Deutschlive im Jahre 69: . . .und, wiedersehen.

August 5, 2014

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bbBrandenburger Tor, or Brandenburg Gate as we say this side of the Atlantic, in several senseless configurations: Hitlerian, Bolshevik and Tourist.

Germany has lived under disastrous leaderships, both not Germans. The first was the Austrian disaster known as Hitler, the second Soviet, Stalin. It should be fitting that on my last day I checked out just a few things.

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I started my day first at the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnis Kirchen (Kaiser Wihelm Memorial Church), which the section I was only in was a tiny section of a church that pretty much disappeared under intense bombing during WW2. A new church was built, but this is the part we all really come to see, for it is beautiful even its incompleteness. Something, you get used to in Berlin.

DSC_0526It says a lot when all you can afford are a bunch of unmortared bricks to set that expensive bronze casting upon, at the Kollwitz.

I went to the Käthe Kollwitz museum and had a no show again for picks. They are showing the work of I believe a young woman who is antiwar, but not of the calaber of Kollwitz. Kollwitz, remains, on of the most important draftsman in value in the 20th century. Her talent also becomes a weapon, a weapon that Hitler made sure she did not use during his regime. Like Nolde, and others, she was censored probably because she knew that war was bullshit from day one. Not exactly the person you are looking for to make you posters! The best thing about the collection is you see familiar prints and drawings in person. There are even several with preliminary studies that make you think again. There are some small sculptures, looking like they were done in clay first and cast later. But no more that you could see at the Hirshhorn in DC. With the exception of one of a group of women saying goodbye to their husbands departing for war, which is a sculpture, not just relief. P.S.- This is the best place for cheap posters. Go if you only go in to buy posters!

bartoldy parkI got off the bus to photograph these things near Bartholdy Park and saw these little well-behaved kids below on an outing (below)!

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turkish market

I went to the Turkish Market over in east Kreuzeberg, and for the first time, both walking through parts of the neighborhood and riding the U1, I got my first glimmer of those who have not exactly benefited yet by that German miracle, for whatever reason. The market is only open Tuesday and Friday, I think, but great produce and fabrics and cooked foods. I found spices, quite nice.

DSC_0553Wild horses couldn’t drive away these freedom fighters along Clayallee along the way to the Alliierten-Museum, Allies Museum.

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charlieThis “Charlie” left me a little confused.

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nord baI was lucky to go out and see what the wall looked like in the Dead Man’s Land Area, and saw the “ghost” station, alive and well, known as Nordbahnhof.

DSC_0795I also got into KaDeWe, wow they were right about gourmet food.

DSC_0820The famous “Berlin” sculpture on the Kurfürstendamm, as we barely see the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnis Kirchen in the back.

Berlin and Germany continue to reunite after 69 years. If this be prosperity, it sure came at a high price. But the people are moving along. If this is an indication, perhaps we can be hopeful for other countries, as well.

DSC_0501 Danke, Berlin. Und auf wiedersehen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deutschlive im Jahre 69: Around town

August 5, 2014

The Reichstag after its insult of being burned and closed by Hitler, then being bombed to smithereens by the Allies.

Today I started my day, by taking my letter of entry, my passport and heading to Brandenburg Tor for my visit to the dome of the renamed, Deutscher Bundestag. I waited around awhile, shooing away more than once those girls with the clipboards who some say are pickpockets.

DSC_0646The worst part for Berlin, was that the East Germans blew up the last of the dome, then cut them off from it, for about 30+ years. After Reunification, Berlin became the capital again and the now Bundestag was back to the glory of its Weimar days. The days when Jews were considered citizens, but Roma, not so, hm?

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Anyway, when the Germans needed to reinvent the dome, they got Sir Norman Foster, who understood engineering, had a sense of architectural flair, and a great sense of humor. So they gave the project to an Englishman and he came up with one of the greatest amusement parks this century! I have never seen so many adults have fun in their lives. They should have been this jolly at the Pergamon yesterday!!!

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DSC_0061It is a wonderful thing to see people reacting to the spaces imbetween.

I had a wonderful time, and this has to be the nicest staff you are ever going to meet in your life. Polite, smart, courteous and efficient. I wish I could move the whole bunch to the airports throughout the world, preferably many US cities.

