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The couch where psychoanalysis was born

May 14, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, History, Places, Traveling No Comments →

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The couch in Dr. Freud’s office

We didn’t get to read The Interpretation of Dreams, which we’d packed for our trip to Vienna. There was so much to see that we could not look at pages. And then we took lots of photos at the Sigmund Freud Museum, which used to be the Freud family apartments. Since we’re maniacal about organizing our files, we transferred the photos into our Mac, which was stolen two days later.

Book unread, photos stolen—if as Dr Freud said there is no such thing as an accident, what does this mean?

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Dr. Freud and his dog

Fortunately we bought a couple of postcards from the little museum shop, which carries Freud’s books.

The museum is a recreation of Freud’s office where he saw his patients, with shelves containing his books and collections of tchotchkes, and plenty of photographs. Some rooms are used as contemporary art exhibition spaces. There is a replica of his famous couch—the original is in London. Apparently he didn’t write his books in his office, he would work on them during his travels. There are also home movies narrated by the doctor’s daughter Anna. In one of them, Sigmund is hanging out with his grandson Lucian Freud the artist.

The Freuds fled Vienna for London when the Nazis came to power. They took their furniture with them, and of course their beloved Chows.

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Speaking of dreams and the contents of people’s unconscious, some images from The Art of Dreams in the Public Domain Review.

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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781). People who have experienced bangungot say it feels like a monster is sitting on their chest. Voila.

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Job’s Evil Dreams by William Blake (1805).

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The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife by Hokusai (1814). Tentacle porn is older than we think.

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Dream Vision by Albrecht Durer (1525) with text describing what he saw.

What we think about when we look at conceptual art

May 01, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Places, Traveling No Comments →

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A bunch of boxes by Robert Rauschenberg at MUMOK, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna.

Everybody recite Art Criticism by Noel Orosa with us:

Kaya ko rin yan
Ba’t di mo ginawa?
Kaya ko rin yan
Ba’t di mo ginawa?

I can do that, too
Then why didn’t you?
I can do that, too
Then why didn’t you?

We courted Stendhal Syndrome and survived! Today we went to the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art History, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Albertina, Museumquartier, MUMOK, and ended the day at a concert in Schonbrunn Palace (the Mozart half, we’re not into Strauss—the waltz guy, not the 2001 theme guy), and not only did we stay conscious despite culture overload, we didn’t get lost once.

Pictures later. Venice is gorgeous, Prague is gorgeous, and Paris, but Vienna is the mother lode. At one point it owned all of the above.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

Art in the Park on Sunday

March 18, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Art 1 Comment →

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Gabby Barredo’s Opera: Nightmare laboratory

February 19, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art No Comments →

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We made sure to see Gabby Barredo’s exhibit Opera at Silverlens before it closed. Barredo’s work is always a blast, like fairy tales run amok. This show reminded us of cinematic nightmares. Like the giant with eyes on its hands in Pan’s Labyrinth.

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This one could be a dentist’s chair from Marathon Man. Dr. Zell will see you now. Is it safe? Is it safe?

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The arty serial killers on the Hannibal TV series would plotz over this.

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The wallpaper has eyes.

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The suspension tanks from Alien or the human batteries from The Matrix.

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Frankenstein.

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Dead Ringers: Gynecological instruments for mutants.

Opera is on view until Saturday, 21 February 2015 at Silverlens on Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati.

The second Euro-Pinoy Jazz Festival is happening this weekend

February 17, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Music No Comments →

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This goes out to the 5 people who read our Whiplash review.

There’s a lot going on this month, including several plays we must watch (Dangerous Liaisons, Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love, and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in Filipino). We asked Rody Vera why everything has to be crammed in the same four weekends, straining our powers of bilocation. He says it’s because it’s Arts Month.

We propose that the NCCA make it Arts Quarter, so the audience doesn’t have to do the headless chicken dance to see everything.

Art Fair Philippines 2015: Making, shopping, schmoozing

February 04, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Money, Places No Comments →

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NSFW drawings by Jose Legaspi

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Geraldine Javier wants to know what you think art is.

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Alwin Reamillo does stuff with the innards of old pianos.

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They’re like burial plots for the colorful undead.

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Clearly Poklong Anading wants you to ask what the hell that is.

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We forgot to ask gallerist Albert Avellana what this is. It looks itchy.

Art Fair Philippines
5-8 February 2015
The Link (across Landmark), Ayala Center, Makati

In other art news, Picasso’s granddaughter plans to sell art, worrying the market. Because she inherited about 10,000 pieces by Picasso, whom she hated. Ooh, a glut. Can’t have prices dropping.