31st July 2011 – Getting to Grips with Arts and Culture in Munich
After a hectic 2 days of touring Dachau Memorial and a Sound of Music Experience in Salzburg culminating in a fantastic Take That Concert, you will agree that a relaxed day was needed. And it was a Sunday so really we need a day of rest. So, what to do? As it was my birthday tomorrow and I get to do what I wanted then, it was Ann’s day. After all, she’s been putting up with me for the last 4 days so really, she needs a break then.
However, as much as we have in common, she has a huge appreciation for the arts and culture scene everywhere. I don’t mind the culture aspect of it but when it comes to art, where she excelled in at University, I have no appreciation. So taking it as an opportunity for Ann to teach me about all things Art in Germany’s Arts Centre, she was determined to get me converted. I can’t be a snob and I’m more likely to giggle at nude paintings instead of commentating how the brush was stroked on the canvas. So, filled with breakfast and yet another disastrous attempt to get tea instead of coffee, we headed off to the arts centres. Now, my mood was immediately buoyed thanks to being it a Sunday and that means 1 Euro entrance day! Most museums, art galleries either charge 1 euro or free on Sundays. This pleased the Yorkshireman in me.
So where did we go first?
Konigsplatz Royal Square
As it was a brilliant sunny day, Ann decided that I would appreciate architecture. So off we went to the Royal Square that has museums on either side of the square. These museums are housed in very big and old buildings that attach their style to the roman and greek architecture. And that means Pillars, People! You can see I love Pillars.
We entered in the building and checked out the old art within. Ann was pretty excited so we spent a good hour walking around and appreciating good art. Well, I tried to but in the end I simply got bored like a little kid and started tugging Ann to say that I’m bored! She wasn’t impressed. I just didn’t recognise the paintings until when we went to leave that I found something I did recognise! I told Ann this and she got excited and asked where I saw this. I simply told her it was from the Desperate Housewives opening credits off the tv. She rolled her eyes.
As punishment, I had to go more looking round the paintings. I decided to get picture happy until I was told off by a surly curator. I would be surly if you told me to put my camera away! Then followed more wandering around…
After spending the morning at the gallery, we went for some culture and history soak up. That meant going to the Munich History Museum, which I was looking forward to. I was very interested in Munich’s tale of being part in the Nazi Germany. That had a special exhibition called ‘Typical Munich’. It was rather interesting and a couple of hours went by without realising where the time went. I’d recommend going to Munich Museum if you really want to get to grips with the history of the Bavarian City.
But now, to reward myself with a nice scrumpticious cake. What? It’s correct that we sample the cultural dishes…
Moving east of the city centre, we arrived at another arts gallery whose name is same to one of Ann’s favourite artists. I was rather looking forward to this as it’s modern art. Now, you never expect what to see in modern art so I was ready to utter disbelief and appreciation. Probably more the latter as I saw this.
It’s actually a great arts gallery as you get to shown another aspect of art into each room.
As the day grew to an end, I do have to say that I did appreciate art a bit more but I still can’t bring myself to an arts gallery and become a snob. However, looking around as I walked back to the hotel, I began to see more art ‘stuff’. Especially street art.
But still, I couldn’t bring myself to be a snob. However, as we passed the English Garden, I heard some crooning. The Opera Singers were back and I realised that I could be a snob. A snob in Classical Music. That’ll sort me out!