This week brings us to London, specifically the Tate Modern. It seems ironic that the weather is so similar to London today, damp and cold. Not that needing to wear a sweatshirt would stop me from returning.
I fell in love with the architecture of this museum. Can't you see why?
Visiting the Tate was fun, relaxing even. There wasn't a mad dash to see more major pieces of art than you can possibly remember before closing. We were able to stroll and take in some great works.
I loved seeing Andy Warhol. I have noted in my journal that we saw a self portrait, two Jackie's, a Marilyn, a double Elvis and an electric chair. I loved listening to the audio tour of Warhol's work. It was this trip that started my love for all things Andy. But I was also thrilled to see some works from my art history days. You know those days where you sit in the cool, dark auditorium under the illumination of slides? I spent some time looking at Duchamp's Fountain, Koons' Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank and Dali's Lobster Telephone, along with quite a few pieces of Jackson Pollock's.
My absolute favorite room in the museum, possibly my all time favorite in any museum, was the one full of Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals. I sat there for some time listening to the audio tour and when it was over I sat some more to reflect. This series of work was commissioned for the Four Seasons restaurant, while only seven works were requested, he made thirty. Upon completion, Rothko didn't feel that the work was suitable and donated the pieces. The very day the museum received this body of work, it was learned the artist died of his own hand. The room was set somberly with the paintings raised high on the walls, creating a space for meditation and reflection as the artist wished. Soothing canvasses blend with a few unsettling ones, allowing us to see the struggle within their creator. If you want to see this body of work for yourself you can view the interactive exhibition here. While looking for this link for you (well me too, I loved seeing his work again) I came across a great quote:
'If a thing is worth doing once, it is worth doing over and over again – exploring it, probing it, demanding by its repetition that the public look at it.'
I hope you enjoy the link on Rothko's work. Try to imagine his work hung on warm walls and being surrounded by it. Close your eyes and breathe.