Hello there. It’s a crisp early winter day in the small town in New Zealand that endures me. Keep it up folks! It’s nice here. Something that struck me while I was cruising on my cycle in Europe last year was the way art galleries do art in displaying their art. Sometimes this is just a special breed of interior design, but other times it’s as creative as the art on display. Here is a good example, from the gallery in Gothenburg, Sweden:
The juxtaposition of the contemporary sculpture, which is ah “ambiguously resonant” and the much older quasi-preRaphaelite landscape is pretty cool, according to me. Well done curators!
Here is another that really struck me, in the fabulous Albertinum in Dresden:
The lighting is terrific isn’t it? Shadows from both directions.
There are other ways of doing art while showing it. Here is a nice composition of cabinet, door and lighting in the Bremerhaven, Germany gallery:
The Eisenach museum/gallery in Thuringia combines history and art. The district is a centre for outdoor joy, near the longest foot trail in Germany. A collection of combination walking sticks and seats hangs from the ceiling:
The Eisenach gallery has a lot of rooms offering photo opportunities like this one:
There is a great range of fittings in all museums and galleries of course that – well, fit. . .radiators and grills:
The seats below are in the foyer of a gallery in Herford, Germany, designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed the famous gallery in Bilbao, Spain.
The building itself shows the Gehry style:
The Albertinum in Dresden is one of my favourites. It is so clever! Here is a paper towel dispenser in the men’s room, with “paper towels” written above in six languages:
It made me laugh, though I guess you couldn’t really say it wasn’t naively sincere. But I don’t think so.
Here is Rodin’s “Dumper” in the Albertinum sculpture hall:
And the view of the loo. The lighting is beautiful here.
Also in Dresden the reconstucted Residenzschloss, where the big cheeses hung out before German unification in 1870 or so, has a special gallery for works on paper. They are sensitive to light so there are windows to control it, one looking over the courtyard with its wonderful enclosing roof:
And in the cellar, the men’s room, wedged in among rocks of the ages.
That’s it, beautiful humans! Thanks for having a look. There are some more serious posts to come, or I hope so. Hope too your lives are just exactly as you would want them to be.