You’re Just Too Good to be True – Juergen Teller & Tal R

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photo: Meike Männel

There’s a new exhibition in town, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Not only is this show curated and organized by Juergen Teller and TAL R, but it features the work of both of their students from the last couple of years. Juergen Teller is a German fine art and high fashion photographer leading the fashion-photography game right now, as the creative mind behind unforgettable ad campaigns for designers such as Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs. Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs (likely his most recognized collaborator) for almost 20 years, and the photographer has since brought his raw and uncommissioned images to the public eye through magazines such as i-D, W Magazine, Dazed & Confused and “All the Vogues.” (Remember when his refusal to photograph Miley Cyrus made headlines?)

TAL R is a Copenhagen-based artist who works with an experimental variety of mediums. TAL R’s paintings initially struck me as pieces that one must truly immerse themselves in—seemingly lacking in aesthetic detail while concurrently speaking volumes of subcultural influence. Whereas in the past, the artist was known to apply oil paint to canvas, he now defines his work as a hot pot in which he throws in ‘all kinds of material.’ (Said materials range from animal glue mixed with pigments to pencils, chalk and wax crayons.) His pieces and style act as a fresco commentary on the seemingly mundane, ordinary life.

Together with the Contemporary Fine Arts gallery here in Berlin, the two artists and professors are set to co-host and organize an exhibition in which the works of their students will be on display. Teller will be showing works by his Nuremberg Academy class, while Tal R will be featuring a selection of his favourites from the entire period in which he has been lecturing, spanning 9 years. Considering the artists come from two different backgrounds, it will be exciting to see the considerable variation in the works presented. Click on to see some of the photographs, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media pieces that will be on display! On the night of the opening Juergen Teller himself asked the visitors to undress and get photographed naked (and quite a lot of them did so) . The pictures of the naked Berliners are on display until the end of the exhibition. More impressions after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 6th, 2015
in Art

In Between Berlin – Illustrations on photography

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This winter seems to be quite undecided these days going back and forth between sunny and gloomy and rainy days while never really getting as cold as we are used to in January. Especially after the holidays the city seems to be in some kind of waiting position, and even today and Monday it doesn’t feel like the waiting is just over yet. It’s a little bit of a mysterious atmosphere in a way.

When I saw the artistic collaboration IN BETWEEN by illustrator Gabriele Benefico and photographer Claudia D’Alò it reminded me a lot of how these days are feeling in Berlin. Gabriele added his mystical illustrations into the gloomy photos of Claudia creating a vision of Berlin full of enchanting creatures and scenarios showing the world in between phantasy and reality. After the jump you can see all the works based in Berlin, and on their Facebook photo set there are also some images from other cities. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on January 5th, 2015
in Art

Dancing over Berlin – Fashion Shoot with the Staatballett Berlin

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Ballet dancing is one of the finest expressions of European culture. It created the creative base for today’s contemporary dance all over the world, and it’s also an art form with the perfect balance between lightness and power. Watching a ballet dancer perform is one of the most visually compelling experiences, and I am so glad that we have one of the most talented ballet companies here in Berlin: Staatsballett Berlin.

Combining their unique beauty with the rough urbanity of Berlin’s architectural landscape, we had a unique vision: shooting a fashion story showcasing a dance rehearsal on the rooftops of Berlin. Bringing new attention to the city’s rich cultural heritage, fashion photographer Olga Khristolyubova portrayed two of the most skilled dancers from Staatsballet: Sarah Mestrovic and Kevin Pouzou. Sarah is a native Berliner who has been enrolled in the company for ten years. She combines her artistic experience with a creative spark, making her move with lightness and passion over the roof of our shoot. Kevin is a french dancer who has been living and dancing in Berlin for 8 years now. His majestic beauty is nothing compared to his bravery and strength. Neither were afraid to move and bend over the abyss of the streets surrounding them; creating incredible images for us.

Since we shot on the last weekend of November, the air was already cold as ice, though the sun was fortunately shining. On top of their rehearsal gear, they wore Goose Feel down jackets and knits from We are Knitters: the perfect combination of warmth to help the dancers extend over the top of Berlin’s skyline, while also staying super-light and incredibly flexible so as to allow them to bend, leap and soar unimpeded while performing their magic. Enjoy the whole shoot after the jump, and stay tuned for the animated pictures soon to come.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 16th, 2014
in Fashion, People, Photos, Theater

Beardicted – A Book about Extraordinary Beards

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Those of you who were guests of our 7 Year Anniversary party back in September already had a chance to see the cute brand new book Beardicted by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm and also put on some of her sparkely beards in our barber shop photo box. Now the book is officially available for purchase and we have a huge preview for you with some of our favorite beards from the book and of course those of the iHeartBerlin team including Devid, Claudio and me. Enjoy the beard parade after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on December 4th, 2014
in Art, Books, Photos

