Rewind 2013 1.0
This was a cracking exhibition that I visited towards the end of 2013. Set in the unfinished rooms of the north wing of the Herrenchiemsee Palace in Bavaria, it featured works by Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz & Willem de Kooning.
The works featured were from the Pinakothek der Moderne collection in Munich, and whilst the Pinakothek was receiving a lick of paint during a summer renovation they decided to stage an exhibition in King Ludwig's delightful palace. And why not!
The palace was built on the 'Herreninsel', an island in the middle of the Chiemsee, and was originally constructed as a 'Temple of Fame' for King Louis XIV of France, who our boy Ludwig was a great fan of apparently. Inspired by and modeled on the palace of Versailles it really is a testament to what vast amounts of money and a touch of madness can achieve. Quite amazing.
King Ludwig was an exceptionally interesting character by all accounts. An eccentric who disliked politics, large public functions and formal social events. He preferred to devote his time to his vast array of creative projects which included building the Neuschwanstein castle and hanging out with Richard Wagner.
The island can only be reached by boat and comes highly recommended as a great day out for all the family. Check it out.