Just a few years ago you couldn’t take photos in art galleries. Now that you can, I sometimes have trouble deciding what I should take pictures of. At Lisbon’s Museu Coleção Berardo I was charmed by all the interesting work. Here are some pieces I photographed and the reasons I chose to.
I noticed this piece because I recognized its creator Salvador Dali immediately. I learned so much about Salvador Dali when I toured the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida in the winter of 2014 and then led related art activies and gave tours of an extremely popular exhibit of Dali’s work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the fall of that same year.
I photographed this installation because it reminded me of Arizona where we lived for a year. Kosuth’s artwork made me think about what exactly a plant is. Is it the solid object we see? Is a plant a plant because it fits the dictionary definition of a plant? When two people hear the word plant they may think of entirely different things. Why did Kosuth choose a cactus to represent plants? Interestingly I found out Kosuth has made many similar installations including One and Three Chairs, One and Three Shovels and One and Three Hats.
This piece outside the Museu Coleção Berardo caught my eye because I had seen Calder’s work before in several different galleries, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and because the color and material also reminded me of a huge sculpture I had seen outside the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The Museu Coleção Berardo also had this piece by Alex Calder. It is called Black Spray.
I was drawn to this work of Andy Warhol’s because it seemed so different than lots of his stuff. They also have more traditional pieces by Warhol in the Lisbon Gallery like……….
But the flowers were my favourite!
I’ll end with this piece that I chose to photograph because it kind of creeped me out!
We spent hours in the Museu Coleção Berardo and there were many other artworks I wanted to explore further. Maybe some day I will.