The Ladybug Visits Pollock and the Irascibles at Palazzo Reale, Milan

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Yes, the lost folder in my computer was all about my latest visits to Palazzo Reale for the great expos of the last few months! On my last post I shared my visit to the Rodin expo, this time is my visit to the expo “Pollock e gli Irascibili” (Pollock and the Irascibles), one of the most suggestive expos held there in my history of visiting.

This visit marked my first night visit to the Palazzo Reale: as the queue was too long, I decided to go to the cinema before coming back to the museum for the late visit… what a great idea! There weren’t many people inside and there was a lot of time to enjoy this wonderful expo: that wasn’t only a Jackson Pollock expo with some amazing paintings by other American artists of the same wave (Abstract Expressionism), but also a representation of 1950’s music, culture and politics in the United States all represented in an art expo.  Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” was my leit-motiv of the expo and on my way back home I couldn’t help looking for its music on my iPod to make the sensation last outside of the museum!

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Jackson Pollock was the absolute leader of the New York school which was introduced in paintings after the second war bringing the energy of the action painting created on canvas based on the floor.  Some of his greatest paintings plus other great pieces from Rothko, de Koning, Kline, Reinhardt (the Irascibles, based on an open letter, written in 1950, to the president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, rejecting the museum’s exhibition American Painting Today – 1950 and boycotting the accompanying competition) and some other new (to me) artists like: Hans Hofman, Sam Francis, Philip Guston and Barnett Newman whom I enjoyed during this vibrant expo of about 50 pieces arriving straight from the Whitney Museum.

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For my  visit at the expo I wore an H&M black dress, Stefanel camel coat, Marco black brogues, Louis Vuitton bag, a black snood and a wonderful vintage find: these very rare 50’s cat-eye frames from my adored Laura from Oggetti Smarriti (bought at the Vintage Mania last year).

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The Ladybug Visits the Rodin Sculptures at Palazzo Reale, Milan

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Another lost folder in my computer (my gosh, there are so many!) with a set of great pictures… not too old this time, but not too recent either- had these!

Last December, when KNAGUI arrived in Milan for his winter tour, we decided to see what was at the Palazzo Reale and we were quite confused as many interesting expos were held there all at one time. For a strange reason we both decided to go for Rodin’s sculptures. I say strange because neither of us is a sculpture lover, especially KNAGUI. But I was attracted to the name and he trusted me… plus he owed me for his never-ending trip to the Star Wars Expo (he’ll always owe me for that, fyi LOL).

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It was for sure, to our big surprise, one of the most beautiful expos we’ve visited: sixty masterpieces arriving from the Musée Rodin in Paris, exposed in the very suggestive Caryatid’s Hall.  I studied Rodin’s sculptures at school and I saw some of them in the past, but having them all together in that wonderful sequence and atmosphere was really a huge experience. One of my favorites pieces was the The Kiss and KNAGUI could not move away from The Hand of God.  I also discovered more interesting pieces where the artist gave soul to the marble.

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As it was a festive period, so I went all red with my Patrizia Pepe red coat, Zara black jumper and trousers, vintage red hat from Humana Vintage; I added Marco brogues, Topshop lace tights, Vic Matié bag and H&M lips scarf.

(Photo Credit: KNAGUI)

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