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A visit to a gallery

It's been a fairly wet Whitsun, but still, I managed to enjoy myself. We celebrated my niece's 18th birthday yesterday, and on Saturday, I joined a friend and some of her acquaintances on a trip to the Vught Biennale; a rather grandiose name for an art exhibition and fair that has so far been held just once before at a dealership located in this rather charming Brabant village.

Upon arrival, we took advantage of a lull in the rain to take a stroll through the gardens and observe the artworks displayed there, and while I was taking pictures of the pieces I liked but could not afford, my friend took a picture of me:

and of our company:

This was the first sculpture I really liked the look of. It reminds me of Crete, and the Minotaur. If I'd had a garden, I would probably have bought it (I think it was priced at 3800 euros)

Similarly, if I'd had a swimming pool, this glass sculpture would not have looked too shabby beside it, I don't think...

or either of these mosaiced sun loungers...

Whereas these funny little men would go anywhere

Then it started to drizzle again, and we went inside, where I was struck by the very first artwork I saw:

A fresco that reminds me an awful lot of a Roman one I think I saw in Pompeii. Unfortunately, it had already been sold

Never mind, there were plenty of other works I liked. Even though I was sorely tempted, the thought of where to put any of these pieces in my little run-down flat meant I managed to keep my cheque book in my purse. I just took photographs instead.

A work by a British artist, mesh and photographic projection on cheese cloth behind it

You wouldn't believe they were bronzes, would you? They look like they're made of fine porcelain! These sculptures are by Chinese artist Gong Dong

I liked this portrait of a woman with a fish, by an Italian artist

and I thought these pieces were exquisite; I could hardly tear myself away

This sculpture by a Polish artist took my breath away, and put me in mind very much of statues I've seen in the Egyptian museum

Hello again! This time it really is a Minotaur! The birdman next to it was tagged as a hawk, though it's clearly an eagle

The still-life is my favourite genre in painting. These by Dutch artist Hub Pollen made me green with envy of the people who had already bought them

Rabarama is an established name, and these little statuettes sell for around 20,000 euros each. Most of his works at this exhibition had been sold before we got there, some several times over, even.

When it's all over, I smile a huge smile of relief: yay! I didn't bankrupt myself! This calls for cake and coffee!

In other news, I think I've entered the menopause.


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Jun. 13th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
What a lovely way to spend some time. I love the wee men - but goodness knows where I'd put them...

I sort of wandered through the menopause without really noticing - I was very lucky! Although, had I had any unpleasant symptoms, I would happily have gone onto HRT for a while, I didn't need to.

It has certain benefits, I find - no periods are quite a big plus, and I don't get pre-menstrual any more. Oh - and my migraine more or less disappeared, too.
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure yet; I just suddenly realised Aunt Flo hadn't been to visit. I've never been late, so I wonder if this is how it starts?

My sister, who's younger than me, entered the menopause a year or two ago. She's had to deal with hot flushes ever since, but my mum, who became menopausal in her early 40s, has sailed through it. I don't know if there's a hereditary element to it, but I'm kind of hoping I take after her ;-).
Jun. 13th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Those are some lovely pieces of art. A couple of them would highly tempt me if I had the money.

Looks like you had a good time...yay!

As for the menopause....welcome to the "club". You could get lucky and have few symptoms or you could discover you can cook on your body from time to time (and lose sleep over it as you waken in a pool of sweat)...ahhhh the joys! *crosses fingers* hope you have an easy go of it!

Jun. 13th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
As I said to Wombat, I sure do hope I take after my mum and won't feel the effects of it at all. My sister, poor dear, has been having the night sweats and the hot flushes for the last year and a half, and says they're awful. I suspect she's secretly hoping that's what's lying in store for me, too...
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
My mother had NO symptoms. She merely ceased her cycles. I, on the other hand, have hot flashes that steam my glasses. Happily they are fewer in number the past few years (I went into "early" menopause in my early 40's). I got most of the nasty side effects but in trade off I did stop having frequent migraines.

*hugs* and hoping for the best for you,
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
I did stop having frequent migraines.

Well, that is something, I suppose...Thanks for the well wishes; they're much appreciated!
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, pretty artsy things! There are often gorgeous, tempting pieces on display when I visit the Mississippi Library Commission, but none are ever in my price range. :(

Can I say I envy your menopause? I eagerly await it, as my periods have just been a big annoyance since I went perimenopausal. I want them gone already!
Jun. 13th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I suppose I've been lucky that my periods, ever since they started 35 years ago, have been regular and uneventful. Sure, sometimes my tummy felt a bit sore, but it's never been more than a slight nuisance.

Now that it hasn't come, though, I sort of miss it. It's just the thought of getting old, I suppose...
Jun. 13th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
You look GREAT!

Welcome to menopause. It might be a little sweaty for a while, but then you don't have periods anymore! WooT!
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
There's always a trade-off, isn't there? Oh well, I suppose I'll just have to wait and see whether I take after my mum or my sister with reagrds to the change of life.

Still wish it didn't mean I was getting on in years, though...
Jun. 14th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
I like the artwork - though it looks pretty cold there still. You're all in coats!

Now that we've given up trying for kids, I'm really looking forward to menopause. I guess everyone hopes for a smooth transition, so I'm wishing you all the best for seeing off Aunt Flo for good. x
Jun. 14th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
You've given up trying for kids? When did this happen? Such a momentous decision, and you just casually mention it?

I'm sorry, Sue. I know it can't have been easy, but I do hope you're happier now that you've cast that die.
Jun. 15th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
I really should blog more, shouldn't I?

Basically, the pathology on the embryo that I lost in December came back really bad. Not one, but two genetic abnormalities and the report's comment basically said it was due to maternal age. The obstetrician told me that we could keep on trying, as the eventually one egg would be good, but she'd known couples to have 6-10 tries before finally having a healthy baby. The other choice was IVF. Since the emotional and physical toll of both of those options are completely unappealing to me/us, and we'd really only been trying to have a baby because I was out of time, we decided to give it up and just focus on enjoying our lives as they are and stop torturing ourselves trying to have a baby (that we may not even like).

Life's a crapshoot and in this case I left it too late and we lost. *shrug* I was never that keen on parenthood anyway - the only time I desperately want it is when someone near to me has a little baby, and I'm well aware that those impulses are hardcoded into our makeup. :/

As to happier, well, there's a lot less hoping and worrying and stress, but I do feel a little sad every time I think about it and revisit the decision often. I guess, like a lot of missed moments in life, I'll always wonder what if....
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