Last Days of NYC

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Inside the Empire State Building

Our last days in NYC were spent in a cultural spin. Gone were the days focused on shopping, lazing in the park or ball games we decided it was time (now that our legs were finally rested) to visit a couple of museums. Monday we visited the Guggenheim Musuem and would have visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art however this is closed on Mondays :)

The later part of Monday was spent walking around the city, trying to buy some space saver packing bags (too much shopping, not enough luggage space!), shipping Stewies iPhone back to him (very expensive iPod Stew!) and visiting The Empire State Building. We decided not to visit the top of The Empire State Building as it was still very humid, and visibility was quite low - just as it was when we visited 'Top of The Rock'.

Guggenheim Musuem

The Guggenheim Museum was undergoing significant renovations when we attended on the Monday.

Inside The Guggenheim Museum
The exterior is being restored (this is made note of on the website), however it states that throughout 2006 will pass under scaffolding - being July 2007 I would have figured that the works would be completed (they began in 2005!) Unfortunately this meant that there were no possibilities to take any photos of the exterior. In addition to the outside restoration, 2 levels of the 7 storey museum were also being restored, as the top floor is a shop and the first floor was the entry with ticket booth that left 3 storeys to walk through - for $18/US I was disappointed.

That's not to say that it was a waste of time, it just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The quality of the artwork that we saw espescially in the "Divisionism/Neo-Impressionism:  Arcadia and Anarchy" exhibition.

'Recumbent Lion' 2575 - 2465 B.C.
The exhibition was a series of paintings from the Italiain Divisionists, so called as they adopted a painting technique rooted in color theory.

We enjoyed the exhibition though my expectations were higher.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The Met is a universal museum: every category of art in every known medium from every part of the world during every epoch of recorded time is represented here and thus available for contemplation or study -- not in isolation but in comparison with other times, other cultures, and other media.", NY.com http://www.ny.com/museums/MET.html

The Met was amazing! After the disappointment of The Guggenheim Museum from the previous day we set off to The Met to pass the time before our flight to London in the evening.

'Ugolino and His Sons' 1865 - 1867
Arriving at The Met mid-morning we joined an intern for a guided tour of the summer highlights. This kid really new his stuff and he was so passionate about it, needless to say he added alot of value to our tour :)

The quality of the exhibits, the layout of the museum, the intern, the history (how silly I know) just blew our mind and we were disappointed that we didn't visit the museum twice during our time in NYC. What we were able to see was amazing and we just can't see it in museums in Sydney/Canberra (or not that I have in the last 18 months at least, apologies if I am mis-informed). I'm talking about the 'Recumbent Lion' (ca 2575 - 2465 B.C) from the Egyptian Galleries, the marble centrepiece of 'Ugolino and His Sons' fashioned from a single piece of marble from 1865 - 1867 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. This whet our appetite for the upcoming trip to London, France and Rome.

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Inside the Empire State Building
Inside the Empire State Building
Inside The Guggenheim Museum
Inside The Guggenheim Museum
Recumbent Lion
2575 - 2465 B.C.
'Recumbent Lion' 2575 - 2465 B.C.
Ugolino and His Sons
1865 - 1867
'Ugolino and His Sons' 1865 - 1867
Marble Statue of Dionysos leaning…
'Marble Statue of Dionysos leanin…
Kath propping up the Sarcophagus
Kath propping up the Sarcophagus
Madonna and Child Enthroned With …
'Madonna and Child Enthroned With…
Mourning Virgin From a Crucifixio…
'Mourning Virgin From a Crucifixi…
Marble statue of a Kouros (Youth)…
'Marble statue of a Kouros (Youth…
Obviously it was a long day and I …
Obviously it was a long day and I…
Spanish exhibit
Spanish exhibit
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Hmm...... the captions I could pr…
Hmm...... the captions I could pro…
Hmm...... the captions I could pr…
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