Thursday, March 21, 2013
First look: Follow the torches to Muzeion, a new gallery and antiques haven on Dragon Street
Call it "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Awesome."
DALLAS You could say many things about Dragon Street gallery Muzeion, but easy to miss would not be one of them.
The heavily landscaped entry and immaculate stone facade of the showroom at 1113 Dragon are hard to miss, as it is the only gallery on the street accented by palm trees and blazing torches. Although elaborate, the exterior provides a fitting preview of the interior of Muzeion’s temple of antiquities.
The gallery is helmed by charismatic gallery director Eric Thomas, whose background in the auction industry gave him solid training for running an art gallery. What he has created on Dragon Street uniquely and seamlessly blends ancient and modern art in one space.
Upon entrance, gallery visitors and clients are greeted by soft world music, an intriguing centerpiece, and, of course, a wealth of beautiful art.
Contemporary abstract paintings grace the walls and on the floors at any given time sit several dozen masks, vases, and sculpture ranging from pre-Columbian terracotta circa 500 AD to Egyptian masks dating all the way back to the era before Christ.
Most of the paintings currently on display are by Latin American artists, a circumstance Thomas states is purely coincidence as the gallery draws from a wealth of international artists.
It’s an unusual collection to say the least, but it is somehow held together by the unapologetic nature of its diversity and its curator’s commitment to global art and authenticity.
Even for those, like myself, whose tastes tend towards the modern, Muzeion’s collection and the intoxicating nature of the gallery’s aesthetic display will entrance.
Although the larger gallery space is undoubtedly the main attraction, Muzeion also curates a unique collection of incredible jewelry, which, in keeping with the gallery’s theme, blends the old and new. Customers who come in for art will be hard pressed to leave without one of the necklaces, rings, or bracelets, each a work of art in its own right.
Certificates of authenticity accompany most of the pieces, which feature original pieces of gold or wood carvings dating back hundreds of years. Each of the antique centerpieces are mounted within or on modern stones, jewels and chains.
Muzeion is one of the newer residents on Dragon Street, the gallery has yet to celebrate its one-year anniversary, but I’m sure it will be around to celebrate many more.
While yes, Muzeion’s exterior can be daunting, here’s some advice: Next time you’re perusing the galleries of Dragon don’t bypass the temple-like facade, walk right on in. You’ll be welcomed.
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