Postcard from Mallorca: Inside the Home and Studio of Bernardi Roig

Greetings from Binissalem, Mallorca!

2014 Intersections artist Bernardi Roig and Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic in the artist's studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

2014 Intersections artist Bernardi Roig and Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenovic in the artist’s studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

A few weeks ago, I visited Bernardi Roig’s studio (a former wine cellar) and home, both from the 16th century. This was in preparation for his elaborate Intersections project scheduled for the fall of 2014, when we’ll have his works dispersed throughout the Phillips and outside the building. I took some photos of the artist in his studio and of his beautiful home for your viewing pleasure and to give you a sneak peek as to what you can expect from his 2014 exhibition. The artist promised to send homemade wine form Mallorca for his opening, so watch for the event in November 2014!

Saludos and hasta pronto!

Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art

Bernardi Roig's studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

Bernardi Roig’s studio. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

Roig creates a drawing using a hand-made implement to steady his hand during the elaborate sketching.

Roig creates a drawing using a homemade implement to steady his hand. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

The foyer of Roig's home, with one of the artist's sculptures displayed on the right. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

The foyer of Roig’s home, with one of the artist’s sculptures displayed on the right. Photo: Vesela Sretenovic

 

The Phillips Inspires Me To…

During my recent vacation, I visited the The Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. As I walked out into the courtyard I saw this:

The courtyard at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Photo: Brooke Rosenblatt

The courtyard at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Photo: Brooke Rosenblatt

Visitors shared how the Palau inspired them using colored post-it notes provided by the concert hall! I loved how a colorful display emerged from the public’s feedback!

And, of course, it got me wondering, what would the public say if the Phillips did a similar activity? What does the Phillips inspire you to do?

The courtyard at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Photo: Brooke Rosenblatt

The courtyard at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Photo: Brooke Rosenblatt

Museum and Memory: Part one

El Greco, The Repentant St. Peter, 1600-1605 or later. Oil on canvas, 36 7/8 x 29 5/8 in. Acquired 1922. The Phillips Collection

This is the first installment of our Museum and Memory series for International Museum Day.

My previous job was doing IT Support for a pharmaceutical testing company. They would run clinical trials on rats, monkeys, dogs, etc. It was standard procedure to “garb up” before going into the lab rooms to retrieve PCs and equipment covered in . . . organic material. Eventually (and thankfully), the contract expired and I was let go. My wife told me straight up, “Now is the time to decide what you really want to do! Most people don’t have that luxury!” Within five minutes, I told her, “I want to work in a museum.”

I will always remember the St. Peter by El Greco because I saw it for the first time waiting for my interview here at the Phillips. I kept thinking, “Please, please, please let me work here!” I could not have dreamed of a more perfect fit for an occupation, since my degree was from the University of Maryland College Park in Art Studio.

Last August, while in Spain with my family, we planned a day trip to Toledo, probably about 40 minutes from Madrid. After walking around the city for a bit, we stopped into the House of El Greco (it’s air conditioned), and I was pleasantly stunned to see a second version of The Repentant St. Peter that we have right here at the Phillips! Immediately I exclaimed to my family, “We have THIS painting in our museum!!” I will admit, our setting in D.C. is a bit more inviting, but the air conditioning was very welcome.

Sandy Lee, IT Support Specialist