I spent most of the day in the Art Museum, an easy walk from our hotel. The permanent collection of the museum is founded on the paintings of August Macke and his Rhenish Expressionist associates. However, though these paintings are well worth seeing, what really impressed me were the dramatic architecture of the building and the generous space for large, vivid, more modern works. Just a few examples:
Across the plaza is the Art and Exhibition Hall, and on its garden rooftop are these three enigmatic forms.
Even the walk back to the hotel along the busy Friedrich-Ebert-Allee was visually stimulating, with the office buildings in the background prettified by dense clumps of Queen Anne's Lace along the roadway, and a lively sky overhead.