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Kröller-Müller

It has been raining all day, so the Kröller-Müller Museum was the perfect destination. (I would have spent even a sunny day there, though.) I arrived shortly after it opened and had the gallery to myself for half an hour, … Continue reading

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Wrabness

On my way to Harwich I got off the train in Wrabness and walked the short distance to Grayson Perry/FAT’s “A House for Essex”. It’s amusing and eccentric – a kind of concertina-ed-gingerbread-chapel – and the concept/conceit is that it … Continue reading

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Liverpool, Walker and Alphonse Mucha

To Liverpool today to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibition at the Walker. It’s a very good exhibition and reminded me (how could I have forgotten?!) that, in addition to advertising fags and bicycles, Mucha also painted the patriotic/nationalistic murals in the … Continue reading

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Silver End Modernism

Silver End village near Braintree was developed in the mid-1920s by the Crittall family to accommodate a new factory (the eponymous steel windows, which, as I recall from Grandad’s flat in Willesden, were very cold to the touch) plus housing … Continue reading

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Frinton-on-Sea Modernism

Shades of the Weissenhofsiedlung and Södra Ängby: Modernism in Frinton-on-Sea. The Frinton Park estate, begin 1934, was intended to be a very modern housing estate, but – perhaps unsurprisingly – only a small part of it was built. The lead … Continue reading

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Glasgow day 3

Hill House had only two private owners (both Mackintosh fans) before it passed into the embalmer’s hands, so it’s as authentic as you can get. It’s positioned on a hill overlooking the River Clyde and is the kind of harmonious, … Continue reading

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Glasgow day 2

Day 2 started with a visit to the House for an Art Lover, built in the 1990s to Mackintosh’s sketchy designs (e.g. the front elevation plans didn’t accord with the back elevation) for a Darmstadt competition in 1901. It is … Continue reading

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