DSC_0168The only complaint about the Bauhaus-Archiv was that it was a no show to photography inside.

So much of what was inside reminded me of the Foundation year at Pratt, where Color Aid paper flowed like blood. The work with Kandinsky and many other works, I would carry back to class to my kids, who really love doing stuff like that and think it is still important. Still, it is wonderful to see a structure by Gropius realized.

There were several weavings, I would have loved to shoot. And of course the beautiful architectural models. We wished there had been a whole lot more. The place was full, and I mean voll, of young people. German, quite a few French, Dutch, young Japanese. I did not see any younger Americans though. Anyway, there is still one intact structure in Germany, do I hear Dessau in my future?

marlene at potsdamerLater I followed the ghost of Marlene at Potsdamer Platz U bahn stop. . .

We forget she did the first German talkie for UFA, Der Blaue Engel, which is why she would be on the Museum logo. Much less would Joe Stalin have a fit that she should grace Prenzlauer Berg from her Paramount, Morocco days.

konnopke 1And came across to Eberwaldestrasse to Schönhauser Allee to land with her at Konnopke’s Imbiss. . .

DSC_0187Inventor of the famous Currywurst mit darm with a dopple of creamy mayo on fries.

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I finally found Alexanderplatz. I always think of Fassbinder. Everyone else always thinks of the Communists. I had read about Nikolaiviertel, probably from Rick Steves, so I followed its towers and found this delightful little tourist trap. Sort of like a Disney thing, with some prefab thrown in. But the church (below, right) in its glory is quite something to see.

 

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And then the red town hall. . .rr

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DSC_0293While looking for Marx and Engels, whom I never found I also got to see the exterior of the beautiful Rotes Rathaus.

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DSC_0399Alexanderplatz was having a streetfair and things were hoping all over the place. It was a fun summer evening from the looks of things.

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Deutschlive/Jahre69: Cabinet of Dr. Libeskind

August 4, 2014

"Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari" Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover (v.l.n.r.)My first perception inside the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin) reminded me of this. I knew the architecture would drive the philosophy of the exhibition.

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altesGrandeur even the bombs couldn’t shake.

I visited 5 museums today.Only at the Pergamon, could I not tell you what the outside looked like. The Altes exterior, and the interior part with the dome, are all show, the grandness of the idea of what you are seeing.

DSC_0142This was actually the most witty things in the Hamburger.

The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart (Museum for Contemporary Art) owes its existence to it building, and not its exhibition. For a real Museum for Contemporary Art go to Chicago, and I don’t mean PS1 in New York, nor the one in Glasgow. Today bad videos suffice for bad art, in amateur hour stuff that wouldn’t get a hit on Youtube.

DSC_0347Mies at the Neu Nationalgalerie

Architecture becomes the driving philosophy for what is in the exhibition. I am thinking Wright at the Googooheim, Maier in Atlanta and probably any museum related to Frank Gehry. Architects sometimes impose their “vision” on their architecture. Wright comes up with a philosophy follows function, which leads to one of the most pretentious buildings in New York!  Richard Meier  fills in where the collection peters out. A booze company sobers up in Havana,  so the Mies van der Rohe design, turns into the art museum I saw today in Berlin, the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery).

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David Libeskind does not make that mistake. It isn’t ego driven at all, it is a fascinating look at architecture coloring your vision of the exhibition, but your vision is left open to an exhibition which allows YOU to pick and choose what you want to see and the order. It is the kind of exhibit you may want to see more than once, since there is so much to see, and so many mixed feeling you will have depending upon your viewpoint.

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ju 2I was happy to see at all of these historical exhibitions young people. And young people trying to understand and being respectful. Here reading personal histories of the murdered reminds me of the Wailing Wall.

Your mind becomes colored by the proceedings. As I moved to leave, I noticed a young worker going into what seemed like a locker room for employees. On the floor sat black shoes and some other paraphernalia. It reminded me people being told to leave clothes as they moved into the trains, or showers. It was only a workers’ room, but the mind sets up context. Just as the Polizei and their car, set up an air, that the past in still in the present. As I am crossing the street leaving, a young, heavyset blond blue-eyed boy casts a stare at the building which makes me think, hopefully wrongly, is it in the past?

