Art and Alchemy

Dear reader,

last week there was the „Lange Nacht der Museen“ in Düsseldorf. Besides the fact that I’m generally a night owl, it pleased me to spend the night with something meaningful as the visit of a museum.

Francois-Marius Granet - Der Alchemist Quelle:
Francois-Marius Granet – Der Alchemist

We started our journey at the Film Museum, which I had not seen before. Four floors of film history made my little cineastic heart beat noticeably faster. Especially the ancient „Laterna Magica“ and all kinds of movie accessories to touch and play with made me happy. However, we wanted to see so much more that we stayed there only half as long as I would have liked. The second stop of the evening ww made at the NRW-Forum. Actually a guarantee of terrific photography exhibitions, this time there was an exhibition in the course of Quadrienale 2014. It was on „The City of the Future in the movies.“ Of course, a replica of Metropolis had to be there. In addition, however, there was also a live sized Robocop and a model of the Starship Enterprise. Highly recommended to see. Unfortunately, this museum was way too crowded, as that we could have enjoyed the exhibits extensively.

The real place to be on this evening was the Museum Kunst Palast. After we had tormented us by a more or less exciting exhibition of glassblowing, we finally entered the exhibition of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries. I looked forward to two works by Caspar David Friedrich, and the Rubens gallery. It was great! To us the highlight of the evening was the exhibition „Art and Alchemy“. Unfortunately we had not considered that the rest of the Düsseldorf art fans might feel like visiting this exhibition. Nevertheless, we joined a row and after waiting for about 15 minutes we were allowed to enter the exhibition rooms. The first part was breathtaking. Great works of art, ancient books and interesting sculptures in a beautifully designed room were displayed. That was worth it! The more disappointed we were by the second part which was cold , unloving and edgy in comparison. Too bad .

However, all in all it was a very successful night of the museums. I can recommend it to anyone.

Sincerely yours,

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