Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Four Muses: My Visit to Tate Modern


Muse  (myooz)
noun
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

Vampire

Self Portrait | Between the Clock and the Bed

The Sun


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

XOXO,


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Four Muses: My Visit to The Victoria & Albert Museum


Muse  (myooz)
noun
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 2 of 4: The Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum, or V&A, is one of the world's largest museums of decorative arts and design.  While this info should be excitement enough to visit, I was beside myself when I learned that "Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950" would be on exhibition during my stay!

The cue to purchase tickets to the exhibit was rather long, then I had a 2 1/2 hour wait to enter the exhibit.  If you are planning on visiting and do not have the time to wait around, it would be beneficial to purchase tickets online prior to your visit.  I, however, refused to do this because I didn't want anything that remotely resembled a schedule during these two weeks.  So, during my wait, I was able to meander through the other permanent exhibits...


This fabulous chandelier by Dale Chihuly greets you in the dome of the main entrance of the museum. It is enormous and absolutely breathtaking!

I could not get over how works from past and present were side by side throughout this museum, yet seemed to complement each other nicely.

Several museums that I visited during my trip had large open rooms that were full of natural light to house sculptural works.  I enjoyed the way each antique facade was remounted in this room alongside sculpture and other architectural pieces.

"Palpitation" by Charles West Cope

Love this installation by Cornelia Parker entitled "Breathless". It reminds me of New Orleans!

There was also a large number of Contemporary Ceramics on exhibit. I enjoyed the innocence and serenity of this piece, "Girl Baptised in Gold", by Kim Simonsson.

"Wall Installation" by Piet Stockmans reminded me of birds in flight or a 'wishing flower' (dandelion), both of which hold deep meaning for me.


Then, the moment I had been waiting for arrived! It was time to enter the Ballgowns exhibit.  There were two floors total with the upper floor being a few of the most current British fashion designs. This was the area I spent most of my time studying the materials and shapes of each garment...






But, of course, I had my favorite! It was a gown constructed from leather, aluminum and plastic, designed by Christopher Kane and worn by actress Shailene Woodley to the 2012 Met Ball.


Kane's rendering of his concept.

On the left: Woodley at the Met Ball.  On the right: a close-up of the fabric showing the chainmail and the embroidered designs within the metal.


Kane's Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear frock version of the gown. LOVE the leather details!! Anyone looking for a Christmas present for me?? ;)

Stay tuned for Muse #3 - Tate Modern...

XOXO,





Monday, November 19, 2012

The Four Muses: My Visit to the National Gallery


Muse  (myooz)
noun
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 1 of 4: The National Gallery

This wonderful gallery is situated in London at Trafalgar Square.  It houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to the 19th century.  Works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and more can be seen here for free Monday through Saturday.


Snapshot of The National Gallery facade.

Rear view of Nelson's Column...There's Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background!

Loved these four bronze lions by Edwin Landseer and Baron Carlo Marochetti at the base of Nelson's Column.  They are said to represent Admiral Horatio Nelson's four greatest victories.


After a day at the museum, I went for a cocktail at Vista, the roof-top bar at The Trafalgar Hotel.  Suggested to me by my very well-traveled best friend, I was able to relax after my day at the museum and take in the area.

This snapshot from Vista shows Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery and Nelson's Column.


Here are a few of my favorite and most memorable works from The National Gallery:


The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, Paul Delaroche, 1833

The Four Ages of Man, Valentin de Boulogne, about 1629

Mademoiselle Brongniart, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, 1788

Mary Magdalene, Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, about 1535-40

The Umbrellas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, about 1881-6

Judith in the Tent of Holofernes, Johann Liss, about 1622

The Execution of Maximilian, Edouard Manet, about 1867-8 


Studies for 'La Grande Jatte', Georges Seurat, 1884-5

The Arnolfini Portrait, Jan Van Eyck, 1434

Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame, Francois Hubert Drouais, 1763-4


Next up, Muse number two, The Victoria & Albert Museum...


XOXO,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christian Louboutin in Paris


As many of you already know, I recently took a trip to London and Paris.  It was an amazing experience strolling the streets with no itinerary or schedule.  The art museums were on the top of my list of things to do and they did not disappoint - I'll tell you more about those in a future post - but the shopping...oh, the shopping...was divine!

One of the true highlights of my trip was visiting the flagship Christian Louboutin store in Paris.  From the second I saw the doorbell, I was hooked. (It doesn't take much for me to be hooked when it comes to Christian Louboutin.)  If you ever go there, be ready to wait in line as the store has a limit on how many people can be inside at one time.  It truly makes for a great experience because it's never crowded.  

The engraved doorbell at the main entry.
  
Walking in, I had it in my mind that I was going to look, try on a few of these infamous shoes, then walk out with the experience and fond memories to take home with me.  However, once I slipped on my first pair and walked - no, strutted - around that red carpeted room, I knew I wasn't leaving without a pair of my very own.

Want to know what pair I ended up with?  Well scroll below and check out all of the pairs I tried out and which one I ended up taking back with me to the States!


Donue Veau Velours - I loved the color and the sexy cutout on these booties.


Equestria - The name suits. However, when I put these on, I felt more vixen than jockey!


 Diplonana - Couldn't get enough of the jewelry-like leather detail on these.


Daf Booty Tag Python - These made me feel like a true rocker chick...Definitely would need to don my leather pants with these!


Very Riche Strauss - This princess just found her long, lost glass slipper! My heart skipped a beat when I slipped these on...Sparkle and shine worthy of any Cinderella.


Daffodile Veau Velours - What can I say? Totally Kardashian worthy...I had to!


And the winner is....


Col Zippe - Those of you who know me are nodding your heads and saying "Yep. Those are so her." Black...gold...slightly edgy, yet still classy...


So, blog reader, which pair best suits your personality?


XOXO,