museums

Nude Self-Portraits in Natural History Museums

Swiss photographer Vicky Althaus has restaged the taxidermy tableaux in a natural history museum by posing within each scene, nude. The former thriving beasts have been stuffed for our “natural” education, but really, there’s nothing natural about them or the artificial landscapes they are situated in. Althaus’ presence draws attention to this in poignant and humorous ways. The photos suggest a greater dialogue about environmental and ecological visibility. Take a closer look at Althaus’ collection, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, in our gallery. … Read More

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The Smallest Museums and Galleries in the World

We are completely enamored with small spaces, which is why we’ve explored tiny houses, slender buildings, delightful dwellings on micro islands, and more. After reading an interview with Alex Kalman, co-founder of alleyway institution Museum (located inside an abandoned freight elevator), we went searching for more of the smallest art and culture spaces the world has to offer. These museums and galleries are minuscule, but contain big ideas and fascinating finds. Visit some of the greatest compact cultural institutions in the world, below. … Read More

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Delightful Photos of People Explaining Artworks to Other People

New York-based artist Matthew Monteith conceived of his photo series Guardare (Italian for “to look”) while on the roof of the Villa Aurelia at the American Academy in Rome. He observed the director explaining a view of the city (the first image, below) and snapped a photo. … Read More

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10 of the Strangest Celebrity Museums

Paula Deen, perhaps the deadliest chef in America, will be the subject of a new museum Georgia. The southern comfort-food queen’s first husband, Jimmy Deen, and a local businesswoman want to transform Deen’s childhood home into a museum honoring her rise through the restaurant ranks. The Food Network star’s proclivities for butter will surely be highlighted — and battered, deep-fried, and consumed with abandon. Visitors might not live to tell about it. While Deen is a television favorite, the idea of an all-Deen museum seems rather odd. But it’s not the strangest subject for a cultural institution. Here’s a selection of other bizarre (and a few bizarrely charming) celebrity museums around the world. … Read More

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Beautiful Photos of Contemporary Nudes in Classic Museums

We’ve featured the beautiful photography of German-born artist Karen Knorr before, and her Muses and Majas series recently caught our eye on Art Sponge. Knorr was commissioned to photograph two prestigious museums: the Louvre in Paris and Madrid’s Lázaro Galdiano Museum (the original home of the Spanish art collector). She set contemporary nudes amongst the museum galleries, playing off the historical context of surrounding sculptures and paintings representing the Virgin Mary and Aphrodite. Knorr’s subjects become part of the exhibit, captured in repose behind the velvet ropes where visitors are forbidden to venture. See more of Knorr’s beautiful, dreamlike photos in our gallery. … Read More

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10 Incredible Repurposed Train Stations

The heyday of railway travel may have passed, but the nostalgic allure of architecturally striking infrastructure has ensured that it’s not the end of the line for many historic station buildings. We recently learned that Union Station in Denver, which opened to passengers in the late 19th century, will be transformed into a trendy hotel, with adjoining restaurants and a beer hall, by 2014. Click through to see how other train stations have been repurposed into thriving cultural centers, libraries, and… Read More

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Seven Ways to Love San Francisco’s Museums

Far from the stuffy, sterile elitism that the word “museum” traditionally evokes, San Francisco is home to some of the most vibrant, interactive and – dare we say? – fun museums around. For decades, SF’s museums have focused on accessible engagement with art, science, discovery and history. The recent closing of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art inspired us here at Flavorpill SF to look hard at the treasure trove of cultural life our museums offer every day. As with all accessible art and culture, museum exhibits and programming are possible only through patronage. Of course, we encourage you (and remind ourselves) to integrate a habit of visiting our local museums regularly, just to surround yourself with art or to sit and breathe – but sometimes it’s helpful to have a particular reason to go, too.

So here are seven reasons to visit our museums and pay a little love. From cocktails to food trucks to priceless masterpieces, San Francisco’s museums have got it goin’ on. … Read More

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Photos of Museumgoers More Interesting Than the Artworks on Display

Milan photographer Alberto Bernasconi captured art lovers in various museums across the world. There are no gimmicks — viewers are photographed simply gazing at art, walking through galleries and museum halls, or interacting with exhibits. Bernasconi, however, renders them as fascinating components in the frame of his lens and within the space of each gallery. The way they see and are seen suddenly changes everything, making them part of the artwork on the walls and pedestals. A new installation is born. See how Bernasconi transforms museumgoers into compelling works of art in our gallery. … Read More

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11 of the Most Beautiful Museum Libraries in the World

We’ve shown you many beautiful libraries from around the world, and we’ve shown you some of the most fantastic museums, as well — so what about gorgeous museum libraries? Well, because many museum libraries are strictly utilitarian, meant for easy browsing and not necessarily planned to be easy on the eyes. That said, some standouts manage to be both, and since we’re always on the lookout for lovely architecture, preferably lovely architecture that incorporates books, we thought we’d round a few of them up for you here. After the jump, check out 11 of the most beautiful museum libraries from around the world, and as ever, let us know if we missed your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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