Sunday, October 7, 2012

lange nacht der museen

Last night all over Austria was the Lange Nacht der Museen--the long night of museums. Most, but not all (the natural history museum was closed. jerks...) of the museums here in Graz were open from 6 pm until 1 am and one €13 ticket got you into everything! I went with four other TA's and our first stop was the Universalmuseum which is an old several story building containing several museums, and random exhibitions.
Joanneum
One of the museums is the Bruseum which showcases only pieces by G√ľnter Brus, a famous and potentially completely bonkers artist from Austria. He filled notebook after notebook with ideas and stories, and had walls and walls of illustrations. None of it made sense but I loved it.
Sample of Brus' work
After this slightly overwhelming venture (there was also a normal exhibit for classical, impressionistic and expressionistic Austrian works which we saw.) we decided to go to Schloss Eggenberg which was also part of Die Lange Nacht. What was special about the castle last night? CANDLES. Over 600 candles were used througout the castle, including in the driveway! IT WAS SO GREAT. We accidentally had a long tour of the coin museum there but were lucky enough to have the last tour of the Planetensaal.
Planetensaal
It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. IT WAS LIKE A PERFECT DREAM. And you can rent out this room! WEDDING WHAT?! Anyway. Not only did we see this glorious room, but all the others on this floor! IT WAS SO GREAT. Candles! Baroque! MORE CANDLES!

I was floating on cloud nine the whole way home. oh, and before we saw this MASTERPIECE we stopped for drinks and dessert. COULD LIFE GET ANY BETTER?

Oh wait, it can...I HAVE MONDAY OFF.

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