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A Virtual Visit to Munich's Museum

In a unique “first” for both Clubs, York Rotary and our partners Erlangen Rotary (Germany) held a joint meeting on zoom to hear a presentation from the curator of Munich’s famous museum complex, Pinakotheken.

The meeting, on March 10th was attended by over 60 Rotarians and many partners, with 25 “screens” being taken by York members.

We heard Ulrike Kvech-Hoppe explain the background and organisation of the four museums in the complex, and she then took on a virtual tour of many of the fabulous art pieces that are displayed in the Pinakotheken.

(Click the artwork photos to enlarge)

Madonna of the Carnation The Battle of Alexander at Issus

Her description of the artworks, their origins, styles and artistic techniques used, kept the audience in rapt attention as she covered the range of paintings from 15th Century Italian Renaissance (Leonardo da Vinci), German Renaissance and French Rococo,

through 19th Century English Romantics (Turner) and French Impressionists – some wonderful pieces by Monet, Manet and Van Gogh.

Mrs Thomas Hibbert Landscape with Shepherd and Flock

Monet painting in his studio boat The Bridge at Argenteuil

Monet : Les Nympheas (The Water Lilies)

Orchard in blossom with view of Arles

The Museum also houses an impressive collection of post-war modern art including works by Andy Worhol.

And finally, Ulrike showed illustrations of 1943 tapestries by French artist Jean Lurcat, who was based in Aubusson, France.

This was a fitting finale, celebrating the home of Aubusson Rotary, with whom we have had many associations; she dedicated this illustration to them and in particular to their Past President Bert Gietelink who joined our International Reunion meeting in York in 2018 but sadly passed away a year later.

Speaking in impeccable English, Ulrike had us captivated with this wonderful collection, and we were all very grateful for her time in describing it to us.

It was a perfect illustration of how Zoom can – even when times return to normal – bring us together for such a unique event.

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