Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Neues Museum and Nefertiti

The Neues Museum in Berlin just reopened on Oct. 16, 2009. It was originally built in the mid 19th century and the building was heavily destroyed during WWII (the art work had been moved). There was alot of controversy as to how to restore it...I've written about all of the "reproduction" buildings I've seen in Germany-the original idea was to do that with the Neues Museum, completely restore it but in 1997 the English architect,David Chipperfield took over the project and changed it wonderfully.
He left the building as it was...with the bare brick walls (reconstructing the walls where needed) and added the original painted plaster fragments whenever they were available (having been found in the rubble). He added new stairs, etc where needed and created a wonderful mix of old and new. When I first entered the Museum I wasn't quite sure what I was seeing, but once I got it...I loved it!

The Museum is wonderful but the best is that I actually saw-in person- Nefertiti! She is more beautiful than I imagined and like the Mona Lisa, photos just don't do her justice...but here are mine.

Isn't her smile wonderful! Her skin seems almost luminencent when seen in person...and here's a view you never get in books:
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Micki said...

Great pics! I would have loved to see it all!

Threeundertwo said...

Look at that long beautiful neck. The artist captured such a stunning, feminine moment. Thanks so much for the pictures.

Roslyn said...

The Wall was a horrifying thing for me when we lived in Germany in 70's. We stayed at the Armed Forces Hotel nearby & toured the Museum of the Wall, terrible testimony to that egregious evil & those who lost their lives or managed to escape in ingenious methods.I watched the Wall come down on TV cheering all the while.Our boys were on International Swim team & we visited Berlin every December for a swim meet.
We saw the bust of Nefertiti at the Berlin Museum in 70's it was a touring exhibit, sarcophagus etc. I was fascinated by Egyptian history in school so I loved the exhibit especially the elegant Nefertiti.

Goosegirl said...

Your photos are wonderful! I would love to visit Germany someday. But your photos provide a great tour!

Ulla said...

I have seen this Nefertiti when I was only 18, and I still remember how wonderful she was.