Portrait: August Macke, a German Expressionist painter

28 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  10 minutes

Selbstporträt mit Hut (1909) by August Macke

Selbstporträt mit Hut (1909) by August Macke

August Robert Ludwig Macke was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art: he saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. Like a true artist of his time, Macke knew how to integrate into his painting the elements of the avant-garde which most interested him. Like his friend Franz Marc and Otto Soltau, he was one of the young German artists who died in the First World War. The August-Macke-Haus is a museum dedicated to August Macke founded in 1991. It is located in Macke’s former home in Bonn, where he lived from 1911 to 1914.   read more…

Democracy Way in Germany

14 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

Frankfurter Nationalversammlung im Juni 1848 von Ludwig von Elliott

The Democracy Way has been a reminder of the political awakening towards democracy in the region in 1848 (German Revolution) since 7 September 2007 as a holiday and at the same time as a cultural route in southwest Germany, modeled on other tourist routes such as the Castle Road or Upper Swabian Baroque Route. It is approx. 280 km long between Freiburg im Breisgau (South Baden) and Frankfurt am Main (Hesse). The subject of “democracy in Germany” is discussed in school lessons, but very few can look back on relatives in their own families who were involved in the efforts at that time. When visiting the places along the Democracy Way, identification opportunities are offered that show that democracy is made by people and does not fall from the sky. There are many monuments on it that remind of individual participants. However, some are more or less anonymous communal graves of the “insurgents” who were shot at the time. The word “Prussia”, on the other hand, still smacks of the intervention troops (federal troops) of that time in Baden. So far there are a total of 63 stations on this history route. Through a better museum didactic, connections should be made comprehensible. The aim is to show what democracy meant in 19th century Germany.   read more…

The brig Roald Amundsen

1 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  9 minutes

at Kieler Woche 2007 © VollwertBIT/cc-by-sa-2.5

at Kieler Woche 2007 © VollwertBIT/cc-by-sa-2.5

Roald Amundsen (often abbreviated Roald; named in honor of Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen), originally named Vilm, is a German steel-ship built on the Elbe River in 1952. Having worked in different areas, she was refitted in 1992 to 1993 as a brig (two-masted square-rigged sailing ship) and now serves as a sail training ship. During summer, she usually operates in the Baltic Sea, and usually embarks for journeys to farther destinations for winter, including several trans-Atlantic crossings.   read more…

Portrait: Paul Klee, painter and graphic artist

23 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  8 minutes

Paul Klee by Hugo Erfurth in 1927

Paul Klee by Hugo Erfurth in 1927

Paul Klee was a Swiss-born German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on Form and Design Theory (Schriften zur Form und Gestaltungslehre), published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks, are held to be as important for modern art as Leonardo da Vinci‘s A Treatise on Painting for the Renaissance. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture in Germany. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality.   read more…

GEOMAR in Kiel

9 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  11 minutes

© Andreas Villwock/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Andreas Villwock/cc-by-sa-4.0

The GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), former Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (German: Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften, IFM-GEOMAR), is a research institute in Kiel, Germany. It was formed in 2004 by merging the Institute for Marine Science (Institut für Meereskunde Kiel, (IFM)) with the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR) and is co-funded by both federal and provincial governments. It was a member of the Leibniz Association till 2012 and is coordinator of the FishBase Consortium. Since 2012 it is member of the Helmholtz Association and named GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. The institute operates worldwide in all ocean basins, specialising in climate dynamics, marine ecology and biogeochemistry, and ocean floor dynamics and circulation. GEOMAR offers degree courses in affiliation with the University of Kiel, and operates the Kiel Aquarium and the Lithothek, a repository for split sediment core samples.   read more…

Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design

1 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

© janine pohl/cc-by-sa-2.5

© janine pohl/cc-by-sa-2.5

The Bauhaus Archive (German: Bauhaus-Archiv) is a state archive and Museum of Design located in Berlin. It collects art pieces, items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919–1933), and puts them on public display. Currently, the museum is closed due to construction works and will reopen in 2022. It has a temporary space at Knesbeckstr. 1-2 in Berlin-Charlottenburg.   read more…

National Gallery Berlin

28 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

Alte Nationalgalerie © Manfred Brückels

Alte Nationalgalerie © Manfred Brückels

The National Gallery (German: Nationalgalerie) in Berlin, Germany, is a museum for art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. It is part of the Berlin State Museums. From the Alte Nationalgalerie, which was built for it and opened in 1876, its exhibition space has expanded to include five other locations. The museums are part of the Berlin State Museums, owned by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.   read more…

New Gallery in Kassel

19 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  12 minutes

© Gerd Fahrenhorst/cc-by-3.0

© Gerd Fahrenhorst/cc-by-3.0

The Neue Galerie (New Gallery) is an art museum in Kassel in the state of Hesse, in Germany. The building was constructed between 1871 and 1877 as a museum for works of the Old Masters. The building was damaged and burned out on 22 October 1943 in a devastating air raid carried out on the orders of Winston Churchill. The 60 most important works were brought to Vienna, and were returned in 1956. The building and large parts of the collection were lost. The museum was reopened with its present name in 1976, and a large renovation was completed in 2011.   read more…

New Garden in Potsdam

14 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Old Dairy-Farm on Jungfernsee, today a restaurant © Biberbaer/cc-by-sa-3.0

Old Dairy-Farm on Jungfernsee, today a restaurant © Biberbaer/cc-by-sa-3.0

The New Garden (German: Neuer Garten) in Potsdam is a park of 102.5 hectares located southwest of Berlin, Germany, in northern Potsdam and bordering on the lakes Heiliger See and Jungfernsee. Starting in 1787, Frederick William II of Prussia (1744-1797) arranged to have a new garden laid out on this site, and it came to be known by this rather prosaic name. The New Garden is one of the ensembles comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin,” a status awarded in 1990.   read more…

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