Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cool Art Exhibit

Have you been to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis? I just visited the 30,000 square-foot center designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron this past weekend. The sleek and silver futuristic building was a destination for my friends and I as we stopped by to view the Picasso and American Art exhibition, running through September 9.
This incredible exhibition of Picasso’s career displays thirty of his works alongside nine American artists that were heavily influenced by his work: artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollack were all inspired by Picasso.
Picasso’s works inspired whole artistic movements, which I found fascinating.

We also took advantage of the nice day to stroll through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where Claes Oldenberg and Coosje Van Bruggen’s famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture is located. You can’t see this in photos of the sculpture, but the cherry shoots water out of the stem. It reminded me of Paris’ Centre Pompidou’s (also a modern art museum) whimsical outdoor Stravinsky fountain with similar water-spurting sculptures, one of which is a big pair of red lips.

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. 612-375-7600.

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