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  1.  The Agung Rai museum.   29 March 2017, Wednesday.   Art, Ubud
         Mar 29, 2017
  Art, Ubud  
  2.  Neka art museum.   2 April 2017, Sunday.   Art, Ubud
         Apr 2, 2017
  Ubud, Art  
  3.  Contemporary art at the MAC.   15 October 2017, Sunday.   Art, France Lyon
         Oct 15, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  4.  Musee des Beaux Arts .   16 October 2017, Monday.   Art, France Lyon
         Oct 16, 2017
  France, Art, Lyon  
  5.  Peggy Guggenheim Collection.   4 November 2019, Monday.   Art, Italy Venice
         Nov 4, 2019
  Venice, Italy, Art  
  6.  Vancouver Art Gallery.   31 July 2020, Friday.   Art, Vancouver
         Jul 31, 2020
  Vancouver, Art  
  7.  Audain Art Museum.   1 August 2020, Saturday.   Art, Whistler
         Aug 1, 2020
  Whistler, Art  
 
 
 
1. The Agung Rai museum
29 March 2017.   Art  Ubud.
S   M   L
1. The Agung Rai museum
29 March 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 April 2017.   Art  Ubud.
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2. Neka art museum
2 April 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 October 2017.   Art  France, Lyon.
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3. Contemporary art at the MAC
15 October 2017.  Art, France, Lyon.
 
 
 
 

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 October 2017.   Art  France, Lyon.
S   M   L
4. Musee des Beaux Arts
16 October 2017.  Art, France, Lyon.
 
 
 
 

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 November 2019.   Art  Italy, Venice.
S   M   L
5. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
4 November 2019.  Art, Italy, Venice.
 
 
 
 

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 the museum      
 
 
View from the museum      
 
 
View from the 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 July 2020.   Art  Vancouver.
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6. Vancouver Art Gallery
31 July 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 August 2020.   Art  Whistler.
S   M   L
7. Audain Art Museum
1 August 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