauvist art was created by three amazing artists: Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, and Maurice de Vlaminck.    The movement was short-lived but had a huge impact on the art of the 20th century. So let's find out why it's so special!   #Fauvism #Art #CuriousMuse  BY CURIOUS MUSE
October 15, 2021
Post-Impressionism in 7 Minutes: How It Transformed The Rules of Art 🧑‍🎨
You have surely heard these names - Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne…  Their masterpieces represent the art movement that radically transformed the world - and greatly influenced the art that you love to this very day. It’s called Post-Impressionism.  In this episode from Curious Muse, we will find out more about this famous, pivotal period in art history.   #PostImpressionism #Art #CuriousMuse
October 1, 2021
Impressionism in 8 Minutes: How It Changed Art Forever 🎨
When you think of art in the 1800s you might imagine grand historical subjects, mythological scenes, and traditional themes, lots of them! Well, that’s what art used to be before impressionists changed the course of it forever! Why is Impressionism considered such an important art movement? What was so groundbreaking about it? Why do we think of impressionists as the pioneers of modern art? Many questions but we’ve got the answers, so let’s get into it!
September 19, 2021
Art Deco in 9 Minutes: Why Is It The Most Popular Architectural Style? 🗽
What comes to your mind when you think of the 1920s? For most people, the 1920s conjures up images of jazz, flappers, Old Hollywood, the Great Gatsby, and the Chrysler Building in New York City. It was a time of prosperity, exorbitant spending, and entertainment that gave rise to one of the most popular decorative arts and architecture movements — known as Art Deco.    In this week's episode, we’ll dive into the history of the era and learn about Art Déco, the style that continues to inspire designers and architects around the world!   #ArtDeco #Architecture #CuriousMuse  BY CURIOUS MUSE
September 3, 2021
Symbolism in 10 Minutes: Why Is It The Most Mysterious Art Movement? 😱
What is Symbolism? Who were the artists who painted symbolist paintings? What was Paul Gauguin searching for when he traveled to Tahiti? And what is Edvard Munch telling us with his famous painting The Scream?  Let's find out more about the late 19th-century art movement called Symbolism.   With contributions from De Morgan Collection #Symbolism #Art #CuriousMuse 
August 21, 2021
Miyazaki Universe in 8 Minutes: What's Behind The Iconic Anime? 💢
Hayao Miyazaki is a legend in the world of animation. Director, manga artist, producer, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki is one of the most beloved and well-known Japanese artists of all time — and for good reason. When you watch a Miyazaki film, it’s easy to see the care and attention that goes into every single frame. But why is his style so distinguishable, even among thousands of other great anime films?    In this week's episode, we will try to go beyond mere technique to grasp the philosophy and underlying vision of one of Japan’s greatest directors — Hayao Miyazaki. So, let’s get started!   #Miyazaki #Animation #CuriousMuse  CURIOUS MUSE
August 13, 2021
Sparta in 11 Minutes: What Made Spartans The Biggest Force in Ancient Greece? 🏛️
The Spartans. Known for instilling fear in the hearts of their enemies at the very sight of them, this ancient Greek city state rocketed back into public consciousness with Zack Snyder’s infamous film, “300”.    Who were the Spartans? What role did Sparta play in the ancient world? What made them a force to be reckoned with among the Greeks?  This is Sparta Explained. #Sparta #History #CuriousMuse CURIOUS MUSE
July 24, 2021
Digital Art in 9 Minutes: From Early Computing Technologies To Crypto NFT Hype
The history of art is long and complex. It starts with the earliest creations using stone, wood, bronze, and natural pigments. Then, it ventures through the 15th Century, with the introduction of oil on canvas, before moving to the acrylics, sprays, and markers of the 20th Century.    In this week's story, we want to fast forward to the latest trend in the realm of art: the digital revolution. This new age of digital technologies brought with it the widest range of instruments for contemporary creators. The new nature of digital art — computer born, immersive, and interactive — make it perfect for both artistic creativity and viewer engagement.  The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated this phenomenon, which has been in development for the past 70 years!  So, this begs an important question: what is digital art? Today, we will answer this question and take a detailed dive into the history of the movement.  #DigitalArt #Art #CuriousMuse
July 11, 2021
Zaha Hadid in 7 Minutes: What Makes Her Architecture So Extraordinary?
