The Museumsufer in Frankfurt

April 25th, 2015 | General | No Comments »

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

Staedel © Simsalabimbam/cc-by-2.5

The embankment to the south of the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, is called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums there. Perhaps the leading one is the Städel art gallery.

The street itself is called Schaumainkai and is often partially closed to traffic for Frankfurt’s largest flea market each Saturday.

South side:
  • Ikonenmuseum – Icon Museum, housing one of the largest collections of Russian, Bulgarian, Greek and other Icons in Germany.
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst – Museum of Applied Arts – housing furniture and design from the 10th to 21st century with a notable collection of East Asian applied arts.
  • Museum der Weltkulturen – Ethnological Museum – displaying a small part of a massive ethnological collection in changing exhibitions.
  • Deutsches Filmmuseum – German Film Museum – explaining the development of movie-making from the beginnings in the 19th century up until today, includes an art house cinema.
  • Deutsches Architekturmuseum – German Architecture Museum – apart from a small permanent collection, changing exhibitions showcase current architectural projects and trends from around the globe.
  • Museum für Kommunikation – Communication Museum – The large permanent collection displays various relics from the postal and telephone services, including one of the world’s largest stamp collection and a collection of communication related art; temporary exhibitions focus more on the abstract phenomenon of communication.
  • Städel – One of Germany’s most prominent fine art museum with a strong focus on old masters and classical modern art.
  • Liebieghaus – A sculpture collection, focusing mainly on sculpture from ancient Greece until the renaissance days.
  • Museum Giersch – Showcases a small permanent collection of local 19th-century artists and houses well received temporary exhibition on artists that have a (lose) connection to the Frankfurt region.
  • Portikus – a small free exhibition space showing temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

North side:

  • Jüdisches Museum – Jewish Museum – The permanent collection gives an overview of the varied fate of Frankfurt’s Jewish community through the centuries. Temporary exhibitions focus on contemporary Jewish life and art.
  • Historisches Museum – Historical Museum – Displays artefacts off the city’s history from Roman times until today, some very prominent old master paintings and sculptures and various temporary exhibitions.

Read more on Museumsufer, – Museum embankment and Wikipedia Museumsufer. Photos by Wikimedia Commons.

The Russian Colony Alexandrowka in Potsdam

April 22nd, 2015 | General | No Comments »

Alexandrowka Museum © A.Savin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alexandrowka Museum © A.Savin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Alexandrowka is the Russian Colony in the north of Potsdam. It consists of thirteen wooden houses in Russian style, which were built between 1826 and 1827 on special wish of the former Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm III. Originally the colony was the home of the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. The blockhouses are surrounded by generous gardens. In the north of the colony the Kapellenberg borders, a hill on which the Alexander-Newski-Church was especially constructed for the Russian colonists.

Once the colony has been built according to the village Glosovo near St. Petersburg in Russia. In 1999 the UNESCO has declared the Russian colony Alexandrowka as part of Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin a cultural heritage of the world.

Meanwhile only a few descendants of the former inhabitants live in the Russian colony. During the last decades before the reunion of East- and West-Germany there have been efforts to preserve the existing architectural core with the little money available. Nowadays, thirteen years after reunion, many preservationists, conservators and house owners are working together on the costly reconstruction of the monument. The buildings of the Russian village Alexandrowka shall be rescued and reconstructed in accordance to the original status.

Read more on Russische Kolonie Alexandrowka. Photos by Wikimedia Commons.

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