It has been a while since I have shared my last post with you. I just came back from a trip to Peru which I will share with you soon. But before, I will introduce you to a little museum in Stuttgart which covers a very important step in modern architecture. Within the restored house of Le Corbusier, the Weißenhofmuseum tells the story of the house and the surrounding residential buildings The Weißenhofsiedlung.
The whole area symbolises an important architectural movement called “Neues Bauen”. Seventeen different architects created different houses for an exhibtion in Stuttgart in 1927. The origin of the residential area , its history and its significance is described in the left half of the building.
The other half, however, was restored following the original plans of Le Corbusier and shows his simple but functional way of furnishing. So, for example, the beds could be stored away during night by pushing them back into the cupboards, making room for chairs and tables. Both parts are connected by the roof terrace from which you can enjoy a great view over Stuttgart.
After visiting the museum the residential area around offers a lot more unique buildings. A short round walk leads you to all the preserved houses and gives more information on the different architects.
All houses are by themselves very impressive because of their unregular shapes and architectural concepts. It is a really nice walk and being in the area, you should end your visit with a delicious piece of cake at Café Scholz or with a picnic in the near park Killesberg.
While I was staying in Munich for a longer business trip I was able to squeeze in a visit of the Brandhorst Museum. Until the end of april they are hosting an exhibition called “Painting 2.0 – Expression in the information age” focusing on modern and contemporary art.
The museum is located near the university and can be reached easily by taking a bus from the central station. The exhibition features over 230 paintings by 107 different artists. With this, it is one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary art. Since the 1960s, artists have been discussing societal changes and the meaning of art within their work.
“Painting 2.0” shows in three inter-related sections how artists handled questions like the meaning of corporality or the development of social networks.The first thing you see entering the gallery is a container filled with destroyed pictures. Martin Kippenberger addresses with this work the relationship of art and spectacle. This relationship is the focus of the first section. It concentrates on the question of how art is able to create spectacles itself but also how it can reflect a culture of spectacle.
On the top floor, the museum shows works focusing on the question of corporality. Artists critically explore how technologies transform our image of us and others.
In the basement the exhibition is completed by paintings centred around social networks. So for example there you can find computer generated pictures or a painting of a huge socket symbolising our dependency on electricity.
For a good overview of the exhibition I found this video from the Bayerische Rundfunk. Unfortunately it is only available in German but even without the text you get a good impression about the works shown in the exhibition.
Overall “Painting 2.0” looks at some of the pressing issues of our society. It explains and shows how art paralleled societal changes since the 1960s and how it struggled around the question of its own meaning. The pictures might not have the beauty of a painting by Monet or Da Vinci but they challenge your perception and leave you with some deep thoughts about how technology changes our world.
For that reason and the great line-up of popular artists like Andy Warhol, Georg Baselitz or Martin Kippenberger the exhibition is worth every visit. It is running until the 30th April, so there is some time left for you to go.
Have you been to a great museum or exhibition lately?