Category: Museums

Lessons from Berlin

Lessons from Berlin

| June 13, 2017 | Reply

Last week I spent a day in Berlin on my way to Amsterdam. Berlin is a mecca of interesting museums, but one that particularly struck me was the DDR museum, the Deutsche Democratic Republic, or the museum of Soviet occupied Germany. After writing recently about memory, I was surprised to remember again that Berlin was deeply buried within the partitioned East Germany, which meant that this cosmopolitan city was often at the mercy of the Soviet Union for supplies brought by truck. This vibrant city was partitioned into 4 sectors at the end of World War 2.

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The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

| July 1, 2014 | Reply

When Bob Cassilly first started working on City Museum in 1995, it didn’t have a name but he knew he wanted his mission statement to read: “we seek the white whale.” St Louis has never seen anything like Bob Cassilly’s work. He creates from his gut, obsessively, constantly, joyfully. Although he was classically trained by Rudolf Torrino to do highly realistic and traditional sculpture commissions, Cassilly simply couldn’t stomach the work. After a few years of creating commissions for zoos and gardens, he was looking for a way to develop his own ideas. Bob Cassilly bought the International Shoe company in an abandoned section of downtown St. Louis almost on a whim.

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