Category: Cityscapes

Cake Toppers in Amsterdam

Cake Toppers in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, looking around Anne Frank’s neighborhood while we waited for our ticketed time to  enter the museum, I was captivated by what I saw in the window of a building on the other side of  the canal.  I have no idea what kind of business was in the building, maybe a wedding planner, or... Read more »

Underground and Unexpected. Roman Art in Cologne

In Cologne, tourists go to see the Cathedral, which is the number one tourist site in Germany. Right next door , in the Roman Germanic Museum, there are treasures  that rival those of the Cathedral.  After the tour of the Cathedral, I was ready to blow off the museum, but since it was a rainy... Read more »

The Niederwald, a German Monument I Never Heard of is Unexpected Art.

The Niederwald, a German Monument I Never Heard of is Unexpected Art.
Cruising the Rhine River in Germany,  our ship passed group of imposing sculptures high above the River.  Although it was quite a distance away, we could tell that it was really big.  Later that day, visiting the town of Rudesheim, I had the opportunity to see it close up. A leisurely ride on a gondola... Read more »
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The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.

The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.
There were many surprises on my river cruise through Europe–one was the  Orthodox Churches I saw in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.  I am familiar with Eastern Orthodox Churches in the United States, but in Eastern Europe, Orthodox churches were on steroids. Every  surface in these churches was covered with paintings, walls, ceilings, porches, and some... Read more »

Unexpected Art on a European River Cruise? Start with doors.

Unexpected Art on a European River Cruise? Start with doors.
One week back from a month in Europe, cruising the rivers of Europe. Now that I have recovered from jet lag which seems to get worse every time I fly, I will write about what I found in places along the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and the Danube.  This trip had a lot of surprises,... Read more »

A Glass Sculpture is Unexpected Art and More

A Glass Sculpture is Unexpected Art and More
                    The art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  continues to surprise, enlighten and delight.  On the way to see the Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, a part of this museum’s campus, a sculpture caught my eye. It was in a corner of a corridor,... Read more »
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A Giant Spider is Unexpected Art at Crystal Bridges

The Giant Spider that Lives at Crystal Bridges My husband and I are having an ongoing discussion unexpected art.  He maintains that art in a museum can’t be unexpected art because people expect to see art in art museums.  I think that unexpected art can be found anywhere, including in art museums. I see unexpected art... Read more »

Unexpected and Expected Art at Crystal Bridges in Arkansas

Crystal Bridges, a beautiful new museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.   It  is spectacular! Just outside the front entrance, there is a  sculpture of a tree  shaped like a living tree, looking as realistic as a stainless steel tree can be.  It is alone,  sparkling in the sunlight, its naturalistic branches resemble the trees in the background.... Read more »

Unexpected Art outside the Art Institute of Chicago

A Michigan Ave Collage appears outside the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago Sitting in Terzo Piano, the restaurant on the third floor of the Chicago Art Institute’s Modern Wing,  I turned to the window and this view caught my eye.  I came to see the art in the museum, but I didn’t... Read more »
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Unexpected Art in St Louis--Trompe L'oeil Murals on Old Buildings

 St Louis MO has a lot of cool old buildings.  The trompe l’oeil murals look almost as good as the real thing.       When I saw the first one, I thought Wow! How cool. The murals were everywhere. Unexpected art! We were driving  through St Louis on the way to Arkansas and decided to... Read more »