Paul Klee, Hammamet with Its Mosque, 1914, watercolor and graphite on paper mounted on cardboard, 20.6 x 19.4 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. From metmuseum.org.
'The Journey to Tunisia: Klee, Macke, Moilliet' (April 1914), hundredth anniversary of the trip celebrated in 2014 exhibition at Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Paul Klee, August Macke, and Louis Moilliet traveled to Tunis in April 1914; they stayed two weeks. Klee painted 35 watercolors and 13 drawings, Macke painted 33 watercolors and 79 drawings. Klee returned to his memories of the Tunisian landscape later in his career (notably in 20 works produced in the 1930s).
One hundred years later in 2014, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern brought together a number of works from this significant journey, 14 March-22 June 2014.
Paul Klee, Before the gates of Kairouan, 1914, 216, watercolour on paper on cardboard, 20.7 x 31.5 cm. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. From zpk.org.
Paul Klee, Motif from Hammamet, 1914, 48, watercolour and pencil on paper on cardboard, 20.3 x 15.7 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett, Legat Richard Doetsch-Benziger. From zpk.org.
August Macke, Market in Tunis I, 1914, Watercolour on paper on cardboard, 29 x 22.5 cm. Private collection. (Photo: Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel, Hamburg, LWL-MKuK/Rudolf Wakonigg.) From zpk.org.
Louis Moilliet, St. Germain near Tunis, 1914, watercolour on paper, 20.7 x 26.6 cm. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. (Photo: ProLitteris, Zurich, 2013.) From zpk.org.
August Macke, Landschaft mit hellem Baum, 1914, watercolor and pencil, 22.2 x 30.9 cm. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett. (Photo: bpk, Jorg P. Anders.) From artdaily.org.
Orientalism & Perfume: Malabah, Penhaligon's, London, 2003, and collector's bottle by Nina Frydlender Creazioni, 2014
Nina Fydlender Creazioni collector's bottle for Malabah, Penhaligon's, London, 2014. From Penhaligons.com.
Description of Malabah from Penhaligon's, London:
Schiaparelli Spring 2015 Couture Runway. (Photo: Kim Weston Arnold/Indigitalimages.com.) From Vogue.com.
Penhaligon's describes its Trade Routes Collection as evoking 'the luxurious and decadent commodities which were traded through London’s historic docks at the turn of the 19th Century.'
Description of Levantium from the Penhaligon's website:
Vaara, Penhaligon's, London, 2013, commissioned by Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on the occasion of the birth of his graddaughter Vaara (inspired by Jodhpur bazaars & the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja's summer palace)
Bertrand Duchaufour, one of many sketches he produced during his visit to Jodhpur in preparation for creating Vaara for Penhaligon's. From Penhaligons.com.
View the inspiration for Vaara here.
From the Penhaligon's website:
Vaara started life as the passion of His Highness Gaj Singh II who wanted to reflect his family’s deep love and connection with Jodhpur. Vaara offers a unique and beautiful glimpse into this aromatic world of the Maharaja.
'For the new fragrance of Van Cleef & Arpels' Maison, I wanted to work with noble and oriental inspired materials, especially Jasmine and Amber. To illustrate this oriental escape through Oriens, I was inspired by the luxurious garden of Majorelle and its legendary blue, giving it a salicylic side, which creates the impression of a warm and soft breeze. This sensation is strengthened by the water fruit accord, which is also reminiscent of the exoticism of this garden. Finally, the Chypre Patchouli bottom, Vanilla and Amber bring an oriental warmth and softness to Oriens' trail.'
Doris Duke's Shangri La, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mirrored ceiling and copper ceiling lamp in the Mughal Suite. (Photo: Linny Morris, 2014, courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i.) From Shangrila.org.
Doris Duke's Shangri La, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mughal Suite dressing room with an Iranian-inspired ceiling. (Photo: Tim Street-Porter, 2011.) From Shangrila.org.
Siah Armajani, City Center #9 Poetry Garden: Los Angeles, 1997, colored pencil on mylar. Lannan Art Collection. 24 x 36". From Lannan.org.
Siah Armajani Poetry Garden, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles. From Beam Contemporary Art.
Siah Armajani, Summer, Lannan Poetry Garden No. 2, 1999, 8' x 36". From Beam Contemporary Art.
Siah Armajani Poetry Garden, Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, 1992. From Beam Contemporary Art.
Dice Kayek, Istanbul Contrast, 2010. From V&A.
Description of Dice Kayek & 'Istanbul Contrast' from the Jameel Prize website:
'Dice Kayek is the Turkish fashion label established by sisters Ece and Ayşe Ege. Their collection "Istanbul Contrast" evokes Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. Caftan, made of hand-woven lamé brocade, refers to the luxurious robes worn by the city’s former Ottoman rulers. For Dome 2, light-weight cotton organdie was folded to echo the ribs of lead-covered domes of the city’s mosques and palaces. Hagia Sophia, a white satin coat with complex, hand-stitched embroidery and ancient glass beads, was inspired by Byzantine mosaics.'
Ece and Ayşe Ege were born in Bursa, Turkey. They live and work between Istanbul and Paris.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.