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Dienstag, 6. Februar 2018

Closlieu in Cologne

This Monday I had the opportunity to join Argentinian artist and close friend of mine, Celeste Palacios, in her atelier in Cologne for a „Closlieu“ (Malspiel in German).

The „Closlieu" has been created by Arno Stern, a German-born pedagogue, now operating from Paris, and means: A space designed to stimulate and protect the emergence of Formulation. 

After completing the training at the Research Institute for the Semiology of Expression Celeste opened her atelier for „Closlieu“ and other art workshops.

At the „Closlieu" groups of up to 10 people of any age are coming together in a closed room to play. The painter dons a smock, attaches a piece of paper to a wall and gets started. The colors are lined up on a special contraption and for each color there’s a handmade brush of squirrel hair. 

The result of the play stays at the „Closlieu" and is not to be regarded or judged by others.

I found the concept of the „Closlieu" intriguing but hard to grasp. As an adult who has been subjected to being taught how to paint or draw, being judged and criticized all my life and is now needing  approval of others, the concept of creating just for myself is foreign but strangely liberating.

Celeste is offering „Closlieu" for children and adults, birthday parties for children and art workshops.

Check out her homepage here:

Montag, 5. Februar 2018

The Kolumba - The best museum ever!

The last few days I spent visiting folks in Cologne who recommended the Kolumba Museum, the museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne,  to me.

What an amazing place! The stunning marriage of old and new architecture and exhibit left me astonished.

Unusual features like rooms with different ceiling heights, some a normal approx. 3 meters, some approx. 10 meters high. The walls stark and bare concrete but in a warm, earthen tone. The exhibits an exciting mix of old and new paintings, sculptures, installations, relics and even a mosaic from the 3rd century.

Go, see this museum and let yourself be inspired!!

clever lighting

very high ceiling

asymetrical rooms
Two-tailed Whale by Paul Thek

3rd century mosaic

ruins of the original church St. Kolumba, destroyed in the 2nd World War

Mittwoch, 24. Januar 2018

Verkehrszentrum - Transport Museum

On my quest to visit museums today I went to see the Verkehrszentrum, the lesser-known branch of the renowned Deutsches Museum.

On show is an amazing collection of everything transport related: bikes, motorbikes, cars, trains, trams, a helicopter and even skis and skates.

Of course, I only wanted to visit to find new sketching motives. It's unbelievable and I definitely have to go again. 

Freitag, 19. Januar 2018

The Palaentological Museum

With a lot of free time on my hands lately I decided to visit some more of Munichs finest museums.
After all I, I do it all the time when on holiday.

Today I chose the The Palaentological Museum . It's small and it's free but make sure to check the opening hours before visiting.

Of course, I'm only interested in the skeletons for sketching. I inspired myself (honestly, how cool is that?), when I remembered visiting the Natural History Museum in London last September. From the artists point of view I have to say, it doesnt have any benches or seats and the balustrades were too low to be comfortable.

But the hordes of children (guessing age 5-6) seemed to love it. They were also very impressed by my efforts.

sketching the mammoths bum

polished limestone with oysters from Portugal

Interesting fact, it's also the seat of the LMU Faculty of Palaeontology and Geobiology and they had lectures going on.

Freitag, 12. Januar 2018

New year - new annual ticket!

Yesterday it was time to get my new annual ticket for the Lenbachhaus - still my favourite Munich museum. It is still an amazingly low 20€, less then two single entries.

And I finally managed to see the new Gabriele Münter exhibition called: 

Painting to the point.

I especially loved the paintings in vibrant colours.

Definitely a must-see! And with my annual ticket I can visit as often as I want!

Donnerstag, 28. Dezember 2017

Good riddance, 2017!

Just in time to bid adieu to  2017 I'm back to share some musings about the turn of the year. As some of you might have suspected my silence here had to do with the crapness of the last few months.

Since my amazing UK trip in September life has been pretty tough in my wonky world, workwise mainly.

But now, stuck in the limbo that is Boxing Week, it's time to show some pictures of Christmas bling and to look forward to a new beginning.

flock of handmade birds


more baubles

handmade mountain

handmade fabric container

festive Christmas Eve dinner table

handmade decorations, am loving matt baubles this year

old-skool German tree

best sprouts ever (recipe from Ella Woodward)

And now, hurry up 2018! Surely it can only be amazing!