Naoshima – Island of Contemporary Art

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Naoshima is a small island in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. It has beautiful beaches with calm waves, and many artworks around the island. I am not a fan of contemporary art, but the mountains and beaches are worth a visit.

 

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STREET ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

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Wandering through the streets of New York City is like browsing through a gigantic museum, while staying connected with everyone in the city. The odd arts on the streets of the city could bring us joy, surprise or something to contemplate on. The Apple in Hudson River Park, The Coqui in PS 20, Lenin’s Statue on Red Square Apartments, and the Commuters in Port Authority Bus Terminal, are just few of the things that tell the stories of the city and its people.

BIG BUTTON

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A huge button at the intersection of 39th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan marks the center of New York City’s “Garment District.” It rests on a tourist center that provides information about the surrounding area. I love seeing the button as a lovers’ statue, because button and needle depend on each other but never hurt each other.

Garment District of NYC

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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Nijinsky’s Tomb

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In Montmartre Cemetery, one can find fantastic works of art. The tomb of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950)is so beautiful that I found it hard to leave. I kept looking and looking until I forgot where I was.

It is a perfect stage. Sculptor Serge Lifar sculpted Nijinsky as “Petrushka,” the lovesick puppet in Igor Stravinsky’s ballet. The sculpture is so vivid, as if frozen in lovesickness.

In the story, Petrushka is killed by another puppet, but the Petrushka in Montmartre is eternal. Nijinsky suffered from schizophrenia during his lifetime, but here, his eyes are forever bright.

Cemetery is a border of two worlds and a gateway to eternity. It is a place for reflection, meditation, and appreciation.