Kunsthalle & Stadtmuseum Dusseldorf

Last Friday the 21st of June, Georgiana and myself had the whole day to ourselves as my partner Sean and her partner George were at a work-related outing and not expected to return home until after 21:00 at the earliest. We first went to the Kunsthalle, where they was a shared exhibition with the works of Henri Chopin, Channa Horwitz and Guy de Cointet and even though I am normally not a fan of minimalist, abstract works of art, some of the works on display were simply exquisite. Such detail and fine craftsmanship – and the little brochure accompanying the show did the works printed in it no justice at all. Some things need to be seen live!

The exhibition next to it featured the works of Michael Kunze and spans a couple of decades of his work. It is interesting to see the major shift in styles the artist has encountered and I initially had some trouble believing all the works came from the same hand. Some of the works are amazing, stunning, beautiful or thought-proving. Others I thought were cluttered, messy, ill-conceived or spoiled by 1-2 elements. I don’t mind being provoked by art – as anything beats being bored – but it seems that all (to me) offending works stemmed from the period of 2005-2006. Strange….. Also, there is a wide variety in sizes, the smallest being a common size of roughly 40 x 60 cm and the largest (“Morgen”) being 6 huge canvasses put together to create an image several meters across.

Both exhibitions run to the 30th of June 2013, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to see it!

 

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Next on the list was free rhubarb and gooseberry cake and coffee at the MaxHaus as I had a couple of coupons 🙂

Needless to say it tasted most excellent!

 

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As we still had half of the afternoon left, we went to the Dusseldorf Stadtmuseum. It is right around the corner from the Max Haus and again, we had coupons for free entry. We started on the first floor, where we were stopped after about 20 minutes by an overzealous employee, asking for our tickets (we were LITERALLY the only ones there) and if we would stow our bags. I refused, mine just being a small handbag, after which she continued to explain in rapid German that we needed to be very very careful as the bags may easily damage some of the works on display. *Sigh* Fiiiiine, we’ll promise to be careful. I normally don’t go to a museum intending to damage anything, thank you very much. Then, she pointed out that we were in the wrong section completely and needed to start downstairs as that’s where the older items are, and we were now nearly in the present. We told her we didn’t care much for the ‘correct’ order after which she frowned but otherwise left us alone, occasionally ‘casually’ passing by to check on us.

 

 

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