Friday night, while Elias wandered Sevilla quedando with his school class, Ingrid and I had a great date for tapas at the old Las Golondrinas (we've gone to the new one next door a couple times, but this was our first time in the original). Same great food, older (and beautiful and busy) atmosphere.
The displays were really interesting, mostly based around videos. Some work focused on 1950s French short films by Alain Resnais were great, including one of the National Library in Paris and another on Picasso's Guernica. Elias was really taken by films from the Occupy movement in various countries by Oliver Ressler, showing footage inside political street protests. This sparked a great discussion on the way home about protest, civil disobedience, personal responsibility for disobedience, and the difficulties in intervention by powerful countries in problems of smaller countries. Art at its best to get you thinking.
|Ingrid, Eli, and Christopher C.|
The gothic ornamentation everywhere was over the top.
Besides lots of Virgins, gory Jesuses, and even the severed head of John the Baptist, there was some quite impressive art.
The view from the top of the Giralda (originally a minaret before the fall of Sevilla to the Christians), across all of Sevilla was spectacular. We picked an unusually warm and sunny day for the season and were well rewarded with the views.