THE HOUSE

A Collection of Collections of Wunderkammers

Nazi Book Burning, 1933

Books are weapons in the war of ideas. The intrinsic value of an object consumed can never be replaced so here is a F U to all those vandals that burn libraries to the ground. Big, old, ignorant jerks! SHAME!

“Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (“That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also.”)- Heinrich Heine. 

What does art in Leeds have in common with fast food? It can be taken home. The Leeds Art Gallery runs “The Great Art Take Away,” a lending plan that was started in 1961 and features over 600 works from its the gallery’s collection.

Like most museums, the gallery doesn’t have enough space to show its entire collection at once, so the loan program places art back into the hands of the public. The gallery hosts selection days four times a year and puts the works available for choice on view.


FUCK YEAH AMERICA AND WALMART 
“While saving people money is how we make people’s lives better every day, we realize that things like listening to your favorite song, seeing a beautiful painting or laying eyes on an amazing sculpture make our lives better, too,” said Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke. “We are excited about the cultural opportunities Crystal Bridges is bringing to our area and even more excited that our families, friends and neighbors will experience it at no cost.” 
Crystal Bridges Museum

FUCK YEAH AMERICA AND WALMART 

“While saving people money is how we make people’s lives better every day, we realize that things like listening to your favorite song, seeing a beautiful painting or laying eyes on an amazing sculpture make our lives better, too,” said Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke. “We are excited about the cultural opportunities Crystal Bridges is bringing to our area and even more excited that our families, friends and neighbors will experience it at no cost.” 

Crystal Bridges Museum

It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.

—The Secret History,  Donna Tartt

Forget Cleopatra, the curves of these women’s hips and lips rewrote history. 

Queen Christina of Sweden was a spitfire in her own right. Born in 1626, She inherited the throne at age 6, and was crowned as King of Sweden. KING! During the Thirty Years War! She helped in the peace talks that ended the war her father, King Gustav II Adolph began.

Queen Christina was raised in a house that had only one painting. ONE PAINTING. What she lacked in paintings, she made up for in education and she developed a love of the arts and soon had to acquire it ALL.

She amassed an extensive collection of paintings, including Titian’s “Venus Rising from the Sea” and kept LIONS.  When she abducted the Swedish throne to move to Italy, she took ALL of Sweden’s art. It was, after all, her collection. 

Another cool fact about her, She and Descartes were BFFs.

Peggy Guggenheim slept her way into creating one of the finest collections of modern art to date- Pollacks, Brancusis, Dalis, Picassos, Ernests, oh my!