Paris Current Affairs - 2019

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Claude Monet’s ‘Mueles’ Painting sets Record for Impressionist Work

A Painting by Claude Monet’s titled ‘Mueles’ sold for a record-breaking price of $110.7 million at Sotheby’s auction in New York.

Key Highlights

  • History: The French painter Claude Monet’s painting titled “Meules” was made in 1890. The painting auctioned is among one of 25 “Meules” (which means “Grainstacks”) and it was created by painter in year 1890 and 1891. The significance of this painting is that it was the first instance when painter went back to same subject while differing on atmospheric conditions.
  • Record: By fetching $110.7 million painting created a world auction record for the artist (Monet’s) as well as became first work of an Impressionist Art to cross over $100 million threshold at an auction.
  • It now becomes the 9th most expensive painting to have ever been sold at an international auction house.
  • There were six bidders who participated in process but painting was eventually sold to an unidentified buyer.
  • Artwork Present: It is also one of the total eight artworks by the Claude Monet that was not available in museums and was acquired by private hands. The rest of his paintings are in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in US, Musée d’Orsay, Paris in France and Art Institute of Chicago.

About Haystacks

Haystack is common English title for a series of Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings. The principal behind subject of each painting in this series is ‘stacks of harvested wheat’.

International Dance Day 2019 celebrated on 29 April

Every year 29 April is observed as International Dance Day, as a global day to celebrate dance. It aims to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on the day.

International Dance Day

  • Objective: Its aim is to increase awareness about importance of dance among general public and also to persuade governments across nation to include dance in education system.
  • It was created by Dance Committee of International Theatre Institute (ITI), which was formally recognized by UNESCO as creators and organizers of event. ITI is the main partner for performing arts of UNESCO.
  • ‘29 April’ was chosen as the day to commemorate birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (born on 29 April 1727), a French dancer, the creator of modern ballet, and great reformer of dance.
  • Annual celebration: Every year a famous dance personality circulates a message throughout the world about importance of the day; ITI creates selected host city where different dance performances, educational workshops and humanitarian projects are held; Speeches made by ambassadors, dignitaries and dance personalities on the importance of dance are also witnessed.

International Dance Day 2019

  • It witnessed different events like open-door-courses, exhibitions, dance evenings, street shows, special performances and festivals worldwide.
  • As per, the French Embassy in Nigeria, it hosted the International Dance Day (IDD) 2019 celebration for first time in Nigeria.

International Theatre Institute (ITI)

  • It was founded in 1948 as world’s largest performing arts organization, by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO. It is headquartered in Paris, France.
  • It meets UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace by protecting and promoting cultural expressions, regardless of age, gender, creed or ethnicity. Apart from International Dance Day it also organizes World Theatre Day (on 27 March) every year at the UNESCO, Paris.

United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

  • It is multi-country UN specialized organization, formed in 1945 with headquarters in  Paris, France. It helps to preserve historical and cultural sites worldwide.
  • It promotes literacy, sex education and improving gender equality across all countries. It also recognizes and preserves world cultural and heritage heritage sites like ancient ruins, villages and temples, and historic sites.