3. good for the curators, i was really surprised at how amazing the themes and installations were, and this is just based on the first floor.
the permanent collection was dynamically used to portray very relevant and wide-ranging issues. from different perspectives of the "other", to the development of women from subject of male gaze to the artist's muse, these themes were presented with limited yet concise text that could be appreciated by the general public and a scholarly audience. i wish i could have taken pictures of the art installations.
4. ok so i have to tell you about my favorite room.. and its not just good because its 19th century french. you walk into a red room, on the left the french academy paintings are hung in salon style. on the right you see the impressionist paintings displayed in a spaced out manner. the title of the brief description is a clash of styles. the installation of this room illustrates the rebellion of the impressionists against the academy. in other words, magdalyn's happy place.
however his subway series is a collection of photographs that i find fascinating. evans would ride the new york city subway in the 1930s, and take pictures of passengers without their knowledge. this is a great example of the presence of flanerie in the twentieth century because evans images depict his position as the flaneur who observes the subtleties of the people that surround his everyday.. and the viewer is able to recoginize this, and become the flaneur themselves.
these images are from vogue paris (october 08) as photographed by slimane. the female model in the photographs is strikingly masculine.. for lack of a better word... i try not to use the words masculine and feminine because i find it limiting. the models clothes are not remarkably masculine, but her poses, styling, and even features are unapologetically so.
in the new year, pierre bergé, yves saint laurent's longtime partner, is going to be auctioning off the art that he and yves collected at the late designer’s duplex at 55 rue de babylone. it will be auctioned at christie's in paris. in the current issue of vanity fair, yves appartment and its contents are profiled... i can take some mondrians off your hands pierre.
lately ive been thinking about unique museums that i have seen. also, tracking veronicas recent french travels on her blog brought me to think about musée rodin. the bronze sculptures from this collection are placed in the gardens of the museum's emense property. the visitors can move through the gardens and walk from piece to piece with an overwhelming sense of space.
to me, this is such a great concept because it pulls the art out of the steril museum context. the sculptures go from being art, to these striking objects that visitors can walk around, touch, and interact with. the huge amounts of space between the sculptures also gives visitors the opportunity to really examine each piece without distraction. this is especially effective because of the highly emotional nature of rodin's works. the pieces were not over-curated, and there was something very natural about the installation, which was emphasized with its placement within the gardens.
im sure you all remember philip lim's yellow skirt from spring 08. those of you that know me, know that im all about the black, white and greys. however that same season i fell in love with, and purchased a yellow miu miu skirt. i was happy to see christian lacroix, a designer i hold in VERY high regard, included a yellow skirt in his fall 08 couture collection.. which was breathtaking as usual.
a definite carry over item.