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    Saturday
    Jan102015

    Chihuly - A Galaxy of Glass

                 Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass museum in Seattle showcases gigantic, fantastical glass sculptures.   Words that come to mind are: imaginative, visionary, aquatic, vitrified, glass, smash, bash, baseball bat (I just want to hear a sculpture drop).  In the museum theater, there’s a video featuring an outdoor exhibition that Chihuly put on in 2000 in Jerusalem.  Over a million people visited the exhibition then, and they all got along just fine.  Chihuly mentions how he feels that people, regardless of their religious beliefs, need art in their lives.  He’s right.  Like many human habits, art is a unifying force, and can help our species see past our cultural differences and possibly save us from destroying ourselves (which would be more of a post-modern expressionist thing). 

     

    Friday
    Aug012014

    Dalí Theatre and Museum

           Here are some photographs of artwork from the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Spain.  The museum is in Salvador Dalí’s hometown, and houses a great collection of his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.  There’s a theme-park-like feel to the museum experience, since some of the artwork is interactive, holographic, or of immense proportions.  Dozens of his drawings hang from hallway walls, there are paintings on the ceilings of eclectically decorated living spaces, and his tomb in there as well.  If you ever get a chance to go, do so in the off season. (One day, Divided Core will live up to its mission statement, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy other people’s art).

    Wednesday
    Jul162014

    A Little Slice of Hell

         The quaint cheese town of Gruyères, Switzerland is home to the H.R Giger Museum, where hundreds of Giger’s (1940 - 2014) paintings adorn the walls.  The paintings, some of which take up the space of an entire wall, are extremely dark and hauntingly beautiful.  Here are some of paintings one can find there.

    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    Funny Icelandic Street Names

         Here are some pictures of street signs in Reykjavik.  I suppose they're not funny if you can speak Icelandic, which sounds like this.  I suppose this isn't art either, but as Johannes S. Kjarval said, "Art is too serious to be taken seriously."

     

     

    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    The Einar Jónsson Museum 

           One of Iceland’s greatest artists is sculptor Einar Jónsson (possibly the most easily pronounceable of Icelandic names; he lived from 1874 - 1954).  The Einar Jónsson Museum in Reykjavik houses hundreds of his large-scale, often semi-symmetrical pieces, which draw from dark, mythological folklore and feature mischievous trolls, intrepid knights, slain dragons, and tormented souls.  They are some of the most impressive sculptures in the world, and to visit the museum is alone worth a trip to Iceland.  Here’s a slideshow of some of the pieces on display (images that are not formatted to fit the slideshow frame properly can be viewed in full by right-clicking on the photo and selecting view image).