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Museu del Mar

  This is a strange, humble museum. I was disappointed with the first part, but loved the second half, which is fascinating. It almost seems as if it was not planned as a unity; there is a lack of coherence that gives the impression that different people were in charge…

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Things to come. Science fiction film.

  While working on a project in Berlin some weeks ago, I had a couple of free hours and decided to visit a museum. Regarding the limited time available, it should be a small one. The perfect choice seemed to be the Museum für Film und Fernsehen, that shows now…

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Museum of the City of New York

This museum represents my favourite kind of museums. It is small in a user-friendly way; it has a complete variety of temporary exhibitions, all related to the city of NY but far from the popular topics; it is financed privately with different membership levels; it has great shop; it offers…

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A Thyssen never seen

  With a new approach to display 62 masterpieces that, regretfully, have not been often exhibited, is how the Thyssen- Bornemisza Museum in Madrid wanted to celebrate its 25th anniversary. That is why they named this exhibition A Thyssen never seen, as it actually includes pieces that have been almost…

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C/O Berlin

C/O Berlin is a private charitable foundation that exhibits mainly photography and visual media displays at America House, both of famous artists and emerging ones. They organise not only up to 20 exhibitions each year, some with their own catalogue, but also lectures, guided visits, and a photography award among…

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Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte…

  Once again, the Hamburger Kunsthalle has accomplished a major challenge by organising an exhibition about surrealism, but approaching from a new perspective, which is not easy with such a recurrent subject.     Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte… shows works belonging to four renowned European art collectors, some of which…

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Davidson vs. Maier. Photographic encounter in Barcelona

  It was an unexpected and lucky coincidence: two photograph exhibitions opened at the same time in Barcelona, both showing the work of two north American artists who photographed New York, Chicago and other cities exactly on the same years. The coincidences, nevertheless, stop there. Besides the obvious differences of…

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Hokusai x Manga

Japanese pop culture since 1680 This exhibition is the result of two years of investigation, exhibits’ compilation and planning. Its purpose is to establish a relation between the earlier Japanese popular culture (since 1680) and the present one, based on the evolution of the manga (Japanese word for comic). The…

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Impressionists and Moderns. Masterworks from The Phillips Collection.

CaixaForum   The Phillips Collection – which is 95 years old and worldwide renowned – has over 4.000 pieces that extend from the French Impressionism and American Modernism to Contemporary Art. 60 of the most emblematic artworks are now being exposed at CaixaForum in Barcelona.   The exhibition Impressionists and…

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Art Nouveau. The Great Utopian Vision

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg   I feel ambivalent about this museum. On the one hand, I love a part of its permanent collection, I think some of their projects are highly valuable, such as offering a major part of the collection On-Line, and I respect their willingness to…

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The Viking Ship Museum

  This magnificent small museum shows three original Viking ships, in different state of conservation, plus some furniture, jewels and other Viking objects. They also organise temporary exhibitions which consist, mainly, of photographs and information displayed on the walls of the halls where the ships are exposed.   The cross-shaped…

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Altonaer Museum

    I visited the Altonaer Museum after its reopening on 2015, as it was long closed due to a renewal process. I expected thus to visit a modern museum, with up-to-date halls and equipment, but I was unfortunately disappointed.     Although some pieces and halls are interesting, the…

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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

  There are just a couple of pre-Columbian art museums in the world. Ethnological or anthropological museums about the native American people are the most common places to find pieces and information, but spaces intended to appreciate objects made by these people from an aesthetic or artistic point of view,…

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Eckersberg – Fascination with reality

  The Hamburger Kunsthalle uses to offer exhibitions about a diverse array of artists and themes. Faithful to this principle, it has prepared now a complete retrospective of a remarkable Danish artist of the first half of the 19th Century.   Eckersberg – Fascination with reality is the first big…

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Aalto in CaixaForum

  This exhibition is now opened in Madrid (until February 16th), but I saw it in Barcelone. If you are in Madrid and you like industrial design, architecture and furniture, you should try to go and you may enjoy the rest of CaixaForum as well. CaixaForum organises exhibitions that are…

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Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

This is an interesting, big and well equipped museum. The premises are divided into themes, some of them recently refurnished, all of them with a lot of free space. This makes the visit comfortable despite the crowds in some spots, such as Da Vinci’s Models Collection, which is totally awesome….

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Ernst Barlach Haus

The Ernst Barlach Haus is a modern building meant to hold Hermann F. Reemtsma’s collection of Barlach’s expressionist sculptures. It was constructed in 1962 at Jenischpark, a vast and lovely park on west Hamburg that has direct views over the port. In this park you may also find the Jenisch…

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Art at airports?

  Art exhibitions at airports are an excellent idea that only a few airports have realized. Whether they are the result of a partnership with an external museum or the work of an internal department -or even museum- belonging to the airport, they are unfortunately rare to see.    …

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Nolde in Hamburg

  The exhibition Nolde in Hamburg was opened last week in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. More than just an exhibition, this is also an opportunity for Nolde fans to learn more about the man and the artist, as well as for Hamburg lovers to observe the city in another times through…

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Tattoo

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg I was very interested in this exhibition. This theme gives a lot of visual possibilities and was curious about the approach a museum like this would take when planning such an exhibition. I usually like the innovative ideas of the MKG’s curators, and enjoy…

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Temps de Romànic

Palau Robert   Palau Robert is holds one of the main touristic offices in Barcelona. As it is a big palace, with a lot of halls and a big garden, they also use to have two or three temporary small exhibitions of a wide range of themes. I have seen…

