I love art! All kinds of art. I wish I could create my own art, but unfortunately, I do not have the talent….
Alex and I used to have so much fun exploring all the art museums in Europe – especially because they are almost always free. Very often we would spend a Sunday just hanging out at Munich’s Alte Pinakothek – the “Old Painting Museum” – which had mostly Renaissance art, our favorite (due to the fact that I learned pretty much everything (which is not much) I know about art during my study abroad in Florence, Italy in 1997).
I also lived in Washington, DC for a while and I absolutely loved visiting the Freer and Sackler Gallery which houses Asian and African art (the two museums are connected). It is probably my most favorite museum ever.
Half of the museum is actually underground (on the Mall, part of the Smithsonian) so almost no one ever goes there, but everything is just beautiful. There is Islamic art on one end, in the middle is East Asian art, and by the time you get to the other end you’re in Africa. It’s amazing.
Here in KL, we don’t have many painting museums (though we do have the Islamic Art Museum and I love Islamic art), but there is so much history here.
Places like Angkor in Cambodia (which I posted previosly on Photo Hunt: Time), or Myson in Vietnam, or temples in Bali, Laos and Vietnam are also “art” to me (which I also posted previously on Photo Hunt: Broken). It’s always amazing to imagine the civilizations that lived among these historic buildings.
In my house, I have lots of little pieces of art, all collected from my travels. Nothing fancy, but here are a few favorites:
My antique perfume bottles from Egypt and Morocco:
My awesome, gigantic tribal mask from Malaysia:
My super cool tribal hat from northern Thailand:
And, of course, my beautiful, handmade jewelry from last week: