Kunsthalle, Duesseldorf / Germany

I love to be back in my hometown Duesseldorf. It’s good to feel the cold and humid air Germany gives you during fall and winter. My school friend Oliwia and me were having museum for lunch today. Actually we had the Kunsthalle for lunch and a sandwich for late lunch.

Kunsthalle is probably one of the most experimental and emerging artist friendly art museums I have seen in Duesseldorf. Aside from big German names such as HANS-PETER FELDMAN and FERDINAND KRIWET, the museum seems to ambitiously providing the visitors with exhibit formats introducing emerging artists and offering the possibility of new artistic approach and development of inspirational discourse.

This time the museum is showcasing the special exhibit ‘Jewels in the Rheingold – Ten Years Rheingold Collection’. And I thought maybe there is no better way to say hello again to Duesseldorf than meeting with the Rhenish art scene. The showcased artists are mainly are students or teachers who show a affinity to the Duesseldorf Art Academy or have been active within the Rhenish art scene.

Impossible not to notice – Joseph Beuys. He and other artists like Mar­cel Broodtha­ers had their first major exhibitions at the same location. Also impossible not to notice – the well trained security staff. Something that I always notice about museum security staff in Germany that it makes me almost curious about what kind of special training they might do through. Overall the museum is bright, not to big and inviting.

Kunsthalle Duesseldorf facade.

Kunsthalle Duesseldorf facade.
Copyright by Natalie Park

The Barnes Foundation – Philadelphia, USA

Can I call this museum my new darling? For a long time I have been very loyal to my Musée D’Orsay, but today’s experience at the Barnes Foundation Museum was a blast. If you like to daydream by looking at post-impressionist and early modern paintings like me, you will love this place.

When you stand in front of the minimalistic and cool facade of the museum you have no idea what is waiting inside. As soon as you step in and walk through the little galleries you feel like being shifted into Mr. Barnes very private house with its many rooms decorated with numerous (and I can just repeat that: NUMEROUS!!) breathtaking paintings by PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR, PAUL CÉZANNE, HENRI MATISSE, PABLO PICASSO, HENRI ROUSSEAU, AMEDEO MOGLIANI, CHARLES DEMUTH, WILLIAM GLACKENS and many more. It is the mixture of an amazing masterpiece collection, the intimate atmosphere which is created by little gallery rooms and the nostalgic housing decor, and finally the history of Albert C. Barnes and his passion for collecting art and artist friendships, that makes this museum like no other I have ever seen in my life. What a unique experience!

The huge mural by MATISSE is one of the highlights in the museum but also a separate room showcasing the history and philanthropy of Albert Barnes and his foundation is worth seeing. It is a pity that I have to leave Philadelphia tomorrow. If not I would have come back to this museum and pretend I live here…

Seemingly cold facade of the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia?  Copyright by Natalie Park

Seemingly cold facade of the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia?
Copyright by Natalie Park