Museum in a Mausoleum

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Emanuel Vigeland, the less famous yet no less talented brother of the great Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, turned his museum into his own mausoleum. It is one-of-a-kind experience walking inside this tomb and look at his paintings on the wall with the help of only candle light. It is in a quiet neighborhood of Oslo.

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Of Light and Man

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A Girl Asleep 1657

 

I remember being drawn to Vermeer‘s painting because of the intriguing light effect he produced. I would stare at the painting for a long time, trying to trace the light back to its source. Not long ago did I realize that we are not separate from light. When we close our eyes, light seems to disappear. But the truth is, there is nothing but light and darkness is our imagination. There is no shadow, no darkness, and all is light.

 

Mexican Culture in a Diamond

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The Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli (Anahuacalli Museum) is located in Coyoacán, in the south of Mexico City. The museum was conceived by Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Diego was motivated by his own interest in Mexican culture and collected about 60,000 pre-Hispanic pieces during his life. This museum, which houses Rivera’s collection, was completed after his death by architects Juan O’Gorman and Heriberto Pagelson, and Rivera’s daughter, Ruth. The building shapes like a pyramid and is made of volcanic stone, and it is an artwork by itself. The museum collection features almost every indigenous civilization in the history of Mexico. To me, the building looks like a diamond. Well, it may not seem transparent, but it is.

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Philadelphia – City of Murals

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The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program turned Philadelphia into an outdoor gallery, with murals everywhere. Art saves people and places they live in.

The “Mural Mile” is easily accessible from the greyhound station. I spent less than $20 on transportation from New York City, and enjoyed a fantastic museum trip with free admission!

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Big Fat Cat

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This fat cat is the work of Colombian artist Fernando Botero(1932-)It used to stand in front of a building in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Recently I passed by the same spot, but the cat is gone and replaced by a different sculpture. Then I noticed how the image of the cat is still vivid in my memory, and I feel warm just remembering how it looked.

There are many sculptures on the sidewalks of New York City. Some are abstract, some are realistic, some are funny, and some are serious. They all tell us to slow down, stop and breathe.