For several months the curator of the Bavarian State Painting Collections has been preparing the exhibition “Vive le pastel!” opposite. The opening is on May 6th. Afterwards, pastels from Alte Pinakothek and from the Staatsgalerie in Neues Schloss Schleißheim will shine alongside selected borrowed works. At least that’s how Elisabeth Hipp imagines it. This week she is busy with the final preparations. However, she tries to find time for other things and places.
Monday: Live pastel
Today we are putting on the wall the portrait of Maria Josepha of Saxony by Marie Catherine de Silvestre, borrowed from the Department of the Bavarian Palace. I am happy that everything is gradually coming together in the big central hall of the Alte Pinakothek special exhibition area, where we will be showing the compact show. At lunch time I reserve in the local ovens, pick up a salmon roll from Wimmer and treat myself to a vanilla Éclair from Boulangerie Dompierre with a light dessert glaze.
Tuesday: Colorful Olympia
The latest labels are pasted in the exhibition and the lighting of the works is perfected. Late in the afternoon I manage to look for a detail in the library of the Central Institute of Art History that overwhelms me when I process a question. Before leaving the building on Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse, I still enjoy the colorful posters for the 1972 Olympics in the current exhibition “Aufbruch der Gestaltung” and learn something about the concept of time communication.
Wednesday: Exercise in the locker room
Our exhibition is not open yet, but almost everything is ready and we take the opportunity to take photos and film. I am taking notes for the press conference the next day. To distract myself from the fear of the stage, I booked a practical cabin with a grand piano at Anytime Music in Josephsplatz in the evening. And although after a few years of lessons and a long break from playing, I am only dealing with simple Burgmüller etudes, I certainly feel calm and happy when I take the subway for the first part of my journey home.
Thursday: Antique atmosphere
After the press conference, I head to the café in the Glyptothek courtyard. I did not take the direct route from the crate through the glass door, but walked through the collection. The voting relief of Munich particularly impresses me: a family offers sacrifices, alive and present. The appearance of the scene reminds me of a proscenium scene – it is no wonder that historical painters in the 17th and 18th centuries were inspired by ancient works of art. At the cafe counter I order a Serrano ham panignon, a diced Engadine nut and Earl Gray tea and then balance everything on a tray. The yard is protected from the wind; you can take off your jacket and watch a weird crow live here doing her chores.
Friday: Lunch at the museum
The day is dedicated to the opening and is filled with small organizational tasks. At lunch time I stay on site, at Café Klenze in Alte Pinakothek; It’s nice to see so many visitors there and all over the building again. I am very curious to see if our team’s enthusiasm for pastels will be conveyed to the public as well.
Saturday: Sound night
I can finally sleep. However, I pull myself together and go swimming in the indoor pool Batusa in Holzkirchen, where I live – in the light hall with wooden ceiling and large windows, I swim some lengths in the pleasant pool 25 meters. In the afternoon I meet an acquaintance at the pastel exhibition. On the way there, on the local train, I read Voltaire’s “Candide.” Although I always have to laugh at ridiculously ridiculous twists, bitter satirical history makes me melancholy – we are still far from the “best of all worlds” today; and is it right to cultivate your garden as a way out? In any case, it is worthwhile not only to look at portraits of 18th century people but also to read what they have written. Later I look again at the overview of the program for the “Long Night of Music,” which takes place today; Numerous concert announcements sound tempting and I hope I do not get tired too early in the evening.
Sunday: Let your eyes wander
My husband and I travel with our pedophiles in the direction of Dietramszell to the cemetery church in Kreuzbichl. We find a bench nearby, remove our bicycle helmets, stretch our legs and are happy that we can live in this beautiful area: Here the view can wander in all directions, over the green hills and the sun will definitely shine and ours. warm faces.
Elisabeth Hipp grew up in Hamburg. She studied art history with minors in philosophy and political science and received her doctorate from the University of Tübingen with a thesis on Nicolas Poussin’s “Pest von Asdod”. She lived in Dresden for ten years and worked there in the State Art Collections. Since 2010 she has been the curator of French and Spanish paintings before 1800 in the Bavarian State Painting Collections.