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Taking the Music Industry by Storm

A number of modern tanks have made breakthrough hits in the music world over the past couple of years, prompting many competing artists to add some heavy metal to their repertoire in order to stay on top of the charts.



Back In Its Normal Place

After its short hiatus, the museum returns, almost landing on top of Roger. The staff rushes into the building to find that this week's artwork, from the French artist and scupltor, Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (1901-1985), has already been set out on display:

Gaius  the archivist,  who was the last of the staff to enter the now-returned museum, shook his head muttering. "There is something odd about this place," he said to himself as he followed the others inside.


Like a Rolling Stone

Well, perhaps 'rolling' is not the appropriate term,  as the museum floats through the continuum of time and space,  but maintains its sense of balance and form.  That said, it is beginning to miss the curator and his staff and chooses to return home. It will take some time to get back, however, so in the interim, the works of the Russian artist, Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825), are set out on display:



On Temporary Leave

The museum is currently missing,  its occupants standing aimlessly upon a grassy hill where it normally resides,  awaiting its return.  But, despite the building's absence, artwork is still being put out for display within its confines...

Today's art was created by the French painter, Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746).



While You Were Out

After a brief vacation, Clovis and his staff return to site of the museum this morning, only to find that the museum building itself is no longer present. Art works are still being displayed, however, somewhere...the featured artist today being the Italian painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), who was said to be mad:



Not Quite Empty 

Having to leave town for a week, Clovis has given the staff the day off. Yet somehow the works of the German painter, Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789-1869), are set out neatly for display, arranged by unseen hands for unseen eyes (as the museum is closed this morning)...



The National Anthem

Since it is the Fourth, let's pause with the rockets and have a listen to some music. This little lass, Athena Cresse, puts the big names to shame with her classy interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner:

Happy 4th of July.


Bohemian Renderings

The museum staff busies itself this morning, setting out the works of the German artist, Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779), an almost neo-classical painter:



Embracing Various Styles

The museum is showcasing the German artist, Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), who spent his later years in exile for producing artwork seen as decadent by the Nazi party.  Schwitters embraced a number of styles, including dadaism, constructivism, and surrealism. He also wrote poetry.



Unusual Display

Clovis, the museum curator,  and his assistant,  Marco,  were out of town on this Father's Day, so Roger, feeling slightly contrary this morning, decided that the focus of this week's art would be on women and children instead,  and ordered the museum staff to set out the artwork from a female American artist, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926):



Old Ships, Replicas, and Docked Displays

We're headed out to sea this week to look at some ships from the past, mostly replicas, although a couple are the originals turned into museum ships.  We'll get started with this musical video from antiquity, featuring highlights from Salamis:



Under the Weather

Clovis was feeling a bit indisposed this morning and left Marco in charge of the museum. Marco, who sensed that Clovis was not ill in the normal sense, had the staff arrange the paintings of the Spanish artist, Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) and then went upstairs to check on his boss...



Missing Something

(continued from last Sunday)

Much to Marco's relief, Clovis returned a few minutes later, but his relief turned to consertation when he saw the old curator's face.

"I couldn't catch her," Clovis said forlornly as he rejoined his assistant.

"Who?" asked Marco.

Clovis shot Marco a strange look. "You didn't see her?"

"I didn't see anyone--just you rushing outside." Marco looked at his boss, who suddenly seemed much older. 

"I see," Clovis said, looking more than a touch confused. He scratched his head and then walked away without saying more, leaving Marco wondering.

Today's art was created by the Russian painter and art critic, Ivan Kramskoi (1837-1887).


A Question

(continued from last Sunday)

"Where is he going?" Roger asked as he and Marco watched Clovis leave the museum in pursuit of the mystery woman.

"I have no idea,"  Marco replied as he turned back towards  the gallery.  "Come, we need to get today's artwork mounted for display."

"Aren't you even curious?"

"Of course I am, but we have work to do," Marco said quietly, secretly fearing that Clovis might not return again for some time.

Roger shrugged and followed Marco, his thoughts following similar lines.

Today's works are from the Venetian painter, Pietro Longhi (1701-1785).



Alexandrian Artist

Moving its focus back into modern times, the museum showcases the artwork of the Greek and Italian painter, Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967), who often added religious themes into his paintings:



Remembering a Genius

Having acquired some of his artwork for a brief time, Clovis, the museum curator has the staff set out the works of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519),  who passed away close to 500 years ago this week.



Lay of the Land

Looking out the window and surveying the wide valley leading to the sea, Clovis, the old museum curator, gains a touch of inspiration this morning, instructing his staff to lay out the works of the Dutch landscape painter, Jan van Goyen (1596-1656) for display:



Looking Ahead

Peering into the near future, the artist paints what he watches, and then sends his observations to the museum for archival.  Liking what he sees,  the old curator, Clovis,  sets the art out on display this morning:



Stepping into the Twentieth Century 

Hoping to draw in some younger art fans, the museum hosts the works of the late Hungarian op-art painter, Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) this morning:




Sort of an Opera House

While in the capital of country music, we pay a visit to the Grand Ole Opry:


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