|The Dead Matador|
|Street corner sculpture|
|A few cherry trees were still blooming|
We even say a really cool sculpture on a street corner....now sure who created, we were stopped at a red light.
|Me in kimono at Sakura Matsuri|
The day after the awesome bus tour, I checked out Sakura Matsuri. Fun, crowded, and a nice festival overall despite being pretty warm that day.
Sackler Gallery. To see these woodblock prints in person was really amazing. I have seen Japanese woodblock prints in The Netherlands but none by Hokusai. They are truly masterpieces and seeing all 46 prints at once was a rare treat.
The other special exhibit was one of those that you will remember forever: Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū at the National Gallery. This show was so visually stunning, it cannot be described. The rendering of the rooster feathers, the golden glow of the phoenix, the way the eyes were painted on the fish, the composition and lush colors, the technical virtuosity is mind blowing. Here is an article that explains a little more about this show. If you can go see it, you will not be disappointed!
|Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen,||Typewriter Eraser|
|The Calder Room at the National Gallery|
I also saw art from the permanent collections at both the Hirshorn and National Gallery. There are way too many paintings to mention, but standouts were the Dutch collection of Vermeer and Rembrandt protraits; the contemporary artists like Bacon, Du Buffet, Matisse's large scale paper cut outs, Salvador Dali's Last Supper, Calder's mobiles and huge stabiles as well as his circus animals, a huge painting by Robert Motherwell and one by Gerhard Richter.
|Vermeer's A Woman Holding a Balance|
|Not paint, just light on the walls!|
|You can walk right into the "blue spaghetti"!|
The Hirshorn had a really cool exhibit called Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space. I took a couple of photos of these exhibits (It was allowed!), they were really amazing and some were interactive.
What else? Too much to describe, so here are some more photos: the Smithsonian Castle with the Parterre garden, the White House, and some hidden garden art near the Sackler Gallery.
And finally, if you go, check out these restaurants! I went to these standout eateries: Lebanese Taverna, a very reasonably priced neighborhood restaurant with wonderful food; Oyamel Cocina Mexicana was a great little lunch spot- try the cafe tables outside on a nice day; and a stunning meal at Zengo, a truly gorgeous restaurant- both the food and the decor made this one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.
PS: Most of these photos were taken by me and copyrighted; all except the Asian art images, the Calder Room and the Vermeer painting, so please ask me if you'd like to borrow any. Thanks!