The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is hands down sure to be a highlight of the trip for any person to the bustling city of blues and thick pizza. The Art Institute of Chicago has a reputation as one of the destinations in the United States premiere of art, a reputation with travelers that art enthusiasts simply must agree. The famous museum is full of art from 5,000 years ago. Besides finery inside, the building exhibits a distinctive touch of Chicago by the elegance and architectural beauty, becoming a work of art in itself.


Although it began as a combination of school-museum, currently the 1893 building is only as a place to display beautiful pieces, attractive and great art. The Art Institute of Chicago is home to such famous works as Vincent Van Gogh “The Room” by Grant Wood “American Gothic” and Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”, to name a few.

The first floor of the museum also contains extensive ancient artifacts like a mummy head cover, a large sitting Buddha statue, and a Chinese food container tripod. It also shows the sculpture court, which has several impressive structures above the photo gallery. Always changing and expanding, the Art Institute of Chicago also has a new modern wing. The wing provides enough configuration change of the ancient art, with over eight hundred innovative artworks today. The Art Institute of Chicago also has several distinctive exhibitions, such as the miniature Thorne rooms (a maze recreations tiny house with Georgia, French, American Classic, or basically any architectural style) on the ground floor.

There is also a children’s area where children and adults can have fun tracking medieval brass rubbings, and a special exhibition space in flux in Regenstein Hall. Other features include an abbey Art Institute calm where guests can enjoy food from one of the places to eat at home, and the gift shop. The store is an impressive feat full of reprints of various artworks, like Georgia O’Keefe “Yello Hickory Leaves with Daisy” cup of coffee, or an umbrella with George Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. – 1884” With all this, the Art Institute of Chicago, just has to be a place in the list of all travelers Chicago hub. The entrance fee is minimal at around $ 12, and the treasures within yourself that involve everyone.


Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

The world famous French Zinedine Zidane headbutt Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the final of the football World Campenato of 2006 held in Germany has inspired a giant sculpture of the artist Adel Abdessemed, temporarily located in front of the Paris Museum of Modern Art Centre George Pompidou.


 In the last minutes of the 2006 World Cup final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin (Germany), Zidane gave a powerful header into the chest of Italian Materazzi , who had just verbally provoke a series of tricks. The Frenchman was sent off for this, on the day that he was retiring from football. Above, world champion Italy was to win in the shootout.

The title of the sculpture is “Heading” (2012). This is a bronze statue that measures more than five meters high and weighs several ton. This statue has been placed in Beaubourg Square, in front of the Centre Georges Pompidou, in the context of an exhibition of Abdessemed, opens its doors today.

Many tourists and passers stand before this statue to be photographed with the sculpture that is very realistic . It will remain there until the end of the exhibition to be held on January 7, 2013. TRTA eta is a statue that faces the tradition they always tend to commemorate the victories, no defeats . On the other hand, a smaller version of “header” was presented at David Zwirner Gallery, located in New York (United States).

This statue is part of the first major exhibition devoted to the artist Adel Abdessemed, entitled “I am innocent”, which could be seen at the Centre George Pompidou until 7th January. Born in Algeria in 1971, Adel Abdessemed left his homeland in 1994, at a time when the situation there was very violent. Today is an artists who has significant international prestige and recognition.



National Museum of the US Army

Long Time Waiting, But the National Museum Of The United States Army Is Almost Here

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The United States if full of museums and memorials for those who have served in the Armed Forces. From the Vietnam Memorial to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, you can find just about anything which memorializes specific conflicts or time periods of U.S. history. Until now, there has not been anything that completely memorializes the entire history of specific branch of government. Scheduled to open in 2015, the National Museum of the United States Army is set to change that.

“I have been to monument dedications throughout the United States, but this is one that I believe I have looked forward to the most, “ said Doug Christiansen, a photographer from Mount Zion, Illinois. “The announcements about what to expect inside the museum have been quiet, which makes the anticipation grown even more.” Christiansen says he plans to travel to the opening ceremony with his wife and three children.

Construction on the museum is set to begin in fall of 2013 and will be located within minute of Washington D.C. at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. It is planned to be a 155,000 square foot building set on over 40 acres of property. According to the Association of the United States Army, the museum will be accessible without having to enter the base which will make access less complex for visitors. The cost of the project is estimated at approximately $200 Million and the website for the museum is already up and running. When completed, the museum will celebrate the history of the United States Army from 1775 to present, including the men and women who have served both in war and during times of peace.

The project is the brainchild of the Department of the Army, who received fundraising support from the Army Historical Foundation. Visitor expectation is expected to be a little less than 1 Million people annually. With this many people expected to visit, the Department of the Army has spared no expense on the design. They have contracted with two nationally known firms, Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. For those not familiar, Christopher Chadbourne & Associates has a wealth of museum design experience, while Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the architectural design firm responsible for the design of the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center.

They have also spared no expense on the pre-opening of the museum. They have contracted with award winning producer and director Kevin Meyer to write, direct, and produce a series of short documentaries for the new museum. The documentaries include voice over narration by Rex Linn and Karri Turner and will be available in the “Experiential Learning Center” on the museum website prior to opening, and then part of the traveling exhibit which will tour the country prior to landing at the museum on opening day. “This is a great experience for me being able to take part in something so special to this country,” stated Meyer. “I have worked in film for many years on many projects, but this one will always be forefront in my mind. My brother and nephews serve in the military and as a filmmaker, this is my way of giving back.” Meyer has produced many well known films including “Perfect Alibi” starring Teri Garr and also wrote the 1997 romantic comedy film “A Smile Like Yours” starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly.

The site for the project was approved from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh in June 2011. “In presenting the Army’s storied 236-year history, this long-overdue facility will offer the American people a unique opportunity to connect with our Soldiers and better understand and appreciate their many and glorious stories,” said McHugh. He is correct that a project like this is long overdue. To have something that covers the history of the U.S. Army so thoroughly is something that those who have served deserve. It is nice to see it finally coming to fruition.

Garry Reynolds is a decorated veteran of the United States Army and spends his time traveling to many of the U.S.’s most popular travel destinations.


The Tate Modern in London

A new exhibition at the Tate Modern in London explores the relationship of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in film and photography, which reveals an unknown facet of the artist as a lover of new technologies.


Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye , organized in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Munch Museum in Oslo, breaks the image of Munch as an artist rooted in the nineteenth century and places it squarely in the twentieth, in full modernity.

Thus, the sample, which includes sixty paintings and fifty photographs taken by the artist, as well as some films, focuses on his work, on the last century, when he experimented with new ways of capturing the image.

“The techniques of cinema and photography are reflected in some of his paintings, which have marked diagonal or moving figures escaping the plane”, said one of the curators of the exhibition, Angela Lampe, in a presentation to the press .

Example of this is experimentation with new angles coming home Workers (1913-14), where a group of workers moving towards the viewer, or the yellow trunk (1912), which presents a tree trunk in the middle of a forest lying in a powerful diagonal.

The exhibition, which opens on Thursday and runs until October 14, also includes some iconic works of Munch, reflecting his deep spiritual anxiety and agitation.