Tag Archives: art, design & sculpture

{Ireland} Art(s) Extravaganza in Dublin

May 6, 2016

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100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.36, 37 & 38 After spending a large part of Day 3 in Dublin visiting the Guinness Storehouse, we took a detour back to our apartment via a couple of art(s) museums. I added another art museum to my list the next day, before heading home. No.36 – Irish Museum of Modern Art The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th century building in Ireland. After restoration in the 1980s by the […]

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{Germany} East Side Gallery

June 1, 2015

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Berlin is quite well know for its street art, and possibly the most famous of all is the ‘East Side Gallery’ on a surviving 1.3km long stretch of the Berlin Wall, making it the largest open air gallery in the world. I think the Wall itself, which divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, needs no big introduction. Murals and paintings on the western side of the Wall had previously already existed, whilst the eastern side of the Wall remained grey. It was not until a […]

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A Postcard from…Paris

March 30, 2015

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Dear Jenni, I recently travelled to Paris, one of my favourite cities in the world, and I thought a lot about you while visiting museums. I always wished to visit a LeCorbusier building and during this trip, my wish came true! I went to see the Maison La Roche, where the Corbusier Foundation works. Unfortunately, the building is under renovation, so I could only visit half of it, but let me write about the other half. First I was really surprised to see such a […]

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{Germany} Sculpture Park Waldfrieden

March 13, 2015

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Every now and then, a new museum gem gets added to a city (unless you’re Washington, D.C., where they seem to be building new museums all the time…), and for Wuppertal this comes in the form of the fantastic sculpture park ‘Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden’, which already stuns you with artworks as you approach. Set in one of Wuppertal’s many woodlands along one of Wuppertal’s many hillsides, the sculpture park covers around 30 acres. Parts of the grounds occupy the estate of the Villa Waldfrieden, which was […]

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{Germany} Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

February 11, 2015

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It’s no secret that I have my favourite museums I like to revisit, both in Berlin and elsewhere, but this year I want to make a bigger effort to seek out some of the ones I’ve not been to before. And there is no shortage of those in Berlin. So, starting the year as I intend to go on, I recently visit the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), which belongs to the family of National Museums in Berlin. It’s been closed for renovation since we moved here, […]

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{Netherlands} What’s in your bag?

November 21, 2014

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If it weren’t for my interest in quirky and unusual museums, the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje in Amsterdam – or to give it its English name, the Museum of Bags and Purses – would probably never have caught my attention. Indeed, I have to admit to not owning a single handbag. Shoulder bags, backpacks and tote bags are more my style. But oh my goodness, what a fascinating museum it turned out to be! With a collection of over 4,000 bags and purses, the museum is the largest […]

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