Copenhagen: Statens Museum for Kunst
This was my first day of consciousness after having recovered from 6 hours of jet lag. The day was sunny and bright, so I first stepped out of our front door and took pictures of Nyhavn, the calendar picture perfect scene where we were staying.
| ||This is Nyhavn: It really is this pretty.|| |
| ||David is staying on the first floor of the dark yellow building.|| |
| ||The red flag is the Danish Flag. I am not sure what the blue one is.|| |
I had arranged to meet Marsha and Pat at the Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark at 1pm and so I had some time to get there. Traveling back from the canal to the center of the city, the first thing you come to is the Kongens Nytorv plaza, a large oval space with a dislay garden in the center. Along the edge was a temporary exhibit of large photos from a travel exhibit, 100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear. This seems like a rather negative title for the show -- although there was a message that we need to save these places.
| ||100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear: This is a outdoor show of 100 large photographs of spectacular places throughout the world. The exhibit is in the open plaza near Nyhavn.|| |
| ||I don't think my mom ever looked like that...|| |
| ||Does Fidel license his image?|| |
The Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark is like may building in Copenhagen: clearly built in a different era on the outside but modernized with respect to history on the inside.
| ||Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark|| |
I arrived early and so went to the coffee shop to wait for them.
| ||A beautiful Danish waitress in the museum cafe.|| |
Like many museum expansions, the old museum has been enclosed in a glass outer shell to connect it to a new wing. I've seen this at the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the new addtion to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. And, now here.
| ||Building inside glass: latest trend in Museums|| |
Marsha had read about a section of the museum devoted to pictures from Skagen, the northernmost tip of Denmark where the light is supposed to cause painters to try to capture the light, airy nature of the scenes.
| ||A lot of the pictures we liked were ones from Skagen, the northernmost tip of Denmark where they say the light is special...|| |
| ||Detail of Oscar Bjorck, A Distress Shot|| |
| ||Returning from a day's work|| |
| ||Carl Wilhelmson, Girls from the Archipelago|| |
As you come up to the museum, it looks like there is construction because you see a big yellow steamroller gated off as if it were part of a construction site. It turns out that it is actually part of a piece of performance art. The steamroller is on the ground, but hanging on a long balance arm the other end of which is hanging a large number of concrete blocks, on a platform, just off the ground. Several times a week the steamroller is flown by it rolling around in a circle swinging the platform of concrete blocks which after a while, due to centrifugal force swings out and also lifts the steamroller off the ground. This continues until friction slows the entire rotating structure down and the steamroller touches the ground again. To see a video of this, click here.
| ||The Flying Steamroller: Counterweight makes it possible to spin the steamroller like on a carnival ride. They fly the steamroller three times a week: I hope to capture one of these flyings with my video camera.|| |
Home for a wonderful salmon dinner cooked by Marsha.