The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Festivals! Take a look at all the great stories at the bottom of the page.
Hand-made items by children decorate the 1849 Hungarian Army memorial. The soldiers honored with this monument died during the 1849 Revolution which is celebrated on Hungarian National Day on March 15.
I’ve seen some amazing places in my travels and have always had excellent timing. I’ve met the right person and ended up getting a private castle tour or been in the right place and got swept up in religious procession. Somehow recently I just happened to be in town during a national holiday or religious celebration. But unlike Carnival in Rio, Venice or New Orleans which are internationally know parties, the festivals I found were mainly for the locals. Seeing how a community celebrates with their own customs, foods, and crafts makes for an incredible cultural experience. It has convinced me that if you really want genuine travel, then you have to include local celebrations in your travel plans.
On November 11th, the Art Institute of Chicago opens its Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. I have to give the AIC a lot of credit for the best museum construction sign ever! I saw this while visiting in August:
Greek art, get it?
Anyways, these galleries sit awkwardly in the hallway to the Chagall windows making it a difficult space for a curator to work with. The remodeling construction this summer consisted of numerous, single item sized, free standing display cases. From the few mockup images I’ve seen, the galleries will be a lot less crowded and more focused. (Click here for a panorama of one of the former Roman galleries). I presume fewer items will be displayed making for a more focused collection. If anyone stops soon, I’d appreciate a report back on the new space!
It is traditional in Spain, Italy and other Catholic countries to stage elaborate religious procession on Good Friday and Easter. While in Erice, a village on the Western tip of Sicily, I found a Museum of church objects that had a series of statue used to commemorate the Passion story of Jesus on Good Friday.