A list went out earlier this week of “100 Museums to See Before You Die” which got me thinking about my next trip. While this particular list of museums is in no way exhaustive (no Egyptian Museum, no Chicago Art Institute, etc, etc!), it made me realize there are huge clusters of amazing museums I’ve never seen because there are many major international cities I still haven’t visited. I’m itching for an easy to plan “Spring Break” and what better way to spend a potentially rainy week in March than in museums! My only problem is deciding where to go….
The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together posts from some of the best art history-focused travel blogs on a common theme. For January (and just in time for your 2013 travel planning), we are discussing “The Best Museum You’ve Never Heard Of”. This is a great topic and I can’t wait to read about all the great finds from the rest of the roundtable! You can find links below to all the group’s articles.
Boston has some incredible art museums – The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the (currently condensed) Harvard Art Museums . While I definitely recommend these places, some of my favorite paintings in Boston are actually public art in the central library! The Copley Square Library was constructed in 1895 and was decorated in a Renaissance revival and Beaux Art style. Inside are three incredible and overwhelmingly beautiful mural cycles including one by my favorite portrait painter. The Galleries are free, open to the public 6 days a week and worth a trip for any serious art lover. Read more
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!
While in New York City this past weekend visiting friends, I happened across a lamp post advertisement featuring one of my favorite portraits ever, Femme au collier jaune (1946) by Pablo Picasso. (This image should be familiar to anyone who reads my blog!) Turns out this privately owned work is in New York as part of the exhibit, “Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris 1943–1953” at the Gagosian Gallery from May 2 – June 30, 2012. Having not previously heard about the exhibit, I stumbled upon the poster around the corner from the gallery; clearly this was fate!