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MUSEUMS CLOSE ACROSS THE MIDWEST DUE TO LOW TEMPERATURES!

January 31, 2019 Comments off

Late Season Midwest Winter Storm Brings Snow To Chicago

This is the Anish Kapoor Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, Chicago.

Chicago’s museums are mostly closed due to severe weather conditions with some temperatures as low as -51 F (-46 C ).
The Art Institute, the Field Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art are closed today, Wednesday. So are the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Dayton Art Institute.

Come to Texas and visit our museums!!!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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SIX TON SCHOLAR’S ROCK

January 29, 2019 Leave a comment

scholars rock(Photo /theartnewspaper.com)

A SIX TON SCHOLAR’S ROCK FROM  LAKE TAIHU, CHINA TO BE  INSTALLED AT THE SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART  AT THE EDGE OF RIVER WALK.

It all started when Katherin Luber the museum director mentioned to a visiting delegation from Wuxi (the source of many famous scholar’s rocks) a desire for a Taihu Lake rock…..a thought planted in her mind by Dr. Emily Sano, senior advisor for Asian art, and Shawn Yuan, assistant curator for Asian art. And so it happened that a 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide rock of inverted triangle shape was picked and chosen by Katherine Luber, Emily Sano, and Shawn Yuan and a museum trustee along Lake Taihu in December 2018. The rock will be shipped from Shanghai to the port of Houston early 2019.
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China and collectors worldwide have appreciated such stones for centuries and used them for inspiration, especially by scholars, poets and painters. The rocks figure prominently in Chinese gardens, and in smaller size on a scholar’s desk.

The rock is expected to be installed in mid 2019.

https://www.samuseum.org

Categories: Asian Art, News/Events

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

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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

 

 

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

January 7, 2019 Comments off

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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

GLIMPSE OF ANCIENT YEMEN

December 5, 2018 Comments off

Exhibit at Freer Sackler until August 18, 2019<

https://www.freersackler.si.edu

We often associate frankincense and myrrh with Yemen – if you wish to learn more about what was there since ancient times and what is being destroyed now, go and see this exhibit and also read this blog about

ANCIENT WOMEN SPEAK OUT – TODAY!!!!

https://www.freersackler.si.edu/ancient-women-speak-out-today/

Fascinating and sad. Looting has gone on for centuries on this crossroad of international trade between the Mediterranean region, Asia and the Middle East,  but the vicious multisided war has  now been going on since 2015 with no end in sight.

No cheers,

Elisabeth

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The Good Heart

dalai lama

A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wisdom Publications 1996, 2016.

An Interfaith Dialogue with the Dalai Lama and Father Laurence Freeman exploring passages from the gospels during the 1994 John Main Seminar; with special sections on Christian (Laurence Freeman) and Buddhist perspectives (Dalai Lama and Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s interpreter). The seminar is sponsored on a yearly basis by the World Community for Christian Meditation in memory of John Main, the Irish Benedictine monk who founded Christian meditation centers throughout the world.

What I found exciting and uplifting was the acceptance of the religious and spiritual focus in both Buddhism and Christianity, and the acceptance of the differences. The Dalai Lama’s reflections on the gospels and the explanation of Buddhist teachings, always based on his own experience, and about Buddhist and Christian saints, increased my understanding of both religions. I make this sound simple but the writing of the books is sometimes quite scholarly and academic and other times very down to earth- especially when the Dalai Lama is giving examples from his life. I am reading this book slowly and repeatedly.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

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