Nashville | Frist Center

One day in Nashville, I had some time in the afternoon to walk to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and check out their current exhibitions. The center is surrounded by some of those amazingly beautiful buildings I posted about before. This part of Broadway really is a work of art in itself. 

The first notable you see when approaching the Frist is the Rose on 65th Street by Sculptor Will Ryman. You don't realize how large the piece is until you stand right beneath it! Those roses are huge (and so are the bugs crawling on them!)

Before checking out the exhibits, I grabbed some lunch at the cafe. They had a lot of soup, salad and sandwich options and the tea was a complete necessity after my hike from my hotel. I went with a trusty fav; Caesar chicken salad (really, I don't think I've ever had a Caesar salad I didn't like). 

The Frist has photography restrictions inside the art galleries, which is kind of a bummer for me since I think I've taught my mind to "remember" in photographs. I followed the rules, though, and photos or no photos, I'm so glad I got to see Italian Style: Fashion since 1945 in person! There were so many iconic pieces that I remember from pop culture and it was awesome to read about their designers, wearers and reasons behind each piece. 

"After the Second World War, Italy emerged as a fashion powerhouse by capitalizing on its traditions of bold design, exquisite textiles, fine craftsmanship, and dressing with sprezzatura—graceful nonchalance. This dazzling exhibition, assembled from more than forty collections, celebrates all that Italian style embodies, and charts its major historical developments over the past 70 years." (via Frist)

I also had a little time to breeze through Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte. I was so impressed with the artistry that were put into these tiny postcards so long ago. Some had such fine detailing that you'd forget they weren't photographs. 

"The Wiener Werkstätte (or Vienna Workshops) was an association of artists and artisans founded in 1903 by architect Josef Hoffmann and designer Koloman Moser with the support of textile industrialist Fritz Waerndorfer. By designing every aspect of daily life, they hoped to create a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) and eliminate the distinction between (fine) and (decorative) art." (via Frist)

Along with the galleries, the Frist has the Martin ArtQuest area, which is a really fun, interactive place to bring the kiddos, make your own art and learn from others. Whether you live in Nashville or just planning a visit soon, definitely check out what the Frist is offering in the upcoming months