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The Jewish history, is indeed one fraught with inequity and sheer meanness, against a people who perceived their God a little different than some continents did. There have been arguments over numbers the past few years. Who cares if the number is 6 million or 6, over one becomes too much. I was in Spain earlier this year, this vindictiveness that permeated there permeated much of Europe. The most heartbreaking, if in the context of that museum (if there is a less heart-breaking), are the baptized Jews. The Jews who wished to belong and converted, only to be treated as outre (as the French would say) to both cultures. As if they breathed different air, or felt the wind any differently.

ju 7Robot that writes the Torah, fascinating to watch.

The ending of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, it is bracketed by the now “good” doctor trying to get inside the twisted mind. Perhaps Libeskind was trying to use his building to make us understand how the world can sometimes have a twisted vision of what is otherwise a perfectly normal mind.

Deutschlive im Jahre 69: Gemäldeheaven

August 2, 2014

BERLINWALLstreetAfter the seriousness of this. . .

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to see this. . .

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kondums. . .although i  am guilty for filling in the blanks for this.

Perhaps, the American left has been all wrong about how they try to advocate against war. Perhaps, if like these Aids ads in the U bahn (directly above), we tried a different approach, we wouldn’t have such ridiculousness like the marginalization of Checkpoint Charlie, or the Curry at the Wall place. For young Germans, I can understand it.

The weight of Hitler and his regime weighed heavy on the post-WW2 boomers of Germany. Fassbinder is one of them, many we never knew. As if, it were their guilt. American contemporaries hardly have shown signs of embarrassment over Truman dropping the atomic bomb, not once, but two times, on Japanese civilians. It makes me furious to see Dick “Five Time Deferement” Cheney, speaking so non-challantly about war, without taking on responsibility for the horrors and aftermaths of it.

WI stand as I watch a young woman reading the signage at the Topography of Terror, this about the complete annihilation of Warsaw, as the allies stood by and let Stalin plan on what he was going to do next. And Roosevelt sitting there with him at Tehran. Maybe Truman picked the wrong target, he should have picked Stalin and Beria’s respective houses. I think of Warsaw being leveled, I think of the Hungarians in ’56. All of this, for what? This visit brought out the stupidity of war, the sheer abuse of power, throwing people away like garbage. This young woman, by me reading about this was Japanese. I felt embarrassed, I felt like, look at what we inflicted upon your generations.

Homoerotic and the young girlThe young girl’s reaction to Caravaggio’s young angel, arrows in hand, showing off all his stuff. You should have heard two woman at one of the Jan Gossaert’s Adam and Eve!!!

Thank goodness the Berliners were able to hold onto some of their art when the bombs came down like candy, and to make up the wonderful Gemäldegalerie after the split, then reunify everything during reunification. How lucky we are. I never knew so many Fra Fillippos, Fra Bartolomeos, Dürers, Cranachs, Altdorfers, Holbeins, Rembrandts, Hals, etc. Yes, dodo, I have been to Vienna, Paris, London, Rome and Florence. But once again, not all my books covered this, nor did my professors. Some I learned from Berenson, some from Wölfflin.

 

Lucas Cranach the Elder The Jurist Leonhard BadehornLucas Cranach the Elder’s The Jurist Leonhard Badehorn. No, it is not a Dürer!

And by the way, what about Cranach as a great portrait painter? All he seems to be remembered for is those enticing boneless girls!!!!

Germans are pretty nice in the museum. They don’t play with their phones, like the Americans when they get bored. They don’t travel in packs like the older Japanese do. They don’t talk much, like the French. And they aren’t as loud as the Italians. More on this later.

wir gehen badenThe Gemaldegalerie is a complex and contains several smaller shows.

The Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) which I wanted to see, part of the complex, is closed at present.

 

 

 

 

Deutschlive im Jahre 69: Museumed out!

August 2, 2014

Potsdamer Platz at the end of the war, was burned out buildings here, and little sign of street life.

Well, first things first. If you go to the Deutsches Bundestag and put in to visit, you are going to be pleased as zum-zum they shoot you back an email with time and place. I tried the same for the Museuminsel (Museum Island) folks in Berlin–didn’t happen! So when I went to buy my 25 dollar/3 day/50 museum pass, I spoke to the lady about it and she somewhat agreed, forget that. Too bad, a great idea to prebook you. Since lines run around block for the Pergamon. Was happy got into 3 today.

