Archive for the 'Museums' Category

LACMA IN FULL

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Peter Zumthor’s preliminary model for LACMA, east campus

The LACMA campus is in full bloom including the unveiling of ambitious plans for a new building. “The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA”, highlights the Swiss architect’s preliminary plan for housing the museum’s permanent collection. The show reviews the history of Hancock Park and presents Zumthor’s model along with accompanying documentation. A video which features charismatic Director, Michael Govan, in infectious conversation about LACMA’s future, sets the stage for the massive campaign ahead.

JAMES TURRELL RETROSPECTIVE

James Turrell at LACMA

LACMA achieves well-earned acclaim for the James Turrell Retrospective. The exhibition heralds one of most heroic thinkers of our time in a display that is visually arresting and intellectually expanding. Entry to the show is controlled by timed ticket to allow a contemplative experience for a limited number of viewers at one time. Visitors are offered the opportunity to experience the entire realm of visual perception and the effect it may have on one’s emotion and physicality. The essence of color, the boundaries of space and the nature of edges are examined throughout the exhibition.   (more…)

A SATURDAY IN LA

Friday, June 28th, 2013

DWELL ON DESIGN

Dwell on Design Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center

Dwell Magazine, which is devoted to modern architecture and design, was launched in September 2000. The Dwell brand has subsequently grown into a significant player and resource in the design field. The magazine’s editors are the curators of the annual Dwell on Design conference which took place at the LA Convention Center on June 21-23. Billed as America’s largest modern design event, it includes the presentation of products, services, demonstrations, educational platforms and home tours. Overall, the show makes an impressive contribution to the way people think about design and it’s relationship to the environment.

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ART BASEL, DAY 2, June 12

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

David Smith, installation view, Galerie Gmurzynska, Art Basel

Art Basel now has two VIP days before the public opening tomorrow.  Many people completed their visit in one day so today was less crowded but no less intense. I scoured the booths I missed yesterday and made return visits to others I had already seen. Despite the most thorough viewing, it is not possible to see everything. Reports for business are strong and much activity is still anticipated.

Ethnographic installation (detail), Museum for Culture, Basel

After departing the fair, I was looking forward to two museums visits, the Kunstmuseum and the Museum of Cultures (Museum der Kulturen).  Specializing in ethnographic collections of artifacts from Europe, the South Pacific, Mesoamerica, Tibet and Bali, the Museum of Culture is one of my favorite places in Basel. The current exhibition focuses on material from the Amazon, addressing the relationship between permanent collection holdings and historical events in the Amazon region. The Museum has one of the most comprehensive Amazon collections in Europe, with an emphasis on the period between 1950-2010.

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BASEL, THE PREVIEWS BEGIN, June 10

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

The first stop in my three day conquest of Basel began this morning at the esteemed Beyeler Foundation. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is one of the most sublime museums in the world. The combination of the perfectly attuned architecture and landscaping combined with the extraordinary collection and impeccably curated exhibitions makes every visit a memorable one. The featured exhibition is a rich selection of paintings drawn from the lifetime work of Max Ernst along with an installation by contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattalan. Equally as breathtaking is work from the permanent collection and a truly stunning selection of sculpture by Alexander Calder.

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