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Stunning Motherhood Art in San Francisco Museums

Mother is not just a word but a feeling. It has a profound influence on our lives, not from the day we were born but from the time we were in the realm of possibility. We start from her.

The Golden Gate Bridge, the bustle of Chinatown, the vibrant murals of the Mission – these are San Francisco’s iconic landmarks.

But for me, the city’s true magic lies within its museums. As a mother myself, I’ve always been drawn to how artists, across centuries and cultures, have portrayed motherhood.

Let’s step away from the familiar sights and venture into the galleries where brushstrokes and sculptures reveal the power, complexity, and beauty of a mother’s love.

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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and More: 21 Cultural Gems

San Francisco is a treasure trove for art enthusiasts and culture seekers alike.

The city’s iconic fine arts museums house masterpieces spanning centuries and continents, offering a rich immersion in history and artistic traditions.

From the illustrious walls of the de Young Museum to the cutting-edge exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the city is a canvas painted with a broad spectrum of artistic expressions.

Yet, the true depth of San Francisco’s cultural landscape lies in its diverse array of artistic havens.

From the classical to the contemporary, from the visual to the performative, this guide invites you to explore the rich tapestry of art that adorns this city by the bay.

We’ve curated a list of 20 cultural gems waiting to be discovered.

Explore world-class museums, delve into the vibrant world of performing arts, the colorful and impactful street art that captures the city’s pulsating heart, and uncover unexpected treasures showcasing the breadth of human creativity, all within this dynamic city by the bay.

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Celebrating Women – A Montage of Travel Souvenirs!

During my decades-long travels, whenever and wherever I came across exhibitions, museums, events, or memorials celebrating women, I acquired a piece of memento for my collection.

Eventually, I built a montage of travel souvenirs that celebrate women. They all inspire me and give me the strength to achieve new milestones and set new goals.

I hope these souvenirs and their stories will inspire you too as they do to me.

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Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin, one of the most powerful protagonists in world cinema spent the last 25 years of his life in Vevey Switzerland, one of the pearls of the beautiful Swiss Riviera.

While living in Lausanne, I got the opportunity to visit Chaplin’s World, the Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland.

It was wonderful to know about the bright mind and creative man behind the baggy pants, tight coat, small hat, oversized shoes, and a cane in the hand through his everyday life, portrayed thoughtfully inside his house.

I gained insight not only about his personal life inside the mansion but also his artistic creations in the newly built studio film museum, in the same premise.

The visitors here get to see the recreated scenes and characters built with wax from the famous movies of our beloved tramp.

If you are like me whose childhood Sundays in India mostly began with a Chaplin show or are interested in Chaplin, the passionate artist, the comic genius, and the cinematic innovator who worked on both sides of the camera, come along with me and explore Chaplin’s world.

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After disembarking from the bus, Chaplin welcomed me with his wondrous and impish eyes at the bus stop named Chaplin.

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Movies Set in Europe to Spark your Wanderlust

Movies have always been my passport when I can’t travel. The best part is, through movies set in different countries, we can all travel without visas, tickets and travel passes from the comfort of our homes.

It can probably never match the real experiences, but can spark a feeling of wanderlust in us.

I often feel that the past, culture, aesthetics and uniqueness of a place survive in its art and movies, which are otherwise dwindling in a globalized and digitized world today.

In this article, let me suggest some incredible movies set in Europe to spark your wanderlust, as they do to me.

Having watched all of them, I can surely say that these movies are adept at immersing us fully within their time and space – hallmarks of any great cinema.

Find out about all the movies and savor them at your own pace.

Cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.

 Jean Luc Godard

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A fleeting witness of weddings!

In this age, when our lives are changing fast and the overwhelming powers of technology are stirring every aspect of our living, I often think about the cardinal values in life. Will they remain the same or will they change with this fleeting age? Struggle for survival has been there from the beginning. Our past generations had struggled with a conviction for a few certainties in life. In today’s world, conviction and certainty and even identity are flickering in the dynamic realm of a fast-paced society. Hence, during my travels whenever I witnessed weddings, I felt a sigh of relief. It is indeed comforting to witness love and dreams still occupying a place in this world.

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A musical evening with San Francisco Symphony!

In today’s era when technology refutes geographical distance, music helps me to cross the distance within. Music connects me to my inner self. I love spending my evenings sometimes filled with music; only music. It is to me is a tremendous mysterious element, a force of nature that I have to bow before. Recently, I got an opportunity to spend a musical evening with the San Francisco Symphony. I listened to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and went through layers of emotions within. Remembering a beautiful quote by Charles Darwin,

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

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Pop Art of Andy Warhol at SFMOMA

In this social media and digital era, our minds are increasingly getting saturated with images and videos in different forms.

Manipulation, reproduction, and distribution of images and videos can be done within seconds using a powerful software that is accessible to all.

From my understanding, these have manyfold results. People have the power to express and distribute their work like never before.

But, the lack of uniqueness and originality leads to relentless production in order to remain in the top of people’s minds.

This overproduction leads to saturation, and nothing really registers in the minds of the viewers, good or bad.

In other words, the shelf life of such images or artworks has decreased significantly.

I being a blogger, who extensively uses various mediums to tell a story, always try to find the subtle balance between art and its commercial and mass appeal, a difficult task in this world of excess.

When I heard about the exhibition on the effervescent pop art of Andy Warhol at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SFMOMA, I turned to the pop art maestro for inspiration and motivation to keep on creating.

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