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The Alte National-galerie is a beautiful setting.

There is a large collection of Menzel’s work, some of it quite surprising. There are two rooms of Impressionists, and a smattering of Courbet, and some surprises like thDer e Delacroix, a Goya and several Corots. I don’t know what is earthshaking, but any time you can see a master’s work, you should, no matter where. Sometimes I believe some of these critics don’t know where, cause they only know local or out of a book!!!

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Auguste Renoir’s In Summer (top) and Edouard Manet’s In Wintergarten (bottom).

The Neues, I was able to walk right into. The star of the show is Nefertiti, of course, but no photos. They do have a bronze copy with a braille legend that you can touch. That policy is fine, because it really is a wonderful piece. There is the golden hat, but what loved more was that they had managed to save the building, which had suffered horribly after the bombings. The destruction gave it an air of patina, much like the classical pieces it housed. The new materials, mostly stone, gave it an elegance. The roof showed its large beams, and the walls in the halls and some of the rooms showed the original brickwork. It made one of my favorite museums, the Kunsthistoriches, look like a candy box in comparison.

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The interiors of the Neues are terrific in their own right.

There is a ton to write about this museum, but for now time.

bode schluterThe Andreas Schülter show at the Bode-Museum shows again, war is unproductive, and letting East Germans loose with dynamite can cost big bucks later. There is much to write about this show, which I thought was just going to be some godawful baroque sculpture.

hands up for the bodeA big thumbs up for the lovely Treasures of Faith.

More photos to come eventually, boy did I shoot some crappy ones today!

Deutschlive im Jahre 69, wow.

August 1, 2014

In Rossellini’s Germany, Year Zero, we see a boy Edmund Kohler coming of age, in post-war devastasted Berlin.

I had stayed away from Germany for years. I have been around Europe, but I have avoided Germany. Germany would have been a hastle with East/West. This is the 69th year since the war, 25 years reunified. My father always praised the Germans for being “modern.” My maternal Grandmother’s father had come from Germany to Vienna. But it was not one of those places, I was ready for.

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Even just piece of the Anhalter Bahnhof is worth seeing, the first thing I see when I get off the S-bahn.

So after I can’t get a room in Prentzlau Berg, that i first wanted, I settled for one near Anhalter Bahnhof. Well, I settled for cheaper, but stumbled into gold.  It turns out Anhalter Bahnhof, was once a beautiful modern station built in the late 1800’s with one of those glass ceilings. WW2 came along and they bombed it to hell, but the walls stay intact as a station. It also had a bomb bunker. Lots of folks go “ooooh.” –Hell-oh!, where you most likely want to put a bunker, where the pe0-ple are? Not only to say about a block away is the big place where all the Gestopo do their best work in Berlin.

The great thing about this place is I sitting here within a walk of history. The Topography des Terror is a block away. Home of the Gestapo before and during WW2.  Potsdamer Platz is a spit away, as is Brandenburg Tor (Brandenburg Gate), as well as the Reichstag! Checkpoint Charlie, although somewhat of a tourist trap is nearby.

top of terror2So the first thing I head for is the Topographie des Terror.

There is so much to write about this, but I have to absorb it in. It is reminescent, but not as scary as the Terror House in Budapest.

erich honeckerHere is someone I did not expect to see there, the former General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party, East Germany.

ss ladiesThe jig is up for some former SS ladies.

Now that I am here I begin to try to piece it together. It is twenty-five years since reunification. I had started looking into the devastation Berlin had seen. Hitler replays in your head, especially these day in the US. I remember Werner Fassbinder’s reflections and film oeuvre largely reflecting post-Adnauer Germany. Talking about guilt.

 

keithA little Keith Haring for lightness.

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The Sony Center is one of those “hip” places that people go to Potsdamer Platz and look at. As  was pretty much destroyed during the war, then split down the middle by the Berlin Wall, who knows what should have developed? I don’t know if people wanted to go back, but did they want this. Some Berliners, I have heard written, were not impressed.

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Great photo of Willy Brandt along Unter den Linden window exhibit.

DSC_0438Goofy tourists at Brandenburg Tor.

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The lady of Brandenburg Tor.

DSC_0350 A show about the Bundestag put on near it.

