Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shadow Puppets

Trees cast ominous shadows over the side wall of the Glyptothek museum in the Maxvorstadt neighborhood. On the wall of the museum are recasts of famous statues from the Archaic (700-490 BC), Classical (490-323 BC), Hellenistic (323-146 BC) and Roman (146 BC – 550 AD) periods – matching those kept inside. Within the walls, you will find rare statues of Medusa, Rondanini, as well as figures from the temple of Aegina. They were all collected to bring to reality the vision of Prince (late to be king) Ludwig I, who envisioned a “German Athens” to house the collection. Very little of the art was destroyed in WWII, thanks to an aggressive move project; but much of the building is recreated (25 years later) with Brick.

3 comments:

Walker said...

Good picture, drama.

Babooshka said...

Beautiful powerful image to go with the text.

Sabine said...

This is my favourite museum in all of Munich, particularly in the summer, when it offers refuge from the heat in its serene white-washed halls and in the lovely courtyard. The art is just amazing, and there isn't too much of it.

Frankly, I think the bomb did the museum a huge service. Klenze's original was slathered with the most garish stucco work. I like the pared-down brick version better.