Bittersweet at the Detroit Institute of Art

This weekend I was invited to a meet up at the Detroit Institute of Arts (you may remember it from this post) to view the Bittersweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate exhibit.

Can you think of anything more appealing?

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The exhibit is full of the most intricate and detailed tea and coffee pots and cups you’ve ever seen. Honestly, can you imagine having tea at a friends and she pull this out to pour you a strong cuppa?

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“From social revolutions that changed the way we drink our morning blends, to design revolutions that changed the objects that we drink from, step back in time to when gathering over a cup of your favorite hot beverage caused a stir that upended the world.

Bittersweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate is the first exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts to engage all five sense. In addition to seeing art, you can touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages.”

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The worst part of the exhibit of realizing that it’s considered rude to drink spilled tea. Who knew?

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We were heard that this was a sensory exhibit, where you got to sample different coffee and tea but were a little disappointed when we made our way through the exhibit, looking at coffee pot after coffee pot and at the end were offered just 2 shots of coffee.

One an Aztec recipe and one a French – both had a number of spices in them which gave it a strong kick, sure to jumpstart your day.


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The exhibit was beautiful and while a little disappointing on the tasting end, it is worth a visit for this gem alone:

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No wonder she’s close mouth smiling (I use that term loosely).

While there, it’s a perfect excuse to wander around the museum.

It’s one of my favorite in the world. Every time I visit I notice something different and revisiting my favorites is like seeing an old friend.

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This is the first time I visited the courtyard since watching Frida and I may have geeked out a little.

No matter how you feel about Diego Rivera, there’s no denying how incredible his work is.

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Right now, there’s an incredible installation by New York street artist Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon.

It’s a 400 lb, 20 ft tall installation titled Thalassa located in the museum lobby.

It’s beautiful and haunting. You could stand there and stare at it for hours. The colors are vibrant and even when you look away, you find your gaze turning right back.

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I can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly Sunday than wandering around a museum.

A great way to remind yourself of all the beauty in the world.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

As promised, I have one more Philadelphia museum to tell you about – the one I heard the most about before going and, arguably, one of the most visited attractions in the city.

Not for what you think though.

As you approach the museum, it slowly comes into view, completely dwarfed by a massive staircase.

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Look familiar?

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How about now?

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Didn’t I warn you yesterday that you’d be humming Gonna Fly Now all day?

The stairs are jam-packed full of people taking photos of themselves, (attempting) to sprint up and lounging around but few actually made it past the top step to what’s beyond it.

Let me tell you: that’s a huge mistake.

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Beyond one of the most iconic sites in pop culture, you’ll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art – one of the very best museums I have ever gone to and that’s not something I say lightly.

I loved it so much I actually contemplated not posting photos, so as not to spoil it and just writing a critic post that this museum is incredible and should be on your bucket list.

However, I couldn’t give up the chance to relive it so I’ll give you a quick peak.

Follow me:

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The building itself is a work of art.

Massive and incredibly detailed, you can’t just rush from room to room, looking for artist names you know. You have to take in the whole experience – a work of art, housing works of art.

I know, very Inceptiony but in the best way. Believe me.

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Of course, the museum does have the big names.


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My very favorite: Van Gogh
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It’s packed with jewels to turn you a shade of green that would make Elphaba jealous.
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Then show you incredible rooms that you can’t help but picture yourself hosting a party in, wearing said jewels.

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You can almost see the the distant landscapes surrounding you just outside your palace windows (what, don’t tell me you wouldn’t think the same thing).

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There’s pottery from around the world.

Not my favorite – I’m always disappointed when there are no singing muses on old jugs and pots.
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How gorgeous is this “Fall of Icarus”?

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And this portrait of a Roman who look mysteriously like Gerard Butler. photo Portrait of an Ancient Roman_zpstuienmik.jpg

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Modern art for those creatively inclined. photo Philadelphia Museum of Art Modern Gallery_zpslnhgb7t4.jpg

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Even an entire ancient courtyard, complete with a trickling fountain.

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Did I mention that elevators?

They’re very Tardis looking. I’ll let you know now though, it’s not the Tardis. I checked.

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You could spend an entire day in the museum and not see everything.

You’ll emerge into the bright sunlight with the biggest, goofiest smile on your face but how can you help it when you’ve spent a day with the greats?

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If you go to Philadelphia, you have to stop by! You can find the museum at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Promise me though that you’ll move beyond just the steps!