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  1.  The Agung Rai museum    29 March 2017    Art, Ubud
         29 Mar 2017
  Art, Ubud  
  2.  Neka art museum    2 April 2017    Art, Ubud
         2 Apr 2017
  Ubud, Art  
  3.  Contemporary art at the MAC    15 October 2017    Art, Lyon France
         15 Oct 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  4.  Musee des Beaux Arts     16 October 2017    Art, Lyon France
         16 Oct 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  5.  Peggy Guggenheim Collection    4 November 2019    Art, Venice Italy
         4 Nov 2019
  Venice, Italy, Art  
  6.  Vancouver Art Gallery    31 July 2020    Art, Vancouver
         31 Jul 2020
  Vancouver, Art  
  7.  Audain Art Museum    1 August 2020    Art, Whistler
         1 Aug 2020
  Whistler, Art  
 
 
 
1. The Agung Rai museum
29 Mar 2017    Art  Ubud 
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1. The Agung Rai museum   
29 Mar 2017    Art, Ubud   
 
 
 
 
When, on the morning after the day of silence and fireless hearths, Pugig lighted the fire again in the kitchen, it seemed to burn with a new warmth. Voices rose brightly; people set about work with animation. A fresh start had been made once more. Colin McPhee in A House in Bali.

I like almost everything in the Agung Rai Museum of Art, which is about a half hour walk from my house. Their fine collection is housed in beautiful spaces (though the experience would benefit from a/c or even just a bit of ventilation). Their extensive grounds feature a botanical garden, performance space, a hotel, a restaurant (where I ate lunch), even a rice paddy.

The museum focuses on art by Balinese artists and foreigners living in Bali. One building has abstracts, the second realism with Hieronymus Bosch like high-detail pieces depicting life in Bali: the cultivation of rice, cremation rituals, cock fighting, and gods and goddesses.

I especially like the large eye-catching Made Kedol painting "Golden rice" with its vivid bands of rice grass that pop out of the canvas. Stunning. I so wanted to take a picture of it and finally I succumbed: as I walked past its room and saw it framed in the doorway I couldn't resist the urge to grab a surreptitious shot even though the signs expressly forbid it.

 
 
 
 
Made Kedol's “Golden Rice”
     
 
 
 
Made Kedol's “Golden Rice”
     
 
 
 
Made Kedol's “Golden Rice”
     
 
 
Page 10 of museum guide
     
My guilt for taking the photo was soon assuaged. The museum's own guide book features a full-page photo of people photographing the picture. Funny.
 
 
 
Page 10 of museum guide
     
My guilt for taking the photo was soon assuaged. The museum's own guide book features a full-page photo of people photographing the picture. Funny.
 
 
 
Page 10 of museum guide
     
My guilt for taking the photo was soon assuaged. The museum's own guide book features a full-page photo of people photographing the picture. Funny.
 
 
2. Neka art museum
2 Apr 2017    Art  Ubud 
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2. Neka art museum   
2 Apr 2017    Art, Ubud   
 
 
 
 
For a picture to be good, he said, it must have a little of everything in it - fighting, a little love, comedy and grief. Like a well-made dish there must be mingled sweet, salt, a taste of acid, a taste of bitter...

And this? I asked, pointing to the incalescent love scene.

He laughed. It gives the savor, he said. Like "sra." Like shrimp-paste. Colin McPhee, A House in Bali

I took a taxi today to the Neka Museum. It's barely two km but I knew even this short walk would leave me drained. I think my muscles are atropying in the heat. I need to get home and start running again.

Ketut, a talkative fellow, asked 60000 for the short trip to the museum which I gladly paid. I don't haggle over small amounts, I think a dollar means more to them than to me. Later in the day, when I'd walked through every building at Neka, studied every painting, examined every sculpture, I messaged Ketut with WhatsApp and he brought me back.

Here's a test: how many older siblings are in my driver's family?

