Last Monday was a holiday here and the weather was bad, so that put the kibosh on my husband’s idea for going for a bike ride. How about a museum? I asked, and to my great surprise, he said yes. A few minutes later we were all packed in the car and on our way over the the Pinakothek der Moderne which had an exhibit featuring Picasso, William De Kooning and Max Beckmann called Frauen, or Women. But before I show you pics from the exhibit, you need to see the building because it is gorgeous. Its what you would expect from a modern museum in Germany. Its stark, über modern and very well designed.
Of the three artists, the one that I find myself thinking about even a week after the exhibition, is De Kooning. His pictures are almost indecipherable. They are so abstract that you can barely make out any kind of human form at all… but that’s the key word – barely. If you look hard enough you can see what he was painting, and that’s what makes it interesting for me. Plus I love his exuberant use of color and could imagine any one of his paintings in just about any interior. My husband and son like Max Beckmann’s work the most and I guess I can see why from their point of view. Beckmann obviously loved women and painted them as beautiful, sexy creatures. Picasso on the other hand… I know, I know, its sacrilegious but the pictures that were curated to include in this exhibition on women don’t exactly portray a deep affinity for them from our dear departed Spaniard. I’m just sayin’.
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