Posts Tagged ‘exhibition’

Gauguin @ Tate Modern

November 29, 2010

I recommend Gauguin: Maker of Myth at Tate Modern Gallery to those ones who can enjoy and exhibition without questioning its feminist boundaries. For me Gauguin represents not only the movement to Primitivism but a deeper political break-up with the modern life, the Western culture and the conventional post-colonian pragmatism. Gauguin knows how to transform the ‘different’ into ‘exotic’, the ‘other’ into part of ‘us’, the ‘local’ into ‘global’.

One of my favourite paintings by him:

Two Tahitian Women

 

 

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Book of Dead @ The British Museum

November 22, 2010

What happens to us after we pass away? How order in the cosmos of the afterlife is maintained?

For the ancient Egyptians the constant quest for immortality raises the need for creating written documents, paintings and sculptures to assist the Dead throughout his passage from death to afterlife. (While for the ancient Greeks the quest for mortality, the Now and Present places the Man towards the God, face to face with the human fate – the mystery of Life is what is expressed in the Greek Art rather than the mystery of Death).

Travelling the paths to the hereafter, the rite of passage from Life to Death is exhibited at the British Museum. What I found extremely interesting was the variety of the funerary papyri –the Book of the Dead- on display, papyri rolls that contain astonishing illustrations and sacred texts accompanying and guiding the dead in the afterlife. The longest one ever found and for the first time on public display is 37 meters long, the Greenfield Papyrus!

An Englishman in New York @ National Portrait Gallery

November 21, 2010

I didn’t know that over 120.000 British men and women lived in New York City. Neither did Jason Bell who was inspired by this and produced a series of photos currently exhibited at National Portrait Gallery.

Treasures from Budapest @ RAA

October 26, 2010
I have such a beautiful taste after visiting the Treasures from Budapest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over 200 works from two Hungarian museums are included. Paintings, drawings and sculptures by great masters welcome the visitors; Da Vinci, El Greco, Duerer, Schiele, Rubens, Poussin, Goya, Monet, Manet etc. I discovered Pal Szinyei Merse and the great painting Skylark. Here it is:

Camille Silvy @ National Portrait Gallery

September 13, 2010

An exhibition I had the pleasure to enjoy last week: Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life. Camille Silvy (1834-1910) worked both in France and Britain and is regarded as one of the pioneer photographers as he -through his work- celebrated the portrait photography in a period in which this ‘style’ was not common. (more…)

BP Portrait Award 2010 @ National Portrait Gallery

September 13, 2010

Daphne Todd is the winner of this year’s BP Portrait Award. I saw the portrait last week during my visit to the gallery and I found it magnificent. Although it portrays the dead mother of the artist, paradoxically, is so full of life: (more…)

Summer Exhibition @ RA

June 23, 2010

The title of this year’s summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is ‘Raw‘. The rawness in the majority of the works -I am not an expert in Art anyway- probably is based on the expressed desire of the artists to expose themselves deeply and unconditionally. Certainly I need to pay a second visit at the RA. But just after my first visit on Saturday a ‘raw’ event attracted my attention: (more…)

Exposed @ Tate Modern

June 22, 2010

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera is the title of an exhibition currently run at Tate Britain. Several photos taken by hidden cameras, paparazzi, CCTV address the always fashionable question about what is private and what is public. Violence, sex, life and death are just some of the themes. I was thinking about all these people being in photos taken years ago, not knowing probably that they would become subjects of spectatorship years late. Is that moral? Can modern technologies and morality co-exist? Do we like being viewed? Do we like viewing images of other people, especially when we know that they do not know? When Degas was drawing his women bathers famously said: ‘..I want to look through the keyhole…you can look at people. We were created to look at one another, weren’t we?…’. I certainly enjoyed the exhibition as I found some of the images highly political. I found that one of the photos exhibited- is so much linked with the subtitle of my blog. Artist: Mark Ruwedel. Title: Crossings 2005. Description: A piece of land, empty of life but so full of life, a visa left behind, no man, no land, no ethnicity, just a ‘left’ identity behind, on a piece of land that belongs to none and to everyone……

Irving Penn @ National Portrait Gallery

May 19, 2010

Glamour and mystery in the photos of Irving Penn. The camera hides and reveals at the same time the truth about famous people and famous moments. The game between reality and its absence is nicely represented by the camera.

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