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[Photo Journal] Walking Around Kochel Am See

Franz Marc Museum and Der Blaue Reiter.


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Kochel Am See Tour

When I served as a Research Fellow at the International Youth Library (IYL) in Munich last year, I was lucky to be there at the same time that the library was doing its annual summer day-tour somewhere near Munich. Last year, it was the Kochel Am See so that we could also visit the Franz Marc Museum. Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed inside the museum, so I only took photos when we did our ‘guided’ walking art tour of this small town.

Our view while having lunch.

Naturally, I had to have my pork schnitzel with that delicious jam on the side. And because it was an unnaturally hot day, I had this mango float of sorts, which was delicious.

I was part of the “Art Walk” Group which was led by one of the IYL Librarians throughout the town. We got to see the inspiration behind Der Blaue Reiter artists’ famous works.

One of the charming houses in Kochel. It really seemed like a faery town to me.

“Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.” 
― Franz Marc


The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.
Wassily Kandinsky


I am sure of one thing: many silent readers and young people full of energy will secretly be grateful to us, will be fired by enthusiasm for this book [the Blaue Reiter Almanac] and will judge the world in accordance with it.
– Quote from a letter of Franz Marc to Wassily Kandinsky


Apparently, it is common to have a tree in the centre of town where townsfolk gather to have a chat, and sometimes, even to dance around. Kochel’s “City Hall” on the right shows a carving of Mother Mary and Jesus as evident on the left side of the photo.

Art today is moving in directions of which our forebears had no inkling; the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are heard galloping through the air; artistic excitement can be felt all over Europe – new artists are signalling to one another from all sides; a glance, a touch of the hand, is enough to convey understanding. – Franz Marc


I’m interested in creating a space through color contrasts, rather than by simple shadows of light and dark. 
August Macke


A tree seemingly cut in half and a church that looks like a mosque. There is much here that can serve as inspiration to so many artists, indeed.

Open fields of grass – inspiration for some of Der Blaue Reiter’s paintings.

I would go back to this place, just to stare at this lake, the whole day; book in hand, reading occasionally, then breathing in this air, this view.

Portrait of serenity.

Naturally, we had to visit the tombstone of Franz Marc and his wife, Maria Marc.

Are you familiar with Der Blaue Reiter? Any favourite artists from the group?


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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