Mood Indigo Textiles From Around The World

This is an unusual exhibit created around the color blue, showing how indigo brings different moods to the textile throughout the history and throughout the world.

The exhibits encompasses a lot of beautiful pieces like Indonesian ikats, African batiks, Japanese kimonos, Belgium tapestries, and, Egyptian rugs. Each piece is outstanding by its aesthetic and by the technic used.

Don’t miss the contemporary installation made of colored panels dyed in different shades of blue. In the same room you can see dried leaves of indigo plant hanging on the walls along with an explanation of how indigo pigment is obtained from a very special green plant.

I enjoyed a lot my quiet time around these beautiful pieces.

Hungry after your visit, grab a coffee or a lunch here.

Seattle Asian Art Museum Volunteer Park 1400 east Prospect Street

From April 9 through October 9th 2016


Louis Kahn, The Power of Architecture

New exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum.

It is organized by Vitra Design Museum and is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work.

You’ll see pictures and drawings of early works such as single-family houses, but also the Institute in La Jolla, California and the model of the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Don’t miss the interviews with architects such as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor, and Sou Fujimoto.

Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue way NE, Bellevue

Until May 1, 2016


A New Gallery at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

I met a friend last week at Pivot Art + Culture, a new gallery inside the Allen Institute for Brain Science building in South Lake Union.


Exterior view of Pivot Art + Culture Gallery

Outside the building, a new art by Jaume Plensa

On Mercer Street, two stainless steel figures sit face-to-face. You can see a lot of letters or symbols from several alphabets appear. This is Mirall (Mirror in Catalan) by Jaume Plensa. We already had the chance to admire one of his works at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park: the gigantic, white Echo.  The lighting at night brings a magical dimension to his piece. It is beautiful!

First exhibit at Pivot Art + Culture: The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor 1955-2015  

This is their first exhibit and features masterworks by eclectic renowned modern artists. Among them: Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichstentein, and Anish Kapoor. A few pieces even come from Paul Allen’s Collection itself.

I was really happy to see this show even if some pieces are really weird, ugly, scary or incomprehensible. I was really puzzled in front of some but others were beautiful, technically impressive, handsome, or inspiring. I really loved Kehinde Wiley‘s portrait, an artist we will be able to see at the SAM from February 11th.

I was lucky enough to visit the show with a friend who knows much more than I do regarding art. If you don’t have an artsy friend and if you want to be informed on this show, curatorial tours are organized every Wednesday till February 24 at 12:30.

—  Pivot Art + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave N