Loss and recovery

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Posted by HSG on April 25, 2004 at 22:11:20:

In Reply to: Re: Resurrection posted by Melanie W. on April 19, 2004 at 06:18:52:

The building to which you refer is called the Knochenhaueramtshaus, in the historic town of Hildesheim. Before the war, it was widely regarded as "the most beautiful half-timbered building in the world," the ideal representative of the storybook-like medieval architectural style that Wagner immortalized in Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg.

As noted in the essay linked in the initial post in this thread, not only was the building destroyed in the war, but, to add insult to injury, a ghastly modernist glass-box hotel was erected in its place. (You can orient yourself in these pictures by the stone well in the left foreground.)

But the townspeople refused to abide this aesthetic tyranny, and the memory of the beauty that they had lost endured. And so, in the 1980s, Hildesheim took the extraordinary step of demolishing the hated new building, and resurrecting the beloved Knochenhaueramtshaus.

Likewise, the 20th-century media eradicated the timeless ideal of feminine beauty, and imposed in its place an inhuman, artificial standard:

But soon, this androgynous imposition will be cleared away, and we will recover the timeless ideal of femininity, just as the people of Hildesheim and Dresden restored landmarks of beauty that seemed irretrievably lost.

(Kati Kochanski modelling for Fashion Bug, Summer 2003.)

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Incidentally, anyone who longs to see the glories of Dresden, but lacks the resources to travel to Europe, will be pleased to know that Dresden is coming here. In a once-in-a-lifetime event, the artistic treasures of Dresden, which are among the richest and most beautiful in all Europe, will be on display this summer in (of all places) Jacksonville, Mississippi. This is not a travelling exhibition, but a one-time, one-stop showing.

Believe us--if you only see one art exhibition this year, this is the one to attend.

Here is the link to the official Web site:

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