Apparently, Andy found it interesting that the only images he saw coming out of China were those of Mao. With this, he decided to add his flair to popular image. Similarly to his Campbell’s Soup Can images, Andy meant to comment on mass production and consumerism. From an American lens, I can see how interesting it is to think that capitalism might not be a preferred way of life in other countries, but marketing is marketing. These images of Mao are what the people were being fed. Was is because they believed in Mao? Or because it seemed to be their online option, with his photo plastered everywhere they turned?
Although 56 Hope Road is not where Marley grew up, it has been gifted to us as to preserve music, much like how the house was given to him. Tours start every 30 minutes and last about 90 minutes total. Our host was incredibly knowledgeable and started the tour by asking us each where we were from, to which he was able to give a way in which Bob Marley was connected to all of us. Although Bob passed away at the young age of 36, the tour shows how much work he put in in his life & how his influence won over the entire globe, over time.
I finally made it to the Mona Lisa; she has her own room at the Louvre Museum. As you enter, all signs will lead you to the Mona Lisa & the experience is more shocking than the painting itself. The painting is actually in a huge hallway/corridor which connects two rooms in the palace. There is a makeshift wall surrounded by velvet rope hoisting the Mona Lisa into view.
There is nothing more poised yet precious like a “Little Ballerina, Aged Fourteen”. Degas created only 1 sculpture while he was alive and I loved it the moment I laid eyes on it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tulle tutu and ribbon in her hair really do add an air of humanity. I’ve always admired ballerina’s for their poise, and while they are sometimes the epitome of femininity, they are also some of the strongest athletes there are. I enjoyed the quiet strength of the dancer who is holding her head high for eternity.
Andy Warhol’s 1984 series of Rorschach paintings are the result of a misunderstanding. Warhol thought that patients created rorschach tests for doctors to decipher, so he decided to create his own. The canvases themselves are so much more grandiose than one might imagine. Standing 13ft high, the paintings illicit an immediate sense of respect as you become enveloped in trying to figure out what it all means.
Fashion takes on a new life when exhibited as art. The Fabulous Fashion exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases dresses from each decade, organized by style. It’s a brilliant display as you see how the architecture of clothing melds over time.
There were only 2 Vincent Van Gough paintings at the Philadelphia Museum, but I’m proud to have seen one of the Sunflowers. Painted in the end of the 1880’s this image was meant to be part of a 12 piece series to decorate an artists’ loft.
Written by Brittany Shawnté
No, that title is not a joke, and I’m all here for this! The world’s first Museum of Happiness is coming to the UK in September 2017!
The museum has been running as a nonprofit for the past two years, providing workshops, classes, and pop-up events for things like mindfulness origami, laughing yoga, ukulele lessons, art, and dancing. Just fun to stuff to get people smiling and laughing! Now, the Museum of Happiness has an official location.