When words fail, art speaks.
That moment when you’re so in love that you would like to live in a museum to admire the beauty everyday. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of my favourite places to go. It’s in my top 5 for museums around the world.
Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the Met Breuer opened this week to Members only on the Upper East Side in New York.
The beautiful landmark building designed by architect, Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street welcomed art lovers to view almost 200 works from the 15th century to present day.
My favourite exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible commenced on the third floor in the Renaissance period. Self portraits by a renowned Dutch painter aligned the museum walls. At one point, I remember looking up and seeing this quote: “A work is complete if in its master’s intentions have been realized,” said Rembrandt van Rijn. His Baroque etchings were masterful as always bringing back memories of visits to Amsterdam and Leiden.
Continuing to take three steps and pause, I wondered what makes a piece finished? It was then I took a left into a small room with countryside paintings and prints by Joseph Mallord William Turner moving into English romanticism. Traveling east for artist, Eugène Delacroix, l landed in French romanticism. Soon, nature ran its course in landscape paintings from French Impressionist, Claude Monet leading to short flashbacks of Musée d’Orsay and Le Petit Palais.
On the 4th floor, we entered the world distinct painters. Starting with classic style of Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. Of course, pop art pieces from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol were there. Then media, colourful wrapped sweets in the corner and dirt significantly positioned made the transition into modern periods.
Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti‘s existentialism sparked attention as a group of ladies discussed their perspectives. German visual artist, Gerhard Richter was highlighted for his production of abstract art with hints of photorealism. By the last room, I had a seat and admired the series of vibrant green paintings by American artist, Cy Twombly.
In all, it was a lovely spring day to get out and explore. Surely the exhibition left you wondering why is it necessary to finish art if certain strokes or themes can change a concept. Stay tuned until the Met Breuer opens to the public on Friday 18 March 2016.
It’s that time of year again, the autumn chestnut trees and cool breeze are rolling through Germany.
Centuries of history lure you in with artistic charm from Gothic buildings, prosperous businesses, classical musicians to literary prominence, dominant sport and a quality of life in Munich.
Annually, people from all corners of the world travel to Oktoberfest for beer celebrations. However, there’s more than beverage events to explore in this Bavarian center of culture.
You as a tourist will adore the German language. Might be best to learn a few phrases before arrival. First step – Guten Tag is hello.
What to do:
- Visit Baroque palaces – Nymphenburg and Schloss Schleißheim
- Have a coffee or snack in a castle – Schloss Dachau
- View majestic landmarks – Alteus Rathaus and Statue of Bavaria
- Lunch at the legendary brewery, Hofbräuhaus
- Diverse venues – Pinakothek der Moderne, Brandhorst, Haus der Kunst, National Bavarian Museum and Schack Gallery
- Like music? Enjoy an opera or concert at Residenztheatre
- Do you follow Bundesliga? Attend an FC Bayern München football match
- For down time, stroll in one of the relaxing parks – Englischer Garten and Olympiapark
- Dinner reservations: Restaurant Alter Hof $$, Kochspielhaus $$$ and Konigshof $$$$
When to go:
End of summer (August) and early autumn (September/October) mainly because the climate ranges from 13-20 degrees Celsius or 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where to stay:
** Budget option: ibis Munchen, from $91/night.
*** Moderate leisure: Hotel Bavaria, from $107/night.
**** Splurge a bit: Pullman Munich, from $117/night.
***** Top of the class: Hilton Munich Park, from $139/night.
Why it’s worth it:
Munich has unique characteristics. There are moments of admiration and confusion. It keeps things interesting while roaming the industrial city streets. The traditional expressive form and street graffiti is fascinating for the artistic eye. German is the official language yet English is spoken as well. This is the place where Adolf Hitler rose to power if you’re into politics. There’s a strong economy which drives the bustling business scene. Historical value makes the Bavarian atmosphere alluring. People have a good quality of life which helps for assimilation into the societal culture. Also, technology is improving the means of communication in the city.
How to get there:
Munich International Airport welcomes flights from intercontinental destinations including: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Chicago, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montréal, Mumbai, Muscat, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and more. Time to fly, book here.
Former German painter and photographer, Sigmar Polke is bringing his foundation of capitalist realism to New York.
Sigmar Polke was a highly influential postwar generation artist who highlighted art, history, social, political and traditional aspects of German culture in his works.
From using unconventional materials, numerous mediums are explored which blur the boundaries in art.There are 250 powerful works which include drawings, films, installations, paintings and prints. Imagery features art history, cartoons, current affairs and scenes from Polke’s private life.
At an early age, Polke was fond of consumer goods during a time of deprivation.Thus, he experimented with raw materials such as fabric, detergent, paint, coal, tape and bubble wrap to find his own artistic style as a way to defy authority. The composition resulted in figurative abstraction and mocking minimalism and conceptualism.
Polke’s pieces depict valued ideas and meanings from the past. In all, the works make viewers question what is/was as they are amused. The MoMA is presenting the exhibition to convey a retrospective variety of Polke’s subject matter. Get ready for confusion and amazement while trying to discover alibis in contemporary art.
London delivered an amazing display of fashion for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 collections.
For me, Markus Lupfer portrayed the most oustanding presentation at London Fashion Week.
The German designer, Markus Lupfer graduated from University of Westminster in 1997. Graduating from the same university, I recognize that anything is possible in this fast-paced industry. Lupfer’s talent is very admirable. It has allowed him to excel within the British fashion sphere. Soon enough, he was given the British Fashion Council‘s New Gen award in 2001. Then over the past ten years, expertise gained him a popular following with awesome millennials and celebrities including: Alexa Chung, Beyonce, Rihanna, Florence Welch, Blake Lively and Lily Allen.
Markus Lupfer is the definition of contemporary fashion. The image above is my favorite piece from the previous season SS13/14. There is a unique aesthetic. The brand breathes life and inspiration through design. The playful theme in each collection that captures attention of today’s international youth. If you fancy the latest items, you can shop here.
And now time to venture to the next fashion capital. Are you excited?!