Staatsgalerie Stuttgart – The main art galery in Stuttgart

Hi guys! If you live in Stuttgart or visit this city for some days, you shouldn’t miss Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. It’s holding a great variety of paintings and sculptures from many famous artists.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart consists of two main buildings: The Old Staatsgalerie

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…with a statue of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg in front of it…

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…and the New Staatsgalerie. And this building is a piece of art itself:

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Designed by James Stirling, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart opened its doors in 1984. And since then, the rolling green glass front and the pink tubes made it to one of the top  landmarks of Stuttgart.

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Now that we have appreciated Staatsgalerie Stuttgart from the outside, let’s step in.

What every guest notices straight away is the green floor…

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… and the colour green being repeated in other architectonical elements.

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But the Staatsgalerie has more to offer than its architecture. You find about 800 works in the permanent exhibition. Event though the focus lies on art of the 20th century, those of you who like the old masters won’t be disappointed, neither.

Let me introduce you some of my most favorite pieces of art:

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Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Frank Stella, The Forge, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Pietro Belletti, The Fate Lachesis, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

For me, this painting is really special. Look at her face, the wrinkles, the look in her eyes… amazing.

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Pietro Belletti, The Fate Lachesis, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Theodor Christoph Schüz, Noontime Prayer at Harvest Time, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Theodor Christoph Schüz, Noontime Prayer at Harvest Time, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Claude Monet, Fields in Spring, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Pablo Picasso, Bathers, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Roy Lichtenstein, Spray, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

When talking about Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, you have to talk about Joseph Beuys, as they do have an interesting selection of this work on display. Well, I think his installations are quite interesting, but you have to invest some time and thoughts to get his ideas. Moreover, an audio guide or a tour do help a lot Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Joseph Beuys, Crucifixion, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Last but not least, my favourite piece of art:

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Duane Hanson, Cleaning Lady, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Nope, she’s not real, she’s an installation! I love her. Years ago, the saying goes, she was sitting next to a window and after the gallery had closed, some walkers saw her from the outside, sitting in the dark all by herself. They called the police to rescue the poor lady… Smiley

Ok, enough art! Smiley After you’ve spent some hours at the great exhibition, you have deserved a refreshment! Make sure to visit café “Gast”. It’s on the ground floor, behind the wardrobe.

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My recommendation: Sparkling wine with cassis sorbet! Hmmmmmm… best way to finish a great day at the museum.

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Fun fact: If you want to learn German, you can do so while enjoying art! Staatsgalerie Stuttgart offers special tours for study groups.

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Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Lindenmuseum Stuttgart – Inca exhibition 2014

Hi guys! Today, we visit the Incas! But we don’t have to fly to South America and climb Machu Picchu to do so. We simply visit the Lindenmuseum Stuttgart!

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The Lindenmuseum is a museum of ethnology. It’s goal is to present many  different cultures and to explain the dynamics of change within a culture. At the moment, they host a very interesting exhibition about the Incas.

The Inca Empire of the 15th and 16th century was the largest indigenous empire ever created on American soil. The exhibition follows the evolution of the legendary pre-Hispanic culture, from its origins in the mid 11th century, right up to colonial times. It focuses on the imperial phase. Inca Viracocha, Pachacutec Yupanqui and Topa Inca Yupanqui were not only responsible for creating the Inca Empire, but also for building Cusco, Machu Picchu and other world-famous sites.

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Colourful and richly patterned textiles from Inca and colonial times, valuable and extremely rare stone offering bowls, gold jewellery, knotted braids and reconstructions of archaeological sites give visitors a varied impression.

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They explain the background, religion, architecture, economy and balance of power of the Inca Empire. Paintings, wooden cups and textiles from the colonial times are testament to subsequent mixed culture, which was dominated by strong European influences.

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This is the first time that the majority of the pieces have been exhibited in Europe. The exhibition is also great for kids as they have their own information points. Moreover, I totally recommend using an audio guide. You’ll get so much additional information, it’s totally worth it. And bring some time! It took me 2.5 hours to complete my visit!

You can visit the exhibition “INCA – Kings of the Andes” until 16th of March. The Lindenmuseum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm and on Wednesdays from 10 until 8 pm. The regular entrance fee is 12 Euro. Audio guides are available in English and cost 2 Euro.

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Willi Baumeister at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Hi guys! Have you noticed the huge glass cubus at Schlossplatz. That’s actually Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Stuttgart Art Museum)!

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When the glass cube was erected in 2005 at Schlossplatz, not everybody was happy. At the very spot where the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is located today, there used to be wide outside staircases that were famous amongst young people as a meeting place. You can see the remains still on the left side of the museum.  And I have to admit, I haven’t been a fan of the building at the beginning, either. But by now I’ve grown fond of it. It really is a very special building and the view from the restaurant CUBE, which is located at the top floor, is wonderful.

The Kunstmuseum is known for it’s exhibitions. At the moment, you can visit “Willi Baumeister International” – and that’s exactly what I did lately.

Born in 1889 in Stuttgart Will Baumeister became one of the most popular German artists in the postwar period. Even though Baumeister lived most of his life in Stuttgart, he had a great international influence and that’s exactly what this exhibition want’s to illustrate.

Between 1919 and 1924 Baumeister created his series Mauerbilder (wall pictures), in which geometrical shapes dominated.

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Later, the artists style became less strict and more playful.

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I like his later paintings very much. Especially the Monturi and Montaru series. The fotos don’t do them justice, you have to see them in full size.

If you want to visit the Will Baumeister exhibition, you have time until the 3rd of march. The museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm, on Fridays even until 9 pm. The regular entrance fee for “Willi Baumeister International” is 8 Euro.

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City Library Stuttgart – new sun deck in downtown Stuttgart!

Hi guys, guess what I found these days? A new sun deck in downtown Stuttgart! More precisely on top of the City Library Stuttgart!

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There has always been the roof where you could climb up to and enjoy the view. But lately, they have put up sun beds – very comfy ones by the way… 🙂

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Ok, I am not the biggest fan of the cold, metal design – I wouldn’t mind some palm trees and sunshades. And a cocktail bar. And sand. And a pool. But the sun beds and the view are very nice as well 🙂 A good spot to spend your break on a sunny day! And when doing so, don’t miss the café LesBar on the 8th floor. 🙂

Let’s hope for some more sunny days this summer! I know I will spend my lunch break up at City Library Stuttgart again when it’s warm enough.

Enjoying my lunch break on the sundeck of City Library Stuttgart

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Café LesBar (only in German)