I set out for the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on a rainy Sunday because (a) I heard the indoor palm court was a beautiful place to hang out even when it's rainy and (b) because it's free on Sundays and (c) because - well, it seemed a good touristic thing to do on a rainy day. In other words, expectations low. But I was surprised and delighted, and could have spent longer there than I did. The theme of "old meets new" or "antiquity remixed" seemed to present itself several times during my visit. First of all, the architecture of the place, which features a magnificently-designed new wing nestled up against a very grand early 20th-century art palace. Second, the featured exhibition, in which a Danish sculptor had been invited to create works that explored the setting and the collection; the three galleries featuring her work were exceptionally provocative. Third, there was a wonderful exhibition that showed how a Degas painting had been created over a period of years, including x-rays and an animated video along with the painting itself, and an equally provocative exhibit on the use of colored paints on ancient Greek statues which featured pioneering technological research that was detecting tiny bits of pigment embedded in the surface of ancient Greek statues. Finally, there was a free concert that afternoon with a smashingly brilliant violinist and pianist celebrating the premiere of a newly-recorded work called "Pavane Extrapolations" which took a famous composition by Maurice Ravel and put it through a musical Cuisinart to create something virtuosic and astonishing. As it turned out, I only passed thru the Palm Court and never sat down at the cafe as planned - my time got spent in the galleries and the concert until, suddenly, it was time to go! Among the best museum experiences I recall ever having!
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