Art

Celebrate 10 Years of iHeartBerlin with us!

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This coming Saturday on September 2, 2017 we will be celebrating 10 Years of iHeartBerlin at the Olympus Perspective Playground Berlin 2017 at the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin. We invite all of you to join the event!

iHeartBerlin that started out in the summer of 2007 as a fun party chronicle and is now one of the most influential online magazines about Berlin, covering all aspects of your Hauptstadt life – keeping you all company whether you’re singing Karaoke at Mauerpark, feasting on delicious burgers at Schlesi, or dance the night away at Berghain. It’s not only a celebration of 10 years’ worth of blogging, but most importantly – a celebration of the Berlin community spirit that just keeps us driven every day!

Frank by Frank
on August 28th, 2017
in Art, Events

A Rubber Road to Self-Exploration: The Enigmatic World of Ana Hell

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photo: Ana Hell & Nathalie Dreier

Absurd, sexual, melancholic, poetic… the photography of Ana Hell evokes many reactions. But, it definitely stimulates us. The Spanish photographer who works a lot in Berlin loves to take normal, ordinary situations and just give them a ‘lil twist. A twist that might make the viewer go like: “Wait what? I don’t get it. What’s happening here?” And isn’t it exactly that what makes a great picture? We collected some of her most captivating, uncanny visuals.

Body parts in odd positions, confusing vantage points, absurd compositions, or stunning textures and colors – there is always that one thing sucking us into a picture by Ana Hell. As absurd, or puzzling the content might be, the composition and distinct play of colors is so calming and balanced that we just wanna keep on looking at well, … this woman, legs spread across the couch, looking at her… Uhm… or this cat, apparently chilling on a sink with her mummy in nothing but turquoise fishnet. Or two beautiful naked women intertwined on a huge …cactus?! Where else would you be naked, right?

Andy by Andy
on August 24th, 2017
in Art, Photos

The Mysterious New Street Art Characters in Berlin

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Have you noticed anything new on the city’s walls recently? While strolling around Berlin, we keep bumping into these mysterious, eyeless ladies and gentlemen, giving us the sense of being spied on and maybe judged at the same time, for not looking as cool as them.

We couldn’t help but wonder who scatters these stylish figures around different corners of the city. Doing our little research, we found the art duo who spreads the acrylic love around, Kam and Laurene, who live between Paris and Berlin. Other than their street art, the duo paints on canvas and takes part in  exhibitions with their work, as well as collaborations with brands like the Pioc and Akasha. For more of these pretty figures, follow their work through their Instagram account.

Stella by Stella
on August 14th, 2017
in Art

The Hauntingly Beautiful Photography of Andrea Gallad

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photos: Andrea Galad

The Italian born photographer Andrea Galad creates dark visual worlds. He shows flawed creatures, demons, angels, beautiful beasts and monsters. Yet, Andrea’s world is as dark as it is warm, always moving between the poles. Since, ultimately,  what are we? We are imperfect creatures, never just one thing, we are many-faced, conflicted and illogical.

The Berlin-based artist could be called a Neo-Romantic but that would simplify his work. His early influences vary, from a classic cultural upbringing, formal piano lessons to art history and Victorian literature. While his photographs are reminiscent of romantic paintings, ancient greek statues, and classical mythology alike. All these influences are visible in his art. As a child Andrea realized that he could not recreate the perfect images in his mind with paint. So, he decided for photography. But, rather than just depicting reality he is fascinated by creating an altered one. His photos are purposely manipulated and open visual doors to another world. His latest work reminds us of medieval icon paintings fused with dark contemporary photography. We see halos on unholy figures, disembodied arms and wings growing out of human shoulders.

Andy by Andy
on August 3rd, 2017
in Art

The Captivating Street Art Murals of Teufelsberg

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Teufelsberg was one of the first places I discovered upon arriving in Berlin, because I used to live really close (yes, I lived in Heerstrasse. Yes, people live in Heerstrasse). It is a green, beautiful hill one can choose to go hiking, cycling, and if you’re a lazy potato like me, just to chill on top and enjoy the amazing view. Getting its name from the lake nearby, Teufelssee, Teufelsberg is a man-made hill, created out of the rubble and debris the WWII left behind. It also covers the never completed Nazi military technical college, which after the War, was easier to bury than demolish (literally, the devil’s mountain). Its fascinating history doesn’t stop there, since during the Cold War  it was used by Americans as a Listening Station to spy over the DDR.

Stella by Stella
on August 1st, 2017
in Art, Photos

Berlin’s Brutalist Cathedral of Contemporary Art: St. Agnes

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”Another Winter” – Aleksandar Duravcevic,  Feb/March 2017

Berlin in recent years has become known for the space and freedom it gives emerging artists to create and find their artistic voice. Meanwhile, more and more art galleries make their way into the art market to represent and exhibit their work; one of our favorite ones we always love to visit is König Gallery in Kreuzberg.

