As you may or may not know, this summer I went on a short but sweet roadtrip to Germany and Denmark. I’ve visited two museums that I’ve never been before and the upcoming posts will be all about these visits.
On our second day of the roadtrip we arrived in Hamburg. I never really had any ambition to visit this city, but I am glad I did. The Kunsthalle is located near a wide traffic boulevard. The building in itself is a mix of old architecture and modern blocks.
We were walking up to the entrance when suddenly two men stopped us, they handed us two unused tickets for the museum. We were very confused but accepted the tickets. Later on I compensated the price in the museum shop, so no worries. I did sponsor the museum.
We entered the building and get greeted by the security. We handed over our ticket, went to the lockers to get rid of any extra weight and made a short toilet stop. We were ready to enter the rooms filled with art.
The entry hall had these wide marble stairs, once you ascend them, you’ll enter this room which is decorated and painted from top to bottom. There were small dooropenings which gave you a little glimpse of what was to come. I do enjoy this kind of sneak peek, it makes me curious and keeps me enthousiastic.
The next part of the museum was all white cube. Max Beckmann was one of the most represented artists in the first rooms. Throughout the years I got a deeper and deeper admiration for this man his work. I never really invested any time for a proper research on his work or life, but it’s time to make that jump. His work is easily recognizable because of the harsh lines and in contrast with this, the amount of colours he uses. This part of his oeuvre is the one I see the most, so recognize the fastest.
There were other pieces made by the hand of Beckmann, that had nothing to do with the characteristics I mentioned before. These date from the early days, when his own style wasn’t that developed yet.
Besides Beckmann his work you get to see the work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Edvard Munch, George Minne, Ferdinand Hodler, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and a famous piece, known by pretty much everyone is Caspar David Friedrich his wanderer. It was the first time seeing a piece of Friedrich in real life and I do get the commotion that surrounds his work. After learning a lot about his work in university, it was nice seeing a few of them in real life and look at every detail on the canvas.
When leaving the room of Friedrich, there’s this grand hall with two stairs alongside the walls. I don’t know what it was, but the stairs didn’t seem that inviting, it felt like I wasn’t supposed to be there, but my curiousity took over and I went downstairs. At the bottom of these stairs is the less visited sculpture room, besides us the only person in the room was the security.
There are so many more photos that I can show you, but the photos don’t do any of the pieces any justice, so you should have your own tête à tête with them.