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It is a lousy shot, but enough to give you idea of the Deutscher Bundestag

The Congress of the Germany Republic, the building Hitler is purported to have had burned down. The Allies blasted it to smitherines, the East Berliners under Russia’s watchful eye, blew up the dome. Since reunification it’s dome has been redesigned by an Englishman, making it a tourist delight. There is so much to write about here. I do not want to trivialize or marginalize what these people have gone through and what they did. There are so many images I have photographed in a short day, got to get to bed. More to come.

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Grabbing a great pizza and bier at the corner joint. Ich bin ein Berliner, as Jack would say.

Spain ’14: Les Arts de la Ciutat, València

July 18, 2014

cas 1I love the interaction of scale and the human in this beautiful example of Spanish architecture.

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Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències  (City of Arts and Sciences) was designed by largely by Santiago Calatrava and additional work, especially the Aquarium designed by Félix Candela. Perhaps, I have a fondness for these kind of swirling modernistic forms because they remind me of Idlewild, now JFK, airport in it’s emerging heydey, or futuristic comics, or the World’s Fair. This incredible structure repays the Islamic love of fountains, with pushing through form, the way Antoni Gaudí a century earlier.

cas 8 map DSC_0036Layout of part of the park you are seeing here.

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cas 12 DSC_0126It is great to see young people use it.

I was originally here in 2008, and many of those shots were better, and may be posted later, but what a great experience. Valencia offers much and is a cool place in Spain to spent time. It is a wonderful counterpoint to Barcelona.

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DSC_0161Beauty of pure form and space.

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cas 4 DSC_0678That eyeball (L’Hemisfèric) takes on a different context late at night.

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’14 New Mex Live: Divas and digs

July 8, 2014

 DSC_0001This is how we started our morning at San Francisco de Asis Church, can it get better?

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The Mabel Dodge Luhan House  is a famous diva house in Taos. It was fun to sit around and hear about her life in New Mexico. Of course what I had known of her came from Janet Flanner’s Paris was Yesterday and Gertrude Stein. I knew about her connection with Georgia O’Keeffe. I have just learned about her affair with D.H. Lawrence, whose picture looks like Henry Hull in The Werewolf of London sans widow’s peak. I have no idea of what he whispered in their ears, but I can’t see anyone getting driven wild, whatever. So anyway this wonderful house she designed with her final husband, Tony Luhan and had all these great people come to Taos to stay. What this must have been like for the conservative pueblo is anyone’s guess. Funny, Dennis Hopper should buy this place and wind up botching The Last Movie. But the house is there and you can go there if you like. That is, if you have enough, there might be a room waiting for you. And all that history.

DSC_0103Dennis Hopper on the way to the Rainbow Room.

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DSC_0129Dining room, where it all happened.

DSC_0169Ceiling design for the dining room chosen by Mabel, to give the feeling of a Navaho rug.

DSC_0366In the bedroom, lots of listening went on, since it was above the dining room and she could hear every word.

DSC_0477 The Millicent Rogers Museum also in Taos. Story had it that Mabel lent Millicent her house when she came to down, after leaving Hollywood and her former beau, Clark Gabel, after she caught him with someone else. Like all named, she became enchanted with Taos, and settled here for the rest of her life. The museum is not her actual home, but a repository for some of the art she amassed over a 7 year period. Here you will find paintings, weaving, jewelry, basketry, iron ware, graphic work, etc.There are no photos inside, since some dip came in, shot photos of the Navaho rugs, then went and had someone sell copies.  But there still is room to shoot this beautiful land outside, and a small courtyard which contains sculpture.

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DSC_0501 Roxanne Swentzell, Stevie Mack and Andy Mayhall at the Tower Gallery.

Like the other people who came here and discovered things, it takes very little to understand that when you meet Roxanne Swentzell, she is not only a great artist, but a great soul. Humble, unpretentious, thoughtful. One need only to watch her hands, to see how feet and hands imbue themselves in her sculpture. This is no diva, for her humility goes beyond that. Of native and European origins, with her craft growing out her native family traditions, her work is not art, but life. Her wonderful work should be in every American museum in the United States, for she is truly an origina. We thank her for allowing us to come into the Tower, and be so generous with her reflections and her time.

