Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Two pictures promised

For Chris as promised!
For Gawain as promised. The reserves in the Louvre.

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Blogger marlyat2 said...

Those are both very strange. The ladies in reserve do not look happy about their plight.

3:26 pm  
Blogger Blue Genes said...

Balzac's Colonel Chabert crawls out of a war grave too if I remember correctly. But there I think it's a pile of bodies (yum!) not a stone grave.

11:20 pm  
Blogger Gawain said...

for over 100 years Boti's La Primavery lived in a room like that in the Uffizi. i wonder how many more Primaveras are locked away in rooms like that -- 90% of all museums holdings are not on show! they are a black hole into which things disappear, leaving us with strip malls and freeways and housing projects. this can't be right.

2:38 am  
Blogger Gawain said...

and, oh, i almost forgot to... thank you!

2:39 am  
Blogger Robert said...

Pleasure...sorry it has taken so long.

But this is a real problem. Most of it we will never see in our life time. What if we had never seen Boti's La P.

If we wanted to exhibit everything all the time we would need to build 10 new museums for each existing one (the extra 1 for new acquisitions).

What I do not understand is The San Francisco Exposition of 1915, such a wonderful project, made so much money and yet it was, I gather demolished?

I know that in times past our religious fervour destroyed some works around and about but not on quite on that scale. Think what we would have lost if Salisbury Cathedral had been demolished or The Tate Gallery.

The “Dome” is an interesting one too. I am not up to date on current plans for it but I could fill it easily. Whether it would pay for itself is quite another point. Perhaps if it is going spare still, we should propose an Arts Exposition from all countries participating in the Olympic Games in 2012. Suggest to all these Museums that they should send us the best of all their spare reserves. (And then on a rotating basis the rest of it). We could have live Opera, Dance, Music, Drama every night and bring some cash in to help pay for it. Each Museum could come up with some “rent”. They would benefit from some advertising on a global scale.

I am talking a load of wallop. The studio calls.

9:51 am  
Blogger chris miller said...

Very creeeepy (both places -- they're both tombs, aren't they ?)

The least that museums could do would be to post pictures of all those things online --and then maybe have annual elections to see which ones get promoted to the galleries.

12:28 pm  
Blogger Erik said...

The tombstone is really impressive! No poems, no wishes or quotes, no loved symbols. It leaves it to the grave visitor what to fill in, not on the stone but in his/her mind. This is how it happened. And a great honour to who is buried, too.

9:02 pm  

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