Artful Neuss, Germany

Near Neuss, a pleasant induce southwest from Duesseldorf, fine art is housed inwards fine art atop a old NATO missile base.

The Langen Foundation, the someone endeavor of fine art collectors Marianne in addition to Victor Langen, is ane of those places y'all convey to know where it is to choke there. Understandably so, considering it housed Pershing in addition to Cruise missiles until 1994. During my see inwards October, its nearest vecino was a plain planted with kohlrabi.

Japanese architect Tadao Ando transformed the infinite with a edifice he was commissioned to design, non for whatsoever specific purpose, according to our artist/guide Jens Stittgen, exactly to hold upwardly a memorable infinite that could concur things.

It is, from the walkway lined on ane side with Japanese cherry trees to the polish equally silk exceptional concrete - pumped upwardly non downward - of the building.

Inside, the exceptional present was a mixture of Belgian, ZERO Group painter Jef Verheyen's light-filled travel in addition to Japanese fine art in addition to objects from the Langens' collection.

H5N1 long ramp in addition to stairs Pb downward to a gallery of to a greater extent than contemporary work.

Tip: The stairs aren't bad, exactly I recommend the ramp.

Nearby, Museum Island Holmbroich is a revelation of some other kind. 

Duesseldorf collector Karl-Heinrich Muller with the attention of painter Gotthard Graubner developed the display concept to follow Cezanne's dictum, "Art with Nature." Muller bought an undeveloped hunk of province with the River Erft in addition to had Duesseldorf sculptor Erwin Heerich exercise 12 walk-in sculptures, xi of which incorporate art. Many are themselves surrounded yesteryear sculpture.

The number is a walk through the glorious works of nature with stops to gaze on the works of man, from the Chinese Han dynasty in addition to native Micronesians to classical in addition to contemporary European work. 

Warning: Levelers, y'all volition convey to walk over terrain with fairly gentle slopes, exactly to choke to in addition to from it at that spot are formidable stairs - 45 steps that are steep in addition to a chip slippery when wet. If y'all tin grapple them the sense is worth the effort.

Neither chronology nor geography figure into Muller in addition to Graubner's display concept, which is ane of the to a greater extent than interesting aspects. Instead, complementary styles are combined. No commentary is provided, leaving it upwardly to the viewer to discovery the parallels. For example, inwards ane sculptural edifice y'all volition discovery African sculpture paired with paintings yesteryear Karl Schwitters.

However it is arranged, the fine art is good worth your time. In the works on newspaper building, I was delighted to discovery 17 Rembrandt etchings, 2 Matisses, a wall of Cezanne watercolors, in addition to a handsome Gustave Klimt.

It was like shooting fish in a barrel afternoon when nosotros arrived to discovery our paths lined with meadow saffron, the tree leaves turning to check the autumnal weather, pairs of ducks paddling complacently unopen to ane pond in addition to geese preening themselves with another.

My see wasn't most long enough. Plan to pass the ameliorate purpose of the twenty-four hours here. If the 12 euro weekday, xv euro weekend rates look excessive regard this: There is a cafeteria midway along your ambles where the nutrient in addition to potable are gratuitous with your admission!

Have y'all been to either of these museums? What did y'all mean value of them? I'd honey to know.

Artful Neuss, Germany