(II) Berlin : Art

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Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to art, but of course we are pretty spoiled in Brussels with all the museums and galleries. I visited just one museum in Berlin, but there’s a lot of street art to discover when walking through the city.

East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is quite famous. It’s an original piece of the Wall that is covered with paintings from different artists after the wall came down in 1989. A lot of the artworks have been damaged over the years, some of them have been restored. I had very high expectations but when I finally saw it, I felt a bit disappointed. I think it’s overrated, although it was probably very impressive as a statement in 1990.

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I love the girl’s coat
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My God, Help Me To Survive This Deadly Love’ painted by Dmitri Vrubel, based on a picture taken by Régis Bossu during a meeting of an East-Berlin & a Soviet-Union politician in 1979 – the girl in the picture isn’t me 🙂
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can you feel the darkness in this painting?
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detail

Teufelsberg

Teufelsberg means ‘devilish mountain/hill’ in German. After World War II, they created this hill by using the remains of ruined buildings from Berlin. Underneath was a nazi military school that was so strong that it couldn’t be blown up, so they decided to create a hill to make it disappear. In the 50’s the Americans created a massive interception system on top of it to spy on the communists. They used it until 1990. A few years ago you could visit it illegally by using one of the many holes in the fence, but today it’s watched by a group of people who organise ‘silent tours’ for €7 per person. It doesn’t look fair to me, but they say they help to protect the building from vandalism. If you are a bit creative, you can still manage to get in without paying the entrance fee.

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view before entering the building
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soldier
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art as a weapon – first floor
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fuck everything
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between two floors
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amazing view from the top – not yet the highest point
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a lot of anti-America statements
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door
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the highest point!

Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof is a museum of contemporary art, located in a former railway station, presenting paintings, sculptures & installations from the 60’s until today. The most famous artists in this museum are Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Cy Twombly & Mathew Barney. There was a temporary exhibition of Michael Beutler, an artist I never heard of before, but I could really appreciate his work.

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leftover from the old railway station
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Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol
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Joseph Beuys – sculptures made of animal grease
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Raoul De Keyser – belgian artist
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Cy Twombley
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Michael Beutler – interactive sculptures
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Michael Beutler – when you sit on the benches in the middle (inside the sculpture), it feels like you are turning in circles

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This was part II of my Berlin travel report. Make sure you see part I about city impressions & part III about the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen (coming soon).

See you next time!

 

 

 

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