Monday, June 2, 2014

The one with a visit to the Van Abbemuseum

Two sundays ago, mom and me took a trainride to the city of Eindhoven. It's a 45 minute trainride and our destination was the van Abbemuseum. The museum is named after it's founder Henri van Abbe, a collector of modern and contemporary art, with works of artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall and Karel Appel. We took the audio tour, which was awesome! Theatre actor Lucas de Man was the voice of the soundwalk, and took us everywhere around the museum, telling all sorts of tidbits about the building and collection, and interviewing museum staff. The art was amazing, and just the building is worth a visit too. I loved the musical elevator it has, starting with a low voice in the basement, getting more soprano-like the higher it gets. 



The 'knitted' snakes in the restaurant (where I had the most mouthwatering asparagus soup) aren't just for decoration, they also make the space less noisy. Thumbs up for art that isn't just there for it's good looks, but has a function as well.



You might have seen the hi-ha-ha wall on my instagram, I also made a little video. When I grow up, and have a grown-up-people's house, I want this in my living room! 

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And as a bonus, we saw this on out way back to the train station. Have you been to a museum lately? Or taken any other trips out of town?

33 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great day in Eindhoven! The Ha Ha Ha wall is so funny. It's weird that I only visit a museum when I'm traveling and never in my own land.

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    1. Maybe we can go to the bike museum over here some day? Haven't been there since I was a kid. Might be fun!

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  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! The Hi-Ha-Ha light display is fantastic! I can see why you'd love that in your (future) living room :)

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    1. I think you can not ever have another sad day when you have something like that in your home :-)

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  3. Sounds like a fun day! Love the street art :)

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  4. Those knitted snakes are toooooo awesome! And I've never heard of musical elevators....heehee....better than listening to dang elevator music:P

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    1. The elevator was awesome, glad though it didn't go any higher... The highest tone was terribly high!

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  5. I love the Hi-Ha-Ha installation! Replicating something similar could be a fun DIY project... :-)

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  6. Looks like u had a great trip:) Love that art in last pic! The Hi-Ha-Ha installation is cool. I basically spent the weekend working on re-opening my Etsy shop. It feels great to be back on listing, taking photos...had missed all that Etsy fun!

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  7. Isn't it wonderful how a trip to the museum can brighten your whole week? Love all the installation art alongside classics like Kandinsky - thanks for sharing pics!

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    1. You're welcome! I always love it when a museum has a diverse collection, like sculptures, installations and paintings!

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  8. a musical elevator? that I would have enjoyed. we are planning a trip to the zoo next week, but mostly we're home bodies.
    Debbi
    -YankeeBurrow

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    1. I haven't been to the zoo in ages, love to see some of that on your blog! I like staying home too, with a book, baking something or watching tv.

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  9. Sounds wonderful and how brilliant are those 'knitted' snakes? Love stuff like that and I bet your soup was super delicious. Happy Monday, sweetie.

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    1. It was the best asparagus soup I've ever had. I need to try and find out how to make it myself!

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  10. I have not been to any museum recently but I like to go to art museums a few time a year.

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    1. I always love museum visits, just like mini holidays!

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  11. Leuke foto's! Zo te horen was het een heel leuk dagje!

    X Sara

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  12. Such fun, M! A musical elevator you say? Why, I feel I'd never leave the elevator...that's hysterical!

    We recently went on a tour of our provincial parliament building in Victoria, BC. We had our kids with us (they're six and three) so we weren't sure how it was going to be. Since we've exposed them to museums since they were born, they are actually fairly attentive and love hands-on experiences to learn. It was great for all of us!

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    1. Great that you take your kids with you! Over here it's not very common, but slowly museums start to organise all sorts of fun activities for kids.

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  13. What a very cool place! I think it's wonderful when the building itself becomes an important part of the experience. The sound snakes are such a very clever idea and the HiHaHa wall is totally fun.

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    1. Super fun! And I just thought those snakes were for decoration, I love hearing little tidbits like that about art.

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  14. Hey, I love the lockers photo. How great is that. Museums and Art Galleries are great...although I can only handle them in small doses as I find the onslaught on the senses overwhelming... I can only digest art in small sittings otherwise my mind gets info overload. It also depends on how the exhibition is presented.

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    1. I got my jacket from the lockers and thought they were a piece of art too! I sometimes get overwhelmed by all the art, so sometimes one museum needs more visits.

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  15. Love the braided snakes, so cute and clever!

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  16. I love museums! These photos remind me of the Milwaukee Art Museum! :)

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  17. I LOVE the hahaha art, it's so much fun! I wouldn't mind that in my living room either :) The graffiti of the colourful houses is pretty awesome too! I haven't been to a museum lately, but I'm spending this weekend in London so maybe I should xx

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  18. Thats a really cool museum. The last time I went to a museum was probably about a 2months ago. There was an exhibit on a American Artist from the 1920s. It was really nice. I might go back to that same museum next week and see if they have a different exhibit going on.

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  19. You and your mom always have the best bonding experiences. I wish I could join you some time :).. if only Ph is not so far and expensive from Germany.

    For some reason, I'm fascinated with the lockers :)

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