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British Museum

El British Museum ha sido el museo que más me ha conmovido; incluso más que el Louvre. Como no podía ser de otra manera, regrese a visitar sus salas y deleitarme con sus exhibiciones.

Entre las exhibiciones temporarias, figuraba "The past from above" una colección de fotografías aéreas de los principales sitios arqueológicos tomadas, alrededor del mundo, por el suizo Georg Gerster.

La exhibición estaba organizada por continentes, comenzando por África, Asia, Australia, América y finalmente Europa. En ella se podían observar fotografías de la Garganta de Olduvai, Valle de Omo, la antigua ciudad de Babilonia, Uruk, los geoglifos de las culturas peruanas, una magnifica foto de Teotihuacan con su maravillosa calle de los muertos, su pirámide de la Luna y del Sol. En la sección de Europa podían observar la magnificas obras de la cultura clásica, la Acrópolis de Atenas, la Roma imperial, y diversas obras de ingeniería romana esparcida a través del continente: el acueducto de Segovia, el teatro y anfiteatro de Mérida, el treatro romano en Orange.
La exhibición contaba con la ambientación de piezas originales de las colecciones del museo para ilustrar las fotografías.
Verdaderamente un regocijo ver como el hombre ha dejado su huella a través de los años en todos los rincones del planeta.

Dentro de las exhibiciones permanentes, volví a recorrer las salas de la cultura Asirias que estaban en refracción desde mitad del año pasado.

SFMOMA

It has been a good museum day. I have visited San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). I have enjoyed it, however… I must say that after 3 years in London, I lost my capacity to adapt to the real world. Even when the museum is good, it doesn’t worth 12.50 USD. I like the London way where you can visit the major museums without paying entrance fee. After having the British Museum, The National Gallery, TATE Modern, etc. for free; pay 12.50 dollars is too much. Anyway… that’s America, at least the north one ;-)

I spent between 4 hours visiting it, which is not few bearing in mind that is not a huge museum and galleries are ‘small’.
It should be the fifth modern art museum I visited and I have experienced, once again, that bitter/sweet feeling of lurking around the galleries without being caught by the modern art.

Why did I say that it has been a good day if I don't like modern art experience? Easily because the SFMOMA has an amazing photography collection. I have really enjoyed it :-)
It has the permanent exhibition, called "Picturing modernity" and two temporally collections: "Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston" and "Imposing order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive".

The permanent collection holds amazing works such as daguerreotypes, early salt prints following Fox Talbot's method, and what it surprised me most was the "Mirror view of upper Yosemite Fall" by Cartelon E. Watkins, an amazing reflection of the fall in a small lake.

Modotti & Weston "Mexico as Muse" shows how well an acute photographer's eye can record a cultural and social landscape, here; the 1920's Mexico. It has many good shots, however the two which liked me most were Galvan shooting, Weston 1924 and Piramide del Sol, Teotihuacan, Modotti, 1923.