Rainy afternoon in Luxembourg

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Finally the past days I have had time to start going through the photos I took during the autumn holiday we did with Lady A last month – there is almost 900 photos once again! So you can imagine it takes quite a lot time to go through them all, then edit the ones I want to use and last, but not least write stories around the photos. I hate when I cannot publish in real time the stories (or even in few days), I really need to start to think solutions to this. But better late than never, so I hope you are ready to some stories from Luxembourg and Antwerp the upcoming weeks. And as today is rainy day, I will start the stories from the rainy afternoon we spend in Luxembourg wondering around contemporary art museum MUDAM.

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MUDAM was in so many ways a positive surprise. The building itself is interesting, as the architecture brings together modern elements in a environment which breaths nature and history. The way the different parts of the museum were used for the ongoing exhibition was creative (you will find surprising solutions) and same time it did not feel like the museum was crammed with art, even though there was so much to see. And as the different rooms are so spacious, it gives a perfect opportunity to show massive installations. The museums is in a walking distance from the historical center of Luxembourg, and definitely a must do thing if you like contemporary arts.

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Delf – gas Cannisters

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Gaols

I had not done any research about the ongoing exhibition, so I basically had no expectations when we entered to the museum. Outside of the museum there was a huge advertisement about the Wim Delvoye exhibition, but to be honest, it did not look appealing at all. So we decided to go in for a quick look and then decide if enter or not – luckily we did! For the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the museum, Mudam invited Belgium artist Wim Delvoye to present his wide work from his 25 years of artistic production. Interestingly he also marked the museums opening 10 years a go, and has a strong relationship to Luxembourg. The exhibition is open till 8. of January 2017, and is accompanied by work of Cristina Lucas till 14. of May 2017.

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I had not heard about Wim Delvoye before, and I have to say I think I will never forget his work. His work is so shameless and you are not sure if you should be looking away or stare. The topics are all appealing, and the amount of different techniques he uses is incredible. How can one master drawing, sculptures, photography, movies, painting and so many other interesting techniques? His work brings together art, popular culture, contemporary, old, new and everything between. And I felt that more you look the work he has done, read the description and then look again the work, more you see how deep the works actually go. Many times the work of Delvoye turns useful everyday objects into something that is carrying totally different value as a pieces of art. Delvoye describes his own approach to art as “local” and “global” so “glocal”.

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Art Farm

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Tyres

The Tyres of Delvoye are a play between craft and industry. Industry is aspiring to serial production with standardized products, craftsmanship creates uniqueness. Interestingly the artist had the tires made in China, so that the value of work can be discussed. These kind of  deeper ideologies, interesting materials and creating contrast can be see in many of his works. Just what I like in art – something deeper!

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Stained Glass window

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Chapelle

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Suitcases 

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The cafeteria in the museum was breathtakingly beautiful! I got a little Scandinavian wibe from it, and it surely was beautiful place to drink you coffee. But after all morning traveling, and eating not too much, this was surely not the best place to have your afternoon brake foodwise. There is not too much selection and prices are ridiculous.

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Cristina Lucas, Clockwise, installation, 360 CLOCKS, 2016.

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Before entering the clockwise installation, you have to or take your shoes off, or use covers. The room is totally white, and you can definitely hear those 360 clocks. We kept wondering what if one starts to run out of battery, hahah!

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A museum is a perfect entertainment on rainy days, and Modun definitely was a good one. Are you familiar with the work of Wim Delvoye?

xx,

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Details of this museum adventure

Wim Delvoye exhibiton 
Mudam Luxembourg / 3, Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg

Open until 8 of January 2017

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Are you scared to move?

In six weeks from now I am living in Netherlands. Breda will be my new home till the end of this year. When I am talking about this with people I hear often questions about safety in Europe, and if I am scared to move away from Finland. I keep answering to people no, I am not scare to move. I know there is a lot happening around the world, and I do not believe that it would be safer to live here than somewhere else. I also know there are so many places I still want to see, so I will not stop traveling just because some people believe that they have the right to attack against others.

