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The fine art of art and around

I visited Denver Art Museum last week and a very fine place it is, I must admit. The museum is divided into 2 buildings – North building and newer Hamilton building. While North building houses (traditional) art in the traditional way from all over the world, the newer building is (in 1 word) jazzy.

The architect, Daniel Libeskind, drew inspiration from the beautiful Rockies while designing this building. The building being an interplay of different forms of geometry gives rise to so many various angles, slanting walls, unorthodox corners and different forms to space that you would hardly expect from a building. The art pieces too have been selected with utmost care. The art does the great justice to the spot it has been assigned and that very spot also brings out the best in the art. A few of the art pieces being chosen while the building was still under construction, so that the building can be customized for them and each other engage in a symbiosis of beauty.

This has a very strong and profound affect on the visitors. I, for one, felt dizzy at certain places, had the pulse quicken at other, temples throbbed at yet another, and had a greater visual intake at some. This was tightly integrated with what was on display and added to the meaning and beauty of art and the integration of art and space. Still, it was modern art on display, and some exhibits were totally lost on me. I am not a connoisseur and not even a know-er, so the blue painted square and the radials were just … just a blue square and radials to me.

All this experimentation with the space reminded me of my university’s Art Museum called Angles where no two walls meet at right angles. Climbing up and down the staircase is most peculiar and disorienting feeling. I feel, the Angles’ staircase is thus so that you can’t run up and down as it is no longer a realm of familiarity. It makes you take each step in consideration and slows you down so that you can look around and get a feel of the museum in a better way.

If you are around Denver, then do not miss DAM (Denver Art Museum) at all. Right now, it is exhibiting Vicki and Kent Logan’s art collection, out of which 3 were my favorites in the museum. I shall write about them later on, but I will stop goading about all the museums I have ever paid a visit right now.

Apurva said,

November 15, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

I’ll be sure to check out the Denver Art Museum since I’m here now for my project. Sounds like a pretty nice place to visit – and considering the winter, better indoors than out.

Shr said,

November 15, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

If it has snowed there, you are in for a skiing treat too!

Apurva said,

November 16, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

Not yet, but I’ll be there for long enough that I will learn to ski – whether I want to or not ;)

Shr said,

November 17, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

Whether you want it or not

It means either someone is ready to push you off the mountain or you have slippy toes.

Jan said,

January 30, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

I have never been to Denver. But if I do I will make sure to visit museum. Thanks of sharing.

Shr said,

January 31, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

Glad, the post was useful to you in some way.

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