by Aliene De Souza Howell (MFA 2011)
We have also explored Leipzig’s thriving cultural scene! The Fine Arts Museum of Leipzig currently is displaying half of a massive retrospective of the prolific local master, Neo Rauch, in honor of his 50th birthday, the other half being shown in Munich. I stood in awe of the vibrant colors and seamlessly combined compositions of personal and local political history. The Stasi Museum and History Museum here provided insightful and provocative insight into GDR era Germany. Together we attended a stunning performance of the Leipzig philharmonic performance as part of the Bach festival in honor of his 225th birthday.
We also had the opportunity to support one of the Academy’s own, Kylie Manning, at The Caps Lock Project gallery in Berlin. (http://www.liap.eu/de/) There we also enjoyed the phenomenal museums home to the country's capital with an incredibly extensive Egyptian Art Collection. The breadth of the trip is difficult to convey and I dare say has been culturally rewarding and has had a strong artistic impact on us.