By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - The shrieks of mad women assault visitors entering the Musee d'Orsay's new exhibit on Vincent Van Gogh, an arresting look at the painter's work as seen through the eyes of the late avant-garde French theatre director and playwright Antonin Artaud. "The Man Driven to Suicide by Society", opening on Tuesday in Paris, is a fitting title for a display of 55 Van Gogh works using Artaud's own commentary to see them in a new light. Artaud - one of the great theorizers about the stage, renowned for his short but seminal 1938 tract "The Theatre of Cruelty" - was, like Van Gogh, tormented throughout his life by hallucinations and hospitalized in psychiatric asylums.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has launched an online project and social experiment aiming to open up a global conversation about art. Designed in collaboration with creative agency Possible, ART140 is a website showcasing iconic pieces of art from MoMA's collection. Harnessing the power of Twitter, the project will invite the public to select specific works of art and express what they mean to them, in 140 characters or less, via the hashtag #art140. MoMA and Possible will analyze the tweets, and the findings will be unveiled later in the year.
Seven years in the making and costing nearly $20 million, the first Indian film museum is set to open in the home of Bollywood, more than 100 years after the country's celebrated movie industry was born.
Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real and other European opera houses over the last 30 years, has died aged 70 after battling cancer. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real, which he headed until September last year. He died on Saturday at his home in Brussels, Teatro Real said in a statement, expressing its "deep sadness". Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo paid tribute to his countryman, tweeting: "Our country has lost a visionary and generous figure," while Culture Minister Fadila Laanan said Mortier's "often non-conformist choices, his audacious programming built his international renown".
The author may have died in 1984, but he's still being put on invitation lists. Alas, in this case, the owner of Truman Capote's ashes had to decline his appearance at the opening night bash for the Broadway opening of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."