Saturday, October 22, 2005


By the way, the exhibit of Russian art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is fantastic. Liz and I went with some friends last Sunday afternoon. It takes up almost the entire museum, including annexes and basements, so plan about three hours to see the whole thing. It's an overview of Russian art from religious icons through masterworks of the 18th and 19th centuries through the Communist period to today. My favorite works are the ones from the 1920s and 1930s, espousing and promoting the ideals of Communism. There's a painting of a feast at a collective farm in the middle of summer that's just amazing considering that it's hardly ever warm enough for the people to dress the way they are, and that there was never enough food for farmers to eat the way they're about to. There's another one of corrupt monks having a feast that's really funny. Liz saw some of the artwork at the Hermitage when she studied in St. Petersburg in 1995, and now they're in New York until January. It's absolutely worth the price of admission, or in my case, the free tickets (my firm has a corporate membership there). We enjoyed it so much we might just go back in the next few months to have a second look.

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