Sadly I forgot the handy little cord that links my camera to my computer, so no trip photos until I reach my parents’ home in 2 days. I pray my sisters will have something I can use to bring my images to the public.
There are so many things I could say about our trip so far. Matt has already written a couple of great posts using images from his iphone camera. But I don’t want to go into much detail without the photos to illustrate, so I will just touch on one small aspect.
As an avid globetrotter, I have had the chance to see so many amazing places. Cathedrals, monuments, memorials, my repertoire is chock full of ’em. But what often gets me most excited are art museums and exhibits.
I prefer to explore art exhibits alone if I’m being honest. I enjoy taking it at my own leisurely pace and soaking up everything around me. I wouldn’t say I am any kind of connoisseur, but I certainly know what I like.
Matt and I were lucky enough to see Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective the other day in D.C. I have seen some of his work here and there in various locations, but this was as comprehensive a collection as I have never seen before. I was so impressed by the work and by the sheer number of pieces they had collected. I found this poster on a site advertising the exhibit at the Tate in London. Evidently that will be its next stop. How wonderful to see such amazing American art for free! National Gallery of Art
The last time I visited the National Gallery, I just happened to see an Henri Rousseau exhibit. It was completely brilliant, and also included an impressive amount of his work. To be able to see these sorts of things for free is such a gift. Henri Rousseau: The Complete Works
My best memory of happening upon a wonderful exhibit was on my birthday in 2009. This was days after I’d first met Matt, and my friend and I were stopping in Milan for one day before returning to France. We’d been on a two week holiday, and were tired, cold and anxious about our overnight train to Dijon.
I noticed, in the main square, posters announcing a Rene Magritte exhibit nearby. In the National Gallery I caught one of his paintings out of the corner of my eye and dragged Matt over to see it. Most museums showing modern or surrealist art have at least one Magritte. I get to see them here and there all over the world. To come across an entire exhibit of his (my favorite painter) on my birthday was incredible!
I wandered around at my leisure, Courtney opting not to come along. It was breathtaking. I never wanted to leave. Good art is something to be savored, and though you can find it on the internet, nothing beats seeing it in person.
My recommendation to the unseasoned traveler is to keep your eyes open for cool exhibits. There are some fantastic FREE museums around the world, and it’s always a shame to miss great art when it’s right at our fingertips (figuratively, of course). Even pricey exhibits are almost always worth it. I have paid willingly to see Magritte, Van Gogh, Juan Gris, Picasso, Alphonse Mucha and many others. See what you’re lucky enough to come across in a foreign city and check it out!