Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DBSB '12: MI, Day 2: Bode Museum

Hello! I bring you yet another installment of our Berlin trip! Not to worry, we can almost see the end, though it's interesting going through these pictures after so long. It feels like years ago and just yesterday at the same time, and the scandalous number of pictures I took have done a very good job of reminding me of all those little things that I'd already forgotten. Thank goodness for cameras!

I should note that Sarah & I were supposed to meet with our friend Susan, who is from Denmark and we met when she was part of an exchange program at Cypress Bay, on day one. We had technical difficulties, however, and we were only able to meet with her on day two. She joined us at our hotel very early in the morning, and we then walked to Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks (oh, I can just feel you judging us) to eat breakfast.

This was my drink:

Do you know that Beirut song, In the Mausoleum, that goes, "...and Berlin is so ugly in the morning light..."? Zach Condon is such a liar.


So, the Bode Museum. I should tell you, this place was probably my favorite museum on the whole MI. Maybe it was the gorgeously bulbous dome, maybe it was the large windows that let natural light into the galleries. Or, maybe, I was just in a really good mood because, well, it was early morning and I was in Berlin with my Doll and a dear friend whom I hadn't seen in years and how can one be in anything less than a perfect mood when life is treating you so pleasantly? On with the museum.

The museum, designed by Ernst von Ihne, was completed in 1904, and was first known as the Kaiser-Frederich-Museum, after Emperor Frederick III. In 1956, however, it was re-named the Bode Museum after its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode.

Yes, this is a picture heavy post. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The first thing we saw when we began going through the collection was this room, which appeared to be undergoing restoration. There were no labels anywhere, though, and if there hadn't been two guards standing in the room, neither one of which paid us any mind, I'd have assumed we weren't supposed to be there.

Then came sculptures...

Remember these guys from Vienna?

Gorgeous, right?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Closet Sale!

Hey everyone, I felt the need to post this here just in case anyone is interested.

I finally got around to starting up my ebay page for my personal closet sale. A lot of the clothes were gifts that don’t fit my style anymore or are a size or two off. All of it has either never been worn, or is only slightly worn, and gently used. 

If anybody wants to check it out, it’d be greatly appreciated, even more so if anyone has any feedback/advice/critiques since this is my first time doing this. Also, when stuff sells, I’ll replenish the shop with new items. Thanks, y’all! :]

littlemousedeer's Ebay

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DBSB '12: MI, Day 1: Alte Nationalgalerie

After the Altes and Neues Museums, Bee & I somehow still had an hour or so left in the day to run through the Alte Nationalgalerie before closing time. Unfortunately, when I say run, I mean literally, power walk through as much as possible before getting shuffled out by the security guards. This of course, does not mean that we weren't silly throughout the entirety of the museum visit.
Bee being a goof.
Anyhow, the Alte Nationalgalerie, or Old National Gallery, holds a collection of Romantic, Neoclassical, and Impressionist artwork, and was founded in 1861. Originally the building was named the Wagener and National Gallery after Johann Heinrich Wagener, a banker who donated 262 paintings, creating the basis of today's collection. It wasn't until 1876 that the collection obtained its own building, being previously housed in the buildings of the Academy of Art.

Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty), Louis Sußmann-Hellborn

Upon entering the building, we were greeted with this beautiful sculpture at which point, both Bee and I stopped and gasped, "THIS IS HERE?" It was a pretty lovely moment, and one that continued on with many of the other sculptures.

Pan Comforting Psyche, Reinhold Begas

 The space within the museum was slightly confusing, in terms of general layout, but also very comforting. Each space was broken up into small rooms with only a few pieces in each and many benches on which visitors could sit and take in the artwork room by room.

 I know this painting depicts harpies, but seriously, what? It looks like something out of a macabre Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I half expect them to be luring sailors from their ships with songs of soup, soup, beautiful soup!

While the sculptures were absolutely stunning, and many of the paintings were lovely, if not technically amazing, what surprised me about the Alte Nationalgalerie was the small exhibition space dedicated to a series of paintings by Gerhard Richter. Obviously, these works break drastically with the overall theme encompassing the museum, but it was one I warmly welcomed. If anyone is interested, I strongly suggest looking him up as he is an interesting figure.

Both of these images seem to be the work of shoddy photography skills on my part, but this is how the paintings appear in real life. These "Photo Paintings" and blurred effects are very much so purposefully created, resulting in paintings which replicate the effect of a photograph, and also bring attention to the actual painter's skill and the presence of paint itself within a photographic-esque portrayal.

Until next time!