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Winter Tales Exhibition at Kunsthaus ZH - all ages!

I popped in at the Kunsthaus yesterday evening to see the current "Wintermärchen" exhibition on images of winter from the middle ages to modernism. I wasn't expecting anything breathtaking, just a lot of snowy landscapes by minor genre painters... besides I find the timing completely wrong, by now we are all more in the mood for spring than for winter I would say. but as a convinced holder of a membership card and living in the vicinity, I do go there quite often, just to relax and be reminded of beauty.

I must say was pleasantly surprised, so I wanted to share. There are quite a few major artists including Brueghel, Monet, Goya and even the super famous heroic Napoleon portrait by David from the Belvedere in Vienna
But guess what? in the end I found myself stopping even longer in front of the minor genre paintings admiring the beauy of detail in rendering the particular light and changes of nature in winter.
There are not only paintings but also tapestries and luxurious baroque sleds from the austrian empire (one even in leopard skin - possibly fake, anyway impressive).

All in all a great exhibition to take the kids, too! they will love the skating and sledding scenes, the fires and children playing in the snow. even a perplexed little boy dringking from a freshly slaughtered pig's bladder (don't worry, no gruesome scene involved). or an angry woman fetching her drunken hubby home from the pub...
the explanations are as usual very clear and really help put the whole theme into context. all in all a very pleasant evening even if you're a not an art freak!

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