Spend a day at the MFA

By Rosemary Leger – Managing Editor

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts houses brilliant pieces from all disciplines, from all over the world. A day at the MFA is a day well spent, either alone or accompanied, and with a Boston-area college I.D., admission is free (out of town I.D.’s give a discount).

The variety of galleries are ever-changing and there are exhibit for all interests. Recently, the museum acquired its first Frida Kahlo painting, “Dos Mujeres,” and is drawing crowds to a visiting collection of Picasso’s creations.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston holds some extraordinary pieces including these Picasso paintings.

Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia – Open until May 2017                                    The MFA’s permanent jewelry room always provides a tasteful blend of inspiration and artifact. It is currently showing thousands of years worth of gold pieces from the ancient Nubians, an indigenous African population who lived along the Nile. The jewelry on display discusses symbolism and offers insight through ornate craftsmanship and bold jewels. The only drawback is the inability to try on the gold flower crown, better known as a Rosette Diadem. This head ornament was worn in the Nile Valley as early as the second millennium.

Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso – Open until June 26                                                           In continuation with the MFA’s Visiting Masterpieces, is a feature of Picasso’s greatest works. The small exhibit presents his unique art in series, as was his artistic process. The underwhelming, but strong 11 paintings illustrate Picasso’s iconic career. The buzz, quirk, and color of Picasso, and his creations, is absorbed simply through the excitement of the other visitors in the gallery.

Surface Matters – Open until April 10                                                                                                The MFA spares no blank wall, with masterpieces around every corner. Surface Matters fills an unlikely transition space with large, colorful, and textured pieces by artists who allow their materials to merge beyond the top layer. An emphasis on American artists Sam Gilliam, Jedediah Caesar, Teresita Fernández, and more explore creation beyond dimension. Although the art cannot be touched, it can certainly be felt.

Hiro: Photographs – Open until August 14                                                                                      Asian photographer Yashuiro Wakabayashi proved fearless in his experiments with photography in its early years in color. Hiro worked alongside notable photographers, who only contributed to his ascent in the discipline. His exhibit blends punchy colors with mind-bending visuals to create innovative photographs, years before they could have been conceptualized. One work, Kelly Stewart, New York, was of the first major pieces created via Adobe Photoshop.

Kenneth Paul Block: Illustrations – Open until August 14                                                             Use of color, brushstrokes, and sleek detail is what puts Kenneth Paul Block at the top of fashion illustration artists. His short-term home at the MFA holds roughly 30 pieces, and showcases his strengths in portraiture, street style, and advertising for the fashion industry. Standout pieces offer original creations from his work between the years of 1950 through the 90s with Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine.

Megacities Asia – Open from April 3 to July 17                                                                        Officially unveiling in April, Megacities Asia is a highly anticipated exhibition that will go beyond the walls of the MFA. These large-scale sculptures will be placed all through the museum, outside the Hunting- ton Entrance, and as far as Faneuil Hall. Eleven artists from densely-populated Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul are showcasing works made of everyday objects. Most noteworthy of artists featured is Ai Weiwei, whose creations have already been in- stalled to promote the forthcoming exhibit.

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