Two flaws quickly developed. Flaw one, I'd misheard and the last gallery wasn't open yet, which just happens to be South-east Asia, India, Himalaya, & China. So no Lantern Night Excursion of Chung K'uei until next March. Oh well, I thought, those Japanese wood cuts will still be mine. Flaw two, they're prepping a big show for the Spring which will be focused around that particular era, which means the Japanese collection was limited to the classical era. I couldn't get anyone to tell me what had happened to the collection of opium pipes.
Well " No battle plan survives contact with the enemy" and I still had a pretty cool day. The interior courtyard they've opened up is pretty special and the price of admission is still a one of a kind, zero dollars, which mean's the people's palace is still the people's palace. They've really performed a miracle on the place, the old lines of the original museum are still there, but they weeded out the rat's nest of galleries of the "contemporary" remodel, while keeping the shell. The interior courtyard really changes the whole museum.
|This is an excuse to display this righteous chickenhead, modified with the help of befunky.com/|
This is me admitting I lack real artistic skills.
What we have here is a few of several of dozen snaps I took of a new Ai Wei Wei exhibit, he's the hot new escapee from China. I have no real idea what the legal status of using pictures of bronzes based upon a set of 7th century zodiac images displayed in a public forum is, but I assume it is no different than using pictures of a pubic building. Anyone with an interest in these bronze heads let me know, I'll shoot you the files. Wei Wei is obviously one of those guys with a staff, but I do admit I like his animal heads. I took a lot of pictures because I was trying to figure out which would lend themselves best to digital editing.
Here is a couple of other things I found which fit. Dead guy art is always free.
|Here is an opium smoking euncuh, dreaming of his love.|
|Iranian work, I converted to black and white.|
|Stray Chinese Lion|
I have some other perspectives and lighting conditions for most of these, if something strikes someone's fancy. Yeah I take pictures at the museum, because stray images can come in handy, but because it also reminds me of what I saw that day. If I had more time I'd monkey about with them a bit more, but not knowing exactly what you're looking for in the final form, I don't quite have the time.