|Klimt mural at the ceiling of the Kunshistorisches|
Vienna seemed a very good choice as there is the KLIMT commemorations and I just love his work!
|Catalogue of the exhibition|
So this would make a very green trip...
I arrived on Sunday night and started my sightseeing excursion on Monday. After 3pm we could already register for the conference so I went there and saved myself some sleeping time tomorrow... I hope the people and the presentations are good.
The result was even better...On the first day of the conference, Tuesday (where all the speakers were presenting wok in Egypt), we had a special tour of the Botanical Gardens with its Direktor, Prof. Michael Kiehn!
has worked in Egypt for many years. And he has a new book, which is a real manual for those interested in plants from ancient Egypt!
I also had the chance of visiting exquisite collections and buildings such as the Belvedere, the Leopold Museum, the Mozarthaus, Freud Museum, Theatre Museum, and the Kunsthistorisches, which has a fabulous Egyptian collection of course!
|Klimt with his cat (one of them)|
|Wooden headrest from a private collection|
Another specialist I met at this conference was Dr. Victoria Asensi Amoros, who is a specialist on wood in ancient Egypt. I jumped with excitement when she referred ancient Egyptian gods and their relationship to plants and mentioned Osiris and tamarisk, for example. Exactly my point. So we chatted about this and that at the coffee break.
|Fringe version of the organizer|
So the conference would only be happening in the morning and I have no interest in banana production or anything else from Africa that is not related to Egypt.
There was the dinner party on this day, but since I spent the day in museums and crossing town (Vienna has one week of 38 Celsius and I was just there to catch it), I went to the hotel to change for dinner but exhaustion beat me...and I could not go out again.
So, I had no contact with anyone until the third day, on which I reached the Department of the University where we were having the conference (the last on campus, so you have to cross the whole campus under the sun) to a room with no air conditoning (and the auditorium at the Botanical Gardens was free...the University holds the two departments), to find the conference ended the day before! A simple email would be good...
Well, another day for sightseeing! But a revelation of the inadequacy of organizing skills...
|Hortus Botanicus Leiden|
Besides minor disrupments regarding flights and stop-overs, which put another airline on my red list (not-to-fly-again), I reached Leiden and prepared myself for another green day.
On Saturday I met my dear friend and colleague Renate at the Rijksmuseum and we checked the Egyptian Collection (once again) and the Gardens exhibition for the first time.
I immediately noticed that the 'garden' had no labels for trees showing in the maquette. I have this week written to the person who did this garden of Akhenaten and asked him which trees were represented there (as some I could identify macroscopically) and how does he know Akhenaten had those trees in his garden.
After the gardens' exhibition we had a great luch at the Botanical Gardens and went to visit those after lunch.
Another wonderful afternoon!
|Antimony box XVIIth century|
We finished our day with a tasty pancake and parted ways.
On the next day, I was flying back, but only in the evening, so I returned to the Boerhaave and got to see the exquisite medical and scientific collections it has displayed there.
Carl Linnaeus is depicted along with some plant drawings, but I saw him the day before already at the Botanical Gardens.
|Gardens of the Pharaohs exhibited piece|