Art exhibits and football fans

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2011

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

I spent a fairly low-key weekend basically working, reading, and riding my bike. The weather this weekend was beautiful, so I figured I should  take full advantage while it's still nice enough to be outside. The streets are really pretty right now because they're littered with fallen leaves in beautiful colors. So, I rode my bike about 8 miles yesterday and walked about 3 miles today. It's the first exercise I've had since I left Debrecen to go home to Austin a few weeks ago, and I figure it's something =)

I walked down to the modern art museum this morning and thought it was pretty impressive for a small city. It's about the same size as Austin's art museum, which I always thought was disappointingly small. Debrecen is about a fifth of the size of Austin, so this fit a little better. They don't have any permanent exhibits; rather they change out 2 temporary exhibits every few months. The first one was by an artist called Panamarenko from Antwerp. His work is focused on flight, gravity and movement, so a lot of his work was sort of aeronautical and he almost seemed more like an inventor than an artist. He was trying to invent a new type of flying machine. Check him out here:

The second exhibit was called "Melancholy in Modern Art." It was actually a little too broody for me, and I can usually appreciate broody. The exhibit starts in a small room where you watch a video loop by the artist Balazs Kicsiny called the Cobbler's Apprentice. The video shows an old man slowly crawling on all fours with shoes on his hands around a big clock. At each number on the clock, there's a veiled person sitting on a stool and as the man reaches each person's number, they beat on a drum-like prop with a hammer. It's very dark and sort of Eyes Wide Shut-like. The exhibit was a bit of a downer on a beautiful Sunday morning, but it was pretty interesting.

I worked and read for most of the rest of the afternoon with all of the windows open. Around 4 this afternoon, I heard a large group of men singing in the street outside my apartment.There were about 200 or so guys marching down the street singing something in Hungarian and surrounded on all sides by policemen. They would occasionally get inspired by something and approach one of the policemen as if to push him out of the way. I was half waiting for a violent demonstration because the police officers would immediately raise their clubs like they were threatening to hit the marchers. Then I noticed that about half of the crowd had green and white striped Loki football jerseys on and then quickly realized that they were all headed to the game that was going on this afternoon. The stadium is about a 5 minute walk from my apartment. I kind of wished I had someone to go to the game with because I think it would have been fun. It appears that Loki fans are pretty passionate about their team.
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