21 May 2013
in architecture, art, Blogging Challenge
Tags: architecture, building, escape, museum, Weekly Photo Challenge
Shandong Provincial Museum, my favorite escape
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14 Apr 2013
in architecture, China, culture, expat life, photos
Tags: China, Da Ming Lake, Jinan, lake, museum, nature, Shandong
This afternoon was a picture perfect spring day so I went for a walk around Da Ming Lake, a sight Jinan is particularly proud of. I went into the scholar’s home, which is a small museum. I’m not sure of the era of the home, but the furnishings were exquisite. I’d love to have such furniture, though I’d want modern futon or mattress for the bed.
02 Feb 2013
in art, culture, museum, travel
Tags: Art Museums, Arts and Entertainment, decorative arts, event, flora, Massachusetts, museum, New England, North America, paintings, sculpture, sights, USA, winter, Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Art Museum is offering a terrific event this February. Flora in Winter is a program for which for chosen pieces a florist designs an arrangement inspired by the painting, sculpture or other piece.
The added flowers uplift museum goers who’re no doubt tired of the gray cold of New England or elsewhere.
Worcester Art Museum has a wonderful collection with pieces from all over the world and from ancient to modern times.
by Robert Turner
14 Jan 2013
in art, museum
Tags: Art Museums, Cainian, China, museum, Peng Cainian, Shanghai, Shanghai Art Museum
I visited the Shanghai Art Museum in December. The day I went only one exhibit was open, but since the museum is free, I went in. I liked paintings by Peng Cainian, though I’d say these seemed more like “living room art” than like fine art. That’s not necessarily bad.
The exhibit’s introduction noted that when China first opened up, painters blindly leapt on Western art techniques. Cainian took a more thoughtful, meditative, careful approach. Cainian favors quiet aestetics and now focuses on ancient Chinese art in his work. I did like these paintings of ancient artifacts and landscapes and I don’t always want to see art that’s political or cutting edge.
01 Nov 2012
in expat life, museum, travel
Tags: Buddhism, China, Chinese ceramics, Henan, Luoyang, museum
Luoyang has a wonderful, free museum full of sculptures, bronzes, calligraphy, and ceramics. The area boasts of originating the green, orange, cream tri-colored glazes you see so often in Chinese ceramics.
The artifacts are well displayed and there’s some English by the entry to the various galleries. It’s a bit of a distance from downtown, but a bus does go there.
14 Oct 2012
in art, China, culture, expat life, History, media, museum, Review, travel, welcome to my life
Tags: China, Henan, Kaifeng, museum
Kaifeng has a nifty museum that just takes an hour or so to get through, perfect for our last morning in the city. They had lots of student paintings, some ceramics, and bronzes. The best part I think was the print gallery which includes a workshop where you can watch artists making the prints.
Alas, in most of the galleries photography is forbidden. Like all museums I’ve been to in China, this one’s free.
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01 Sep 2012
in China, Europe, History, Sepia Saturday
Tags: 19th Century, Beijing, Empress Dowager Cixi, gifts, museum, Qing Dynasty
Clocks is our theme and here are a few from Prince Gong’s Mansion in Beijing. Prince Gong lived during the Qing Dynasty from 1833 to 1898 and was a thorn in Dowager Cixi’s side. These clocks were presents from European nations. I wish I had more details, but when I was at the mansion in June I didn’t foresee posting them today.
17 Aug 2012
in Blogging Challenge, meme, Sepia Saturday
Tags: 19th Century, 20th century, dinosaurs, Field Museum, Field Museum of Natural History, museum, museums, paleontology, United States
This week’s prompt is Bones. I immediately knew the Field Museum’s Flickr collection would have something of interest.
Titanotheres Family bone collection, Field Museum, Flickr, 1910
I’m not wild about dinosaurs, but the shapes are interesting.
Mastadons and elephants.
23 May 2012
in art, China, culture, expat life, museum
Tags: Art Museums, Arts and Entertainment, Asia, Beijing, China, Chinese art, modern, museum, National Art Museum of China
I spent a lovely afternoon last Saturday wandering through the galleries of the National Art Museum of China. The collection consists of paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and current century.
If you’re in Beijing, I recommend this museum. It’s free if you show your passport or Chinese i.d. card, and it’s not so crowded, a rarity on the weekends.
10 Mar 2012
in art, China, museum
Tags: ancient, art, bronzes, China, Confucius, Han Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, museum, prehistoric, Qing Dynasty, Shandong Provincial Museum, Zhang Huan
Kristyn and I went to the Shandong Provincial Museum today. It’s free if you bring your passport and the collection is excellent.
A good place to spend a chilly, gray day. It wasn’t too crowded, yet there were lots of other people of all ages so it doesn’t feel like a tomb.
There are some English translations of the signs so you’ll learn a bit about prehistoric cultures, Prince Lu, Confucius and more.