Last Wednesday, Zab and I decided to head to the Norton Simon Museum to explore and document what we saw. Norton Simon primarily focuses on classical pieces of fine art but also has a wing for more modern and contemporary. Throughout the visit we focused mostly on the classical periods as well as the Asian art exhibit.
Norton Simon museum really provoked a sense of peace while viewing the art, even though we got there right when they opened, they were pretty busy throughout the 2 hours we spent there, even with all of the other art admirers, it was so quiet you could only hear the echo of footsteps within the galleries. It was calm and allowed us to explore our thoughts and really try to digest the art in a way that would always stick with us.
Not only did they have the Asian art floor focusing on stone carvings and many different religious deities all positioned in a way that seemed like you were walking through an old ruin, the museum also had a very small but immensely special exhibit for Rotari's Muses, "Serial Flirtations" that will be showcased from March to the end of July.
It was a magical day and we hope you enjoy the images we decided to share, as well as the video below.
Museum's History from their official website:
The history of the Norton Simon Museum begins with the Pasadena Art Institute. The Institute was founded in 1922 and incorporated two years later on August 14, 1924 as a privately endowed, nonprofit institution. Originally comprised of local citizens, the primary goals of the Institution were to establish and maintain a museum and library of art as well as encourage the study of fine arts. After incorporation, the Institute secured 9.5 acres of land and a 22-room Victorian house (the Reed mansion) in Carmelita Park at the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevard in Pasadena. Initially, the Institute exhibited 19th century American and European art and hosted annual shows of California artists and works from other cultures. While the Pasadena Art Institute hoped to provide a future site for a new building, it focused on the important business of saving Carmelita as a public park. Throughout the Great Depression, the staff and trustees managed to pay for the upkeep of the property by selling grandstand seats for Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade.