An Exhibition, a Radio Show, a Restoration
A new show at the Design Museum – Charlotte Perriand. Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) was one of the most influential furniture designers of the early modern movement, working with Le Corbusier from 1927-1937 and bringing us the Chaise Longue. She then continued to experiment with different materials; developing functional furniture for the masses on her own. This show runs until 5th September 2021.
This week’s Unclassified show on Radio 3 with Elizabeth Alker is a great mix with tracks from Bicep, Octo Octa, and Actress, with others whose songs celebrate the mystical power of losing yourself in the music. Take a listen.
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch
The missing edges of Rembrandt’s painting The Night Watch have been restored using artificial intelligence. The canvas was created in 1642, and trimmed in 1715 to fit between two doors at Amsterdam’s city hall. Since then, 60cm from the left, 22cm from the top, 12cm from the bottom, and 7cm from the right have been missing.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam used two images to train the artificial intelligence. The first was a high-resolution scan of the original, and the second a painted copy - made before the trimming - by Gerrit Lundens, which is displayed in the National Gallery. The painting now at the Rijksmuseum will be displayed with the restored scans for three months as part of a temporary exhibition or can be viewed on the museum’s website.