While in NYC our family went to the Guggenheim Museum to see Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. We love sharing art of all mediums with Mario and we were especially looking forward to this exhibit, since during her life time, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private. She rarely exhibited her work and was convinced the world was not yet ready to understand her paintings and vision; af Klint insisted that much of the collection exhibited at the Guggenheim not be shown for twenty years after her death, ideally in a spiral temple, which uncannily is quite similar to the Guggenheim. The exhibit literally feels as though Hilma af Klint found a portal into the future - she began creating her radically abstract paintings in 1906 when she belonged to a group called "The Five", a circle of women who among other things often found inspiration in séances. Her art truly was ahead of its time - her paintings are abstract, bold, spiritual, geometric and as colorful as a rainbow. We more than loved the exhibit and experiencing Hlima af Klint’s groundbreaking paintings. Mario also loved exploring the cylindrical Guggenheim Museum and it’s spiral ramp - what an amazing day we had in NYC!
While our family was in the US for Mario’s fall break we explored parts of upstate New York along the Hudson River and stopped at Lawrence Farms Orchards to get Mario a pumpkin for Halloween. We visited the farm a couple days before Halloween so there weren’t that many pumpkins left, but we did manage to find a perfect small pumpkin for our hotel room. Lawrence Farms also had Apple picking and many other fruits and vegetables, including Winter Squash, Gourds, Grapes, Peppers and Corn. We had a fun afternoon exploring the farm and getting a delicious apple pie before heading back into New York City - plus Mario really was happy to have a pumpkin for Halloween.
Mario loves exploring the world; one of his favorite places in the world to explore is Brooklyn, New York. Mario loves Brooklyn because my husband and I tell him stories about living in Brooklyn and how we met each other at a friends birthday party in New York City. Mario loves the open space to run around in Brooklyn Bridge Park and he remembers (mostly through photos and stories) his first two birthday parties at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Mario not only loves hearing our stories about New York but he is happiest making his own memories there as well. I, of course, couldn’t resist taking a photo of Mario on Washington Street in DUMBO in front of the Manhattan Bridge, the most Instagrammed spot in all of Brooklyn because that is a photo for the memory books!
Brooklyn, Mario Loves You!
While our family was in the US for Mario’s fall break we took a road trip upstate New York and had an amazing day exploring Storm King Art Center. Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley. All of our family loved exploring the large-scale sculptures under the open sky; we enjoy outdoor museums because we can see art while Mario runs amongst the hills, meadows, and forests. Mario truly loves nature and thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and found a favorite tree at Storm King Art Center that he named: The Wise Tree. Storm King Art Center creates a connection between art, nature, and people, resulting in a place where discovery is limitless. I highly recommend exploring Storm King Art Center if you are visiting New York’s Hudson Valley; we can’t wait to go back next time we are in New York.