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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art – Kanazawa, Japan

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

(81)  076.220.2800
1-2-1 Hirosaka
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-8509, Japan

www.kanazawa21.jp

Open Hours:
10:00 – 18:00    Daily

 

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Celeste House – Mexico City, Mexico

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Celeste House

(55) 2 614 6031
(55) 5 531.8309
11590 Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
(corner of Darwin & Kepler)
C.P. 11590, México, D.F.

www.celeste.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
Champagne Tea Room
12:00 pm – 2:00am Monday Saturday
12:00 pm – 7:00pm Sundays
Cebeth Apothecary & Gallery Store
10:00 am – 7:00pm Monday Saturday

Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects.  The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.

 

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The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.

The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more.  Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico.  Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.

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Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments.  Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.

The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room.  While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches.  They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas.   Top this off with Cantonese-style  Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the  trendy and happening.

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Polyforum Siqueiros Art & Performance Space – Mexico DF

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Polyforum Siqueiros

Art & Performance Space
(55) 5536-4520
Insurgentes Sur 701, esquina con Filadelfia
Colonia Napoles, Del. Benito Juarez
C.P. 03810, México, D.F.

www.polyforumsiqueiros.com

OPEN HOURS:
10:00 am – 6:00pm Daily

Like stepping into a sci-fi conference-hall, the Polyforum Siqueiros is a transporting marvel. The Suclpainting technique of David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) creates a three-dimensional interior mural that takes over your mind – it is the largest in the world.  If we were to make a cult-movie where the leader gets all of his followers to obey – this is the space.

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(above photo foregound the creators statue of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros & benefactor Manuel Suarez y Suarez)

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The outer Mural represents the leadership, the dead and the reborn tree, the circus, Moses breaking the law stones, Jesus the leader, the dance and flee of winter and summer, the Mestizaje, the music and the atom.  Each face of the outer mural holds great philosophical symbolism related to the lectures of the forum’s inner mural

The interior space, known as the Foro Universal, is dominated by “The March of Humanity”, Siqueiros’s masterwork.  A lifelong communist and advocate for social equality, David Alfaro Siqueiros was a member of the big three of Latin Art – including himself along with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The main theme of this 237.6 square meter mind-bending mural is the evolution of man to a society where justice and freedom are truly integrated concepts.

It is awe inspiring in its scale and grandeur. Construction on the Polyforum was started in 1966, after it was decided to move the mural from its original location at a hotel conference center at the Hotel Casino de la Selva in Cuernavaca.  Inaugurated in 1971, it is used today for political meetings, concerts, readings and gallery exhibitions.

The lobby area is a sleek white modern contrast that is does not quite prepare you for the onslaught of color you will find upon entering the main space. It is much more a 2001: A Space Odyssey foil to the sci-fi feel of the Foro Universal – with its white on white interiors and lines that curve.  The lobby is used as an exhibition space, as well as housing a small by design shop that features some of the best creations in Mexican contemporary jewelry, ceramics, books clothing, home objects and more.

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The mural is divided in four sections:

“The March of Humanity towards the Bourgeois democratic Revolution”  on the south side, represented by multitudes advancing from darkens into a civilization of light.
“The March of Humanity towards the Future Revolution” on the north side showing the hope and obstacles in life and the difficulties in conquering victory towards a further future.
“Peace, Culture & Harmony” on the east side manifested with women’s hands
“Science & Technology”  on the west side manifested with man’s hands

Tip: On Sundays the interior platform spins – yes there is a turntable too!

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To celebrate the 50 years of the Mexican mural movement, David Alfaro Siqueiros created a very unique portrait mural, also known as the Barda Mural.  From Left:  Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, José Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo MéndezGerardo Murillo

 

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

(1) 212 423-3589
1071 5th Avenue
(Btw 88th – 89th Streets)
New York, NY 10128

www.guggenheim.org

OPEN HOURS:
10:00am – 5:45pm   Sunday – Wednesday
10:00am – 5:45pm   Friday
10:00am – 7:45pm   Saturday –   ( 5:45pm – 7:45pm – almost FREE)

 

The cutting lines and sweeping circles of New York’s Guggenheim Museum give us one of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s architectural masterpieces of the 20th Century.  If you find yourself in New York, even for just a brief visit, go.

There were 15 years of discussions on the design of this jewel, and sadly Mr. Wright was not alive to attend the opening in 1959.  However his ability and deftness with lines and space gives us a museum that is as much about the structure itself as it is viewing the collection inside.

Although there is an ‘almost free’ entry on Saturday afternoons when it is donate-what-you-wish, we highly recommend visiting the museum on a sunny morning. On these magical New York days, when the light is crisp and the air pure, one feel to the fullest how the design was meant to be experienced.  The natural illumination filtering through the skylights and the geometric shadows it creates.  Wander around the exterior to the secret corners on every floor, and the stop to relish the varied views from every angle,

Upon entering, take the elevator directly to the top floor and wind your way down through the spiral path of galleries.

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L. Cornilessen & Son – London, UK

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L. Cornilessen & Son

(44) (0) 207– 636 1045
105A Great Russell St
City of London WC1B 3RY
England, UK

www.cornelissen.com

OPEN HOURS:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm    Monday –  Saturday

 

Serving the artistically minded since being established in 1855, one can still find tradition at L. Cornilessen & Son.

Not far from the Tottenham Court Road, near The British Museum, this small shoppe holds an extensive array of artist tools and materials  displayed in original Victorian cabinetry.   The beauty of the shop and the clientele it attracts makes one feel a part of the art world.  There are few left like L. Cornilessen & Son; places that are true to their own essence.   Just browsing the quality of the tools and paints, and their display one can’t help but be inspired, whether you be artist or dreamer.

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