The Neka museum, like the Agung Rai, is a beautiful compound of attractive buildings set amongst lush gardens and soundtracked by noisy birds. And, like the Agung, the Neka specializes in the work of Balinese and ex-pat artists. The Agung Rai has a smaller but equally-beautiful collection but makes up for that in ancilliary facilities. The Neka is just art. Beautiful, mostly-colourful art, with Balinese life as subject. Happily for me, this museum allows photography.

Speaking of art, the streets of Ubud are sprouting huge bamboo stalks of home-made art, and they grow in number every day. Plus the ubiquitous shrines are being draped in colourful fabrics and the offerings seem to be growing in size. It's preparation for yet another special day, or rather days. I'm lucky, two festivals in one trip.

But, I hate to plant this thought in your head, but I find the poles creepy. The pole ends, which are very tall and have elaborate offerings dangling, bring to mind photos of Iranian cranes and nooses that were in the news a couple years ago, scenes that stick with you even though with all your might you try to erase them. Sorry for the disturbing thought.

Enjoy the art!

 
 
 
 
Arie Smit, Dutch artist in Bali
     
 
 
 
Arie Smit, Dutch artist in Bali
     
 
 
 
Arie Smit, Dutch artist in Bali
     
 
 
Cooling Swim, Dewa Putu Mokoh
     
 
 
 
Cooling Swim, Dewa Putu Mokoh
     
 
 
 
Cooling Swim, Dewa Putu Mokoh
     
 
 
Underwater Life, I Nyoman Darsana
     
 
 
 
Underwater Life, I Nyoman Darsana
     
 
 
 
Underwater Life, I Nyoman Darsana
     
 
 
Detail from previous
     
 
 
 
Detail from previous
     
 
 
 
Detail from previous
     
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
Neka museum
     
 
 
 
Neka museum
     
 
 
 
Neka museum
     
 
 
Life of the artist, Roger San Miguel
     
 
 
 
Life of the artist, Roger San Miguel
     
 
 
 
Life of the artist, Roger San Miguel
     
 
 
Arie Smit, Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Arie Smit, Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Arie Smit, Neka Museum
     
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
 
Neka Museum
     
 
 
Galungan is coming
     
These tall poles are popping up all over. They are penjor, bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end.
 
 
 
Galungan is coming
     
These tall poles are popping up all over. They are penjor, bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end.
 
 
 
Galungan is coming
     
These tall poles are popping up all over. They are penjor, bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end.
 
 
Poles on Jalan Sri Wedari
     
The poles are for Galungan, a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. They mark the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.
 
 
 
Poles on Jalan Sri Wedari
     
The poles are for Galungan, a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. They mark the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.
 
 
 
Poles on Jalan Sri Wedari
     
The poles are for Galungan, a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma. They mark the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.
 
 
Chickens (for Shawna)
     
 
 
 
Chickens (for Shawna)
     
 
 
 
Chickens (for Shawna)
     
 
 
An especially elaborate pole
     
 
 
 
An especially elaborate pole
     
 
 
 
An especially elaborate pole
     
 
 
3. Contemporary art at the MAC
15 Oct 2017    Art  Lyon, France 
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3. Contemporary art at the MAC   
15 Oct 2017    Art, Lyon, France   
 
 
 
 

We took the metro to Lyon's Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) where we saw their "Floating worlds" exhibit. The three floors of mixed-media exhibits - found objects, music, videos, and interactive pieces - were entertaining but more Rube Goldberg than Picasso, which is where my mind goes when I think contemporary. The exhibits included:

- A small black room with a floor half-covered by popcorn and lit by black light.

- A fan blowing on a hanging light which occasionally illuminates a photoelectric cell that triggers a scanner that sends its scan to a computer monitor. Times 5.

- A book in a glass box whose pages are turned by a fan. Interesting only because the artist, Laurie Anderson, is one of my favorite musicians. I didn't know she made museum art.

- A video of cows and then cow-shaped kites titled Let's Make Cows Fly.

- A video where a woman comes out of a wind tunnel, sets up a music stand, takes out a flute, then plays. Wind blows.

