Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Four Muses: My Visit to Tate Modern

Muse  (myooz)
1. Greek Mythology Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.
2. muse
a. A guiding spirit.
b. A source of inspiration.

Modern words deriving from the god Muses: Museum, Music.

During my recent trip to Europe, I found my own four Muses: The National Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern and Musée du Louvre. This is a series of four blogs that will share my favorite works and possibly a few snapshots.

Part 3 of 4: Tate Modern

The Tate Modern, located in the former Bankside Power Station on the South Bank of the Thames River, is the youngest member of the Tate family. It houses modern and contemporary art from all around the globe. During my visit, The Tate Modern Project, an iconic new building  to the south of the existing gallery, was underway and I can not wait to see it completed!

This is an architectural concept view from the south of the new building.

Also during my visit, I was excited to find out that Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye was on exhibition.  The uneasiness and tension that I find in his work amazes me.  The motifs that he repeated over a number of years tells such an interesting story, yet leaves you wondering why he was so interested in the subject matter. Movement, color, and emotion are all very strong in his work.  Here are a few of my favorites...

The Weeping Woman

The Sick Child

Self Portrait with Spanish Flu


Self Portrait | Between the Clock and the Bed

The Sun

Next up, the final Muse in this series, Musée du Louvre....


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