In December last year, just as we were finalising our selection of blue artworks for Monochrome No.2, Pantone announced that the colour of the year 2020 would be Classic Blue – a familiar, calming shade of azure. In times of uncertainty and unrest, it feels reassuring to bring such a recognisable hue into our everyday lives, for blue is a colour we can all rely on. Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea. It is a colour associated with calmness and stability, with the sacred and the divine, one that speaks of happiness and nostalgia at the same time.

As we temporarily close the gallery as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19, we still want to be in touch with you. From today and until 25 April, we invite you to follow The Blue Diary, a daily writing project by the team at Ordovas reflecting on the theme of our current exhibition. In recent years, art has been extremely fast and short-lived and the current situation forces us to slow down and invites quiet contemplation of the world around us. This is a diary, a personal compilation of thoughts, an invitation to think about blue, the world’s most loved colour.

A Film List
for the Weekend

In the spirit of our exhibition Monochrome No.2 and The Blue Diary, we put together a list of our favorite “blue” movies. From 1940s classics to art house films and contemporary action movies, we hope you’ll find something to make you laugh, cry, keep you in suspense, and provide some…
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The Hope Diamond

The 45.52 carat deep-blue Hope Diamond, perhaps the most famous diamond in the world, carries a fascinating past and has long had rumours of a reputed curse attached to it, possibly fabricated to enhance the stone’s mystery and appeal which have endured for over four centuries. The diamond’s much-admired rare…
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres

“If a beautiful memory could have a color, that color would be blue.” — Felix Gonzalez-Torres For the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996), the colour blue was like a happy past, one that could be revisited, but never recovered. I like to think that it was precisely this poignant sentiment that…
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Dan Flavin

In May 1996, Don Giulio Greco of the Santa Maria Annunciata Church in Chiesa Rossa, Milan, wrote to the American artist Dan Flavin (1933-1996), whose work he had recently seen at the home of Count Giuseppe Panza in Varese. The neo-Roman style church, designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Muzio…
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Earth

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant, I felt very, very small.” — Neil Armstrong, as cited in The People’s Almanac…
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A Blue Playlist
for the Weekend

In honour of Monochrome No.2 and The Blue Diary, we put together some “blue” songs for you to enjoy this weekend. From classic blues to nostalgic folk to lively rock, each playlist has a little something different. We hope you’ll feel inspired, enlivened, soothed, or at the very least have…
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Denim

Blue is the world’s favourite colour. We use it everywhere. In fact, right now, as you are reading this, half of all humans are wearing blue jeans, but very few know where they originated from. Arguably one of the most significant fashion innovations of the nineteenth century, blue jeans were invented…
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Cyanography

The artistic practice known as cyanography began with the invention of the cyanotype, a distinctive dark blue print, by Sir John Herschel (1792-1871) in 1842. While experimenting with the general effect of light on iron compounds, he discovered that exposure to light turned certain compounds of ferric ammonium citrate and…
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Blue Period

“Colours like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” — Pablo Picasso as cited by Guillaume Apollinaire in ‘Les Jeunes: Picasso, Peintre’, La Plume, 17 May 1905. English trans. in Apollinaire on Art, 1972.  During his Blue Period, Pablo Picasso explored the full potential of the monochrome producing a body of…
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Azure

“When your eyes first fall upon the Mediterranean you know at once why it was here that man first stood erect and stretched out his arms toward the sun.”  — F. Scott Fitzgerald, How to Live on Practically Nothing A Year, in The Saturday Evening Post, September 1924 In May 1924,…
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