Thursday Dec 20, 2007

Art in Bruxelles

Today we walked over to the Upper Town in order to visit the "Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts" to look at the Magrittes. We were rather impressed by the Social Realists and came across a couple of pictures by Laermans, which were a bit of a find. The museum is located in one of the palaces that the historic, dynastic rulers no longer require. After this, we walked up to the park. This is not in the best of states in the middle of winter, but the views across the lower town are pretty impressive, although I wasn't able to get a decent picture, even today's digital cameras aren't good enough to capture that sort of horizon. (Or at least mine isn't). The whole area is very impressive, Royal Families have always been able to get hold of, if not good then at least grandiose architects. I think that the style is rather understated, however, the scale is not.

 

Royal Palace, Brussels

 

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Wednesday Aug 02, 2006

Home from Vienna

Safely back from my trip to Vienna.

Donnerbrun, Neu markt Vienna

We got a lot in, from the old imperial palaces to the new republic, offices, shops, restaurants, cafes and art. On our way to the Hofburg, (the old city imperial palace and now a museum complex), we passed the Donnerbrun fountain in the Neuer Markt.

Oberes Belvedere

The following day we visited the Belvedere, another imperial age palace given over as an Art Museum, where we saw Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" and "Judith I". The Belvedere also has a broad collection of the "Secession" movement artists, but to me one of the more interesting exhibits documents the now missing pictures of "Klimt's Legacy", which after lengthy court actions in the USA & Austria are now in the USA.

Hundert Wasser Haus>

After the Belvedere to escape all the imposing, baroque, imperial and classical architecture, we visited the Hundertwasser Houses, ended up at the Prater and rode on the Ferris Wheel where I managed not to mention Cuckoo Clocks.

Ferris Wheel at the Prater, Vienna

I also discovered that Starbucks has not taken over in Vienna,where a marvelous coffee, called "Melange" is served and I managed to have some "Sachertorte" in the Hotel Sacher. Very swish!

links: Gustav Klimt (Wikipedia), my vienna pictures (flickr)

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Sunday Jun 18, 2006

Travel for Art's sake

The travel section reviewed a Belgian art festival, Beaufort 2006 (english page) and highlighted some Elephant sculptures. See here..., which includes a picture, but not as good as the one in the paper.

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