Saturday, May 22, 2010

Art Saturday

Today Joe and I went downtown to the Art Institute to see the special Matisse exhibit. We both enjoyed the exhibit much more than the last one (Munch) that we saw there. This is definitely my favorite museum and I have been there far more than any other museum (probably more than every museum I have been to in my life combined) but somehow in all my visits, I have always missed the Thorne Miniatures Room exhibit.

Upon our arrival, Joe reminded me about an interview with Wes Anderson where he mentions taking the train across country, stopping in Chicago for a few hours and always stopping in to see the room of miniatures. We were intrigued at the time of hearing the interview since we have always managed to miss this exhibit, tucked away in the basement. So today we stopped in and it's fantastic! The miniature rooms are so realistic and the details are unbelievable. I was especially taken with the tiny rooms' crown molding and ceiling details. Below are a few of the pictures we took from that exhibit. (No photography allowed at Matisse.)

This is a California room from the 1940s. You can see a little balcony to the left of the room. If you look out the balcony you can see the LA skyline in the distance.


prettykitty03 said...

What a great day! Is the miniature room a permanent exhibit? Do you think the kids would like it? So glad (and jealous) that you got to see the Matisse exhibit.

Amy said...

Laura, yes, it is a permanent exhibit and I'm not sure how we've missed it all these times of going to the museum. Not sure if your teenage boys would get into it or not but they might think it's cool? Joe loved it, too. Kind of like looking at lots and lots of miniature doll rooms...

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