Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lange Nacht Der Museen

Two Dancers by Edgar Degas, pastel on paper (above), on display at the Albertina Museum

On October 3, we joined the crowds of enthusiastic museum-goers for the Lange Nacht Der Museen  (Long Night of Museums).  650 art venues throughout Austria stayed open until 1:00 a.m., and we saw as much art as we could see in one night.  I would describe the experience as being absolutely blasted by art. It was an overload of the senses, and we ended up staggering about in a blissfully zombified stuper from soaking in so much culture in a single night.  The crowds were enthusiastic and diverse... It was quite a party!

The first museum we hit was the Albertina, where we saw an exhibit of Impressionism called Painting Light.  Here is a link to the Albertina's web site where you can view select images from the exhibit: Painting Light

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