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31 December 2006 @ 10:17 am
Postmodern Contemporary Girl  
On Friday cavendish and I went to see The Guggenheim Collection at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

Needless to say the visit was a quite mind blowing experience. Roughly about 200 carefully selected modern and contemporary artworks borrowed from Guggenheim Museums all over the world. As the power, impact and cultural importance of the displayed pieces surely cannot be squeezed into your average sized LJ entry, I'll restrict myself to typing just this. All the horror and beauty, hope and fear, obsession and negligence of the 20th century comprised in a nutshell.(Alright, the nutshell is large, altogether 7500 square meters, two buildings facing each other with the most delightful ice rink and fair in between, but still a nutshell in essence.)

Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Chagall, Duchamp, Mondrian, Marc, Ernst, Pollock, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Nauman, Serra are only the more famous ones of the featured artists, the visible, breathtakingly beautiful, occasionally quite terrifying tip of the iceberg.

The huge body of pieces under the watermark is certainly more difficult to fathom, because the names and visual impressions are less familiar and haven't imprinted themselves into the collective cultural conscience as strongly the above mentioned ones. But wow! Brilliant stuff, fun stuff, deeply frightening stuff that makes you miss a heartbeat or two when you walk past it. 

If you happen to live in North Rhine-Westphalia or any of the neighbouring federal states, just take a heart and  go there, even if you aren' t into modern, post-modern, pop and contemporary stuff. The exhibition is still open to the 7th of January and the experience so worth it.

A happy, creative, sense-making and altogether wonderful 2007 to you all!
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: T Bone Burnett, There Would Be Hell to Pay
xchristabelxxchristabelx on December 31st, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds good. Ubnfortunately I live too far away to just go there right away.
Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on January 2nd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Hey, you are interested in visual arts? Cool :-)

(From what I've gathered by browsing through your LJ, I assumed you were mostly into music and writing.)

Any favourite artists or art periods/movements?
xchristabelxxchristabelx on January 2nd, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
Well, I am mor into music and writing, but I love art too. I'm just not much of an artist myself and also the amount of time I can go and look at art is kind of limited.

But I love going to museums and looking at art. The large art museum in Stuttgart for instance is just wonderful. I don't really have a favourite artist or period. But there's a lot I like. Monet, for instance or Dali.
Kathyhkathyh on December 31st, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
Sounds a wonderful exhibition. I hope it comes our way.

A wonderful 2007 to you too!
Bimobimo on January 2nd, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Sounds a wonderful exhibition. I hope it comes our way.

I wish I had the slightest idea whether the Guggenheim Collection was planned as a traveling show, or is indeed just a one time/one place event. The latter would be rather sad, because it's really such an amazing compilation of artworks.

But regardless what happens, you'll always have the Tate Modern for consolation - which, of course, is a serious advantage over us poor Non-Londoners ;-)