- A video of 150 people dressed in black tearing out the black pages of a black book, throwing them down, then reassembling them.

You get the idea. At times I thought the most creative aspect of the exhibit was the descriptive text accompanying each piece.


Literally and figuratively, the artist accomplished the dissemination of logocentrism and its hierarchies, for the sake of the incommunicable and the imagination. From the MAC exhibit guide on a poem by Ewa Partum.

I suppose I'm sounding like a philistine.

 
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
 
Ernesto Neto's fabric and sand pieces
     
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
 
Delivery truck for contemporary art
     
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
 
More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6
     
The juxtaposition of the fixed images and wooden structures supporting kinetic water-courses, with objects found in situ, invites us to consider the symbotic relationship between nature and technology, aesthetic beauty and function. From the MAC exhibition guide on Yuko Mohri's More More [Leaky]: The Falling Water Given #4-6.
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
 
Museum exhibits
     
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
 
Heading home from the museum
     
 
 
4. Musee des Beaux Arts
16 Oct 2017    Art  Lyon, France 
S   M   L
4. Musee des Beaux Arts    
16 Oct 2017    Art, Lyon, France   
 
 
 
 

Lyon's Musee des Beaux Arts is located in a charming old building, a former abbey, in the heart of the city and adjacent to the beautiful Hotel de Ville de Lyon, or Lyon city hall. Its collection ranges from Egyptian antiquities to impressionist paintings. We came for the paintings.

 
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
 
Louis Janmot
     
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
 
Dagnan-Bouvert's La Noce chez le photographe
     
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
 
Degas' Danseuses sur la scene
     
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
 
Paul studying a painting
     
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
 
Maillol's La Montagne
     
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
 
Sculpture hall
     
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
 
Lunch with museum in background
     
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
 
Hotel de Ville de Lyon
     
The beautiful Lyon city hall. The museum is the building out of sight on the right, facing this nice though under-construction park.
 
 
5. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
4 Nov 2019    Art  Venice, Italy 
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5. Peggy Guggenheim Collection   
4 Nov 2019    Art, Venice, Italy   
 
 
 
 

You don't have to go to a museum to see art in Venice, the city is a work of art. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't check out some of the more formal offerings. So in addition to hitting up some Biennale exhibits we stopped in to visit Peggy Guggenheim's collection. It contains a who's who of modern art (Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Pollock, and so on) plus it's located in Peggy's beautiful Grand Canal home.

 
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
 
The Peggy Guggenheim is well located
     
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
 
View from Peggy Guggenheim museum
     
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
 
Hans Hartung
     
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
 
Kandinsky's Landscape with red spots
     
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
 
Magritte's Voice of Space
     
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
 
Morris Hirshfield's Two women in front of a mirror
     
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
 
Paul Klee's Magic Garden
     
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
 
Picasso's On the Beach
     
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
 
Jackson Pollock's Alchemy
     
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
 
Paul checking out a Calder
     
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
 
Pomodoro's Sphere No. 4
     
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
 
Peggy's dogs
     
 
 
6. Vancouver Art Gallery
31 Jul 2020    Art  Vancouver 
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6. Vancouver Art Gallery   
31 Jul 2020    Art, Vancouver   
 
 
 
 
Vancouver Art Gallery
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Art Gallery
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Art Gallery
     
 
 
Furniture exhibit
     
 
 
 
Furniture exhibit
     
 
 
 
Furniture exhibit
     
 
 
Paul studying the art
     
 
 
 
Paul studying the art
     
 
 
 
Paul studying the art
     
 
 
Yuxweluptun's Burying another face of racism
     
 
 
 
Yuxweluptun's Burying another face of racism
     
 
 
 
Yuxweluptun's Burying another face of racism
     
 
 
Yours truly at the Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 
 
Yours truly at the Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 
 
Yours truly at the Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 
Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 
 
Vancouver Public Library
     
 
 

 
 
 
7. Audain Art Museum
1 Aug 2020    Art  Whistler 
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7. Audain Art Museum   
1 Aug 2020    Art, Whistler   
 
 
 
 
Lions Gate bridge
     
This morning we left Vancouver and headed north over the Lions Gate bridge.
 
