Hyde Park, by Camile Pisarro, 1890
Autumn is here and we are ready to launch our IV Issue of The Global Square Magazine. For poets and musicians alike, autumn is a time for nostalgic reminiscences, like in the immortal song by Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma:
En ce temps-là, la vie était plus belle,
Et le soleil plus brûlant qu’aujourd’hui.
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle,
Tu vois, je n’ai pas oublié.
For us, it is also a time to reconnect with our growing community of readers. Consistent with the season we are entering into, we have conceived of this new issue as an autumn stroll in our global square while its ground is being covered by falling leaves with enticing essays written on them. You just have to pick them up and start reading while enjoying the view. So, in our section on The Lost Art of Travel we invite you to return to Istanbul and take a walk along the Bosporus and its glamorous palaces. While you are there, our Cosmopolitan Biography of choice will take you to Damascus to discover the eluding figure of Fernando de Aranda, a Spanish architect whose life and work receded into the shadows as the Ottoman Empire was vanishing from the Middle East. Since we are in the domain of the arts, our Global Arcade will be transformed into a giant screen to explore the intimate connections between Hitchcock’s films, landscape and architecture. We will also start a conversation transcending epochs and genres between the art of John Martin (1789- 1854), painter of the sublime, and Eduardo Ruigómez, a contemporary Spanish artist who blends poetry and photography in his works. At the same time, by opening our Cabinet of Curiosities and entering into Ludwig´s Hut you will see how the old myths of Pygmalion and Prometheus are being revisited by contemporary artists as well as by innovative entrepreneurs. Moving from the realms of art and ideas into the sober and sometime hard realities of geopolitics and the public arena, in our Global Agora we will discuss about the coming of age of the Millennial generation and its take on foreign policy, including the role of the US in world affairs. From our Mackinder´s Armchair we will return to an old Cold War classic, George Kennan, and its relevance for the future of the West. And on our Namban Byobu we will display the changing images of China, the giant of our times, as perceived through Western eyes from the early Modern Era to our days.
Finally, in our Conversations & Disputations we have interviewed Hugo Fontela a young but already renowned painter fresh from his exhibition in New York City, and Federico Mayor Zaragoza, a former Spanish minister and a Director General of UNESCO, who will dwell on a variety on pressing issues and give some advise to the new generations.
AND NOW, AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE A WALK IN OUR GLOBAL SQUARE AS THOSE GOLDEN LEAVES ARE FALLING….