|11:53 am - Duckomenta - or the Duckification of the World.|
We briefly interrupt our ongoing travelogue about New York to write about the "Duckomenta", an exhibition that shows many rarely seen masterpieces as well as outright archaeological sensations that were recently on display at Neuenbürg Palace, a place not far from my hometown.
Neuenbürg Palace was built in its current form around 1550. But the Duke it was for actually never moved in. Instead administrators and civil servants lived there for many centuries. It's now partially used as a museum and there are regularly exhibitions and special events. You can also book it for weddings, meetings or other events.
Building outside the main palace.
Entry gate to the courtyard.
The courtyard inside.
By the way, all pictures were taken by a friend who I visited the exhibition with. He has the better camera and there was need to photograph everything twice.
Sarcophagus of Duckamun I.
Painting from Ancient Japan.
Elisabeth of Bavaria, better known as Sisi, painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.
And her husband, Franz Josef I.
Friedrich II. King of Prussia by Antoine Pesne.
An early portrait of Ludwig II.
The mysterious wanderer found not too long ago in the Alps
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein.
Three paintings by Carl Spitzweg. The Bookworm,
and maybe the most famous one, The Poor Poet.
While the art works are fun to look at alone, another element is missing here and that's the very amusing descriptions that you can find next to each exhibit. Just like with the originals they tell you a little about the creator and the exhibit itself. But in a funny, often slightly ironic way that adds much to the pleasure of walking through the exhibition. I used some of the "Duckification" names that were used but they are only a very limited substitute for the captions.
Vincent Van Gogh, self-portrait with beak.
Rarely seen piece by Gustav Klimt.
Daisy sitting by Egon Schiele.
The Disquieting Muses by Giorgio de Chirico.
Salvador Dalí's The Phantom Cart.
Ceci n'est pas une souris by Magritte.
The Elephant Celebes by Max Ernst.
Another Dalí, The Persistence of Memory.
I'm afraid my art knowledge is sadly limited. But I'm sure some of you can help me identify the next three exhibits or artists.
Edit: Identified with the help of a friendly emailer, it's The Tower of Blue Horses by Franz Marc.
An early Christo on the left, and a typical Giacometti on the right.
Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture and the small Venus of Willendorf statue.
The whole thing started in the mid-1980s when some people in the German city of Braunschweig got together who on the one hand collected Disney merchandise, but on the other hand also feared that the wave of American influences would more and more take over other cultures. Like the more common use of English words in the German language, or brands like Mcdonald's and Coca-Cola. So, as the full name of the exhibition indicates (loosely translated by me), "Duckomenta - or the Duckification of the World", it is in some way meant to raise awareness of those influences. Though I have to say I'm not sure if they are entirely succeeding.
Another crucifixion study by Francis Bacon.
Roy Lichtenstein's famous Drowning Duck.
Piet Mondrian. If you look at it from the distance, you can clearly see it's a Composition with Rectangular Ears.
Composition with Yellow, Red, Blue, Black and Grey.
Edvard Munch: The Scream - so far unknown version.
Georg Baselitz: Duck in sailor suit. Don't say it.
Duckfrete - still considered one of the most beautiful ducks of all time.
Iconic poster of Che Duckevara.
Which also often can be found as a mural.
Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass.
Last, not least, Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.
And a few more impressions of the Palace and the area. Inside the courtyard.
The steps you have to climb to reach the entry of the exhibition. Note the difference in steepness on the two sides.
The small garden behind the palace.
View of the other side of the valley.
And an unconventional looking church in the village.