In the fields of a rusting region dotted with remnants of opencast mining and steel factories
23/05/2011 § 1 Comment
while on the topic of hopeful travels, museums, architects and sculptors i can’t help but mention the stiftung insel hombroich set along the pastoral scenery of the river erft in germany. similarly to la congiunta, the hombroich occupies the landscape as a set of industrial follies where you might expect to find a water pumping station or feed for the pigs.
in an era of bilbao, i find myself more interested in the idea of walking through a derelict countryside and happening upon a compound filled with paintings of cezanne and brancusi. obviously this is a romanticized vision. but, having visited the menil collection recently, a similarly planned out museum in an urban context, i can begin to imagine how the hombroich brings the viewer closer to the art.
we need more museums and fewer gift shops. the majority of the buildings in the compound were built by sculptor erwin heerich over two decades beginning in the mid 80’s. these things take time.