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Enchanted time

Cézanne·Van Gogh·Bonnard·Manguin   The exhibition Enchanted Times presented more than 200 works by 18 artists that belong to the art collection of Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler, a Swiss couple who collected them between 1906 and 1936 and kept all of them at their home, Villa Flora in Winterthur. They had the luck…

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Puig des Molins Museum

  This newly rebuilt museum is part of the Archeologic Museum of Ibiza. Situated where once was the biggest Punic necropolis of Ibiza, you may visit not only some of the caves where the graves were excavated, but you can also learn about death and live through the Phoenicians, Punics,…

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MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

  Visiting this museum was a real pleasure, I loved it!!! The collection, the museographical concept of each section, the building, everything exceeded my expectations. As Applied Arts and industrial design are my personal interests, this museum is a paradise for me… and here I saw one of the most…

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Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg

I love this kind of museums showing how people used to live on the countryside centuries ago. I have visited one in Münster  and still remember how interesting it was, so I had high expectation about the Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg.   This museum is divided in two: one part is…

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Fette Beute. Reichtum zeigen

  I visited the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe for another exhibition, and ended up in this one without any idea of the theme or the contents. Despite my complete ignorance around emblems, marks, signs or other evidences of “richness”, I ended my visit with a pleasant impression about the…

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Leopold Museum

  In this museum I have seen a couple of wonderful paintings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Despite these paintings, my overall impression of this museum is poor and I wouldn’t recommend it. It is another example of big empty buildings, perfectly constructed to be a museum but without…

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LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

  This is probably the best experience I had in a Museum last year. Although I had great expectations, the new LWL Museum surprised me and I am eager to go back, it’s just perfect.   Münster has a well-known reputation as a city where you can live and enjoy…

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Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

    This museum is huge. Amazing huge and old. The building was constructed by order of the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria to hold some of the imperial collections and was opened back on 1889.       I cannot write about all the exhibitions that this museum…

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Upper Belvedere

  When you go to Vienna, you have to visit the Belvedere. Every tourist guide says so; every person you ask for recommendations recommends it… you should go. You may see there Klimt’s Kiss and only that makes the visit to Belvedere worth it. You may also see a few…

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Pompeii. Gods, Myths, Man

  Just a couple of weeks before its closing, I had time -at last- to visit this exhibition around Pompeii. My expectations were high, as I use to like very much the exhibitions in the Bucerius Kunst Forum. I couldn’t imagine how disappointed I’d get.   It is not easy…

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Weltkulturen Museum

    At first, I wanted to write something about the current exhibition on this museum, “Foreign exchange (or histories you wouldn’t tell a stranger)”, but the more I think of this museum, the exhibition and their proposal, the more I want to write about they as a “post-ethnographic” project…

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War and Propaganda 14/18

  This exhibition was a way of participating on the century of the WW1’s anniversary. As it is very difficult to make a complete exhibition about such a war (goal achieved at the Deutsches Historisches Museum as posted here: http://culture-ant.com/1914-1918-wwi), the staff of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg…

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Museum Angewandte Kunst

  I’ve wanting to visit this museum since January 2012, when I saw a conference about Dieter Rams and the Ulm School  held by Dr. Klaus Klemp, then in charge of exhibitions. The theme and the conference were so interesting for me, that I thought this museum would be fascinating….

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Museo de Olvera

  This small museum is situated at the historical house “La Cilla” in the old city of Olvera, one of the so-called “white towns” in Andalusia, Spain. Olvera’s major economic activity has been the olive oil production for the last decades. Nevertheless, the last years they have been doing an…

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Cap San Diego

  Hamburg has the third port of Europe (in terms of activity) and the 15th largest of the world. As a famous maritime city, it is possible to find a lot of cultural and tourist attractions related to its port. There are museums, walking and sailing tours, colourful neighborhoods, festivals,…

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Topographie des Terrors

    The Topography of Terror Foundation was founded by the state of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany after an exhibition on 1987 celebrating Berlin’s 750th anniversary. As a political institution, the aim was to build a documentation center to be established in an important part of the city,…

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C’est la vie

  The Paris of Daumier and Toulouse-Lautrec. Hamburger Kunsthalle.     During July, the Hamburger Kunsthalle made some improvements on the permanent exhibition spaces. As the visitors could not visit the whole Kunsthalle, and had access only to the new building called Galerie der Gegenwart  (with 2 temporary exhibitions), it was nonsense…

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

    Last July I was invited by a friend to stay in a small Danish town. Before my trip, he told me that we may visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, what gave me time to see its website (very complete and appealing)… after what I really wanted…

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1914–1918. The First World War. Deutsches Historisches Museum

  I was very curious about how an exhibition over a big war can be conceived, without hurting anyone’s feelings. Too many countries participated in this war, too many people died in this first modern war (with modern weapons that could kill and damage on a larger scale). It is…

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David Bowie in Martin-Gropius-Bau

  I went to Berlin for a couple of days this week and I really wanted to visit the David Bowie’s exhibition that I have read so much about. On the one hand, I was curious of how an exhibition of a living man can be set up… with which…

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Your Paintings Project

  The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) has been digitalizing for years oil paintings that belong to different public collections across United Kingdom. The main aim is that the public can, at last, have access to these public owned paintings that unfortunately, for varied reasons, are not exposed and may not…

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Mahnmal St. Nikolai… or how to do it simply good

    Mahnmal St. Nikolai in Hamburg, Germany, is a memorial museum built over (and under) the rests of St. Nikolai’s Church, which was destroyed during the WWII. It is divided in three different parts: the shattered church, a museum and an observatory at the top of the tower of the…

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