|Bee being a goof.|
|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!