Thomas Sello, the author and retired Head of the education department of one of the most important art museums in Germany, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, was in Barga today visiting and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city for the fifth time.
Keeping him company were another 40 German visitors who were enjoying their first visit to the city.
Have a listen to the short interview with Thomas recorded in Piazza Angelio (in English) in which he says in precise and clear terms just what it is he is looking for in a visit to Italy and why he thinks Barga is the perfect destination for visitors interested in “the real tuscany”
In 1998 Thomas Sello, then head of the Museum Education department, founded the “Friends of the School of Painting at the Hamburger Kunsthalle” association (Förderverein Malschule in der Kunsthalle e.V.). The now well over 2,000 members financially and actively support the Kunsthalle’s educational program.
The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the largest and most important museums of art in Germany. Its superb permanent collection takes visitors on a journey through seven centuries of art history, from the medieval altars of Master Bertram through to the stars of the contemporary art scene such as Gerhard Richter and Neo Rauch.
Among the highlights of the collection are Dutch paintings of the 17th century, including works by Rembrandt and Ruisdael, German painting of the Romantic period with extensive groups of works by Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge, as well as important paintings by Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann. The outstanding collection of classical modernist art features works by Max Beckmann, Edvard Munch and the painters of the “Brücke” group.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Hamburger Kunsthalle has also won international acclaim for the quality of its special exhibitions, which attract thousands of visitors to the city every year.