Here are two facts about me: I like modern art, and I suffer from migraines. The day before yesterday, I visited the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, where there’s a huge new wing for modern art built underneath the garden, two stories below. The ceiling is huge, and there are glassy domes in it which you can see from the outside, too. At first you think that they are used to let in some daylight, but once inside, you realise that they are some sort of neon lamps. And the light they emit is utterly weird. Continue reading
I haven’t seen the movie The Bucket List, but I get the concept. We all have a limited time here on earth and, if we had to pick, what do we want to see or do before we die? For me, one answer is art. I keep a running list in my head of all the museums I haven’t made it to yet and, at almost 50, I do worry I’ve not enough time to see all the world’s great artistic creations.
Google, it turns out, feels my pain and wants to help. To that end, they have created an extraordinary site that offers anyone with a computer the ability to explore many of the world’s most famous museums. The site is called, simply enough, Art Project, and can be found at http://www.googleartproject.com/. Log on and you can–virtually–walk through Versailles, the Hermitage and London’s National Gallery (among others) without ever setting foot on a plane. Continue reading