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Exploring Berlin – Soviet Monument of Honor

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With longer daylight hours comes more time for nice walks in town. Most of the people living in Berlin have probably already taken plenty of walks through Mitte, visited the Museum Island or strolled through Mauerpark. But just a few have ventured out to Treptower Park to discover this impressive historical gem from the former GDR: The Soviet Monument of Honor. This monument was built in 1949 and is one out of three monuments built to remember the fallen soldiers from the red army.

What makes this monument so impressive is not only the giant statue of the child-saving soldier with the massive sword resembling more a knight from a fairy tale than of a Sowjet soldier. The gates to the monument are crystal-shaped pyramides that look like they were constructed for a space station from an alien nation. I guess the fascination for space and the idea of a Soviet world imperium already existed back then, continuing in the Cold War in the following decades.

I recommend to visit this place inside Treptower Park on a cloud free day to enjoy the view. The whole area and especially the soldier statues can give you goosebumps. I think getting in touch with this part of Berlin’s history is a stimulating experience not to be missed. More pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 14th, 2014
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Berlin Artist: Christopher Winter painting Speculative Realism

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In our upcoming series Berlin Artist we would like to present you some of our favorite artists and their work independent from a local exhibition. We realized that many artists may live in Berlin where the studio rent is low and the possibilities of creative exchange are vast. Nonetheless the buying art market and also many prestigious galleries and museums reside somewhere else. This is why a lot of artists living in Berlin rarely show their work here.

One artist got our attention at the KIK exhibition one month ago. At the group show inside Kino International with a variety of presented works Christopher Winter‘s paintings and sculptures stood out to me. I am not so sure if it was the mixture of cuteness and artistic faculty that impressed me or the slight melancholic feeling I felt watching his paintings. Have a look for yourself after the jump and stay updated on his website about his upcoming exhibitions.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 10th, 2014
in Art
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Nostalgia for Paradise – Kate Bellm & Edgar Lopez Exhibition

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Some people search for paradise in Berlin, some prefer to travel the world to find it. Like the artist couple Kate Bellm and Edgar Lopez. For two years they were “kidnapping moments” of beauty, passion, life and excitement around the world. Kate by taking photographs and Edgar by collecting objects and creating drawings. Now they came back to their home base and are ready to share with us their inspiring findings. Far from being traditional travel photos or documentation, they present a series of colorful fantastical, surreal and with highly tension charged imagery at the gallery space Pavlovs Dog. More impressions, the address and time after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 9th, 2014
in Art, Galleries
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MEAT Me at the Mall – A Review

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As we already announced here we were really looking forward to see the theater piece MEAT by Thomas Bo Nilsson as part of the F.I.N.D. Festival at Schaubühne. Before doing his own thing the Swedish stage designer, performer and director was part of the Signa group from Denmark. If you ever experienced a piece from this group before you will recognize the unique touch of analog reality in this new piece. Go after the jump for a little review and some impressions of the piece.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 7th, 2014
in Art, Theatre
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Meat – When your sexual Appetite gets you killed

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photos: Matt Lambert

“Don’t talk to strangers!”  said the mother to the little Red Riding Hood. I wonder if nowadays the fairy tale mother would say: Don’t go home with some anonymous Tinder, Grindr or whatever other app date. Social networks have an increasing influence on our sexual behavior. Straight and gay people are chatting, flirting and hooking up more through their smart phones than through live interactions. But what if the stranger connected to you through your phone isn’t just a simple lonely dude but a psycho killer whos intentions are to harm you, kill you and then eat part of your body? What sounds like a plot of a semi-interesting thriller was actual a real live scenario not so long ago.

The 29-year old porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta from Canada is accused of killing, dismembering and eating a Chinese student and uploading the evidence to the internet. He was picked up by Berlin police in the Summer of 2012 at an internet café in Neukölln, center of gay hipsteria. The gay scene was shocked that among them was a predator able to kill. Luka even went dancing the weekend before getting caught at Cocktail d’Amore a party we often recommend here on the blog.

