Thursday, June 13, 2013

An Afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art

On Saturday I went to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) with my friend Jeni. I love CMA, you can spend hours just wandering from room to room, and it's just such a beautiful building. It's about a 15 minute drive from me and I had not gone yet to see the new rooms that opened up a few months ago, as well as the brand new atrium. The art museum has been under reconstruction for a few years now, slowly but surely reopening exhibits one by one. Last time I visited was in the fall, so the Medieval/Renaissance, Islamic, and a new gallery called Gallery One were not open yet. Parade the Circle, which is a parade that happens in University Circle, where the art museum, Natural History Museum, the Botanical Garden was also going on so it was very busy!

The first rooms we went into were the Contemporary/Modern rooms. These are probably my least favorite types of art, so we kind of went through them fairly quickly, but I had to stop at this leg. On my picture you can't really see but the leg actually has hair peeking out from the bottom of the pants. The piece is untitled but it is by Robert Gober, and actually uses human hair!

 The next rooms we went into were the Modern European Art rooms. These are some of my favorites, as my favorite artist Monet's paintings are in these rooms. I didn't take any pictures of those this time because they haven't changed since the last time I was there and I have a bunch of pictures of them all. The first picture is "Still Life with Rayfish" by Chaim Soutine, and the second is "Dancers Tying Shoes" by Edgar Degas. Jeni was in love with the ballet dancers, and I had to pull her away. I admit, it's one of my favorites too.

I believe these were in the Renaissance era rooms, I can't find their matches on the CMA website, but all of their works on display are listed on the site, there's just so many!

These were found in the more recently opened Islamic art rooms. I love all the details Islamic art has, that was only one of  a few archways. I thought the little boy's jacket was super cute, I just had to take a picture!


Medieval art is really interesting to me. Some of my favorite history classes were Medieval history. With Medieval history, religion is always the center which is why majority of these rooms contained Madonna and Child portraits and triptychs. Even if you are not very religious I just think the detail in some of them is just absolutely stunning.


Next was Ancient Egypt and Greece! The sarcophagi were so cool, the Egyptians were such interesting people. and I thought the Greek pots and war helmets were super awesome.

This is the new atrium and I just thought it looked so pretty so I tried to take a picture but it just doesn't do it much justice.

The last room I went into held this amazing and kind of scary piece by Damian Ortega called "The Blast and Other Embers". All of the objects were saws, scissors, knives, drills, and kind of household tools that were sharp. I liked that they were all displayed in a circle, it was actually open in the middle so you could walk through it.

I didn't take any pictures in my favorite room, the armor room, but they have the most beautiful swords and daggers, I don't think I would have wanted to fight with them. Overall it was a great day, I really could spend much more time than I did there, I didn't even make it to Gallery One. I am planning to go back sooner than later!

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1 comment:

  1. Yes! The armor room is my favorite too! I haven't been this year yet, but I love this museum! I actually got to write on of my art papers on the swords and daggers in the museum.


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