The design of whole museum is properly elegance with dim light pouring on the light brown timber floor, but what makes me feel impressed most is the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. This particular wing is currently exhibiting highlights from the asian collection. It is the only one exhibition gallery that has burgundy timber floor, which highlight the solemnity of the exhibition. As entering the wing, I am shown that exhibits are presented on both sides and I can see the exuberant trees in the garden outside the wing. What an ingenious design combining the human arts with the natural beauty.
El Fantasma (The Ghost) by Pedro Figari
This piece of art was painted by Figari. His works mainly focus on his youth when he lived on a farm in Uruguay. As can be seen in the work, he portrays a rural life in the neighborhood of his childhood home. In fact, it frightens me a bit in the first place because of its name and the visual sense. The faces of the people in the painting are all vague and unclear. It conveys a sense of misery and distress to me as I look at it. I am wondering how the artist had been through when he was at such age as the little girl in the painting. The core value of the work reflects the painter's secretly distressful experiences and stimulates a sense of empathy of my own. It makes me feel lucky to have such a happy and rich childhood.
The Photograph: Three girls holding hands
The Brazilian photographer, Sebastiao Salgado is known for his socially conscious works documenting communities all around the world. This picture is not simply about three little girls holding hands. It is much deeper in essence. We can tell that the three girls are standing together holding hands without smile that they should have had at their age. So it brings out a question: why don't they smile? Let us take a look at the background of the picture. It is a mess. This photo reveals a serious social problem of poverty in that area. They are struggling for food while we are sitting on our couch at home watching TV shows. Sometimes, arts are direct and ruthless. They show us how the real world is and make us think what really matters. These three girls deserve a better life, everyone deserves a good life.