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July 9, 2006
From journal Steel City South
December 18, 2001
Feb. 10, 2002 through April 14, 2002 - European Masters, Six Centuries of Paintings from the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. 87 works of art including Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Pissarro, Picasso, Manet, Monet and Van Dyck. Tickets on sale now and at the door. Box Office: 205/328-7628 or www.ticketmaster.com
The museum is three floors. The first the entry hall and auditorium, then above it, two floors of spacious rooms, a heavy leaning towards Oriental art, American landscapes and Wedgwood pottery. The first floor hallway walls are lined with Flemish masters and the rooms are filled with turn of the century furniture. My favorite bits were the impressionism (Monet, Pissarro, Cassatt), futurism/cubism (Severini, Picasso) and contemporary (Warhol, local AL artists) sections. In the back they desplay some beautiful American landscapes and American artists, including a Georgia O'Keefe mingled amongst the unknowns. The is also the back entrance to the sculpture garden.
On the second floor you will find Native American and African art ranging from weavings to carvings (which by the way were stunning). Also along these halls is the large Wedgewood collection.
The staff is helpful and friendly and, do not fret, they will not let you escape the building without a validated parking ticket.
Check them out on the web at www.artsbma.org
From journal Exploring Alabama