A poem from Frankfurt

We visited the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt (the National Museum of Art was closed for renovations) and came across this very unusual sculpture by Katharina Fritsch. It haunted me so much I had to write a poem about it. Though you might not be able to tell from the photo, it is huge. All the figures are life size. And if you have any idea about what it means, please post a comment. http://www.mmk-frankfurt.de/ Katharina Fritsch's Tischgesellschaft (Table Society), 1988 at the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art Sitting in Black and White Katharina Fritsch sculpted thirty-two men sitting at a long narrow table covered with a red and white print oil-cloth tablecloth Half of the men sit on one side half on the other, each looking exactly alike dressed in black shirt, pants, shoes. Each has black hair, only their faces and hands are chalk white. They sit sort of hunched over looking their opposite in the eye, their hands on the table with fingers turned … [Read more...]

A few trip highlights

My husband and I just returned from a two-week trip to Frankfurt and Berlin Germany, Stockholm Sweden, and Oslo Norway. I'll post a few trip highlights in the next days. By far the most exciting sight we visited was the Jewish Museum in Berlin. http://www.jmberlin.de/main/EN/homepage-EN.php There are absolutely no words to describe how I feel about it -- it is a museum like no other I've ever been - and I've been to a lot of museums. Everything about it reminds of the Jewish suffering throughout the ages. The angles, the voids, the stairways to nowhere, the zigs and zags, the orientation of the windows that provide no sense of the levels or rooms inside, the Garden of Exile on a 12-degree disorienting gradient with Russian willow oak growing on top of the forty-nine concrete pillars to symbolize hope. Here is what the architect, Daniel Libeskind, said about the project in 1998. "The official name of the project is 'Jewish Museum' but I have named it 'Between the Lines' … [Read more...]