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MAR 4 MUSEUMS AND THE ARTSY CIRCUIT

A Little Culture Never Hurt Anyone

semi-overcast 27 °C

THE RIF FORT
It started out raining this morning. Rain is not something we have been used to., but it is raining here a bit each day. The rain here is interesting. It starts gentle for about 1 minute and then just pours for 5 or so minutes and then stops and the sun comes back out. Stays that way till the next dark cloud moves in. When the gentle rain begins everyone heads for cover, knowing the deluge is about to begin. Today is museum and gallery day. We head for Otrabanda. First stop is the Rif Fort but we head for cover as the rains hit. Here we are in sunny Curacao.

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WAITING OUT THE RAIN
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THE RIF FORT

The museum there is closed but we get to sample all the little boutiques that cater to the cruise ship traffic. I check out Delft china, and realize my antique Delft kitchen pieces must be worth a small fortune based on what they are charging for the new stuff. Then we cross the only floating pontoon bridge in the world, that links Otrabunda to Punda. Part way across it begins to swing open to let a boat through and we patiently wait till it links us with land again. We check out some galleries downtown, including the Plein Air Art Festival. Painters travel to Curacao and spend 10 days at different sites painting and then subsequently exhibiting and selling their work. Tommorow they paint the salt flats by moonlight. Should be interesting.

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THE FLOATING BRIDGE

THE CURACAO MUSEUM
We hit the Curacao museum and spend time delighting in their exhibits. The art is an interesting mix of local and international artists work. I like Helen Kruythoff's water colours of Willemstad in the 1940's. There is an excellent painting by Han van Meergeran, who became famous as a notorious forger of Dutch Master Vermeer. The Vermeer experts thought the paintings were originals and were quite embarrassed when he finally admitted and was convicted of producing the forgeries.

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HELEN KRUYTHOFF
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HANS VAN MEERGAN " HAVENZICHT ROTTERDAM"

There was some nice scuptures and a fascinating 4 metre x 10 metre stained glass map of the Carribean showing Dutch trade routes on it and made for the 1939 World Exhiibition in New York.
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ERNEST EBERLEIN "GIRL ON A SWING"
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W BOGTMAN " MAP OF THE CARRIBBEAN"

There were a number of rooms furnished with period pieces from the past. The most interesting was the polka dot walled kitchen. According to local folk history, the walls were painted this way to keep the flies away. They believed the white dots made the flies dizzy. Might of had the same effect on humans too. I also liked the Dutch archways that linked room to room, and the old poster beds

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LANDHUIS HABAAI AND ALMA BLOU GALLERY
Our last vist was to a high end art shop in a Landhuis house, which were the old plantation houses. Most have Been turned into galleries or restaurants now. Some of the work in the gallery was breathtaking, especially some of the wood sculptures. The prices were equally breathtaking. 197,000 guilders or a little over $100,000. I fell in love with one painting. It was only $9,750 US. Good thing it was too big for my pack! Here are some photos of more outdoor whimsy.

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Posted by RDILL 15:14 Archived in Curaçao Tagged art museums and galleries

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