Greek Masterpieces From the Lourve

December 25, 2007 at 11:58 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Does anyone know why is NIKE logo a swoosh? Well, now I know, after visiting the Greek Masterpieces From the Louvre exhibition at the National Museum last week.

I must say I am pretty impressed. I mean, these pieces were made in the period of 5th to 4th centuries BCE, and at that time, using what should look like primitive tools by today standard, these artists were able to produce exquisite works of art. Attention had been paid not only to the facial expression of the marble sculptures, but also to the hair and clothing. Many of these sculptures, vases, terracotta and gold jewellery are presented for the first time in South-east Asia, thanks to the refurbishment of the Louvre’s Classical Greek and Hellenistic galleries. After all, not that many people can afford the time and money to fly all the way to Paris to admire these works of art…hmm, think better start saving up now…any lobang for freelance design work? Hahaha…

Anyway, back to NIKE. If you have the time and patience to strain your eyes on the dimly-lit and often small font-sized description, you will understand why NIKE logo is a swoosh. The company takes its name from the Greek Goddess of Victory, who personified triumph throughout the ages of ancient Greek culture and is always protrayed with wings, in a sprinting postures, in most statues and paintings. How clever is that! Maybe NIKE should become one of the sponsors since they are given free promotion! By the way, somewhere also mentioned CANON, but I can’t remember exactly what was said, some itchy mouths out there, if you happen to visit the exhibition, do drop us a note!

Of the many pieces, I like the full size sculptures the best. Too bad photography is prohibited in the gallery, but you are allowed to sketch with dry media and foldable stools are provided.

Small terracotta piece showing an owl – Greek Goddness Athena’s pet bird,
in helmet with shield and spear. It is the symbol of intelligence

The exhibition will be on till 16 Mar 08, admission is $8 adults. No excuse to miss it! If you happened to be a PASSION card holder, you get to pay the price of 1 for 2 persons.

On a side note, I also visited GROOVISIONSSIN at Level 3.

Can you spot the Singapore icon?

Groovision is one of the most popular design teams in Tokyo, with unique blend of full dimensional graphic designs, motion graphics and innovative products.

Can you spot the Itchy Fingers?

There are a lot of interesting design showcased, but this is the first exhibition I have visited that laid all the items on the floor, and they do not allow space for visitors to walk around to view each item at close range. No photography allowed here also. So if you are as blind as me, maybe it is a good idea to carry along a binoculars :p…and do hurry, last day of the exhibition is on 6 Jan 08!

Get your picture taken and shown to the world!

But be careful of wet floor!


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