This is the city museum.

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Why with a smile?

I think sometimes museums take themselves too seriously, but the Museum of Cadiz has a sense of humor, and maybe some irony.  Hercules presides over the lobby as you enter.

 

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Turning left, you find the first gallery.

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Already, I like this museum.  It’s not hard to find old cannons or contemporary art, but both are more interesting and fun side-by-side.

At the next exhibit, ancient artifacts with contemporary weaving.  I’m starting to see a pattern.

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This is a fun museum.  Has me wondering what’s next.

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I especially like the painting with this exhibit.

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Next is a showcase of young women from the Phoenician era.  Here are two of the statues close up.

 

And here’s the larger exhibit.

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By now, I’m laughing and enjoying both the contemporary art and the artifacts.   Lots of imagination and humor at work here.

 

Perfect!  Again, both are far more intriguing together than separate.

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This contemporary work in this exhibit from the Roman period is pretty startling.  The mess on the tables and floor is broken glass.

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The artifact here is basically a casket, or, I suppose it could be thought of as the vehicle for a long journey.

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This one surprised me, because the contemporary art and the relic are together in the same glass showcase.

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A bit later, we moved from artifacts to fine art, and found the same sense of humor.

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This is my kind of museum, lighthearted and fun.

In the next post, I’ll walk through the museum again, but with an angels and demons theme…