Often known as the "Queen of the Curve," Zaha Hadid was one of the most admired and extraordinary architects of her time. Forbes even named her among the 100 most powerful women in the world. Her daring and unconventional buildings tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality, changing our understanding of what architecture can do. She has won some of the world's top honors in the realm of architecture, including the Pritzker Prize.    So, why are Zaha Hadid’s buildings so extraordinary? What influences her signature style? Finally, is it true that her inspiration comes from the ‘Black Square’ author, Kazimir Malevich? Keep watching to find out!   #ZahaHadid #Architecture #CuriousMuse
June 25, 2021
The History of Pirates: From Ancient to Digital Piracy in 13 Minutes
Pirates. Few subjects capture our collective imagination more. In recent times, pirates have been the inspiration for countless books, movies, costumes, theme park rides, video games… movies again, more movies, very, very... long movies.    But far from the cuddly, non-threatening image of pirates that prevails today, these were some of the most feared individuals in history. And, as we will see, the legacy of their rich, complex histories very much impacts our world today.     #Pirates #History #CuriousMuse
June 12, 2021
Magical Realism In 6 Minutes: Literary Fantasy or Fantastic Literature? 📚
Magical realism is an interesting word combination that is used often, but usually with little understanding. So, what is magical realism? Isn’t this term a contradiction? Is magical realism just a variation of the fantasy genre? Let’s investigate!   In this video we'll explore:  📍What is required of magical realism as a literary genre?  📍Who are the most important writers?  📍Where did it receive the bigggest influence?  📍What are the most exciting books to read?   #MagicalRealism #Literature #CuriousMuse
May 28, 2021
Dadaism in 8 Minutes: Can Everything Be Art?
Why is an urinal considered a piece of art? What does the word Dada represent? What are Dada soirees? What does Dadaist poetry sound like? And can everything and anything become a work of art if we chose to declare it art? In this episode, you'll find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the famous art movement called DADAISM.   #Dadaism​ #Art​ #CuriousMuse​
May 15, 2021
Vincent Van Gogh in 7 Minutes: The Man Behind An Iconic Art
An obsession with sunflowers, a mutilated ear, and a melancholic temperament; these are just a few characteristics of a truly great artist: Vincent van Gogh.   He spent years in relative obscurity, putting his depression onto canvas, only to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. But can these innocuous details really summarize such an iconic figure in the art world?  Was Van Gogh a mad genius or simply a great artist who was years ahead of his time? Let's explore the life of Vincent van Gogh and discover the man behind the art.   #VanGogh​ #Art​ #CuriousMuse​
April 24, 2021
Louis Vuitton in 5 Minutes: The Story of Becoming a Cult Fashion Brand
2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vuitton — the man behind one of the most successful luxury brands in the world!  What better way to celebrate the life of such a fashion legend than to examine the history and cult-status of Louis Vuitton?    Once just a small company with limited supplies, Louis Vuitton has since grown into one of the most recognizable manufacturers of luxury luggage, handbags, clothing, accessories, and even perfume.    So, let’s take a look back at the early days of Louis Vuitton to see just how the company reached such great heights!   #LouisVuitton​ #Fashion​ #CuriousMuse
April 13, 2021
Cubism in 9 Minutes: Art Movement by Pablo Picasso Explained
You’re probably familiar with the work of Pablo Picasso, but how much do you know about Cubism — the art movement he invented with his friend and fellow artist George Braque? Moreover, what is Cubism, and why is it considered such a radical movement? In this video, you will learn about one of the most groundbreaking movements of the 20th century that changed the course of art history forever.   #Cubism​ #Picasso​ #Art
March 31, 2021
Bauhaus in 7 Minutes: Revolutionary Design Movement Explained
👨‍🎨 For many artists, architects, and historians, the Bauhaus is a symbol of modernism and artistic ingenuity. However, to the vast majority of people, the Bauhaus seems like a rather peculiar and short-lived German art school. 🪑 In this episode, we'll find out what Bauhaus is and why it became the most influential design movement of the 20th century. #Bauhaus​​ #Design​​ #CuriousMuse​ #CuriousMuse_Design
March 14, 2021
Harry Potter in 7 Minutes: The Hidden Myths & Legends Explained
Since 1997, over half a billion copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold, making it the best selling book series of all time. The Harry Potter film series is the third highest grossing series of all time, only falling behind the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.   So, how did JK Rowling do it? Well, if the answer isn’t witchcraft, it just might be the sheer number of cultural, historical, and literary allusions packed into her wizarding universe. In many ways, the world of Harry Potter is a meeting point for centuries of myth.   Here’s a look at some of the many hidden myths and legends packed into the wizarding world.   #HarryPotter #Film #CuriousMuse
February 27, 2021
The World's Top 5 Ghost Cities
How does a thriving metropolis turn into a desolate ghost city? Let's explore the answer while taking a look at some of the most famous and curious ghost cities from around the world: Angkor Pompeii  Chernobyl  Hashima Island  Tianducheng #GhostTowns #Architecture #CuriousMuse
February 21, 2021
How European Art Borrowed Ideas From All Over the World
African sculptures, Oceanic ritual masks, Japanese woodblock prints…Today, you can turn to Google to see thousands of pieces of artwork from around the world. However, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, non-Western art just started to make its way to Europe. Works from abroad fascinated European artists with their beautiful aesthetics, subtle color palettes, unique perspectives, and non-traditional subject matters. Their influence was so significant that one could feasibly argue that 20th-century Modernism would not exist without them.  In this episode, let’s find out how Non-Western art manifested itself in the works of avant-garde European artists: Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso. #AvantGarde #Art #CuriousMuse
February 14, 2021
Alchemy Explained: Is It Science or Magic?
