Monday, July 9, 2007

art museum revisited

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Ike Taiga. This presentation marks the first time exhibition in the US that has focused on the eighteenth-century Japanese master of ink painting.

Widely regarded as a world-class art institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art includes not only its iconic Main Building, but also the Rodin Museum (also on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway) and several other historic sites. The recently acquired Perelman Building (across the street from the Main Building) is projected to open in 2007 and will house for public display a few of the Museum's more popular collections.

Last Sunday we went to art museum in Philadelphia, This is my very first time to go inside that Museum! It's really funny thou... Cause I have lived in this area for almost 10 years and I would do my usual walks in the city before, but just last Sunday is really my first time to go inside.

Alot of interesting things inside the Museum. It has 3 floors of just anything and everything. From Asian, European, Mid-Eastern to Pop Art they got it!

The highlights of the Asian collections include paintings and sculpture from China, Japan, and India; furniture and decorative arts, including major collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; a large and distinguished group of Persian and Turkish carpets; and rare and authentic architectural assemblages such as a Japanese teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a sixteenth-century Indian temple hall. (How come there is no Filipino collections here? How biased can they get! LOL.)

The European collections, dating from the Medieval era to the present, encompass Italian and Flemish early Renaissance masterworks; strong representations of later European paintings, including French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; sculpture, with a special concentration in the works of Auguste Rodin; decorative arts; tapestries; furniture; the second largest collection of arms and armor in the United States; and period rooms and architectural settings ranging from the facade of a Medieval church in Burgundy to a superbly decorated English drawing room by Robert Adam.

This Japanese tea house is very cool! [Way cool! I hope I can have this too, in my lovely new gay friendly neighborhood!] Maloloka siguro ang mga kapit-bahay ko pag nagkataon! He he heeh.

The literati culture also acknowledged and encouraged individuality, and even eccentricity, in artists. The free and open atmosphere of eighteenth-century Japan set the stage for a period of creative experimentation and the flourishing of literature and art by a remarkable group of talented men and women. Two of them, Ike Taiga (1723–1776) and Tokuyama Gyokuran (1727–1784) are the subjects of a separate special exhibition, Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush

Location American Art Gallery 119, first floor.

When I think of Pop Art, the only person that pops in my mind is Andy Warhol! He has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books and documentary films since his death in 1987. He is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

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