“Travel and change of place…”

“…impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca


This is another in a series of posts about new and current exhibitions at museums around the world, all of which are being greeted with much enthusiasm and excitement.

― Paris, France | The Louvre
― San Francisco, CA | Museum of Modern Art
― Sydney, Australia | Australia Museum
― Toronto, Canada | Art Gallery of Ontario
― Vienna, Austria | Naturhistorisches Museum

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Paris, France.  If there is a city singularly defined by its cultural institutions, it is the City of Light.  The institution, of course, is The Louvre, or Musée du Louvre, a museum of such magnificence that is not uncommon for one’s breath to be taken away.  Before you even walk in.

I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid in the Cour Napoléon.
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"The Course of Empire. Destruction." 1836. Thomas Cole © NY Historical Society
“The Course of Empire. Destruction.” 1836. Thomas Cole
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Formerly a palace, the museum can boast the single greatest painting in human history, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  But it also has so much more.

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Currently featured, for example, in the glass pavilion is “Metamorphoses.”  Culled from bronzes, decorative objects, paintings and sculptures, the exhibition examines the influence of Ovid’s epic poem about the Greco-Roman world and its profound influence on art.

Bruegel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (ca. 1558)
Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (ca. 1558)
The Sun, or the Fall of Icarus (1819) by Merry-Joseph Blondel, in the Rotunda of Apollo at the Louvre
“The Sun, or the Fall of Icarus.” (1819) by Merry-Joseph Blondel

And there couldn’t be anything more timely than “Founding Myths :  From Hercules to Darth Vader.”  The exhibition, which is open now through 4 July 2016, looks at the evolution of heroes, both in poetry and on-screen, and their impact on civilization and culture.


There’s no reason to wait in line for these or any of the other exhibitions opening for the Spring and Fall Arts season.  You can order your tickets here, directly from the museum’s website.


San Francisco.  Like life itself, the Museum of Modern Art’s existence is a double-edged sword.  The largest museum in the western half of the United State devoted exclusively to modern art, the organization experienced unbelievable growth and success when it opened its instantly recognizable building a few years ago–so much so, it already has to expand.  In order to accomplish this, the museum is temporarily closed and due to re-open in 2017.  People and visitors to the City by the Bay are counting the days…

The facade of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Sydney, Australia.  We have not forgotten about our friends in the southern hemisphere, a region we hope to visit in the near future.  The Australia Museum, for example, has created an immersive experience with Trailblazers, dedicated to Land Down Under’s greatest explorers, all of whom faced unfathomable dangers to chart the region’s mountains, oceans and poles.  The exhibit opens 28 November and continues through 18 July 2016.  If your travel plans include Oceania, make it a point to visit.  Tickets can be obtained here.

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© Australia Museum

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Toronto, Canada.  When it comes to the wow factor, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has few peers in North America.  The building itself is a show-stopper and interestingly enough, merely hints at the expansive collections inside.

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This Fall, the museum had bragging rights to a well-reviewed exhibition showcasing photographer Ann Collier.  Although her name may not be a household one here in the United States, the images she captures are brilliant and in many instances, instantly iconic.

© Ann Collier

Vienna, Austria.  Any visit to Vienna must include time set aside for the Naturhistorisches Museum, or Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s greatest cultural institutions, housing over 30 million objects.  Located in a former palace, the Museum is huge and consists of close to 40 exhibit halls.  Touring the entire building in a day is an exercise in futility.  Instead, focus on just a few of those halls and completely immerse yourself into the extensive collections for a day or so.  It’s a perfect reason, however, to make multiple return trips to this historic and spellbinding European capital.

Museum of Natural History Vienna-01
Heldenplatz Statue Erzherzog Carl Naturhistorisches Museum.
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And would there even be a Fall Arts season with out the influential artist Jeff Koons ?  Luckily, Naturhistorisches Museum is the exclusive home of the special exhibition Jeff Koons :  balloon venus (orange.)   The exhibit opens this month and continues through 16 March 2016.  Tickets can be obtained here.

© Jeff Koons
© Jeff Koons

As immortalized by “12 Monkeys,” the future…is…history.  Or, is it ?  It’s a perplexing question and with rapid advances in technology, weather forecasting and myriad “once-in-a-lifetime” natural disasters now occurring on a regular basis, it’s also the subject of Planet 3.0.  A multimedia tour-de-force, the Naturhistorisches Museum’s “Planet 3.0” attempts to answer these questions and more.  The exhibit opens 11 November and continues through 3 April 2016.  Tickets can be obtained here.

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