DSC_0515 Bill Yarborough, Stevie Mack, Roxanne Swentzell and Nancy Walkup.

It was a long, fun day the Tower Gallery is up the road in Santa Fe. If you are in the area you should go.

DSC_0079Divine divas, Stevie Mack and Nancy Walkup.

Spain ’14: A Garden of Earthly Delights

June 30, 2014

muse and musicOur muse directs the singing of the surrounding figures representative of turn of the 20th century Catalonia.

Our word for music is derived from Latin (musica) originating from the Greek mousikê, meaning any of the arts/sciences directed by the Muses.* Barcelona, the home of so many earthly delights, Antoni Gaudí of first note, but none more delightful as the Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalonian Music).  Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it has survived 100 years, with some modification and edition, but the music hall intact. A great example of the modernisme design to roll out of the Art Noveau tradition.

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There is a certain beauty which distances this from Wagner or the work of Mackintosh. Domènech uses materials which are more common, red brick, white clay with majolica glazeware, cast plaster, sometimes simple tile or stencil, to create an original and interesting whole. The sculpture work well, as it grows out of the design. This is contrast to the traditions of Michelangelo, where the architecture serves as a stage set for the stars of the show, the sculpture. The diversity of tilework, both like Gaudí and some predating Art Deco, have their own way, with raw edges sometime dominating. If history is not your strong point, just go enjoy the visuals.

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figure capitalsFigure from stage muses (left); capitals of white clay and majolica exterior (right).

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large windowPièce de résistance of the auditorium.

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When I think of the opera houses in Paris, Vienna, Budapest or the palace theaters a few years later (the Fox, the Chicago) this is a very unique display of a public space. Perhaps, because it is Catalan, or perhaps because growth around it stopped or slowed making this work by the whole group of architects exceptional. Whatever, if you can go and see the tour, if not, go have a coffee in the lobby, you will get a sense about this wonderful structure.

______________________________________________________ *Paraphrased from Wikipedia.

 

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Viva VA’14: Return to Williamsburg

June 27, 2014

DSC_0284xWhen the boy (and girls) line up, it signals their parade through town and the ensuing gunfire.

In 2003, with my manual SLR camera, I paid a visit to Williamsburg as Janene and I traveled from Valparaiso to Florida. Like this day, we walked through an area, after parking on the street and walked it, no fanfare or ticket. We spent several hours there in one section. There is more than in these photos, this is just a taste.

DSC_0011xHe was excellent as a representative carriage master.

This young man looked very authentic, spoke with a stronger Southern accent, which may have been out of character for that time. But listening to him I could see he loved what he did as a carriage master. He was explaining the difference of the modern day chances to the authentic looking copy.

DSC_0935Bruton Parish Church interior.

The Bruton Parish Church is the first Anglican church in the US. Among those who were parishoners  were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, George Wythe and Patrick Henry.

DSC_0974zJust little vignettes like this give a glimpse from the past, providing you don’t see the road with the cars!

DSC_0996xThe guys with the horses seemed to really like their charges, quite humane.

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To think that a Frenchman stationed here, would go around and survey this town and leave a record of what it actually looked like. The purpose was to station troops during the Revolution, when the French really were our friends in getting rid of the motherland! Remember historic Williamsburg is site specific. Plimouth Plantation is actually on another site, somewhat similar, because the actual town grew and evolved into something else. There is the outer part which is the actual town the people of today live in, although I noticed cars and one bike rider within the historic area itself.

frenchman's mapThe Frenchman’s map was reproduced from a Wikipedia copy.

DSC_0357xIt was very exciting when these kids began to march and play bringing you to a meeting point with a recreation of revolutionary times.

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DSC_0675Everyone is so earnest, I loved the older man.

compositeI particularly loved General Lafayette, with sword, through the PA.

DSC_0708xWhen I saw them in their red gear, I realized how the British got their behinds shot off in the Revolution!

I am not one necessarily for Americana, but these recreations do give you a sense of another day. Unfortunately, you also get the sense of history that slavery, emancipation and women’s rights were not exactly at a high water mark in these days. That would take other places and battlegrounds for that to be fought out. Thanks, Mary.

double girlsDoesn’t the girl in the pink dress (except for the pattern) look like she stepped out of a Copley?

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DSC_0113xA splendid time is guaranteed for all.