Thursday, November 1, 2007
Night at the Museum
School’s out! The October poll asking “If you could see an exhibition of all the major works of just one school, which one would it be?” is now officially closed. In the most popular Art Poll by Bob yet, with 56 votes cast, the Post-Impressionists (Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat) won with 17 votes. The Abstract Expressionists (Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Mark Rothko), Impressionists (Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir), and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones) all tied for second place with 11 votes. My beloved German Expressionists (Egon Schiele, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde) came in last, with a paltry 6 votes, but they don’t mind because they’re all about the angst.
The November Art Poll by Bob asks, “If you could be ‘accidentally’ locked overnight in one museum, free to be alone with all the works of art, which museum would it be?” The nominees are:
The Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia)
The Louvre (Paris, France)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)
The Prado (Madrid, Spain)
The Tate Britain (London, England)
Any of these would be great places, but which would be the most mind-blowing one-on-one experience for you? Staring in solitude at the Louvre's Mona Lisa until the sun rises? Strolling through the Tate’s Turner gallery by moonlight? Reenacting ancient rites at the Met’s Temple of Dendur in the eerie silence of the mummies and masterpieces? Let your imagination go wild, but vote, vote, vote.