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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:-
The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-
Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-
Tulips by Jeff Koons:-
Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-
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:-
Puppy, museum in background:-
Puppy and museum:-
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:-
This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-
The musuem from road and tramway:-
Moving towards entrance:-
Part of exterior:-
Exterior (other side):-
There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-
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):-
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:-
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:-
Similar tiling adorned another staircase:-
I was taken with this model of Groningen city centre made from fabric. It was under glass so it’s a little distorted:-
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:-
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:-
German Great War memorabilia in Hooge Crater Museum. In my own Great War collection I have a mug similar to one shown here:-
Trench Art including inkwells in the shape of Renault tanks:-
British Great War memorabilia (above) and German (below.) Again I have some of the featured British items in my own collection:-
More trench art, Renault tank inkwells with poilus’ helmets:-
Trench art cabinet:-
More trench art:-
Mock-up of British dugout:-
If you are ever in Ypres/Ieper I would recommend a visit to Hooge Crater Museum as well as to In Flanders Fields Museum.
A canvas carrying pannier:-
Mannequin of soldier with full canvas carrying pannier. How could he have even moved with all that weighing him down?:-
Artillery shells of various calibres:-
Mannequin of a soldier in the uniform of the Liverpool Scottish:-
Artillery shell fuses and grenades:-
Machine guns, trench mortars, projectiles, barbed wire roll:-
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:-
From the Menin Road the path to the museum entrance is lined by stone, shaped as sandbags as if it were a trench:-
Entrance and door. Again made to simulate a trench:-
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:-
Typical exhibits. (Tank track on left):-
British Officer mannequin with part of a tank behind:-
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:-
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:-
Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-