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Museums to Visit: Tate, 4 Galleries in England


Tate is a museum in London that is considered one of the most visited in the world. These museums have an impressive collection of British art from 1900 to 2014 and some international collections.

The actual director of the Tate Modern is Chris Dercon and is located in BanksideLondon. If you ever decide to visit London, check these impressive museums with several galleries to visit.

Sir Henry Tate is who inspired the creation of the first of four galleries that compose this museum. That’s right, four galleries to visit with so much history on it that you are not going to leave quick.

The four galleries are:

Tate Britain

Previously known as the National Gallery of British Art, was established in 1987. In 1932, the gallery changed its name to “Tate Gallery” and in 2000 was finally names “Tate Britain”. This one is located in MillbankLondon.

Tate Liverpool

It is the second established in 1988. This one is located in Albert DockLiverpoolEngland and the director Is Francesco Maraconda.

Tate St Ives

It is located in a small Cornish town on the southwest coast. This one was established in 1993 and the illumination characteristics make this museum a must visit place.

Tate Modern

It is the more recent. This one was established in 2000 and is a modern art gallery located in BanksideLondon.

Luis Velázquez Tate Modern

Tate Modern


Museums in the Vatican City, a Unique Experience


Vatican City, a territory that is inside the city of Rome and has a total area of 44 hectares, is one of the most visited places in the word. Inside this city, you can find several museums and those are considered some of the most visited museums in the world.

The Vatican Museums were established in 1506 and those are located in the boundaries of the city. The museums and collections you can visit in this amazing city are:

  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum
  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum
  • Classical Antiquities Museums
  • Pro – Christian Museum
  • Pinacoteca
  • Tapestries
  • Ceramics (18th- 19th century)
  • Miniature Mosaics
  • Collection of Contemporary Art
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Sacred Museum
  • Uniforms, Arms, Papals Berlins
Luis Velázquez Vatican Museum Staircase

Vatican Museum Staircase

Vatican Palaces are also important places to visit. However, it is actually at the museums you can learn about thousands of year of important history and appreciate some of the most important collections in the worldExhibitions are always available so be aware of the calendar to enjoy all the amazing exhibitions that these museums have to offer!

Antonio Paolucci
 is the actual director of the museums. In each one of them you can find important things to see and appreciate. Visit these museums and have an unforgettable day of history at the Vatican Museums, where you can find some of the most important sculpturesstructures and collection of arts of the world.

Gutai: Splendid Playground


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At the Guggenheim will be Gutai: Splendid Playground to present the creative spectrum of Japan´s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. The Gutai group was founded by Yoshihara Jiro in 1954; its members were young and wanted to explore new art forms combining performance, painting and interactive environments.

Against the wartime totalitarianism, Gutai created some of the most exuberant works and events in the history on Japanese and international avant-garde art. Gutai forged an ethics of creative freedom.

Gutai takes the form of organic or geometric abstract sculptures incorporating kinetic, light and sound turning exhibitions in something that interacts with the visitor. It is quite an experience and the Guggenheim which is one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, has is.

Source: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/gutai-splendid-playground

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Guggenheim Museum

Matisse final works


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At Tate Modern next spring, visitors will have the opportunity to see the last period of Henri Matisse, the exhibition will have the large-scale cut-outs on colored paper, including his famous Blue Nudes, besides his Large Composition with Masks from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Memory of Oceania from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate’s own The Snail.

The exhibition contents 120 works that will be seen together for the first time. Matisse started to make cut-outs after an operation in his early 70s that left him in ill health and thinking that he would die soon. He discovered that this method of painting was different; he felt that it was something new that liberated him and gave him a second life.

They were extraordinary forward-looking works. This second opportunity made him to work two days before he died, he felt renovated, and his assistants felt he was fastidious and meticulous but full of enthusiasm.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/19/tate-modern-henri-matisse-exhibition

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A Matisse

“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star”


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In 1993, 20 years ago New York City was different, Time Square was an unsavory place, subways were plastered with graffiti and there were a crime problem in the city.  If you don´t believe this or want to travel back in time to see it, just pick up one of the 5.000  pay phones and dial “1-855-FOR-1993”, you will hear what was happening on that phone´s block in 1993.

This campaign is called “Recalling 1993” and it was organized by the New Museum to promote its current exhibition: “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” The exhibit includes audio stories from artists and activists.

The promoters think that this is a way to bring pay phones back and to give the opportunity to many New Yorkers who weren´t there in 93 to see the difference in how was the city back then and how is now. The exhibition can be visited until May 26.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/pay-phone-time-machine-back-nyc-circa-93-215250857.html

Luis Velazquez likes Times Square

Times Square

Stripes in an exhibition


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Black and white stripes are used on floors, tables, fabrics, china and naturally on zebras.  Power/Superstripe is an exhibition at the Londonnewcastle Project Space in London.  The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Patternity, an online organization that acts as an archive research.

There will be two weeks of seminars and discussions over stripes in the world of design. The organizers of the event think this kind of shows is good to create a display that surprises and informs. Show rooms will be filled with graphic photographs showing stripes ranging from fashion to uniforms.

Bone china will be present and a film called “When Stripes Collide” can be watched. Accessories are included in the exhibition. It looks like geometry will dominate fashion at the spring season; this exhibition will help to see what is coming.

Source: http: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/fashion/09iht-fpattern09.html?ref=fashion

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Stripes on a Zebra

The cost of visiting a museum


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Recently a demand against New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has been set. The lawsuit charges that the museum leads people to believe the $25 fee is required rather than merely recommended but if you pay using your credit card the fee is higher than 25 dollars.

The Met has countered that this policy has been in place for more than 40 years but the suit raises question about the fact of charging a visit to a museum instead of not doing it. In United Kingdom all national museums are free. There are two visions for the problem; one is that museums focus on generating revenue and others believe museums should be free community resources.

If a museum adapts free admission policy that means support mechanism would need to be in place. Government should guarantee programs and budget for art, more private donations will be necessary and a revived culture of philanthropy

Source: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130328-should-museums-be-free

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York