German expressionist art appeals to me but its exaggerations wouldn't suit every taste-- in the museum were colourful paintings by Kirchner (one of a group of people by Lake Thun!) and Müller from the Dresden / Berlin “Brücke” school and allegorical works by the “Blaue Reiter” group from Munich and the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. A list of names for my future reference: Macke, Marc, Scherer (primitive style, wooden sculptures), Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Barlach, Beckmann, Dix (among the works on show was a self portrait in a painter's smock, with a grim tight-lipped expression on his face), Grosz, Arntz, Max Ernst. Their French / Swiss / Spanish contemporaries were also much featured in the museum: Mondrian, Delaunay, Klee, Braque, Matisse, Magritte, Chagall and several rooms full of Picasso, including a good selection of his ceramic pieces. He produced over 4000 samples of “art you can eat off” (plates, bowls, etc); when Picasso got hold of an idea he worked at it for all it was worth, obsessively.
On my walk back to the Novotel I took a coffee break at the Cafeteria of the Schokoladenmuseum overlooking the Rhine reading a text message from Chris that said, be ready to set off before 6 for the evening boat cruise. This was the conference banquet, a buffet supper on a pleasure boat with very few women present, so the 3-hour conversation with all those male voices, especially after the beers had been liberally served, produced a high decibel level; my ears were ringing. However it was too cold to escape onto the outside decks for very long at a time, romantic though it was to glide past the changing scene on the banks. We sailed slowly upstream half way to Bonn then let the current carry us quickly back. Before we disembarked at about 10:30 p.m. we had a marvellous view of the floodlit Cathedral. Then Karsten competently got our little group back to our lodgings in two taxis.