For the upcoming theater festival for new theater F.I.N.D. at the Schaubühne Berlin an extraordinary installation based on the alleged killer will have its premiere. Swedish but Berlin-based director Thomas Bo Nilsson and his team created a large scale installation in the Schaubühne Studio that will be running for 240 hours non-stop day and night. The installation is inhabited by 60 performers, acting in a fragmented universe of both living and commercial spaces. The audience can visit MEAT at any time during the performance. You can buy a ticket for a 4 hour slot where you can come and go as you like. Parts of the installation will be streamed online. We are avidly looking forward to see this incredible pieces as it reminds us of others beloved theater experiences as Club Inferno for instance. More details and a very dark and scary trailer produced by local director Matt Lambert after the jump. Also stay tuned for a detailed review after our visit at the installation .

Claudio by Claudio
on April 3rd, 2014
in Theatre
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Visiting the Wemhöner Collection

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I love it when I have to venture out of my comfort-zone districts to discover a new gallery, theater or art space. To visit the Wemhöner Collection that is open to public until May 18, you have to leave Mitte, Prenzlauber Berg and Kreuzberg behind and take a ride to far away Wedding. But the trip is definitely worth the effort. The exclusive insights into the collection will show works from Marina Abramovic, Helmut Newton, Andreas Mühe and many more. Avant-garde photography, light sculptures and impressive video installations curated by Philipp Bollmann will give you a little excerpt into the exclusive taste of the art collector Heiner Wemhöner. But the artworks alone are not the only reason for spending an afternoon in Wedding. The gallery space inside the Osram Höfe will make you gasp because of its sophisticated but rough Berlin style architecture. More impressions and information after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 2nd, 2014
in Art, Galleries, Wedding
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Closing of Peristal Singum – The End of the Magical Labyrinth

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photo: Karmanoia

Defining Berlin as a magic wonderland we are actually quite sad that one of our favorite playgrounds and Berlin’s most special experiences will close its doors this week. The magic labyrinth called Peristal Singum created by art collective and community Karmanoia inside the club Salon zur wilden Renate is a supernatural adventure into a psychedelic, artificial and very elaborate fantasy world. From tremendously funny to excitingly scary – entering the Labyrinth was always a roller coaster ride of emotions. This week is the last week of this famous location. And as usual in Berlin there will be a 4 days closing party to commemorate this wonderful place. I wish you will get a chance to experience it before it closes its doors. Opening times and the address after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 24th, 2014
in Art, Friedrichshain
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Lucky Thursday: Win the Photo Book Trauerweide by Eylül Aslan

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In the times of Instragram everybody seems to call himself a photographer. Luckily, there are enough talented people out there proving that photography is more than taking a selfie with a vintage filter. One of these exceptional talents is the Turkish born and now Berlin-based Eylül Aslan. Her sensual, strangely provocative and unusual photos make you immerge into a twisted fairytale world. Rarely you will see the face of the photographed subject and more often your imagination is left with nothing more than a shadow or a silhouette as a fertile ground for your fantasy to run off. For a full immersion into her enigmatic world we are giving away one copy of her recently published book “Trauerweide”. How to win and more photosfrom Eylül’s book after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 13th, 2014
in Art
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Blue Man Group Premiere – An Anthropological Experience

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As my best friend from high school Hamlet used to say: Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t. And I can’t find a better phrase to describe the Blue Man Group Show. Before going to the premiere of their brand new program last Tuesday at Potsdamer Platz I expected some light-hearted comedy musical with funny blue people doing hilarious things. What I did not expect was that the Blue Man Group show would reveal new conclusions about Western society  - or maybe even human society in general –  to my mind. Follow my thoughts after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 12th, 2014
in Art
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Winter Escapes from Berlin: Kitzbühel

Winter Escapes from Berlin: Kitzbühel

Even though winter is already gone here in Berlin and Spring is knocking on our doors inviting us out to stroll down the Spree or riding bikes through the city we have a wonderful Winter escape recommendation for you not to miss.

Actually it’s more a Spring escape, but never mind. Because any season you decide to escape the big city lights of Berlin for beautiful Kitzbühel will be most enjoyable. This little town has so much to offer that we repeated our trip from last year to get to know a much more sporty side of the idyllic mountain city. After the jump you will find some detailed recommendations and tons of beautiful mountain photos that will melt your arid city heart and make you wish to go for a skiing trip right away.

Claudio by Claudio
on February 28th, 2014
in Travel
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