Sweet little things at DOKUMO

Are you still looking for something special for Christmas (or for yourself Smiley)?

Today, I visited the little fair DEKUMO. The name consists of the first letters of the words Design (design), Kunst (art), Mode (fashion) – and that’s exactly what you find there.

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DEKUMO is a temporary platform for artists and designers. Most of them have their studios in Stuttgart and many are still one-man enterprises and not huge brands. Thus, you’ll find things at DOKUMO you won’t find anywhere else.

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Looovely stuff! I could have spend a fortune… Smiley Only the fact, that some artists didn’t accept credit cards saved me…

At the end, we discovered the kids corner… and had lot’s of fun there, too Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

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The DEKUMO is on until tomorrow, Sunday 8th of December. The fair is open until 8pm tonight and tomorrow from 10 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee: 8 Euro for adults, families pay 14 Euro

You find the DEKUMO close to Milaneo Shopping center, U-Bahn-station “Stadtbibliothek (Handwerkskammer)” at:

Kulturniederlassung SĂśDWEST
TĂĽrlenstraĂźe 2
70191 Stuttgart

 

More information:

DEKUMO 2014 (only in German)

Museum Monday III: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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, it 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 the Staatsgalerie 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 SchĂĽz, Noontime Prayer at Harvest Time, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

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Theodor Christoph SchĂĽz, 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.

More information about:

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Language studies (only in German)

Art on a budget: free Jazz performance in Stuttgart

Enjoying art can become quite expensive, especially in a city like Stuttgart where you could visit a different stage nearly every day. But last week, I found a great way to satisfy my craving for concerts and other performances without spending anything: The State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart offers a wide range of cultural events, mainly concerts, where the students practice to perform in front of an audience. Last Wednesday, they offered an “Introduction to Jazz” and as my whole family likes Jazz music, I went with my mum and dad.

Alexander ‘Sandi’ Kuhn led through the evening.

With the help of a PowerPoint-Presentation he explained why every Jazz concert is different, why improvisation is an crucial element of Jazz and how a piece of Jazz music is constructed. And with the help of Prof. Rainer Tempel on the  Piano, Eckhard Stromer on the drums and Nico Amrehm, playing the bass, he supported his presentation with examples.

Man, is he great with the saxophone!

It was an awesome performance in a very cozy and personal atmosphere.

I’ve listened to Jazz from a very young age as my dad just loves this kind of music. And growing up with it, I was always weak for Jazz, too, but I never quite understood it. Thanks to Sandy, a door to this music opened for me, last Wednesday – and I’ll definitely be back for more!

More information about:

State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart

Alexander “Sandy” Kuhn

Books make space for art

Last Thursday I have spent a very interesting evening at the Wilhelmspalais, close to Charlottenplatz. Until 2011 the Wilhelmspalais used to house the Stuttgart public library. Since the books found a new home in the new library behind the train station, the building awaits its reopening as a museum. In the meantime the Palais is used as a bar with a very unique style and hosts several cultural events.

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One of them was the “VariĂ©tĂ© LibertĂ©”. Four young artists showed their work and on Thursday, a poetry performance with “Hanz N’Roses” took place.

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I can truly recommend the two young poets to everybody who understands a bit German. They tell stories about their life as students and teachers, very funny but also very intelligent. I became a huge fan! 🙂

After the show a DJ went to work but I headed back home. I really like how they have transformed the library to such a great, creative place in the middle of Stuttgart. I can’t wait what they bring up next.