October 12, 2011
Visit a Museum and Skip The Art
My husband, Benni, loves art – especially modern painting. I can’t say I share his passion. We were just in New York where we went to a huge De Kooning retrospective. Benni thrilled at each and every canvas while I sat on a bench and people-watched.
I do, however, love museums – in my own shallow way. The architecture is usually inspiring, the gift shops are fun, and the cafés can be very pleasant indeed. There are few museums in the world with a more awe-inspiring ambience than our very own Getty.
We had been stuck at home all summer, and I really mean STUCK because we both work at home, which means we never leave the house. I needed a break: a change of scene in an inspiring, beautiful location. We decided to jump in the car and head up to the Getty one late afternoon.
I had forgotten how amazing the view is, and how inspiring the water features are, and how lovely the landscaping is. Families were picnicking, there was a wedding in progress, and the sunset was glorious. Best of all, the price of admission for all this bliss was FREE – my favorite word.
I even allowed Benni to drag me into a few galleries, but – for me - none of the art on the walls could compare with the glories of the exterior. Once in a while it is true that The Best Things In Life Are Free. For hours and exhibitions, go to http://www.getty.edu/index.html