Europe 2017 - Part 1

Ten weeks in Europe beginning in early April.  In search of Art almost everywhere on the continent.  The first stop was an overnight in AMSTERDAM.  Still plenty of time to take a few pictures:

And just a bit of Architecture and public art.

Sculpture at Westerpark:

Next stop: ATHENS.  A little Art in the airport:

Two Incredible Sitting Black Snowmen by Tom Classen, 2000
Four Seasons by Rob Birza, 2000

And some at the Thanassas Frissiras Museum of Contemporary Art, which was founded in 2000.  From the collection of art from the second half of the 20th century, they assembled a show called "New Horizons" with artists from Poland, Moldava, and Greece.

Gorilla's Garden by Viola Glowacka, 2016
B.P. Jungle by Viola Glowacka, 2016
Rich Bitch II (with a dog) by Viola Glowacka, 2014

A little of what documenta 14 had to offer in Athens:

3 by Alexander Tinei (Moldova), 2009
Naughty Children by Edi Hila, 1970
art by Georgia Sagri, 2017

With a response:

Plus a lot of street Art:

Costas Pliatsilkas
Temple of Poseidon at Sounion


IERAPETRA is a small city on the southern coast of Crete.  No Art, but a pleasant place nonetheless.

Kale's Fort, 1626
in the Koutsouras Forest

A quick flight to Nederland with the first stop ALKMAAR, about an hour north of Amsterdam.

Like a miniature Amsterdam, it has all the shops one could hope for in a quaint setting.

Began with visit to Stedelijk MuseumIts all Dutch Art here.  From the Modern Art Circle to De Stijl, there have been an abundance of art groups in Nederland over the years, both in Amsterdam and at the shore.  The Bergense School consisted of artists that spent the summer in Bergen.  Besides Piet Mondriaan, Charly Toorop (nee Annie Caroline Pontifex Fernhout-Toorop) was on all of the membership lists.

Alkmaar Cheese Market by Charley Toorop, 1932
Spanish Gypsy by Jan Sluijters, c 1947
Still Life by Else Berg, before 1924

The Kranenburg Museum is in neighboring BERGEN.  Unfortunately, not much to offer:

Charley Toorop by Matthieu Wiegman, 1940
Flora by Pauline Eecen, 1955
My new base was in EGMOND AAN ZEE.  A cozy spot in an interesting town next to a long, wide beach.  While cool, there were lots of people there catching whatever rays they could find.  Others used the beach to train harness racers.  Sulkies and all.  There are cabins and storage lockers, as well as restaurants and cafes down on the beach.  The town is not old, but still quaint with plenty of shop windows to peruse.

Drove south to DEN HAGUE and the Gemeentemuseum.  Built in the 1930's, it is a delightful building filled with Art.

From nice surprises:

Poppyfield by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
Oannes by Odilon Redon, c 1905

 To a large collection Piet Mondriaan and other Dutch artists.

Evolution by Piet Mondriaan, 1911
Devotion by Piet Mondriaan, 1908
Farm Near Duivendrecht by Piet Mondriaan, 1916
Two Trees by Jacoba Van Heemskerck, 1908-10

To lots of international superstars.

Portrait of Dolly by Kees van Dongen, 1909
Child TV by Karel Appel, 1951
Self-Portrait with Hat & Veil by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906-07
Portrait of Edit (The Artists Wife) by Egon Schiele, 1915

Den Hague is near the coast, but SCHEVENINGEN, home of the Beelden aan Zee museum, is right on the sand.  The museum is based around a large open area where there was an exhibition entitled Stopover by Auke de Vries.  I thought it was fun.  Like 3D Kandinskys.

Also a bit of statuary

Boeer met blauwe muts by Karel Appel, 1975

Just down the boardwalk one finds the world of Tom Otterness and his Fairytale Figures by the Sea.  There are 23 pieces installed, here are just a few:

A few more pieces around town:

ROTTERDAM is the largest port in Europe and Nederland's second largest city.  While there are sculptures sprinkled throughout, the modern art was found at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen which has extensive collections to enjoy.  Mostly Dutch and Belgian, but there was so much more.  I noted more women artists displayed than usual.  Here are a few:

Due Donne by Leonor Fini, 1939
Portrait of the Late Mrs Partridge by Leonora Carrington, 1947
Voltage by Dorothea Tanning, 1942
La bataille des couteaux by Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, 1948
Three Generations by Charley Toorop, 1941-50

In this painting, Toorop includes herself and her son as well as a portrait done of her father by John Radecker (also in the museum's collection).

Portrait of Jan Toorup by John Radecker, 1932
(found this online)

The city showcases many sculptures, from Zadkine's Destroyed City to Fikkie.

Destroyed City by Ossip Jadkine, 1950
Fikkie by Joeki Simak, 1999
Santa Claus by Paul McCarthy, 2005
This last one has other favorite names among the locals.

SCHIEDAM is just west of Rotterdam.

And has it's own museum, Stediljk Museum Schiedam. Not huge, but had a couple of nice things.

Danseres met Vogels by Jan Nieuwenhuijs, 1951
lithos by Karel Appel
unusual piece by Arnaldo Pomodoro, 1956
Vega-Pai by Victor Vasarely, 1969

And check out the Delft tile on this underwear store:

I had to leave my beachside abode now to reach DORDRECHT, home of Dordrecht's Museum, familiarly called Schilderijenmuseum (the paintings museum).  Not much to offer.

Landscape with Canal by Jan Toorop, 1894
Study for Heavenly and Earthly Love by Jan Sluijters, nd
Child, Church, Animal by Karel Appel, 1949
Portrait of Greet van Cooten by Jan Sluijters, 1927
(The artist's wife.)

I stopped in ZUNDERT, the town in which Vincent Van Gogh was born, and paid to go into the museum.  Nothing at all, really, unless you don't know anything about VVG.  Nearby is a sculpture commission from Ossip Zadkine.  OZ was also commissioned to do a sculpture of VVG in Auvers-sur-Oise (where he died).  This piece includes Vincent's brother, Theo.

Vincent and Theo by Ossip Zadkine, 1964
And a bit more sculpture:

And then on to EINDHOVEN, in the eastern part of Nederlands.  Fifth largest in Nederlands.  Lots of sculptures.


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