Tag Archives: Palazzo delle Esposizioni

The Art of the Brick

9 Jan
We have exposed ourselves to a great deal of art during our time in Europe. Rome attracts some amazing collections. Recently we saw a Toulouse Lautrec exhibit, and a couple of months ago were treated to an exhibit of the masterpieces from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. PdE has fabulous exhibits several times each year and we generally see them all. Then there are the regular galleries: The Borghese, Doria Pamphilj, Palazzo Colonna, etc. There is always something to see. 
Yesterday we saw one of the more off-beat and fun installations: art created from Lego bricks, The Art of the Brick. I suspected it would be entertaining, but it was absolutely enthralling to think that someone could build such items and pictures from Legos. We were fortunate to be among very few people there on a Friday morning at opening. It’s only in Roma until February 16, so if you have time, do try to pop over.
The artist, Nathan Sawaya, has connections to the Pacific Northwest: born in Washington state and raised in Oregon.
I’ll leave you to the pictures, but if you have a chance, go see this if/when it comes to a location near you. Any little Lego-builders (or big Lego-builders) in your family will love it.  Please click on any picture for a better view.

Empire State – Dinosaurs, Venus and more

2 Jun

Short post with a simple message: if you are in Rome between now and 21 July, go to Palazzo delle Esposizioni and see this exhibit.  It’s an engaging installation by a couple of dozen artists from the greater NYC area. I cannot describe it better than the project’s website so I won’t.   http://english.palazzoesposizioni.it/categorie/empire-state-arte-a-new-york-oggi.

We loved the dinosaur installation for its whimsy, but also for a message about “stuff” and the propensity to collect, or more specifically to hoard.  Michele Abeles’ “Flag Flag Flag” is strikingly displayed, and Jeff Koons’ turquoise polychrome Venus Antiquity took my breath away, but the empty chicken coop and flashlight left me shaking my head.

I wonder if I can be paid as an artist for putting an espresso machine on the floor with an iPad on my coffee table. Just go.

Flag Flag Flag

Flag Flag Flag by Michele Abeles, one of the younger artists featured.


History of the World by Jeff Pruitt: Shiny dinosaurs tower over the visitor while gazing at stuff collected by hoarders.


Curvaceous, shiny, sensual: this is Jeff Koons’ Venus Antiquity. It invites a 360 degree viewing.

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