Saturday, February 8, 2014

old stones & modern shapes, or: a square museum

the sunniest day of this week was: thursday. so i took some time that afternoon to go for a drive along the "Aichtal", to a square museum. it felt like being on a tiny road trip, with sights waiting. the first place i visited was an old waystone, or rather: an old no-trespassing-with-cattle-sign from 1821. i read about in a book about the small monuments in this region, and surprise: i found it, even though the article included only a  rough description of its place. here it is:

from there, it was an half-hour drive to the museum, which is set in a small town at the upper end of the Aichtal. the museum belongs to a chocolate company. in the photo below you can see the factory complex in the background. their typical brand is square chocolate bars in all kind of mixtures. and so the museum is all about art that is featuring squares.

the name of the museum is "Museum Ritter", it's in the South of Germany, not far from Stuttgart.

and this is how the museum looks from the inside: you enter through the glass hall, and arrive at the permanent exhibition:

from the entry floor, a stairway leads up to the upper level, to an exhibition hall with large windows that connect the exhibition to the outside. the theme of the current exhibition is: "Kinetics", it included light installations and artworks with mobile elements.

here's one of my favourites: a dialogue of shapes... the spheres in front are moving and react to sound, the artwork is called "SOS": self-organizing-still life (here's a video)

and beyond the museum, there's a park, and then the wild shapes of nature:

still glad how it all worked out –  the drive, the weather, finding the old stone, and then the museum visit. i think of going for such mini-trips more often - there is so much to discover in this region - places, landscapes, museums and small monuments.


Previous home journeys:

  • City trip Stuttgart with "Mind map" exhibition
  • Along Roman roads with historic museum 
  • the larger context: A sense of place in time
  • more home journeys
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