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“Umbrella” feature on the exterior:-

"Umbrella," Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Internal structures:-

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Internal Structure, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

More Interior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

We were told these iron spirals were built in before the roof and walls were put up. As you walk round them the walls bend in and the space around you is changed:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, First Exhibit

Fountains at the edge of the external plaza:-

Fountains outside,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.

The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The attraction, for me, of the cruise we decided to take was the opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, whose url I note has a Basque Country (Euskadi) stem.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum building is distinctive and idiosyncratic. It has no straight lines in its construction.
This view is from Aretxbaleta Bidea in the hills above the city. The Salbeko Zubia bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao is in the middleground here in front of the museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-

Model,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The musuem from road and tramway:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Closer view:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Moving towards entrance:-

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Part of exterior:-

Exterior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Exterior (other side):-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior

There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-

Man Clearing Waterway,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Abernethy History

There is a good wee museum in Abernethy, Perth and Kinross, open Wednesday to Sunday 2pm-5pm from early May to September well worth a visit if you happen to be in the village in the summer months.

The village has other reminders of the past as well as the Tower itself, the graveyard and the War Memorial.

Stone with Pictish inscription (hard by Round Tower):-

Abernethy, Pictish Inscription in Stone

Almost next to the Pictish stone and set into the tower near its base is this manacle. Presumably it was a punishment site of some sort:-

Iron Manacle, Abernethy

Groningen Museum Exterior

To enter and leave Groningen Museum you have to cross a branch of the canal:-

Groningen Museum Exterior 2

Groningen Museum Exterior 1

View outside through window almost at water level:-

Groningen Museum View Outside

Ditto only the other side of the museum:-

Groningen Museum Outside View

Just to the left of the above:-

Groningen Museum View

Groningen Museum

I blogged about the outside of Groningen Museum here. On this May’s visit we actually took a look inside.

The first thing that strikes anybody on entering is this elaborate mosaic-tiled staircase:-

Groningen Museum Staircase

Groningen Museum Staircase 2

Groningen Museum Staircase 3

Similar tiling adorned another staircase:-

Groningen Museum Staircase 4

I was taken with this model of Groningen city centre made from fabric. It was under glass so it’s a little distorted:-

Groningen Museum, Fabric Exhibit.

Thee was some not very aesthetically appealing German modern art as the main exhibit when we were there. I’m not averse to modern art but I must confess I preferred these traditional Dutch landscapes:-

Groningen Museum Exhibit

Groningen Museum, Dutch Painting

In a history of Groningen section was this textile of a sailor and flags of different nations which was of Great War vintage though of course the Dutch were not involved in that conflict:-

Groningen Museum Exhibit

Hooge Crater Museum (iii)

German Great War memorabilia in Hooge Crater Museum. In my own Great War collection I have a mug similar to one shown here:-

Hooge Crater Museum 13

Trench Art including inkwells in the shape of Renault tanks:-

Hooge Crater Museum 14

British Great War memorabilia (above) and German (below.) Again I have some of the featured British items in my own collection:-

Hooge Crater Museum 15

More trench art, Renault tank inkwells with poilus’ helmets:-

Hooge Crater Museum 16

Trench art cabinet:-

Hooge Crater Museum 17

More trench art:-

Hooge Crater Museum 18

Mock-up of British dugout:-

Hooge Crater Museum 19

If you are ever in Ypres/Ieper I would recommend a visit to Hooge Crater Museum as well as to In Flanders Fields Museum.

Hooge Crater Museum (ii)

More Exhibits.

A canvas carrying pannier:-

Hooge Crater Museum 8

Mannequin of soldier with full canvas carrying pannier. How could he have even moved with all that weighing him down?:-

Hooge Crater Museum 9

Artillery shells of various calibres:-

Hooge Crater Museum 10

Mannequin of a soldier in the uniform of the Liverpool Scottish:-

Hooge Crater Museum 11

Artillery shell fuses and grenades:-

Hooge Crater Museum 12

Machine guns, trench mortars, projectiles, barbed wire roll:-

Hooge Crater Museum 20

Hooge Crater Museum (i)

Hooge Crater Museum is on the Menin Road just at Bellewaarde, less than a stone’s throw from our hotel. The museum was described in a pamphlet we picked up in In Flanders Fields Museum as the best privately owned museum in Flanders. It’s housed in a former chapel and is utterly jam-packed with exhibits relating to the Great War.

In front of the former doors to the chapel lies this German grave marker:-

Hooge Crater Museum 3

From the Menin Road the path to the museum entrance is lined by stone, shaped as sandbags as if it were a trench:-

Hooge Crater Museum 1

Entrance and door. Again made to simulate a trench:-

Hooge Crater Museum 2

Almost the first thing you encounter in the museum proper is this Fokker DR 1. A Fokker triplane in the scarlet colours as flown by Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron:-

Hooge Crater Museum 4

Typical exhibits. (Tank track on left):-

Hooge Crater Museum 5

British Officer mannequin with part of a tank behind:-

Hooge Crater Museum 6

Trench Mortars?:-

Hooge Crater Museum 7

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke, Flanders, Belgium

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke,

Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke

Other angle:-

Art Deco Building Zonnebeeke

From rear:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

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