Friday, June 10, 2016
1 July 2015: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1 Jul 2015:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the foremost art museums in America. Affectionately known as the "Met", its collections spans across cultures of America, Europe, Africa, the Far East, and the classical and Egyptian worlds.
I had spent almost an entire day there. There is a cafeteria at the basement of the museum that offered meals that could be below USD$20. I would rather spend money on more visits to the museums so I decided that getting a decent enough meal would do.
One of my favourite galleries was the special exhibition titled Van Gogh: Irises and Roses. This exhibition showcased four of the works by Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition brought together the series of four paintings of spring flowers. I felt touched to see all the four paintings displayed side by side each other, in the order that they were painted by Van Gogh. It was insightful to see the relationships between these four artworks.
There is an online lecture that was held in conjunction with Van Gogh: Irises and Roses. Here is the link: http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/lectures/sam-van-gogh-irises-and-roses
Also in this museum are other works by Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and many more. As for the guided tours, I think visitors who are clear with what are the specific paintings that they would like to see could consider giving the guided tours a miss out of pure interest of time. I however have found the audio guide to be very handy even though I did not have the time to run through every single item in its database.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St
Subway: #4, #5, #6 to 86th St