König Gallery was founded by Johann König in 2002. His innovative spirit showed from the very beginning, when, at the age of 21 he invited his artist friend Jeppe Hein to install a wrecking ball in the gallery, destroying chunks of its wall as it moved about the space, and among the viewers. His innovative spirit, years later, and the urge to move away from the ‘white cube’, had him acquire an old unused church and turn it into an art space. St. Agnes is a Postwar massive concrete building of Brutalist style, designed by Werner Düttmann and built in the 1960s. A former catholic church, which however was out of service since 2004, found new life in 2015 when König re-opened it as the second location for his gallery, (now serving as the main space) while he also resides with his wife Lena in the church’s former rectory.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Kreuzberg

Surreal Sensuality: The Photography of Maxime Ballesteros

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photos: Maxime Ballesteros

Ever since the French photographer Maxime Ballesteros got his first camera when he was a teenager, he hasn’t stopped taking pictures. Carrying a camera always with him, in order to be ready for when he sees something interesting to him, rather than documenting everything, Ballesteros uses photography as a tool to visualize his own subjective view of the world. His first monograph, Les Absents was released this month by Hantje Cantz Publishing, and produced in cooperation with the visionary culture and fashion network Sang Bleu in London, including various texts and poems by the artist himself. It takes us on a strong, emphatically physical, and a bit surreal journey into the artist’s world.

His photographs show a section of the world where day and night, dream and nightmare, the subjective and the objective are of equal importance. He compares his conception of his photography to the way our brain keeps both reality as well as dreams and nightmares in the same space; the same way, the artist’s imagination takes shape and comes into existence through the camera, making it real. He shoots in the moment, following his protagonists to wild parties, private apartments, and the beach at dawn—shimmering and excessive, sharp and always in style.

Stella by Stella
on July 17th, 2017
in Art, Books

Imagine Berlin By The Sea

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map: Carlos Borrell

I know, there’s only so much you can ask for from a place right? And considering that already Berlin is giving us SO much, it feels ungrateful to be asking for more. It is sexy, it is affordable, it is tolerant, it is fun. But still, there’s certain things Berliners crave for, these few things missing that would truly make it paradise, and us unable to ever leave it.

Like, for instance, I think, I don’t know if you agree, um, maybe we could use nicer weather? I don’t mean to sound unthankful for all the blessings this city gracefully bestows upon us, but we could do without these forever-winters. Of course once the frost spell is broken it gets to be really beautiful, it’s just not enough of that. Berliners show their fascination with the good weather, right when the first sign of it appears: ready to get naked and run to a lake, wearing smiles we definitely need to see more of.

Stella by Stella
on July 13th, 2017
in Art, Design, Products, Stories

The “No Commission: Berlin” Experience

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Last week Berlin saw the second European edition of the No Commission international series of events by music producer Swizz Beatz’ The Dean Collection and BACARDÍ. For three days the mega event took over the Kraftwerk Rummelsburg with a large scale exhibition of over 30 artists from all over the world and big parties with international and local acts such as Major Lazer, Alicia Keys, and Noah Becker’s band Bakery playing live.

I had the chance to go to the opening last Thursday and I have to admit that I was pretty blown away by the size of it. I hadn’t been in the location before, nor could I really picture how the mix of art and music event would really play out. But the set-up looked great. It was so grand, and despite the apocalyptic rain on that day the huge venue was packed.

The exhibition took up the first half of the space with huge black and red walls set up at different angles giving the huge artworks a perfect background to shine. I liked the art that I saw, very expressive and colorful, different genres, different media. A really wild and stimulating mix. In the lower level there was also a smaller exhibition with limited edition prints for art fans with smaller budgets. So far, over 3 Million Dollars have been generated from the sales of the art in all of the other editions that happened since last year, all of which go directly to the artists, without any commission to the organizers or agents. I sure hope the Berlin edition has also added a bit to that proud sum.

Frank by Frank
on July 7th, 2017
in Art, Party

Vietnamese Lifestyle in Berlin: Projects & People

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Vietnamese people is Berlin’s largest East Asian community, comprising 1.16% of the total population. German or international friends usually immediately associate Vietnamese people with restaurants, nail salons, flower shops or convenience stores since the majority of those people operate in these businesses. However, the younger generations of Vietnamese in Berlin are actually a lively generation blended well into the German culture and the Berlin hippie lifestyle. They are also a very creative and artful cohort and the faces behind lots of successful businesses and entertaining activities in this cosmopolitan city. A look into the most outstanding and interesting projects by the Vietnamese youth in Berlin!

by Guest Author
on July 3rd, 2017
in Art, Events, Party, People