Contrary to the image in your mind, alchemy is not about robed, wizard-like figures involved in some occult practice in his dimly lit apothecary. The practice is old – ancient, in fact – but what is alchemy, really? Is it science or is it magic? What does it have to do with the philosopher’s stone?   In this episode, let’s find out what alchemy is!  #Alchemy​ #History​ #CuriousMuse
January 30, 2021
Surrealism in 5 Minutes: What Inspired the Art Movement
You've probably heard of Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, or Frida Kahlo. These surrealist artists created many amazing artworks. But do you know about the philosophy behind the movement? What does Freud have to do with Surrealism? Why did Dali show us his dreams and nightmares? And why did Magritte paint an image of “raining men”?  Let’s find out in this story!   #Surrealism #Art #CuriousMuse
January 17, 2021
Fridamania: The Life And Art of Frida Kahlo
This week we take an in-depth and immersive look into the life of the iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. In this podcast, you'll learn about the key moments and experiences that shaped Frida and her art. From suffering multiple injuries to surviving turbulent relationships, Frida proved to be larger than life in her drive to live and create.   #FridaKahlo #Art #CuriousMuse
January 9, 2021
The Bad Places: Top Versions of Hell Explained
Nearly every culture and religion in the world have certain beliefs about the afterlife. While most of us are very familiar with the version of Hell as a fiery pit, how much do we know about the other versions of Hell that exist?     This week, we take you on a tour through Hell to explore the finest of Underworlds!   #Hell #Mythology #CuriousMuse
December 29, 2020
The Dark Drink: Why Coffee History is Full of Mystery?
For many of us the world over, coffee is a staple. But how is the drink related to goats? Is coffee linked to the devil? How has coffee been linked to occult practices and telling the future? Some of us are shamelessly dependent on the drink to get us going in the morning, but how many of us know the darker history behind our favourite drink?   In the last few years, the drink has seen a culture develop around it. We can argue that coffee culture has gained almost cult status in the world today. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s nothing that this special bean hasn’t seen before in its history. Throughout its history, coffee has been the centre of wonder, mysticism, the metaphysical, and even ideological tension!  The history of this dark drink is shrouded in mystery and allure, so in this video we''ll try to tease out some of the nuances of this brew!   #Coffee #History #CuriousMuse
December 21, 2020
Geisha Explained: Facts And Myths About The Mysterious Japanese Tradition
Almost everyone has heard of Geishas, and can recognize one by their distinctive look. And yet, only a few people really know the historical role they've played in Japanese society and what they really do. The world of the Geisha is still shrouded in misconceptions to this day.  In this podcast, we open up that secret world and explore the lives and times of the Geishas - from their humble beginnings to the present day.  When did Geisha first appear? How did Geisha look? How did Japanese girls become geisha? What is Geisha today?   #Geisha #Japan #Culture
November 30, 2020
Is Andy Warhol Worth the Hype?
From iconic illustrations to prominent prints, Andy Warhol made a lasting impact on the world of art. But the talent and influence of this legendary icon extends beyond the art, to the catwalks of fashion. In this video, we pull back the curtain and give a quick history of Andy Warhol’s life and how his pop art changed the way we dress.   #AndyWarhol #Art #Fashion #CuriousMuse
November 16, 2020
Ballet Guide by Curious Muse
Ballet is one of the most exquisite forms of high art in existence. Watching it for the first time can be a bit... overwhelming. And while you know that it’s impressive, for sure, you aren’t quite sure why.   But the truth is that you don't need to be an expert to enjoy it and you can make your first experience watching the ballet nothing short of a stellar one.   Here is your 5-step guide to help you get the most out of a ballet performance and get hooked for life.
September 11, 2020
Futurism in 9 Minutes: How to Rewrite Culture
“The caffeine of Europe,” as he liked to call himself, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was the godfather of Futurism, Italy's most coherent artistic movement of the 20th century. In this video, you'll learn why Futurism attacked traditions, promoted "the beautiful ideas which kill" and claimed that beauty exists only in struggle.
July 19, 2020
Inside New York City 100 Years ago
The Big Apple. The metropolis. The City that never sleeps. Nowhere else on earth quite captures the imagination quite as much as New York. It has shaped our culture, inspired our songs, films, fashion and cuisine. You can love it, you can hate it… most people have a healthy mix of both. But whatever you feel. you just can’t ignore it. But have you ever wondered… what was New York like 100 years ago?
July 1, 2020