Art

NIEMEYER IN NITEROI

In Japan, I refrained masterfully from any 'architectural tourism'. We saw a lot, but I did not drag the family out of town to see this or that absolutely-must-see building. Maybe on another trip.

So I completely gave myself permission to go to Niteroi today to see the uber funky, iconic Contemporary Art Museum by Oscar Niemeyer. 

 

The setting is epic - it sits on a cliff across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. (That is the Sugar Loaf mountain in the background).

The setting is epic - it sits on a cliff across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. (That is the Sugar Loaf mountain in the background).

I love this photo. 

I love this photo. 

Happy tourist family for Canada. Lili kept thinking how great the ramps would be for her waveboard! 

Happy tourist family for Canada. Lili kept thinking how great the ramps would be for her waveboard! 

Oh yeah. 

Oh yeah. 

We had a lovely and well respected professor for Design of Public Buildings at university. He often said: 'It is good practice for every architect to design a perfectly round building once. And it would be best for everyone if you did that while at school.'

We had a lovely and well respected professor for Design of Public Buildings at university. He often said: 'It is good practice for every architect to design a perfectly round building once. And it would be best for everyone if you did that while at school.'

Lili with a 'museum-hat'. This is a silly game we have - photographing buildings on our heads. You may remember similar images of the Matrimandir in India... 

Lili with a 'museum-hat'. This is a silly game we have - photographing buildings on our heads. You may remember similar images of the Matrimandir in India... 

Lili's picture of me.  

Lili's picture of me.  

Lili at a Niemeyer staircase. 

Lili at a Niemeyer staircase. 

This building is so refreshing, with clean lines and a great majestic entry sequence with the ramps. The galleries are simple and let the art talk. We had a great day.

COOL ART IN RIO

Here we are in Rio and we have already gone to a couple of museums. Yesterday we visited the CCBB - old headquarters of Banco de Brazil and next door an Art Centre of the Brazilian post. Both of these are totally free and we had a great time. 

 

At the exhibit of Jabim Nunes. We loved the colourful works, and also the story of his success: he was working away in relative obscurity and posted some of his works on social media. Then a gallery owner spotted him in 2015 and invitations to Paris, USA and Finland ensued! The rest is history...

At the exhibit of Jabim Nunes. We loved the colourful works, and also the story of his success: he was working away in relative obscurity and posted some of his works on social media. Then a gallery owner spotted him in 2015 and invitations to Paris, USA and Finland ensued! The rest is history...

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This is from another floor. Lili wanted to take a selfie of this piece close by to see all the bits glued onto it. This exhibit was by Sandra Felzen and it was inspired by the Brazilian coastal ecosystems.

This is from another floor. Lili wanted to take a selfie of this piece close by to see all the bits glued onto it. This exhibit was by Sandra Felzen and it was inspired by the Brazilian coastal ecosystems.

This piece was so cool. 

This piece was so cool. 

This one almost looked Finnish to me. 

This one almost looked Finnish to me. 

ART ART

By Lili  

 

Here there is art

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Lady's portrait  

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Lady's portrait  

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Bridge  

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Moroccan  Painter  

Fruit and frascati  

Fruit and frascati  

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Birds  

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Find the face

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Fish  

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[Editor's caption: Lili in front of large painting. She said: Mom it looks three dimensional!]

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Cube  

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Bu hu

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Flying horses  

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Rocks

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Size 

Foot

Foot

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Pictures 

 

[Editor's note: This blog entry describes our wonderful morning at the Rabat Museum of Contemporary Art in Morocco. We visited both the permanent exhibition and a theme exhibit on modern art by Moroccan women. Lili has selected the above photos for this blog. All three of us came out completely inspired and wanting to make some great art.]