Inhotim

So after an almost overdose of fashion shows, I wanted to share something different. This is an way overdue post on this fantastic exhibition I saw few months ago, at this incredible place called Inhotim.

If you have the weird good fortune to be in Belo Horizonte please see this museum, well they call it a centre of contemporary art bla bla…. Regardless it’s a magical place and so inspiring!

I was lucky to be invited to see this new pavilion and it was hosting a photographic exhibition from this photographer called Claudia Andujar, and her work followed for many years the indigenous tribe called the Yanomami. 

One room was particularly spectacular, it was full of drawings that were made in the 70’s by the tribe when they were given paper and pens. I mean it was so beautiful and I spent hours in this room!

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PS1

So to continue on this exhibition streak, I went to see this very high talked about PS1, which a newish annexe of Moma. I ended up being neighbour to them without realising, they are located near Long Island City which is very close to Queens. I heard they sometime have wonderful exhibits, however when I went I didn’t find it all mesmerising. Anyhow there were some interesting bits that I photographed and wanted to share with you.

IMG_5913Again another of the incredible skyline that I never seem to get tired of… Sorry for the million of the same picture on different light and time of the day, can’t help myself!IMG_5893 IMG_5892 IMG_5885 IMG_5894 IMG_5895 IMG_5897 IMG_5899 IMG_5904William Kentridge Stair Procession 2000

Those stairs were just so unexpected and wonderful spent ages photographing every angle and was just loving it! Such a great place for it, I love the grid mixed with figure holding things up and down the stairs.  IMG_5909 IMG_5908Wael Shawky Cabaret Crusades

Those two works I just found them so wonderfully in their composition and colours but so effective and beautiful.

Ruben Museum

This is an interesting museum and not as well known as other more mainstream I suppose. The Rubin Museum is a dedicated collection on the culture of India, Himalayas, and neighbouring regions. It is particularly focused on Tibetan art. There is basically a lot of buddhist and hindouiste representations. It was so unusual and refreshing to visit.

I loved to see such vibrant compositions with wonderful colour combination and these representations are so old, and so modern I felt. You can really take so much inspiration from just a few of those. I really enjoyed going to this museum and I definitely recommend everyone who goes to New York to check it out.

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Museum Follow up

So continuing on my New York exhibitions that I didn’t get share yet, here are a few places I went. So again I couldn’t resist showing another view of the skyline with this amazing blue sky.

IMG_5596Here again I saw the famous Guggenheim museum but you weren’t allowed to take photos of the art pieces so I can’t show you any pieces, but at least a bit of it’s architecture. IMG_5586 I found it too crowded to my liking probably because of being so famous and all and the collection wasn’t all that phenomenal… But I must say the building is always a delight. IMG_5621IMG_5625Those pieces below are from the New Whitney Museum, that I also saw (not on the same day!) but I forgot to take a photo of the actual building. So I took this picture below from their website. It’s the new building that gives into the High Line which is wonderful to visit with any sunshine.

schenck_whitney_2014_06_24_dsc_7809_740I really enjoyed the new building it’s very New York smart, and the collection is interesting. When I got there it just opened so there was a real hype and that meant queues for hours and hours. However I went to visit it late on a friday and that was just marvellous as there was hardly any queue and the entry was donation only. That’s a New York way to say you can give 1$ and that’s acceptable. I really enjoyed it! (not just the 1$ part but the actual visit of the place…)IMG_5646Morgan Russell Four Part Synchromy, Number 7, 1914-15 Oil on cardboard and canvas mounted on cardboard. IMG_5649Chiura Obata Mono Crater 1930, from the portofolio World Landscape Series “America” 1928-30
IMG_5653Willem de Kooning Door to the River 1960 Oil on Linen IMG_5655IMG_5659Jackson Pollock Number 27, 1950 Oil, enamel, Aluminium paint on canvas
IMG_5670IMG_5672IMG_5674Jean-Michel Basquiat Hollywood Africans 1983, Acrylic and oil stick on canvasIMG_5665Alma Thomas Mars Dust 1972 Acrylic on canvasIMG_5668IMG_5663Elizabeth Murray Children Meeting 1978 Oil on canvas

Brooklyn & Basquiat

New York seems like a dream to me now, and I am enjoying the rainy Paris weather. I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you an exhibitions I had seen while in NYC. The last few weeks I was in New York, I was franticly  trying to see all the exhibitions I could before leaving. So today it’s Jean Michel Basquiat, that I love so so much!! IMG_5698IMG_5678 IMG_5680Famous 1982 Acrylic and Xerox on canvas mounted on wood.

