There are rare artistic institutions where I just like everything that is within the walls. The Anderson Contemporary Arts Museum in Roswell, NM, leaps to mind, as well as the Mesa Arts Center where I also happen to teach classes. These institutions are examples where quality meets craft minus the pretension. This May I was fortunate enough to find another museum that inspired me with its collection: the National Gallery of Macedonia.
Founded in 1948, it’s located in a downtown Skopje building that used to be a Turkish Bathhouse dating to the 15th century. It’s also the first museum I’ve been in where the attendant tells us he’s locking us in so he can run and get a sandwich. Ah, Macedonia.