Berlin, Germany: May 23, 2014 – June 1, 2014
Art History course post #2:
Post by Lynnette Sauer
Last week during our time in Berlin, we took a day trip to Leipzig by train — about an hour and twenty minutes away from the city.
Although the entire day was inspiring, one of my favorite parts was visting the B2 gallery run by a collective of Leipzig artists. The group consists of about 10-15 artists who collaborate to to run and maintain a gallery space. They each pay a monthly fee and work together to make all decisions for the gallery. The money is used to run the space and hire someone to be an ‘office manager’ of sorts, handling the marketing and business administrative side of things. Each artist gets a show per year, in which they have freedom to curate the content of their choosing. Bastian Muhr, one of the artists, had a solo show up while we visited — it was…
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First art history class blog post, from Berlin.
Post by Lynnette Sauer
When approaching this museum (and, from what it seems, all of the Museuminsel museums), the overall impression is that everything is grand. From the architectural appearance of the building itself to the fact that there are reconstructions 60-70 feet tall. There is a huge, beautiful tiled arch — mostly blue tile, with gold and teal accents, and animals: slightly protruding in more textural brick (Ishtar Gate of Babylon). Upon proceeding through the gate, you arrive within a room of anient Roman architecture and sculpture which is my favorite part of the museum — I have never seen life-size Roman columns, and to see these beautiful Corinthian pillars on a two-story, 60 or 70 foot wall is a bit overwhelming. In a good way.
After the room of Roman architecture and sculpture comes the Permanon Altar room: the related frieses are also quite amazing in their grandeur…
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A lot has happened in the past three weeks. Since last time:
All final projects have been turned in and spring semester grades are posted
I cleaned out my space in the junior painting studio
I re-signed my lease, my current roommate moved out, a new roommate moved in, and we found someone to stay here over the summer while we’re both traveling
To anyone who’s asked me what I’m doing this summer, here’s the plan:
- Berlin + Prague + Vienna + Strasbourg + London + Oxford + Paris + Rome
- 2 months (7 weeks of classes: 12 credit hours / 2 weeks of traveling with friends)
I fly out of Chicago on May 22 (25 days from now).
IS THAT CRAZY, OR WHAT?
This could not have come together more perfectly – timing, finances/scholarships, friends traveling Europe at the same time, classes that count toward my degrees – and I am so thankful for this opportunity. So many blessings happening all at the same time. Like I said before, it’s a little crazy. But definitely the good kind.
I bought a travel backpack and suitcase (first luggage of my own!). Flights are booked. Classed enrolled. AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO DO. My to-do/to-buy/to-pack before leaving list is several pages long. I like lists though, so having one actually makes me feel better about the fact that we’re leaving so soon. There is something exciting and hopeful in preparing for travel. “Adventure is out there.” And I can’t wait to find it.
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