IMG_5683The exhibit was centred on his note books/sketch books and I just loved seeing how graphic and visual his writings were. He was such a poet, we assimilated everything around him and recreated in his own language, his own expressive way to communicate.

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IMG_5696Al Jolson, 1981 oil stick on paper

His images are so strong in their simplicity. He had such a natural fluidity that really comes across in his work. I loved his texts, they become part of the painting as they are so graphic, and that ultimately also became his stamp, to recognise his work.

IMG_5700Untitled (Bar), 1981 ink and wax crayon on paper

IMG_5702Untitled (God/Law), 1981 Oil stick on paper

IMG_5704 IMG_5706 IMG_5708Untitled (Leonardo Da Vinci), 1982 Acrylic and oil stick on paper

Bronx & Frida

I went to see this exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical garden in the Bronx a few weeks ago, and hadn’t shared with you yet. I took me ages to get there, and the actual painting exhibit is on the small side (one room..) but the most interesting part is the garden being the New York Botanical garden.

The garden itself is worth going to see, such beautiful variety of flowers and plants very magical place indeed. I really loved the ponds, they had the most wonderful lotus flowers from different species all so stunning and lot of flowers were in bloom!

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India or the Met follow up

So this the last follow up from the Met that I have currently. I have been to a few other exhibition since then, but I wanted to share those wonderful intricate textile from the exhibit at the Mat called, Sultans of Deccan India.

Such a richness, and incredible details in those fabrics. I had to share it with you. I just love the patch work feel on some of them, and all the little characters doing different things…

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Met follow up….

Ok so I’m afraid there will be many follow ups. So this was taken while in class last tuesday, as we went to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center that reside at the Metropolitain. You have to make an appointment but it’s so worth it.

These underneath are samples made for men’s jacket from the 18th century (if I recall correctly) Those embroideries samples were made just for those men’s jacket. How incredible!

I do appologise for the poor quality of some of the photos… (there were taken rapidly and I wasn’t considering sharing them with you.)

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MET

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My new obsession has taken the form of the Metropolitain museum (or going repeatedly to it), or as the New Yorker call it the “Met”. I excuse myself for the million of photos in advance as there is too much much to see, and be inspired. I actually even decided to have several post from that museum as I have by now gone three times, (trust me there will be many more…) and too much to share in one post. So I went the first time to see the very much talked about exhibition China Through the Looking Glass. I have since re-saw it twice properly. It is just so rich wonderfully magic a “bewitching” exhibit. However I also went to see a one room exibit that is the Van Gogh flowers and specifically the Iris flowers (been my favourite flowers..) I had to see it!!

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Vincent Van Gogh Irises 1890IMG_4846IMG_4847

This room was mostly John Galiano and the headpieces were Stephen Jones. IMG_4539IMG_4542This stunning ensemble is by Cristobal Balenciaga 1955-56 IMG_4837IMG_4537

On the left American Robe a la Polonaise 1780-85 on the right French Robe a la Polonaise 1780IMG_4842

IMG_4476 Jeanne Lanvin Robe de style Spring Summer 1924IMG_4826IMG_4819 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Autumn Winter 1977-78IMG_4471

Jeanne Lanvin Evening Jacket 1936 – 1937IMG_4544 Jean Patou Dress 1920’sIMG_4545 IMG_4563House of Chanel Karl Lagarfeld House of Lesage Dress Autumn Winter 1996-97IMG_4567

IMG_4500 Chinese Shawl early 20th CenturyIMG_4506IMG_4529 Spanish Shawl 1930IMG_4530

IMG_4524 Cristobal Balenciaga Evening dress 1960IMG_4525 IMG_4526IMG_4533Jean Paul Gaultier Ensemble Autumn Winter 2010-11IMG_4534IMG_4517Cristobal Balenciaga Evening dress 1962IMG_4519IMG_4496Most of the rooms there were showing extracts of films that influenced the west idea of china. The films were selected by the director Wong Kar Wai, they made real sense in the exhibit. I so need to find a dvd rent store to watch all of those! Here is the actress Anna May Wong, she was so stylish and elegant!  IMG_4848

Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble Autumn Winter 1977-78

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Yves Saint Laurent Creative sketches for the fragrance Opium 1977 IMG_4835 IMG_4832Yves Saint Laurent Autumn Winter 1977-78

So there you have it! so much to see and take in! I am going to post soon some more on another exhibit I saw there too. For the moment enjoy! xx

 

universita

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Going deeper into Milan, inside the actual university we were in there were many many and so many things to see, so here are a few images of things happening inside the university. Unfortunately I don’t have the names of who’s done what, sorry not so on point on that side…

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