photos: Keith Telfeyan
Hamburger Bahnhof is perhaps Berlin’s best space to see contemporary art. When friends or family visit from out of town, this is the perfect contrast to the more traditional offerings on Museum Island, and there always seems to be an interesting event happening there, making it a regular spot for local friends as well. The permanent collection is world class, and the architecture is uniquely awesome – it is indeed a former train station, and the museum designers did well to convert the halls and long corridor into a sort of shrine for big ideas and creative feelings.
illustrations: Martin Schwartz
Today we want to present to you a new set of wonderful Berlin illustrations that we discovered. They come from the talented Danish graphic designer and illustrator Martin Schwartz, who specializes in architecture, animals and maps. We love his clean and vivid style, and his city portfolio is just amazing! For Berlin he created collages with the most significant and beautiful buildings, which give a wonderful impression of the city. We love his district pieces of Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Charlottenburg because they beautifully highlight the landmark architecture of these areas, and mix them with more ordinary buildings that we might otherwise overlook but that still shape the image of the district.
In his portfolio you will also find other cities such as New York, his base Copenhagen and Aarhus. You can get prints of his awesome city and animal illustrations over at Junique. The Berlin pieces after the jump.
photos: Yan Revazov
Can contemporary ballet express a clear political message? How to express clear opinions of the status quo with such an abstract art form as dance? It might be a crazy challenge, but I am very glad that the new director of the Staatsballet Berlin Nacho Duato is once again going on a creative journey with the dance company to create impact on society and culture with his new piece “Herrumbre”. With it, he tries to elaborate on his own experience of the 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid. Nacho Duato lived only a few hundred meters away from one of the four bombing locations. 2004 was also the year in which photos of tortured prisoners from the US prison camp Guantanamo went around the world.
Under these impressions, Duato decided to create a new work based on his experience with terror. In his choreography he wants to show the pain caused by terrorism and the brutality of war. With disturbing images of brutal humiliation, he wants to make us explore the darkness of our times. At the same time, he also wants his production to be a call for the respect of human dignity. After the jump we show you intimate images of the rehearsals. We are also giving away tickets for the upcoming shows.
photo: mompl / CC
Visitors to Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt had the chance to witness quite a spectacular event this past weekend. World-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who recently set up his base in Berlin, transformed the columns of the Konzerthaus into pillars for refugee attention by covering them with thousands of orange life vests that had been stranded on the beach of the island Lesbos. The installation is part of the film gala “Cinema for Peace” that is happening today (February 15, 2016) and will be on site until the Tuesday after. It’s a rare opportunity to see a sight-specific artwork by Ai Weiwei in Berlin, so you should definitely go see it live if you can.
With the installation, the activist and artist wants to draw attention to the horrible suffering that refugees have to go through when escaping from the devastating situations in their home countries. It’s impressive and deeply moving – a bitter but necessary reminder of what is still going on every day not so far from the safety of our own homes.
If Berlin were the solar system, Berghain would be the sun for a looooot of people. Some days it seems like everything and everybody is circulating around this place. Throughout the weekend and sometimes on Mondays, I see tons of people wandering through Friedrichshain and over Warschauer Straße, magnetically drawn to Berghain. And as mythical as the place is, as various are the myths of how to get in. In various Italian blogs I read absurd guides on how to be let in by Sven and co. One of the most common (and silly) assumptions is that you have to look gay to get in. But there are many more false assumptions about what the doormen of Berghain like and what they don’t.
A very funny and unique clarification of the myths out there is this cute guide created by talented illustrator Sophia Halamoda. In 28 drawings she presents her own tongue-in-cheek wisdom of how entering Berghain works. Enjoy the hilarious illustrations after the jump.
This week the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin is showing an lazer and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke as part of the CTM Festival 2016. Deep Web is a moving, luminous architectural structure that weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high sculpture of light and sound. It’s a really immersive experience to see it and a total must-see. It’s still open daily until Sunday, February 7, 2016. The video after the jump gives you a good impression, but you really have to see it live!
The dancing confetti girls first crossed our paths in Paris and London – but ever since they seem to have followed us back home to Berlin. There is a lot of street art in Berlin, but these girls who are often accompanied by the slogan It’s time to dance do stand out to us. Why? Because we feel them so very deeply and they represent an important part of Berlin: Dancing, moving, being free, wild and partying. And the best parties obviously need a lot of confetti.
The different confetti covered pastings of the dancing girls were created by the French street artist SOBR and even though his project ‘It’s time to dance’ has been going on for a while and it seems like he hasn’t made new ones for a while, a lot of the enthusiastic dancers are still around. Pay attention, once you’ve spotted the dancing girls, they will follow you around town. Here are the girls, we found while strolling around our neighborhood…
Debbie Harry (Blondie), 2014, photo: Florian Kolmer
New year, new art! In the next couple of weeks some really awesome exhibition will be opening (and already are) so we thought it’s time for another big exhibition guide to give you some recommendations were to see great art in Berlin in the beginning of 2016. Especially now in Winter when you don’t want to spend too much time outside it’s one of our favorite things to do: Go to the galleries and museums.
We selected a really fun and interesting mix for you including all the disciplines of art ranging from painting over sculpture to our favorite: photography. We have some big international names in our list such as Helmuth Newton and Ettore Sottsass, but also some long-standing local photographers such as Andreas Fux and Florian Kolmer. Enjoy our art highlights for early 2016.
photos: Anna Agliardi
Going out to a museum filled with old paintings does not sound like the typical Friday night activity we use to have here in Berlin. Not so last weekend though, where a massive amount of young (more or less) hip people went to the Gemäldegalerie to a very unusual event. At Meeting Botticelli, the event for the Botticelli exhibition featuring the grand artist of Italian renaissance, the normal rules of going to an old museum were upside-down. Instead of tiptoeing quietly through the magnificent halls the event wanted to explore a different side of creative interaction with art.
Guides who brought you through the exhibition with eyepatches, speakers who asked you and others about your emotion to the artwork and performances which which would rather fit to Sisyphos where only a few of many interesting ideas of this unique event. To finish in glory there was a small party in the foyer of the museum after the exhibition closed. Visitors and performers had quite some fun dancing together to “I am your Venus – I am your Fire” . I hope that those kind of art presentations will happen more often in Berlin. The city has an enormous cultural richness that young people need to discover through new methods. The next event of that series will take place at Hamburger Bahnhof in Summer. Until then you can enjoy the photos that our photographer Anna Agliardi created for us or take your chance to visit the exhibition about Botticelli until the end of this week.
Danny & Melisa (renk.), photo: Ferhat Topal
Berlin is a city made of puzzle pieces, a mosaic of multitudes. Its irresistable charm and distinctive difference is made of the people that shape the city culturally. A Berlin without its cultural diversity is not only hard to imagine – it just wouldn’t even be as interesting probably. The contributions of inhabitants from all over the world helped forming a colorful kaleidoscope of ethnic elements.
I could go into some history now, explaining the Foreign Policy of Germany, how in the 1950s and 60′s, Germany invited guest workers to work in Germany and help with the economy. But I won’t.
I will invite you to take a look at the present, cause as we know: the present is a gift. And if you look around today in Berlin, you’ll see it’s a gift that keeps on giving. You see Poland, you see Vietnam, you see practically every country in Berlin. Be it in the food you eat, the Yoga Studio you frequent, the store where you buy your vegetables. The luxurious freedom to get the best of countless cultures is a main point for me to why Berlin is so comfortable to live in.
We want to take a closer look at the possibilities and present to you the manifold ways of experiencing Berlin. Today: The Turkish Edition!