Sunday, March 6, 2011

To Cross the Magpie Bridge

Tanabata, Bertha Lum, (1912)

I visited the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. It's a small venue, but with a decent collection. Usually, there aren't any "show-stopper" works on exhibit. However, currently there is a show called "Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia 1900-1940." It's a solid display, especially the Bertha Lum pieces.

My favorite work was the image above, Tanabata. It's based on a story about two lovers seperated from each other by the river of the Milky Way. Once a year, a bridge is formed by a flock of magpies by which the lovers may be briefly reunited for the night. Beautiful story and a beautiful work of art.

Here are a few more photos that I took while visiting the PAM. Enjoy!!!

Guardian Spirit

Tibetan Gallery

Inner Courtyard Koi Pond

Check out the Pacific Asia Museum's website here. It's worth a visit.

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