Category Archives: Museums

Hofmobiliendepot

The curators of this imperial furniture collection acknowledge that there’s a fine line between a museum like this and a junk shop. They even play with the idea in some of the displays: there is a veritable thicket of candelabra. … Continue reading

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Wien Museum

I didn’t fancy the likely crowds at the Belvedere or the Kunsthistorisches, so I headed for the Wien Museum, where you can look at a couple of Klimts and Schieles in peace. There was also a big exhibition on Otto … Continue reading

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MAK (Museum für angewandte Kunst)

This was the when-it-snows option, but I would have visited it anyway. MAK started life as Vienna’s version of the V&A and it has a wonderful collection of the influences on the Viennese Secession (William Morris, Emile Gallé, Mackintosh, van … Continue reading

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Louvre-Lens

The Louvre-Lens museum is barely there: almost transparent and treading very lightly on the ground (that fear of subsidence again). It rests on the site of a former pithead and is now surrounded by landscaped gardens. It’s all very clean. … Continue reading

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La Piscine, Roubaix

As a swimming pool, La Piscine must have been a haven for workers living and working in Roubaix’s textile factories. It echoed Mallet-Stevens’s call for light, sport and hygiene, but much lower down the social scale. It’s a different kind … Continue reading

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Lost in the V&A

Somehow I spent almost 6 hours in the Victoria & Albert today. Two coffee breaks, a guided tour and lots of looking and getting side-tracked. I sat upstairs on the bus to Exhibition Road, then walked along to the Albert … Continue reading

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Middlesbrough

I had intended to tag a visit to Middlesbrough onto my visit to York a couple of weeks ago, but the weather was getting colder, wetter and windier and it didn’t seem fair to visit under such circumstances. Middlesbrough needs … Continue reading

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