Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
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I came up from the Smithsonian Metro stop and walked the 300 or 400 meters to the museum. After getting my bag checked, I decided to go up to the top floor and work my way back down. Each floor is circular with exhibits along the outer and inner portions. That makes it very easy for one to see each item exhibited on each floor.
In the adjoining room was Flowers by Andy Warhol. He is not one of my favorites; but, how often does one see a Warhol original?
I was surprised to see two windows done by Frank Lloyd Wright. I really appreciate his architectural style, so seeing those was quite a treat. The title of the windows was Composition in Light: Window from the Coonley Playhouse. His design vision was striking.
Of course I had to include a photograph of Woman (Personage) by Joan Miro since he was a Spanish artist. It was not my favorite work, but he was from Spain.
The exhibit by Jesus Rafael Soto, Blue Penetrable BBL was the most interactive display in the entire museum. It consisted of multiple strands of some sort of blue plastic string. It was perfectly OK to walk through the exhibit and experience the work from the inside out.
Soto was also responsible for Three and One. This was a mobile of different colored wires floating in front of a background that had multiple parallel black lines. The effect on the eye was very interesting.
Several rooms later I stumbled across two works by Pablo Picasso, Woman with Baby Carriage and Head of a Woman. While in Spain I became more and more enthralled with Picasso. I was surprised to see two of his bronze works on display.
The other item in the lower level that really caught my eye was Ron Mueck's Untitled (Big Man). That was because of the realism of the piece. Other than the size of the work, it looks like a real man.
After a quick stop at the gift shop I went outside to enjoy the fountain. There were 12 works by Ai Weiwei placed around the fountain, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.
The center of the cylinder features a large water fountain to which I alluded above. That adds to the relaxing ambiance. Periodically, maybe every 30 minutes or so, the fountain stops.