Thursday, December 29, 2011

New York Travel Diary - Day 8

*Updated 30 Dec 2011*
Museums Hopping Day

Day 8 of the trip was spent at The Solomon Guggenheim Museum
and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are plenty of museums in New York,
but if you don't want to spend all your time visiting all museums, 
these two museums and the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA) 
are the ones which I highly recommend.

Our first stop for the day was The Solomon Guggenheim Museum.
If you think that The Metropolitan Museum of Art
is the only museum that has appeared in movies,
well, you are wrong then. 
If you had watched "When in Rome", "Mr Popper's Penguins" and "Ugly Betty"
you would have noticed The Solomon Guggenheim museum in the movie and sitcom.

Some little tidbits about The Solomon Guggenheim Museum:
Permanent home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist,
early Modern and contemporary art;
special exhibitions are featured throughout the year;
four levels of galleries are connected with the use of only ramp
continuing around the building, thus forming a gentle helical spiral
from the main level to the top of the building;
 the building looks like a ribbon curled into a cylindrical stack from the street; 
and it's one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
(at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173 

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Next stop was The Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially The Met),
a renowned art museum in New York with a permanent collection of more than two million works.
As I've mentioned earlier, The Met is also one the top filming location, 
having made appearances in movies like:
"A Perfect Murder", "Hitch", "Maid in Manhattan", "The Thoma Crown Affair",
"When Harry Met Sally", "Keeping the Faith", "Remember Me", "The Nanny Diaries",
"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", "Morning Glory", "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" and more.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198

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It will take a day or more to explore the entire museum,
however as we had only half the day, 
we decided to view the collections that we were interested in such as the:

European Sculpture Court 

One of the largest departments at The Met where you will be able view
English and French pieces from the 15th through the early 20th centuries.


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Edible Art: Sugar replica of The Metropolitan Museum of Art by
Pastry Chef Randy Eastman.


The sugar replica represents 60 pounds of rolled fondant,
30 pounds of gum paste,
1 month of labour and
128 hours of work by 6 pastry assistants.
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Egyptian Art
Here, you get to view items uncovered during the museum's own archaelogical excavations,
carried out between 1906 and 1941,
which constitutes to almost half of the current collection.

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Greek and Roman Art
Here, you get to view collections of the Greek and Roman art
with the collections dating back to as far back to the founding of the museum.
The collection concentrates on items from ancient Greece and the Roman Empire,
however these historical regions represent a wide range of cultures and artistic styles.

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Marble statue of a bearded Hercules and that of a youthful Hercules.

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Bronze statue of Eros sleeping.

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And, ending the post with some eye candy from Abercrombie and Fitch!

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