Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Absolut Munich

This image provides so much insight into life in Munich. The street, located in Haidhausen, couldn’t be any more normal. A few shops, a few businesses, and a few restaurants. The rest is residential, almost a bit boring. But there is nothing boring about the mix of entertainment options in Munich over the next few months. This summer, Madonna is playing the Olympic Stadium (that’s the big one, used for the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in 1972) as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour. Contrast Madonna with a Munich icon, Franz von Stuck and the Villa Stuck, currently showing a Stuck retrospective highlighting paintings that show both the heavens and hell. This particular image shown is appropriately called “inferno.” Diagonal, you find an image from one of the most successful Munich art exhibits in years – Abstract Kandinsky. Kandinsky rose to popularity about the same time as Stuck, and if you visit the two museums today, you would swear they are cross-town rivals (an Italian villa of Lenbach Haus in Maxvorstadt vs an Art Nouveu mansion in Bogenhausen). Finally, if none of those peak your interest, perhaps you should try musical theater? Unfortunately, no less dark than the inferno I’m afraid – as Sweeney Todd kills and robs all of his customers. Nothing subtle or boring about those choices.

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