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ON THE STEPPES OF GENGHIS KHAN – MONGOLIAN NOMADS

MOESGAARD MUSEUM, Denmark

https://www.moesgaardmuseum.dk/en/exhibitions/current-special-exhibitions/on-the-steppes-of-genghis-khan-mongolia-s-nomads/

Open until April 2019

genghis khan

ON THE STEPPES OF GENGHIS KHAN – MONGOLIAN NOMADS

Some of us always had a soft spot for Genghis Khan, the 13th century Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, and of the largest contiguous empire in history. The first thing I learned about Ghengis Kahan was that he listened to and respected his mother; that he was brutal and gentle at the same time; open to foreign religions; and instituted sophisticated government and taxing systems. The exhibit includes fantastic works from international loans and Danish museums showing the rich culture of these nomads of the steppes with their sheep, goats, horses and camels, often on the move, and in contact with merchants on ancient and present trade routes, bringing material wealth that can be seen in their ornaments, fabrics, costumes, tents and furniture. Reviews point out that the exhibit shows an intriguing alternative to our sedentary life.

 

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

 

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CAN GAZING AT BOTTICELLI’S VENUS CAUSE A HEART ATTACK ???

January 7, 2019 Comments off

ITALY-ARTS-MUSEUM-UFFIZI

An Italian man fainted while gazing at the Venus painting (ca. 1485) at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and suffered a heart attack two weekends ago and is said to now recover.

Variously known as Stendhal Syndrome, hyperkulturemia or Florence syndrome this disorder appears to be specific to Florence when admiring and focusing on such magnificent paintings like Venus ascending from the ocean.

Have you been to Florence and seen this painting?

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

Elisabeth

GANESHA:THE PLAYFUL PROTECTOR

GANESHA

Six-armed dancing Ganesha from India, Denver Art Museum.

GANESHA:THE PLAYFUL PROTECTOR
An exhibit developed in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/ganesha

On view through January 13, 2019

Enough time to travel to Denver and visit Ganesha in person- the remover of obstacles, known for granting wealth and success, found throughout the Asian subcontinent and across geographical and religious lines.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 
Cambodian Ganesha
Cambodian Ganesha

PEACOCK IN THE DESERT, THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston until August 19, 2018

https://www.mfah.org/…/peacock-in-desert-royal-arts-jodhpur…

Seattle Art Museum, October 18, 2018 to January 19, 2019

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, later

The exhibition with splendid objects mainly from the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur focuses on lavish ceremonial objects, sumptuous jewels, intricately carved furniture, a silver howdah, a monumental 17th century court tent for a durbar, a collection of paintings, arms, jewelry (many pieces from the Al- Sabah Collection, Kuwait,), a stainless steel Rolls-Royce polished to look like silver, – all objects of exquisite taste collected over some five hundred centuries by the rulers of the Marwar-Jodhpur region and the Rathore dynasty that ruled for some 700 years. The exhibit shows physical treasures and also demonstrates the care of the Maharaja of Marwar-Jodhpur GajSingh II with regard to his inherited legacy – land, buildings and people.

Bought the heavy book catalogue with hundreds of photographs and a very welcome glossary !

Go and see!!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

peacock in the desert

FORM INTO SPIRIT: ELLSWORTH KELLY’S AUSTIN

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

ellsworth-kellys

https://blantonmuseum.org/exhibition/form-into-spirit-ellsworth-kellys-austin/

Through April 29th!

A free standing building with luminous windows -his final work was unveiled only this past weekend. It is also likely the most ambitious work the American artist ever made: a 2,700-square-foot building loosely modeled after a Romanesque church on the grounds of the Blanton Museum.

Go and see it soon.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

In case you have not noticed that The Textile Museum is now part of the George Washington University Museum

701 21st Street, NW, Washington,D.C.

https://museum.gwu.edu/textile-museum

From March 10th – July 9th, 2018

BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

will be shown from what is now Uzbekistan and Central Asian oasis towns.

Uzbekistan still makes very colorful and interesting ikat fabrics often seen at international folk art shows; saw it last in Santa Fe.

NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM IN KANSAS CITY

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

jade shrine

 

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/a-jain-shrine-from-india/

 
The Nelson-Atkins has many treasures and one has been kept in storage and now cleaned up : acquired in 1932 the ornately carved and in great detail painted shrine is presented in REVEALING A HIDDEN TREASURE: A JAIN SHRINE FROM INDIA,
dated to the 16th century. Jainism is an ancient religion of India with the followers called Jains, practicing non-violent behavior and often praying in front of house shrine of which this one is a splendid example.

My first experience with the Nelson-Atkins was many moons ago when Laurence Sickman was director; together with Langdon Warner Laurence Sickman bought Japanese and Chinese sculpture, paintings and furniture for the Nelson-Atkins.

Buddhism 7th century B.C.

Jainism 6th century B.C.

Cheers,

Elisabeth