Porn That Way – A Retrospective Exhibition of Gay Porn

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photo: Fred  Bisonnes  © FalconStudios.com

If you are reading this from your office computer right now I would advise you to look if anyone’s watching you before you scroll further down, because it’s gettin’ kinda hot down there. We’ve teased it already in our Sexy Berlin Guide and now we have a full super-sized preview of the upcoming big group exhibition at the Schwules Museum that is celebrating its grand opening night this weekend. Titled Porn That Way the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the imagery of queer pornography starting somewhere in the late 19th century with blurry obscure photographs and ending in the year 2014 with the latest artsy photoshoots of modern-day porn stars. The recent Porn Film Festival already proved how closely pornography can be linked to the arts and I think this exhibition will bring it even one step further. For our preview we selected mostly harmless photographs as we wanted to give you an impression of the aesthetic of the works rather than making you horny. For the real deal – and believe me, some parts of the exhibition are full on – you will have to visit the Schwules Museum on Saturday evening. The exhibition will run until middle of May. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on December 2nd, 2014
in Art, Photos

Abstract Views of Berlin – Jan Herdlicka

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One of the photographers of our recent WE ARE BERLIN exhibition has just announced the release of his new book which will come out on December 14th 2014 and we thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about it considering it would make an excellent Christmas gift for every Berlin lover. At our exhibition Jan Herdlicka contributed one work of his subway door series but his book is taking another, more abstract course. He combined all of his more melancholic black and white photos, contrastic scenes of nature with the harsh geometry of subway stations and sky rises. We’ve selected some of his works as a little preview for you to get an impression. With this series he is capturing different architectural landmarks of the city, but layering them on top of each other with other buildings and coulds by multiple exposure thus creating dramatic and sinister looking collages. Enjoy the photo series after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on December 2nd, 2014
in Art, Books, Photos

Berlin is always there – A Weekend in Deauville

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photo: Kristine Thiemann

The days are getting shorter, it’s cold outside and we are facing at least three months of Berlin winter.

So a few weeks back, I jumped to the opportunity of a little getaway weekend in France. A couple of days in Paris and a few relaxing nights in Deauville near the ocean sounded simply perfect. Little did I know about all the extravaganza the tiny village had in store for me, even a piece of Berlin crossed my path on the nomadic coast…

Lia by Lia
on November 28th, 2014
in Art, Travel

Architectural Hypnosis – Berlin Photography from Markus Studtmann

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Photo: Markus Studtmann

Berlins rough and urban architecture is not always appreciated as it should be. Sometimes you need a photographer and photoshop artist to refocus your perspective on the visual highlights Berlins facades have to offer. Markus Studtmann creates magical hypnotic photographies that reminds artwork from M.C.Escher. Watching the spiraling staircases, waving windows and infinite houses too long can cause a bit of a headache. Still you should enjoy this little photoshop masterpieces rethinking the boundaries of space and creating new architectural dimensions. More pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 18th, 2014
in Art, City Guide, Photos

The Beauty of the Hinterhof

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Berlin is maybe one of the coolest, but not necessarily the most beautiful city in the world. Well, at least not at first sight. But if you get to know it a little bit you might find some of its hidden beauty. For American photographer Marc Gruninger it must have been an experience like that. With his photo series Hinterhof he captured a hidden side of Berlin that many of those living here or visiting might never have noticed before. But all you have to do is step into the backyard of your house and look up and you might also find one of these stunning framed views of the sky. Enjoy some examples of his unique series after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on November 12th, 2014
in Art

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall: Photography from Now and Then

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The commemoration celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall are creating quite the buzz around the city. Apart from the extremely beautiful idea of the light balloon project happening this Sunday, so many side events are also worth your attention. You can find a full list of events over here.

Today we want to focus on one particular exhibition from Yven Augustin. As a 19 year old boy he took pictures of several places around East Berlin. After 25 years he went to the same places and took the same photos again. This time experiment not only shows the changes of a quarter of a century but also the change between a socialist society and a capitalistic one. These images represent a memory for the changes happening in the city. Most of Berlin’s special character is due to the decades of separation.

Now unified and strong city, let’s hope the future will bring not just more gentrification and social injustice but also creative and intelligent solutions to the problems of a modern life in big cities.  I am sure Berlin can set a good example to the world how a city can be a better living place for it’s inhabitants. More photos of Yven Augustin and information about the exhibition after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on November 6th, 2014
in Art, Photos