Thursday, November 24, 2011

Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met

Exhibited last year at the Met were 2 extraordinary exhibits by the Icelander Katrin Sigurdardottir that I've meant to share for awhile now but was waiting for the perfect opportunity. Katrin created 2 white boiserie 'rooms' based on originals in the Met's period room collection, playing with scale and the absense of color to highlight the forms of 18th century France. The first was an architectural screen with 82 white painted boiserie panels that, in Alice in Wonderland style , quickly descended from full scale at 8' to a miniature 12".

The second was an enclosed room which could be peered into through 1 way mirrors, a replica of a salon at the Hotel de Crillon. The mirrored panels then cleverly and infinitely reflected the room as if one were inside.
The absense of pattern, gilt and texture create a whole new experience: would even Marie Antoinette even recognize such a room?
Read a thorough critique online at the New York Times for more information..


Karena said...

This kind of skill is so amazing to me Stefan! Wonderful!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Love and Hugs

Art by Karena

Ann said...

What a great article, Stefan! Have a happy Thanksgiving!!


Stephilius said...

Gorgeous! I think all the art-think about the Enlightenment, etc., in the Times article is, in the end, unnecessary. The dreamy beauty of this is sufficient. A delightfully perverse ghost of my beloved neoclassicism. Thank you for sharing this!

Reggie Darling said...

I saw this exhibit when it was at the Met, too, and was enchanted by it. Thank you for bringing back the delightful memory of it. Happy Thanksgiving! Reggie

Unknown said...

great work!
Happy thanksgiving :)


quintessence said...

How did I miss this? Looks marvelous - will pop over the the Times if I have time after turkey!! Happy Thanksgiving by the way!

Julio Muao said...

Greetings Stefan!

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for always sharing such wonderful and informative posts. You have been a great inspiration.

Unknown said...

How whimsical & beautiful! enjoyed this post very much dahhling...