Spring 2015 newsletter
The talks are at ‘die Brücke’ as usual. After most meetings we have tables reserved at a nearby restaurant.
The Chinese ceramics collection of Sir Percival David (1892–1964)
In the 1920s – a time of political changes in China – a young man travelled to Beijing to study the exquisite pieces of Chinese ceramics in the imperial collection. Captivated by the Chinese connoisseurship, he built up, over 40 years, a collection of finest porcelain and stoneware reflecting the taste of the imperial court from the Song to the Qing dynasties (10th–18th century) with their tantalizing glazes and perfect shapes. The illustrated talk by Dr Christina Kallieris shows objects from Sir Percival's collection, which is today on display in the British Museum in London.
London has been at the heart of British life from the earliest times and has often featured in literary texts. This illustrated talk by Dr Michael Heinze uses examples from different novels, short stories and other texts and shows how these descriptions relate to the London we know today.
Strongly influenced towards Socialism by the works of Ruskin and Charles Kingsley, Morris started “the Firm”, with contemporaries Rossetti, Maddox-Brown and Burn-Jones, to develop the decorative arts and bring beauty to the working man. Lesley Osborne-Dancila will take a look at some of the works of this leader of the Art & Crafts Movement.
Wendy Meenenga takes us with her on a walk around her home town, Cambridge. We will see many of the sights of Britain's second oldest university and hear some amusing anecdotes, as well as getting lots of useful information for a stay or visit in that beautiful city.
In cooperation with the International Education Centre of the VHS Düsseldorf ‘Die Brücke’
Kasernenstraße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf
Rosemary Clegg gives an overview of the Städel collection in Frankfurt am Main and of how it became what it is today.
Sonia Veldhuizen, an Australian who has been teaching yoga and relaxation techniques for over 25 years, will present a selection of practical ways to maintain flexibility while seated – particularly useful for people who work long hours on the computer.