6/9/11

The Spanish Invasion

San Francisco's summer might have gotten a chilly start, but it has been a warm and welcoming host to its visitors and those of us living in the bay area, with such a vast variety of exquisite cultural experiences to enrich and indulge our senses to choose from.

This summer is all about modernism and the Spanish in the cultural riches of San Francisco's popular art venues. People are coming from all over to get a glance at Balenciaga and Spain, exhibiting at the deYoung until July 4th. The museum's curators explain it beautifully, "the exhibit examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue, is guest curator. Objects are drawn from museums and private collections in France, Spain, and the United States, including the FAMSF collection."

Everyone knows how much I love beautiful dresses. Click here to view some photos I managed of the beauties displayed...

Another Spaniard on spotlight is the always fascinating and most influential of the avant-garde Picasso, also at the deYoung museum. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and examine more than 100 of his masterpieces from every phase of the artist’s career, on loan from the permanent collection of Paris’ world-renowned Musée National Picasso. This rarity is only possible because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations. This exhibition will be at the de Young until October 9, 2011.

Bought a print of his Cat Catching a Bird. Which was the only one being sold from my favorite period of his painting career, his most child-like.

One of my favorite realizations from viewing all those Picasso's together was the confidence of his work. Reeling through works from the start of his career until the end was truly a formidable experience. And I have to agree with the curators of Balenciaga and Spain in that "Balenciaga shows the refinement of France and the strength of Spain."
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