Kunsthalle Hamburg

Seriously good art on view in this harbour city in Northern Germany

 

Kunsthalle Hamburg is one of the leading fine art museums in Germany. The grand staircase leads you up from mundane life to the realm of Fine art, Philosophy, History etc.  Entering is an event of a lifetime, leading up to a stairwell hall series of paintings with heavy almost untranslatable captions: „Heil dir, lerntest du fruh vom Munde der Fabel die Weisheit, welche das Leben von dir einst unerbittlich verlangt“. Something deep about fables and acquiring wisdom.

 

Friedrich, Wanderer above sea of clouds. Detail.

Particularly strong in German art between 1800 and 1960. One of the highlights is the amazing and sublime work of  Caspar David Friedrich in this collection. Shown here: Rambler above a sea of fog, c 1817 in whole and in detail. Many outstanding Friedrichs were lost in a terrible fire in an earlier Friedrich exhibition.

Friedrich, Wanderer above sea of clouds.

 

Many schools and periods are shown in this museum, paid for by Hamburg harbour tycoons and circles of friends.

Good collections of Dutch 17th C art as well. Within walking distance, next to the Main Railway Station is the Art & Design museum (Kunst und Gewerbe) with particularly good collections of German and World art.

 

Please note: I live in Amsterdam, Holland and will specially fly in just for you. This means you hire your own private Professore. For a serious fee.

Tours by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

 

Gerome, Phryne. Wonderful story of a girl found guilty – but exonerated because of her radiant beauty. Good piece of early Porn.

Stairwell with serious art and history teachings

From bottom of Stairwell. Man walk up to elevated art.

Feuerbach, portrait of Capello.

Emmanuel de Witte, View inside Old church, Amsterdam

Emmanuel de Witte, View inside Old church, Amsterdam, detail with a good whipping.

Caspar David Friedrich. German title: Gescheiterde Hoffnung

Caspar David Friedrich. German title: Gescheiterte Hoffnung, detail of shipwreck.

Statue outside Kunsthalle, Tuaillon standing horse

Model inside Bremen Kunsthalle, Tuaillon standing horse. Note unflinching anatomical detail.

Manet painting Faure as Hamlet. Quite unfinished and therefore instructive.

Nearby in the Art & Design museum Hamburg: Monster + Skull + Man.

Otto Mueller, Girl. As always very rough canvas and dry paint.

Munch! Madonna. A seriously conflicted painter.

View of Hamburg, a winter night with the Elbe Philharmony in the middle.

Hodler, View of Infinity. Swiss world-class painting.