Frank has a prix fixe menu – like an extension of the Mystical Landscapes exhibit.
Before your adventure, have dinner at Frank Restaurant located in the museum, where you can experience the “Monet’s Garden” cocktail: Hendrick’s Gin, Creme Yvette, chamomile-infused rum, lemon juice, wildflower honey syrup, lavender bitters, orange blossom water – it’s a must.
The presentation is just as impressive as the art exhibition. An impression on its own, visually and sensory which culminates into this cocktail.
The prix fixe menu is simple and straightforward. Since there were two of us we got to sample the whole menu!
Onion soup is so hearty, rich, and so satisfying. The salad is uniquely composed, sweet and savory flavours blend together harmoniously.
Trout is amazing, a little under seasoned but it doesn’t matter. The spices and flavours are there, really full forward with spice. I love the textures and combination of seafood – mussels are an awesome touch, and the grapes?! Wow, elevates the dish with sweetness! The Beef bourguignon is a let down, dry and mashed potatoes, cold. I actually had to reorder the dish because it was so cold… And after all my struggles it still came out cool. The potatoes taste like that powder premix stuff you buy at the grocery store.
The differences between the two main dishes are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced on a prix fixe menu. One remarkable, the other tastes like TV dinner. Like Van Gogh vs IKEA art.
My mom loved the dessert. She normally doesn’t like chocolate but loves that the sauce is a blend of berries and chocolate. I think the brittle is the best part.
The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.
Taking visitors on a journey through Europe, Scandinavia and North America, the exhibition features close to 90 extraordinary paintings and 20 works on paper, many of which seldom leave their home museum. Highlights include Vincent van Gogh‘s Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles from 1888, which prompted him to write about feeling “a tremendous need of —shall I say the word—religion…so I go outside at night to paint the stars”;
Paul Gauguin‘s vivid Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) from 1888, painted during his sojourn in rural Brittany;
Claude Monet‘s Water Lilies (Nymphéas) from 1907, which he painted after hours of Zen-like meditation beside his Japanese water garden;
Edvard Munch‘s The Sun, created to inspire students in the wake of his well-publicized nervous breakdown between 1910-1913;
Georgia O’Keeffe‘s Series I – from the Plains from 1919, which shows the terrifying power of an approaching thunderstorm in Texas;
and a series of mystical lithographs by the recently rediscovered French artist Charles Marie Dulac, which illustrates St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creation.
Mystical Landscapes was conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the AGO’s senior curator of international exhibitions, together with Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, in addition to Guy Cogeval and Isabelle Morin Loutrel of the Musée d’Orsay.
The exhibition is timed-ticketed and AGO Members are offered free admission and exclusive previews in the days leading up to the exhibition’s public opening.
Lenders include the Tate Britain; National Gallery of Canada; National Gallery of Scotland; National Museum, Stockholm; Munch Museum, Oslo; National Gallery, Prague; Leopold Museum, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; and many other institutions worldwide.
Finish the evening off with AGO First Thursdays. This is an evening of delights held on the first Thursday of each month! There is always a different theme to explore and fun things to do. Listen to music, have a few cocktails while mingling and meeting new friends. And who doesn’t love to colour?! We enjoyed picking out tarot cards to colour. What a great idea for a first date!
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