 
 
Lions Gate bridge
     
This morning we left Vancouver and headed north over the Lions Gate bridge.
 
 
 
Lions Gate bridge
     
This morning we left Vancouver and headed north over the Lions Gate bridge.
 
 
Sea to Sky hwy
     
We then headed west and then north on the Sea to Sky highway.
 
 
 
Sea to Sky hwy
     
We then headed west and then north on the Sea to Sky highway.
 
 
 
Sea to Sky hwy
     
We then headed west and then north on the Sea to Sky highway.
 
 
Glacier fed river
     
We finally came to a stop in Whistler. Mind you, much of Whistler doesn't look like this picture, it looks like a shopping mall, but let's go with this image instead.
 
 
 
Glacier fed river
     
We finally came to a stop in Whistler. Mind you, much of Whistler doesn't look like this picture, it looks like a shopping mall, but let's go with this image instead.
 
 
 
Glacier fed river
     
We finally came to a stop in Whistler. Mind you, much of Whistler doesn't look like this picture, it looks like a shopping mall, but let's go with this image instead.
 
 
Audain Art Museum
     
In Whistler we visited the Audain Art Museum which houses the art collection of Michael Audain. It specializes in BC artists though it has more than that. The building is designed to blend into the forest and span a flood plain all the while highlighting the works displayed within.
 
 
 
Audain Art Museum
     
In Whistler we visited the Audain Art Museum which houses the art collection of Michael Audain. It specializes in BC artists though it has more than that. The building is designed to blend into the forest and span a flood plain all the while highlighting the works displayed within.
 
 
 
Audain Art Museum
     
In Whistler we visited the Audain Art Museum which houses the art collection of Michael Audain. It specializes in BC artists though it has more than that. The building is designed to blend into the forest and span a flood plain all the while highlighting the works displayed within.
 
 
Audain museum
     
The path through the museum begins with a tour of its permanent collection such as this massive carving.
 
 
 
Audain museum
     
The path through the museum begins with a tour of its permanent collection such as this massive carving.
 
 
 
Audain museum
     
The path through the museum begins with a tour of its permanent collection such as this massive carving.
 
 
Oak Wood by Emily Carr
     
 
 
 
Oak Wood by Emily Carr
     
 
 
 
Oak Wood by Emily Carr
     
 
 
Sooke Harbour by Edward Hughes
     
 
 
 
Sooke Harbour by Edward Hughes
     
 
 
 
Sooke Harbour by Edward Hughes
     
 
 
Neurons by Nicolas Baier
     
In addition to more traditional work the museum features modern pieces.
 
 
 
Neurons by Nicolas Baier
     
In addition to more traditional work the museum features modern pieces.
 
 
 
Neurons by Nicolas Baier
     
In addition to more traditional work the museum features modern pieces.
 
 
Dzunukwa Mask by Beau Dick
     
The museum also features many masks.
 
 
 
Dzunukwa Mask by Beau Dick
     
The museum also features many masks.
 
 
 
Dzunukwa Mask by Beau Dick
     
The museum also features many masks.
 
 
Last Light by Kim Dorland
     
 
 
 
Last Light by Kim Dorland
     
 
 
 
Last Light by Kim Dorland
     
 
 
To raise the water level in a fish pond by Zhang Huan
     
Currently the museum features an exhibit of photographs, ranging from the very earliest (over 150 years old) to current works.
 
 
 
To raise the water level in a fish pond by Zhang Huan
     
Currently the museum features an exhibit of photographs, ranging from the very earliest (over 150 years old) to current works.
 
 
 
To raise the water level in a fish pond by Zhang Huan
     
Currently the museum features an exhibit of photographs, ranging from the very earliest (over 150 years old) to current works.
 
 
Raven and Frog by Yeomans
     
 
 
 
Raven and Frog by Yeomans
     
 
 
 
Raven and Frog by Yeomans