Why Weissenhofmuseum in Stuttgart is a very special museum

Hi guys! Have you ever been to Weissenhofmuseum in Stuttgart? I know, we have many famous museum in town and visiting Staatsgalerie, Porsche-, Mercedes-Benz- or Schweinemuseum might be higher one ones bucket list just because they are better know. But Weissenhofmuseum is a very special place and truly a gem you don’t want to miss! And here’s why:

Weissenhofmuseum in Stuttgart is a very special gem.

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Museum Monday IV: 80 Shades of Porsche

“In the beginning I looked around but couldn’t find the car I dreamt of, so I decided to build it myself.”

Ferry Porsche

Most people think of cars when they think of Stuttgart. One of the famous brands that originates from Stuttgart is Porsche. Its logo even carries the Stuttgarter Rössle (Stuttgart Pracing Horse) in its center:

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Since January 2009, Porsche operates its own museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. And what can I tell you, this is the first museum where I found more male visitors than female ones! Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Even entering the exhibition area is quite an adventure because of the steep escalator (OK, there would have been stairs too, but… pleeeease!! Zwinkerndes Smiley)

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Let the tour begin! There are more than 80 vehicles on display on 5,600 square meters.

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I’d like to introduce you to the first Porsche construction, the C.2 Phaeton:

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Fancy, hum?! But not as fancy as this one:

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The Porsche 917 LH, it was constructed especially for the 24-hours race of Le Mans. It can reach up to 387 km/h…

While talking about the Le Mans race, they have a special exhibition about this famous race in the museum at the moment. So if you’re interested in the REALLY fast Porsche cars, you should go see them now. My favourite was the fat pig. No, I’m not rude, that’s what this racing car was called:

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Due to its wide body, the 917/20 was called fat pig by many people in the race of 1917. So Porsche decided to paint it pink and labeled it with the specific portions of meat (“Schinken” meaning ham, “Haxen” stands for pork leg…). How awesome it that?! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

I named this article “80 shades of Porsche” because of a reason. When I walked around between the more than 80 cars of the museum, I was astonished how colorful the vehicles were. So here’s a little selection of the different shades of Porsche:

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In the order of appearance: 911 Sport Classic, 911 Turbo Cabrio Studie, 911 Turbo S3.3 Leichtbau, 924, Cayman S, 968 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 3.6 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 2.7, 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder, Volkswagen

After looking at so many beautiful cars, you really want to jump into one, sit behind its wheel and feel the magic by yourself. Luckily, the people of Porsche anticipated this reaction. At the end of the exhibition, you can try how a real Porsche suits you:

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I might look a bit lost but hey, I could still grow into it, right?!

I have to admit, all of the cars are pretty awesome. But if I had to pick one, it would be this 911 Carrera Coupe, inspired by the art of the Australian Aborigines:

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And then, just when I was finished with my visit of the exhibition, I saw her! A real Hollywood star! Sally Carrera, who’s famous since she was one of the stars in the Disney’s movie “Cars”. Amazing! She was all down to earth and didn’t mind taking a picture with me:

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Last but not least, a hint for everybody who want’s to play a little trick on the person accompanying them: If you want to scare the shit out of this person, just push him or her on one of the three black circles at the end of the exhibition and wait what happens… Smiley

This is my friend Miri after she got over the fist shock:

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We had a fun time at the Porsche Museum. And when it was time to leave, we decided to use the stairs… Huuuuuu is this high!!

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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 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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