Classics: The Golden Age Of 1950’s Italian Tiny Cars

You can’t measure style with a tape measure, and that applies to people and collector cars alike. A true automotive style icon will be celebrated at the next Aste Bolaffi auction on 16 October. Firstly, the catalogue contains numerous rare variations of small Italian cars.

There is a Fiat 600 Zagato Tipo L from 1956 finished in metallic red and cream two-tone paintwork, a contemporary luxury version of the otherwise modest city runabout. The Fiat Abarth 595 and the two Jolly versions of the Fiat 500 built by Carrozzeria Ghia are also desirable. 

It wasn’t only Fiat producing extremely charming microcars in the post-War period, however. The 49 lots in the auction also include a Bianchina Trasformabile, a Heinkel cabin scooter, a Gogomobil, a Mivalino, an Amica tricycle and a Ferves 50 Ranger, which can be considered the ancestor to the Fiat Panda 4×4 we so adore. You can find our favourites from the sale listed below or, alternatively, browse the entire catalogue in the Classic Driver Market

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Electric Vehicles: ‘Inside Tesla Gigafactory’ (Video)

Tesla is by far one of the most successful companies in modern history. They popularized fully electric cars and created a massive demand among the public. With a market cap of around 380 billion dollars, Tesla is growing by the day.

But to keep up with orders Tesla built a futuristic facility called the Gigafactory. Today we’re taking a look inside the Tesla Gigafactory. Tesla currently produces about 350,000 cars a year—far fewer than the public demands. But they have ambitions to ramp up production to more than 20 million cars a year.

This bold strategy will require numerous advances in their current chain of production, including several larger factories, which are currently being built all over the world. But the bedrock of Tesla’s production line is their Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. The company’s first fully built factory will serve as the model for what eventually could be a dozen massive Tesla factories globally.

Political News: ‘Shields & Brooks’ On Covid-19, 2020 Election Issues (PBS Video)

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including how the pandemic is influencing voters in battleground Wisconsin, President Trump’s response to his own coronavirus diagnosis, the vice presidential debate and Senate races in the spotlight.

Cocktails With A Curator: Bronzino’s ‘Lodovico Capponi’ (Frick Video)

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” Curator Aimee Ng explores the life of Lodovico Capponi, the subject of a 16th-century portrait at the Frick by Agnolo Bronzino. A page at the Medici court, Lodovico had the misfortune of falling in love with a Florentine noblewoman whom Duke Cosimo I intended to marry to one of his cousins. Join Aimee with an Aperol Spritz as she discusses one of her favorite works in the museum and examines what some of the details—from his black-and-white outfit to the partially obscured cameo in his right hand—may tell us about the young man and his life.

To view this painting in detail, please visit our website: https://www.frick.org/agnolobronzino

Top New Travel Videos: ‘Slovenia’ – Green Paradise

Filmed and Edited by: Carsan Choong

I knew nothing about Slovenia before I set foot in this wonderful country.
Slovenia truly is a gem, from the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps and the subterranean magic of Postojna caves, to the sparkling emerald-green lakes and rivers and the short but sweet coastline along the Adriatic Sea, tiny Slovenia really does have it all.

With more than half of its total surface still covered in forest, Slovenia does more than simply claim it’s ‘green’, it really is one of the greenest countries on earth, and also is the first country in the world to be, as a whole, declared a Green Destination.

Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.

Top Aerial Travel Videos: ‘Berlin, Germany’ (4K)

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.

Top New Art Books: ‘Salvador Dalí : The Impossible Collection’

In the popular imagination, possibly no other artist’s work is more recognizable than that of Salvador Dalí. Indeed, for many he is the ultimate mad artist, whose singular vision remorselessly probed his own psychological depths. His nightmarish visions and bizarre landscapes express the angst and turbulence of the twentieth century.

Dalí’s creativity embraced many different modes of expression and was never constrained by any one style. Over eight decades, the prodigious range of Dalí’s activity spanned every conceivable medium, from painting and drawing to sculpture, film, furniture, books, stage design and jewelry, not to mention his highly eccentric public persona, which could be considered an art form in itself.

Selected by curator and art historian Paul Moorhouse, Assouline presents Salvador Dalí: The Impossible Collection, spotlighting 100 works by this extraordinary creative mind, exploring Dalí’s inspirations and array of influences, from Old Masters to realism, Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism as well as experimental approaches that delved into his obsessions with religion, science and stereoscopy.

Paul Moorhouse is a London-based art historian and curator. Currently chief executive of the Anthony Caro Studio, he was senior curator and head of displays at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2005–17) and senior curator at the Tate (1985–2005), where he was closely involved with the creation of Tate Modern and Tate Britain. He has curated numerous exhibitions internationally and published extensively, with books and exhibition catalogues on major modern and contemporary artists, including Anthony Caro, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Howard Hodgkin, Hans Hofmann, Richard Long, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.

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Economics: ‘Universal Basic Income Experiment In South Korea’ (WSJ Video)

To stimulate its pandemic-hit economy, a province in South Korea has been experimenting with universal basic income programs by regularly giving out cash, no questions asked. Now, some politicians want to go national with the concept.

Illustration: Crystal Tai/WSJ

Podcast Profiles: ‘Amelia Earhart’ (1897 – 1937)

In this new series we profile some of the fearless record-breaking aviators who flew to dizzying heights and were pioneers in their field. We begin with the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart, who paved the way for women in aviation.

Travel Videos: ‘Europe – Top 100 Places To Visit’

Europe has to be the most beautiful place in the world! From the countless medieval cities, to the jaw dropping landscapes of the Alps, Europe has it all! I’ve spent the last few years traveling Europe and I want to show you my favorite places! This video was months in the making and i’m so excited to finally share it with you! Where is your favorite place in Europe?