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USA, NYC – a visit to MOMA, an Ivy League day out in Princeton and a visit to Gulliver’s Gate

Having very much enjoyed seeing Billy Joel and then the play Ferryman, it was time for some different tourist activities.

First stop was MOMA – this place is almost as fantastic for its building design and in-house restaurants as it is for its art. We took a free tour of the sculpture Garden which was a new thing for me. Also liked the Brancusi exhibit and Magritte’s Kissing Couple – weird but strangely more voyeuristic than seeing their faces. At least I thought so!

Then Marjory and I took the took the train to Princeton where her cousin is a professor. I had never visited this town or the university campus before and it is an extraordinarily attractive place to study. Old buildings, beautiful landscaping, sculptures and an excellent art museum all on campus thanks to donations from former alumni.

By the way the character above right was made somewhere between 200 BC and 200 AD. That design would work today. Love it.

And then something totally different – a visit to Gulliver’s Gate which showcases the world in Miniature. It was actually more fun than I expected (I got my face in Niagara Falls!) although major omission with no sign of Australia or NZ???

Austria, Vienna – Final museum madness part 2. Farewell Vienna

After enjoying the Egon Schiele exhibit I went upstairs at the Leopold for a special exhibition of the art owned by Heidi Horten. Who? You might say. Well Heidi is a billionaire following her marriage to the much older Herr Horten who owned one of the biggest department stores in Austria. When he died she inherited his wealth – she is a billionaire – and invested some of the money into an impressive art collection some of which was on show at the Leopold. As you will see from the artists below she had a fair bit of cash to spend and I think acquired a lot of the art in one go from London auctioneers.

A selection of Chagall, Magritte, Matisse and Freud.

And then a sprinkling of Picasso’s, Warhol and Nara

One of the great things about my visits to Germany and Austria has been the access to more artists from this part of the world. Below is Marc (the deer)| and then a few years later Roy Lichtenstein does a homage to his work in his own style. Below are Pechstein and Jawlensky – I love these works

Next stop – Amsterdam.