Vienna museums – oh my!

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 Kiss by Gustav KlimtThe 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. Belvedere - upper palace sculpture entry hall Belvedere interior - Belvedereview from Belvedere PalaceHunterwasser Belvedere - lower palace

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.Albertina sign Albertina exterior Albertina entry palace room 2 palace room 3 palace room palace room palace room detail palace roomThere 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.Gunter Damisch exhibit work by Gunter DamischHere are a few other gems from the museum – two by Claude Monet and two by Paul Signac.

Claude Monet - House Among the Roses Claude Monet - The Water Lily Pond Paul Signat - Venice the Pink Cloiud Paul Signat - detail of Venice, the Pink Cloud Paul Signat - Antibes the TowersI 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.

weekly photo challenge : my 2012 in pictures

wearing my red boots

fabulous red boots

cat on work table

Kush makes herself at home

finished cast

left hand in cast

cat on my lap

Kush on my lap

great reflections

Austin building with reflections

great angle on bridge

Lethbridge High Level Bridge

view out the front window

Taos Ski Valley view

interior of St. Francis cathedral

St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, NM

cat relaxing in the sun

Kush in the studio

birthday cake!

birthday celebration

always more to learn

Jason Pollen workshop

front of canopic coffinette

King Tut exhibit, Seattle, WA

view within glasshouse

Chihuly exhibit, Seattle, WA

finished image

high school reunion card

orange spotted apron detail

textile printing

first machinery room

Museum of Making, Cochrane, AB

cards on the rack

printed cards drying on rack

page of print samples

page of carved stamp images

wise cat

wise outdoor Kush

silhouette of grill

photo challenge photo – silhouette

showing my printing

showing my printing

packing cookies

cookies packed for shipping

Seattle library'

photo challenge photo – reflection – Seattle library

hotel in the distance

Victoria view

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.

museum of making rust

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.

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rust and old paint

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

rusted metal

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?

museum of making inspiration

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.

big gear

gear profile

close up of gear

great circles

cutwork wheel