A Spanish Master in the Tel Aviv Museum
If you haven't guessed by now, I was in Israel. It became too difficult to post with the hectic tour schedule and exhaustion.
Tel Aviv is called "a bubble." The Tel Aviv Art Museum, an early stop on our whirlwind trip, was mesmerizing. This whole country is expressed by a duality, and the art museum is no exception. The original, traditionally designed building has a very new, very modern wing designed by the Harvard chair of architecture, Preston Scott Cohen. This rubics cube of sorts is connected to the original 1971 Burtalist designed building by a glass atrium. I was fascinated with the severe geometric concentric center and the random sayings ~
When I turned one of these severe corners, I stumbled upon a Balenciaga exhibit. I wrote a while back about this iconic designer when the Queen Sophia Museum staged an exhibit in New York; read my story here.
It struck me that "what's old, is new again"
Cloaks, capes and frocks; all black, beaded, embroidered, embellished ~ betray an undying taste for the sumptuousness for the 19th century. His day and evening garments do not differ much in design.
An austerity and fragility take over. He was looking for a balance between ornamentalism and minimalism. An architectural or structural eye created the modernism that became his signature.
I would certainly wear that bib necklace, made up of cabochons of glass.
The cut of this dress was forward thinking at the time, but very on trend today. It looks like it could be Calvin Klein, Haider Ackermann, Celine, or any number of current designers. The past inspires the future in one way or another.
Had you seen the advertisements or runway show for Balenciaga last season?
It looks fresh again...
Hmmm, old is new, the past is the future, the modern is built on the historic, see where I am going with this?