The fourth installation in my series of blogs on tourist spots in Seattle features the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Even if you are not an avid art fan, the museum offers great photo opportunities for you and your companions. At the entrance of the museum, you will find Jonathan Borofsky’s “Hammering Man”. A huge sculpture measuring 14.6 meters in height, he “hammers” quietly four times per minute from 7 in the morning to 10 at night.
Once you enter the museum, you will be amazed to see several cars hanging from the ceiling with brightly lit tubes coming out of them. Symbolizing a series of car explosions, they are the works of the controversial Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang.
Huge museums that can take up to a day to cover are too daunting for a novice art lover like me. That is why SAM is perfect. You can take in the permanent as well as the special exhibitions in a couple of hours. Permanent collections feature a wide range of modern, contemporary American and Northwestern art. If you are pressed for time, you can head directly to the special exhibitions and spend an hour or so. The special exhibitions reflect diverse interests, so it is worth visiting the SAM website to see what is going on from time to time. Presentations I have personally enjoyed were those on Andy Warhol and Kurt Cobain, in the fall of 2010. The next major special exhibition features Gauguin and will be shown from February 9 to April 29, 2012. If you happen to be in the Emerald City at this time, this is a must-see. Don’t forget to save your admission ticket. You can get complimentary admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park!
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