Vienna – a city of culture with museums galore. Fabulous museums. Too many to see in just a week. But I think we did a good job with the days we spent, and I have the photos to prove it. The first museum we visited was the Belvedere. The Belvedere Museum is located in the Belvedere Palaces which – renowned Baroque landmarks, with exhibitions in the orangery and stables as well. I enjoyed seeing work by Gustav Klimt, including his famous painting “The Kiss”. This photo from Wikipedia, since you really couldn’t take photos in the galleries.
The art was amazing, and the buildings were breath-taking. My favorite exhibit was a temporary one which featured the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an artist I have admired for many years. The palace grounds were beautiful and they enhanced the excellent museum experience. Unfortunately there was a “no photos” policy inside, so my photos were VERY limited.
The next day we set out to see more museums – an easy task in Vienna. First up was the Albertina, partially situated in a Hapsburg Residential Palace. As usual in Europe, the building is stunning. The artwork is incredible. The Albertina houses the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world, as well as significant collections of Impressionist and early 20th century art . You can read all about it online, I can show you a few photos but you really should see it for yourself if possible. There was an exceptional show of large prints by Gunter Damisch. I took a few photos before I realized there were no photos allowed in this particular exhibit. I hope it’s alright to share a peak. Each print was about 4′ x 6′. Very impressive. I purchased a book on Gunter’s work, with photos of the actual printing process. Since I prefer working in something smaller, like 4″ x 6″, it is interesting to see how very large prints are done. Here are a few other gems from the museum – two by Claude Monet and two by Paul Signac.
I must save the rest of the museums for another post. This blogging is very time-consuming, and I need to get some sleep. Hope you enjoyed what you’ve seen so far.
fabulous red boots
Kush makes herself at home
left hand in cast
Kush on my lap
Austin building with reflections
Lethbridge High Level Bridge
Taos Ski Valley view
St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, NM
Kush in the studio
Jason Pollen workshop
King Tut exhibit, Seattle, WA
Chihuly exhibit, Seattle, WA
high school reunion card
Museum of Making, Cochrane, AB
printed cards drying on rack
page of carved stamp images
wise outdoor Kush
photo challenge photo – silhouette
showing my printing
cookies packed for shipping
photo challenge photo – reflection – Seattle library
It took me so long to sort out my photos and decide on a few to post for this challenge, that I forgot to put them into a gallery, and now I can’t figure out how to do it without starting over! So, my apologies for the single frame view. Maybe I’ll get more technology savvy in 2013! We can only hope.
Bet you didn’t think I could stretch this out with another post on the Museum of Making. Well, you’re wrong. I could go on posting photos from this place for weeks. Wait, I already have. Okay, this is the last one for a while. As you leave the museum, there is a large piece of equipment sitting outside the door. Actually there are several pieces. Again I have no idea what these things are, but WOW are they beautiful.
Call me crazy, but I think some of these weathered paint and rust photos would look fantastic framed just as they are. Consider them as inspiration for art and your imagination can go wild. When I mentioned to the museum owner that I loved the rusty equipment outside the museum proper, he told me I could see a lot more of it at the dump. I want to go there! And no, I am not kidding. Want to come along?
I think that would be a good name for the Museum of Making, if they were looking for a new name. As far as I know, they are not. I was totally taken by the fabulous shapes of metal found in the machinery at the museum. For the most part I don’t know what I was taking pictures of and don’t really care. All I know is that these are beautiful pieces of equipment and it was tough limiting the number of photos to share today. Seriously.