Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wallace Collection


Our honors students here in London get an overview of Western Civilization, starting with the Renaissance (they do the periods before that during the fall semester back in NY).  They read important literature, listen to music, discuss philosophy and politics, and look at art.  They have to write a paper every Saturday about things they read, hear, or see.  Often, they have to compare paintings in different museums/galleries.  Unfortunately, the museum guides they have, which were put together by our faculty, are never up to date because the museums here constantly change the paintings they put on display.  So yesterday, we wanted to make sure that certain Rembrandt paintings were where they are supposed to be (National Gallery) before the students have to look at them.  Of course, they were NOT where they were supposed to be, in fact, they had put ALL Rembrandt paintings away because they were rearranging paintings for a new exhibition.  And Miriam noticed that a Vermeer painting we looked at last week was gone this week, also put into storage without warning or a sign that it was there before.  So we do play hide and seek in these museums every week, trying to hunt down paintings and people that might be able to tell us where certain paintings went.  

 Flora found this crane fascinating
Dieser Kran hat Flora fasziniert.

On the way to the collection
Auf dem Weg zur Sammlung

We also had to check about some paintings in the Wallace Collection, but fortunately, all their paintings were where they were supposed to be.  The Wallace Collection used to be one of Jonathan's favorite places to go to last time we were here because they have a great armor collection.  So while most of us looked at paintings, Jonathan re-visited the armor.  He and Charlotte had to leave before the rest of us, though, to get ready for their ballet class in St. Andrew's Hall.  

 These are pictures Flora took because she liked them so much.
Diese Dinge mochte Flora besonders und hat sie fotografiert.







I took this picture because I thought it was a great view.
Ich habe dieses Foto gemacht, weil mir der Durchblick so gut gefiel.


Die Studenten von unserem College hier machen nur einen Kurs: einen Überblickskurs über die Entwicklung des Abendlandes.  Sie fangen hier mit der Renaissance an.  Die Zeit davor haben sie im letzten Semester zu Hause gemacht.  Dafür müssen sie relevante Primärliteratur lesen, aber sich auch mit der Philosphie, Musik, Politik und Kunst der Zeit auseinandersetzen.  Jedes Wochenende müssen sie eine Hausarbeit schreiben, wo sie die Dinge, die sie lesen, hören und sehen, verarbeiten.  Oft müssen sie Gemälde in verschiedenen Museen oder Galerien vergleichen.  Unser College hat zu diesem Zweck Museumsführer geschrieben, doch leider sind die darin erwähnten Gemälde nicht immer dort, wo sie sein sollten.  Also müssen die Professoren immer sicher sein, daß die angegebenen Gemälde auch wirklich angesehen werden können, bevor die Studenten dahin müssen.  So müssen wir also öfter Detektiv spielen und herausfinden, wo ein bestimmtes Gemälde denn sein könnte.  Es ist gar nicht so einfach jemanden zu finden, der einem das sagen kann.  Am Freitag waren wir in der Nationalgalerie und dort stellte sich heraus, daß nicht nur ein bestimmtes Rembrandtgemälde nicht dort war, wo es sein sollte, sondern ALLE Rembrandtgemälde abgehängt worden waren, weil sie gerade das Zimmer, wo sie normalerweise hängen, für eine Sonderausstellung brauchen.  Miriam hat auch gesehen, daß ein Vermeer, der letzte Woche noch an einer bestimmten Stelle hin, gestern nicht mehr da war, einfach weggehängt, ohne jegliche Spur zurückzulassen.  

Wir mußten auch in der Wallace Sammlung nach Gemälden fahnden, doch die hingen alle noch da.  Das war dann eine große Erleichterung.  Jonathan hat sich dort gleich zu den mittelalterlichen Rüstungen begeben.  Das war eine seiner Lieblingsabteilungen vor 13 Jahren und ist es immer noch.  Dann mußten Jonathan und Charlotte aber nach Hause, um für ihre Ballettklasse in der Kirche nicht zu spät zu sein.        

My German students had their first exam on Friday and it went well (according to my T.A.).  Now I will have to grade those exams.  Today, we cleaned, ironed (Jonathan is ironing right now), and baked.  Miriam, Veronika, and Flora played in the courtyard with the little boy of our neighbors.  He loves to wave to us from his window :).  Charlotte tried an open ballet class.  It was supposed to be a Russian ballet class, but when it started, it was a Modern Dance class!  She finished the class (she had already paid, but she was very disappointed).  According to the signs, it should have been a Russian one.  Tomorrow we will try a different church north from here (we already live in the north, but we have decided to explore it even further).  And then we will search for some more Rembrandt paintings.  Luckily, there is a Pret in the area.  This is the only place where we can afford to eat.  Everything is so expensive for so many people!

Meine Deutschstudenten haben ihre erste Klausur am Freitag gechrieben.  Laut meiner Unterrichtsassistentin ist alles gut gegangen.  Jetzt muß ich die Klausuren nur korrigieren und benoten.  Heute haben wir geputzt und gebügelt (Jonathan bügelt gerade) und auch gebacken.  Miriam, Veronika und Flora haben mit dem kleinen Jungen von nebenan im Hof gespielt.  Er winkt uns immer ganz lieb zu.  Charlotte hat eine Ballettklasse ausprobiert.  Es sollte die russische Methode sein, doch als es anfing, war es moderner Tanz!  Das hat sie ganz geärgert, aber sie hat sie zu Ende gemacht, weil sie ja schon bezahlt hatte.  Alle Schilder haben sie als russische Ballettstunde angezeigt.  Sehr eigenartig!  Morgen probieren wir eine Kirche noch weiter im Norden als wir schon wohnen.  Dann schauen wir mal, ob wir anderen Rembrandtgemälde finden.  



4 comments:

  1. I love the hunt the paintings game but I can appreciate it must be very frustrating for both staff and students. I am sorry that Charlotte was disappointed with the dance class. Hope you have had a good weekend 😘

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    1. We did have a good weekend with fresh country air! We are continuing our hunting games. At least the Rubens paintings on the ceiling of the Banqueting House have not been covered up :).

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  2. I had that same experience with the Whitney Museum that opened in our neighborhood a year or so ago. I grew to love their first exhibit but they took it down before the year was up and my sister missed seeing it. There were so many paintings I had wanted to show her. If they had just changed a few of them, or just one of the rooms, it would have been fine . . but they took everything down from TWO whole floors! Your situation sounds just as frustrating . . to take down all the Rembrandts seems foolhardy to me!! Anyway, good luck with it over the next few weeks! I hope they manage to keep up a few that you like! And I hope the ballet lessons go well (that was funny with Charlotte's class turning into a modern dance class!)

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    1. Two floors is a lot! I guess people at the National Gallery do not really care where they put paintings (in the rooms or into storage). They have so many and so many visitors that they think there is enough to look at. But taking away all Rembrandt paintings? That is just strange. There is another museum the students have to see (medical exhibition), but that museum will close soon for renovations (they will stay closed for several years). We have to take that off our museum list for next year's students.

      I think they are happy with their classes. There are three places they go to now to take classes, but I have lost track where they are and what they are called. They are in good areas, though. So we do not have to worry too much when they go. Just the later classes, we only let them go together.

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