international study tour griffith university & james cook university
frankfurt wurzburg berlin venice + milan
maikki’s visual diary
art student traveller & tourist • I looked forward to the Study Tour for the art, the architecture, the travel and the experiences with like minded people. I have travelled abroad before….. • …however, this was my ﬁrst group tour and my ﬁrst =me travelling without my partner……..something new for me… • …I love sending and receiving postcards from travels and this has been a basis for this visual diary…
Dubai Interna=onal Airport We had a few hours in transit here a9er 14 hours on the plane. The architecture interested me, but there was a lack of comfortable seaAng for relaxaAon.
Frankfurt, Germany mainly a modern city, clean, green with a historical centre
the largest ﬁnancial centre of Europe
Lothar Baumgarten Frankfurt Le,er 1989-‐91
Nam June Paik One Candle 1988
mighty ﬁne coﬀee
a few hours in frankfurt Romerberg Square
…we enjoyed a beauAful sunny warm day…and a guided coach tour
Frankfurt Opera House
The street posters are unfamiliar yet somehow the art is familiar
Wurzburg picture perfect for lovers of historical European architecture, charm and grace – a patchwork quilt of styles
Fortress Marienberg, Wurzburg
This is steeped in history which dates back to 704 AD. So much to see.
5 days in Berlin – not long enough!
Bridget Riley @ Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Perfect space for these perfect works …. sublime……
Jewish Museum Berlin
The feelings I experienced visi=ng this museum will stay with me forever. This is partly to do with the exhibi=ons, but more powerful was the architecture designed by Daniel Libeskind. He called this “Between the Lines”.
The pared back paleZe of ﬁnishes, the gently sloping ﬂoors, the strange corners, the exaggerated voids and the angles leS an unease in my psyche.
The Wunderkammer Olbricht at ME Collectors Room
My art pracAce may lean towards the wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosiAes. Collec=ons include scienAﬁc instruments (scien=ﬁca), precious artworks ( ar=ﬁcialia),
rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), objects from strange worlds (exo=ca) and inexplicable items (miralilia).
This collec=on is from the Renaissance and Baroque periods – what a gem!
…..aSer all that art, some=mes it was good to have a quiet liXle drink ….
@ the Sky Bar, Andels Hotel where we stayed in Berlin
Window shopping, looking at interes=ng things that remind me of Europe
…the city of love….
…the city of dreams and fantasies… …canals instead of streets… …boats instead of cars….
…every photo is a postcard…
via Garibaldi, Venice -‐ art on shop windows Loved it!!
Hotel Gabrielli, Venice
our hotel, a tradi=onal family run Grand Hotel since 1856. Rooms are quite small but comfortable, con=nental breakfast was preZy good except for the bread.
Courty ard oasis
rom View f f the roo terrace
Breakf as courty t in the ard
With y Del m ie room
The Encyclopedic Palace 55th Venice Biennale 2013 So much art, so liZle Ame!
The Spanish Pavilion – ar=st Lara Almarcegui This was my introduc=on to my ﬁrst Venice Biennale…..
The sight, size and the smell of the installa=on of earth, rubble, soil, glass and sand was overwhelming. The ar=st has been working at the boundary between urban regenera=on and decay.
Brazil Pavilion – ar=st Odires Mlaszho – Inside / Outside A series of new works using Encyclopaedia Britannica inspired by the principles associated with the Mobius strip. The volumes have been altered and transformed into twisted forma=ons of book sculptures.
There was a quietness and an organic feel to these transmuted encyclopaedias. Love at ﬁrst sight.
Russia Pavilion – arAst Vadim Zakharov -‐ Danae The divine myth about the impregnaAng of the Greek Figure of Danae is subject to numerous readings:
in this case, golden rain falling is a reference to the seducAon of Danae as a symbol of human lust and greed, as also of the corrupAng inﬂuence of money.
…a few images of some of the art … very inspiring
Textures of Europe ..this is art too..
Church of San Maurizio al Monastery Maggiore, Milan The plain façade conceals a jewel box of an interior completely decorated with Renaissance frescoes from ﬂoor to ceiling.
Milan Cathedral –"The Cathedral is an awful failure. Outside the design is monstrous and inar=s=c.
The over-‐elaborated details stuck high up where no one can see them; everything is vile in it; it is, however, imposing and gigan=c as a failure, through its great size and elaborate execu=on.“ Oscar Wilde in a leXer to his mother in 1875.
Celebra=ng the end of our study tour
The last supper
caused by the emergence Many thanks to Rainer Werner for the summer school lecture at economically weakened but University of Applied Sciences FHWS Wurzburg about the E U a nd i ts h istory. newly democratic Eastern He made a dry subject very interesAng. nations
2009 Treaty of Lisbon instituted
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Also, many thanks to Markus Kaiser who ran the photography workshop at University of Applied Sciences FHWS Wurzburg. He travelled to Brisbane for our “How I look at it” pop-‐up exhibiAon at the White Box at QCA. My theme was vendors and produce.
travelling with a group of like minded people meant a diversity of company, opinions and personal percepAons. We explored and discovered diﬀerent cultures, a huge
range of arts, local cuisines, regional beverages, local customs and had fabulous experiences.
We saw architecture old and new, stunning and ugly but all memorable and diﬀerent.
This was a wonderful grand tour for me and sharing the art experiences with the group made it a richer one. Last but deﬁnitely not least, Dr Craig Douglas imparted his knowledge of the history, arts, cuisines, arAsts, cultures and ciAes we visited and so much more. Thank you Craig!
References • • • • •
All photographs & video clips by Maikki Toivanen (except the ones of me). Audio technician: Rod Thompson. Images for European Union slide from hXp://www.google.com.au/search/ european -‐ retrieved October 3, 2013. Beethoven Symphony No.9 In D Minor by London Symphony Orchestra downloaded from itunes, retrieved October 12, 2013. Text for Russian Pavilion by Vadim Zakharov for the Danae catalogue by Hatje Cantz publica=on.
Published on Jan 9, 2014