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When there are terrorist attacks, wars, crimes or something bad happening, people get scared. I have many friends who have told me that they do not want to travel anymore, as they are afraid. Afraid that something bad will happen or that the plane will disappear. I believe that fear is something these kind of events many time are meant to create, and I don`t want to give power to those people who are creating this feeling. I somehow believe that if it is meant to be that I will be middle of terrorist attack, then let it be so. I don`t want to limit my life choices just because someone may do something bad. If we keep staying home and feeling scared, we will end up loosing many moments and experiences in this life. And then we are giving the power to those who are creating fear. I want to live, not be home feeling scared.

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Like many others, also I believe that with love and being nice to others we can change many situations. Not with anger. Do not answer to anger with anger. But I also know that anger and bad events are part of life, and sadly I don`t believe we could have a world filled only with love. So the second best thing is to not feel scared, live the life with good attitude and little by little hope that fewer and fewer people would do something bad to others. When did we become so angry that the only option you feel there is, is to take it out to innocent people?

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I will move to Netherlands and I will spend my free time this autumn traveling as much as possible. I will not be scared, but I also know that other (like my mother) will worry about me, so there are few things I will do to help people to track me if needed. First of all I will do the official travel notification to the ministry of foreign affairs of Finland. This way they know where I am living, in case there is something happening in Netherlands and they need to check my safety. You can add there contact person, so example by adding my mother there, the ministry can then inform her about my safety. You can do this notification not only when you are moving abroad, but also every time you travel. I highly recommend this, its free and at least then someone has a small idea where you could be.

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Another thing I will do is update in Facebook my new hometown Breda and give Facebook access to my location via my devices. This I will do because Facebook is offering safety check. During the attack in Nice my Facebook informed me that a friend living there has marked herself safe. What a easy way to inform everyone around you (at least those who use Facebook) that you are safe. So even though people sometimes criticize how much social media knows about us, in these kind of situations I really appreciate the  power of some.

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And last but not least, it is always good to tell someone where you are traveling. This is common sense I think, so just at least someone knows from which country to start looking me. I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

xoxo,

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P.S Thank you dear friend for letting me play with my camera in your garden. Love these mellow, already little withered roses.

Travel plans – autumn 2016

 

This summer feels so long and so short same time, as the autumn is bringing so much change in my life. The last six weeks in Finland started for me today, and finally it is starting to feel real that I am moving to Netherlands next month. I got my one way ticket, I got room from shared apartment and everything else starts to be also ready. I will be writing later about the practical arrangements you need to do when moving abroad, but today I want to concentrate on something more fun. As Netherlands is situated in a perfect location in Europe, I am planning to visit many other countries this upcoming fall. So destinations 2016 – Where to go this autumn? destinations2016 (2)

I did a map to highlight some of the destinations I am planning to visit this autumn. I marked Netherlands with black, as it is where I will be staying most of the time. I am planning to travel around Netherlands and get to know the country well. With red I marked those destinations I am sure to visit, and with purple I marked those which are still a question mark. Of course you never know what will happens once you get there, so this is just a plan – but I can assure you that this autumn my blog will be full of travel stories from these, or some other places.

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I marked as a sure to visit in my map Belgium, Luxembourg, Paris, October fest in Germany and England. Breda is so close to Belgium that it would be stupid not to visit it while living next to it. Also Luxembourg is so close that I feel it is an obvious destination for me. October fest in Germany is something we are planning together with my friend as there are few of our German friends who would love us to go there with them. Also knowing that you can go to Paris (my all time favorite) with a train only in 3 hours makes Paris a sure destination for me. This is something why I love Netherlands already, everything really is so close. And then there is England as we have some friends / relatives there who would like us to visit them, so why not to go when we are so close to them?

Beside these I added Switzerland and Denmark to my map as these two are countries I would like to visit some point in my life. But as they are not that close to Netherlands I am still not sure my timetable and budget will allow me to visit them. But we will see, especially now when we have talked little about spending January traveling and coming back home little later than originally planned. So lets see where I will end up!

Which destinations are you planning to visit this autumn?

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