Art

Keys to the kingdom.

The sound emanating from within C. Bechstein’s piano factory in the sleepy German town of Seifhennersdorf, Saxony, is a cacophony of keys being tested, the guttural sawing of wood, and, at one workbench, a radio softly playing American pop music.

Douglas Coupland's everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.

Anyone who has followed the work of multifaceted writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland is more than familiar with the wild and wondrous workings of his clearly overactive mind.

All strings attached.

You might say Stevie Blacke likes to string people along. In a continually shrinking music industry, the Berklee College of Music graduate has found the ultimate way to provide more with less by creating entire string sections by himself.

The MuseumsQuartier Wien.

Vienna’s appeal is undeniable. The Austrian capital was named the world’s most livable city for the sixth time in a row.

Analogue download.

In 2009, inspired by his daily encounters with torrent download status bars, Brent Wadden decided to begin a project depicting this routine part of his life. And so he turned to weaving.

All sides now.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Goethe said architecture is frozen music. A Joni Mitchell song is a liquid painting.

On view at the Musée d'Orsay.

Originally fragmented into city-states that began coming together in 1861, Italy is a surprisingly young nation.

Among the animals.

Spanish artist Máximo Riera’s Animal Chairs are simultaneously intimidating and beautiful. The rhinoceros seems about to draw breath, the octopus to scuttle away, the whale’s tale to splash back into the sea.

Czar appeal.

“What is extraordinary about Fabergé is that he was so much more than just the imperial eggs, they are the absolute tip of the iceberg. They represent less than a quarter per cent of what he really produced.”