One of the most fun and memorable exhibits of the recent group exhibition by Your Mom’s Agency that took place at the same venue as our WE ARE BERLIN group show was the series of Berliners in a Box by Dorit Bialer. It was basically playsets made of customized Playmobil dolls and accessories that resembled the typical types of people you will encounter here in Berlin, such as the depressed Aldi salesclerk, the starving artist, the successful artist, the punks in front of Kaisers, the Prenzlauer Berg mom, the underpaid intern and so on. The packages are made with a lot of wit and love to the details so it’s really fun to explore all these Berlin clichees and they will certainly make you laugh. What is even more interesting is that the artist also offers to make these boxes custom made for you which could very well be the most original portrait you will ever get of yourself. But for now let’s enjoy the Berliners in a box!
When you live in Berlin for a while there are certains details about the city and its inhabitants that will somehow go into your subconscious and you will simply take them for granted. But when you arrive freshly in the city all these funny and awkward little difference to which ever other place you come from will stand out and make you wonder. For Italian illustrator and photographer Roberta Nateri it was just like that when she came here and as to be expected from a creative mind she started to turn the little details that she noticed about the style and habits of the people into adorable little illustrations. Have a look at her Lost in Berlin series after the jump.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.
Photographers are supposed to be active on the internet nowadays. You have to have at least a tumblr, flickr, Instagram and a blog to share your work with the world and get noticed. Surprisingly, there are still few young photographers out there where you have to go outside into the “real” world to discover their breathtaking pictures.
This happened to me with Heji Shin. Even though I knew her before through the Zeit Magazine conference were she was one of the speakers, I never had the chance to take a proper look at her work. But one day I walked into an empty subway station and was intrigued by the above picture hanging there. The merge between the street culture of Berlin of the people sitting in Görlitzer Park and enjoying life and the empty Opera house of Deutsche Oper was beautiful and twisted at the same time. So many hidden messages disclosed in front of my eyes in this quiet, beautiful but at the same time haunting photograph.
Looking over the full campaign Heji Shin shot for the theatrical season 2014/15 I have to say that these images really speak to me. They tell me the story about the multitude of creative culture in Berlin. About the collective, vibrating energy making the city shift into a myriad of shapes. But even though new things happen here all the time, some old things never change. One of them is the Deutsche Oper which is still one of the best Opera Houses in Europe. Even though the photos don’t relate to a specific piece they present the people working backstage and made me curios again for the big old Opera house far away in the West of the city. Maybe you think that you’re not even that interested in Opera. But I recommend you to go there at least once in your life. Because of course it’s great to check out all the new and exciting stuff going on. But it would be dull to forget about the cultural heritage and history which made Berlin the meeting place for the creative creme de la creme of good old Europe since the Twenties until today. It makes sense to put Berlin’s raw beauty on the center stage of the Opera. Both things are connected and go hand in hand, even if people sometimes tend to forget it way to easily. After the jump the magical campaign photos showing Berlin and the Deutsche Oper from its most transparent side.
While we are setting up our own exhibition WE ARE BERLIN yesterday we already got a peak at the two other exhibitions going on in the same loction both celebrating their opening tonight with Aerea Negrot DJing at the vernissage. The one exhibition is an impressive and dark painting exhibition by Codex that will happen in the room next to us. The other one is also a group show with young artists working in different genres and it’s organized by Your Mom’s Agency following their first show Twist in my Sobriety. It looks really amazing what I could already see and it reminds me a lot of the crazy group shows in the early days of HBC with art that integrates into all the different rooms of the venues. It’s going to be one hell of a wonderland with lots of artworks and installations to discover. Come by tonight for the opening and also get a sneak peak at our WE ARE BERLIN exhibition there. After the jump a few impressions of the works of the partaking artists.
photo: Katja Hentschel
Berlin is not made of its museums and monuments. It’s not defined by its architecture or geographical features. Berlin is not only about its history or its bad weather. Berlin is not Germany, it’s the entire world in one place. Berlin is made of the diverse, colorful, creative, grumpy, carefree, poor, hard-working, clueless, happy and lost people that live here. We are Berlin.
Today we would like to proudly announce our new group exhibition WE ARE BERLIN that will be open to the public from September 17th til 24th 2014 at a brand new venue at Leipziger Straße 60 with a big exhibition party happing on Saturday, September 20th 2014, in conjunction with our 7th Anniversary Party. The exhibition brings together the works of many of the creative talents that we have featured here and worked with over the past 7 years, as well as contribitions of our fellow bloggers including iGnant, Dandy Diary, Pieces of Berlin, Finding Berlin, Paperboats and Pornceptual. More about it after the jump.
photo: Amtsgericht by Herz&Blut
Since the beginning of our blogging experience we realized that Berlin has so much more to discover if you just open your eyes a bit wider. We always wanted to find the hidden gems, the undiscovered artist, the small off-theater production and give them the attention they deserved. Now after 7 years we managed to have quite a good knowledge of the city, but still every once in a while we make exciting new experiences here that take our breath away.
Last week we shared a similar experience with a group of fellow Berlin bloggers (FindingBerlin, Herz&Blut, Ghetogether to name a few). The guys from the Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit wanted to show us the highlights of Wedding with a little tour and they did a marvelous job in presenting us not only spectacular architectonical highlights such as the Amtsgericht Tiergarten but also shared personal moments and anecdotes of their Kiezes with us while enjoying a slice of pizza.
From today on until September 14 the Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit will transform these two neighborhoods into a lively creative oasis of ideas and festivities. Theater plays, dance performances, exhibitions, picnics, guided tours and of course an endless number of parties are just a few things you can experience during these days. Our recommended hotspots are the famous club Anita Berber, the monumental Amtsgericht and of course the Stattbad Wedding. Maybe after this weekend you will have a different view on Wedding and Moabit. You should also heck out our Fashion Week Guide to Wedding by the way. After the jump some more impressions from the different locations. Find out about the whole program of the festival here.
Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.
We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.
Ai Weiwei at Boros Collection
When I went through my city guide archive on iHeartBerlin I noticed that I neglected one of my favorite districts of the city a little bit in recent months. I lived in the North of Mitte for about 4,5 years and I quickly grew very fond of my neighborhood there around Rosenthaler Platz. Even though I live in Prenzlauer Berg now I still go there all the time and I really miss some of the places that I used to frequent on a daily basis. Mitte might have the reputation of being overly commercial, but I think still it is the best place for food, fashion and art as it has the best fashion shops, most important art galleries and the most popular restaurants in town.
As part of the brand new Heat Map by Heineken I was asked to create a list of my favorite places in Mitte. This Heat Map features the most interesting places not only in all the districts of Berlin, but also in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. For my list I decided to create a little art tour through Mitte with some of the most important galleries for contemporary art as well as some of my favorite places that you will come across on the way. This walking tour is my ultimate suggestions on how to spend a day in Berlin-Mitte dedicated to art. Keep your eyes open on the way, as you will come across some nice shops, cafes and restaurants as well. Enjoy and be inspired!
They are all such an integral part of our lives here in Berlin, but what do we really know about our street names, or more precisely about the people that our streets are named after. Berlin-based illustrator Jenny Lettow was wondering just the same and started her project dedicated to the education about street names. In her series of illustrations she researches about the history of the street names and transforms her findings into little illustrated collages. Have a look after the jump and find our about Miss Columbia, Edith Kiss and Simon Dach.