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Connecting People, Traditions & Generations

Throughout history, music has played a role in the creation of visual art – and vice versa. This month The Art of Music exhibit comes to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park! From September 25th to February 07, 2016, you have an opportunity to experience a complex and thought-provoking exhibit that explores the relationship between music and art.

The exhibition is one of many events that are part of Balboa Park’s centennial celebration. The Art of Music pays tribute to the musical performances held in the park when it first opened back in 1915 during the Panama-California Exposition. It brings together works from the museum and other private collections, featuring over 160 pieces including paintings, sculptures, textiles, videos, installations, sounds, and music instruments.

The exhibit focuses on three main themes:

  • The motif of the musician will be studied through a visual history of Greek terracotta figures, Chinese, metalwork, and Western portraits. The symbolic nature of the musician figure is often associated with muses or an individual artist at different moments or cultural contexts.
  • The social function of music will be compared in its public and private rituals. The exhibit will depict performances in the theater, opera, and ballet, contrasted with musical scenes from everyday life.
  • The representations of sound, emotion, and sights that stem from music will be explored though Indian Ragamala paintings and modern, contemporary art pieces. These works represent colors and forms inspired by melodies.

Visit the website to purchase tickets online.