11 March 2012

Gallivanting in Germany: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

So I arrived in Stuttgart Echterdingen Airport on the morning of February 7, 2012. It was rather early, as my flight departed Newark on the afternoon of the day before. However, my first destination was Tübingen due to a conference, and yet my homestay family requested that I arrive after 5:00 PM. Hence, I figured, I might as well just head into downtown Stuttgart and sight-see for a while, before I board a train to Tübingen.

So that's what I did: I took the S-Bahn from the airport up to Stuttgart Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then, I dropped my bags in a locker for the day, and walked around. Oh it was so cold (this was during the cold European freeze). Fortunately, I found the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, which is a contemporary and modern art museum that was opened in 2005.

The building is a glass cube, and during the night, it is lighted in such a way that it looks like it's on acid. However, it was super cold that day, that I decided not to take a picture of the exterior. I apologize.

Please be content with this shot, above. You can see the wall made of glass, and the cold scenery of the Schlossplatz outside.

I do not know much about German modern art. That meant that this museum was quite educational for me. I learned about Otto Dix, whose works are vastly featured in the permanent collections. You can see details of several of his work above.

Of course, there are works by other artists too. The two pictures above show details of just a few that I personally liked.

There's also this piece that is just the English and German words for "white" written all over the page.

There's also this red repetitive pattern that I thought would be really nice as a cloth pattern.

Finally, there's this ziggurat that was made of some material that I didn't know, but it stinks quite a bit. The smell was interesting, I should say.

There are other pieces worth seeing, but I figured I just present a selection here. If ever you find yourself in Stuttgart, this museum is worth a visit.


  1. I'm not sure I understand modern art, although some of the paintings are aesthetically pleasant.

  2. Zhu,

    I think the beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder. For me, it's like poetry: sometimes, they are beautiful, sometimes they aren't. It's something that I think scientific methods are not applicable. Hence, if someone thinks they're beautiful, then beautiful it is!