Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Berlin Summer 2012

I have just come back from a little trip around North Europe with Life in Flashback.  Our first stop was to Documenta 13, our second was Berlin - and here are some pics of some of the interesting things we saw.

Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - the size of a football pitch, it had a very un-patronising display underneath the square telling the story of the murdered jews of europe - it was actually quite moving.

Some public art by Keith Harring  

Loved this large scale graffiti.

At the ME Collectors Room, the collection of Selim Varol.  Here's the blurb >
The exhibition will thus mark a return to an essentialleitmotif of the foundation: the theme of collecting and the passion of the collector. The 39-year-old collector from Düsseldorf with Turkish roots has been collecting toys since his childhood and owns one of the largest collections of figurines in Europe, numbering some 15,000 pieces. A further focus of his collection lies in works by artists who trace their origins back to street art and ‘Pop Surrealism’. One characteristic shared by all the works in this collection is the close link between art and the everyday, as well as their often playful and humorous or subversive character

And here's some pictures of the collection >
 Mark Ryden

And in a little commercial gallery around the corner, we found Att Poomtangon's exhibition 'The Devil is in the detail' and I liked it a lot.

A trip to the Berlin Film Museum - I loved this quote by one of the pioneers of German Cinema Fern Andra.

There was a great show on at the Berlin Guggenheim by Gabriel Orozco, his two collections and photographs of them from a whale cemetery beach and his local playground in New York.

And finally a couple of highlights from the Berlinische Galerie >

Michael Sailstorfer's 'Forest' - his upside-down rotating trees were mystical. Here's the blurb >
The central motif of his first major solo exhibition in Berlin is the forest. Five trees in the installation Forst, hanging upside down and revolving around their own axes, take up the whole of the 10-metre high exhibition space. While Sailstorfer brings nature into the exhibition space here, with his second work Schwarzwald (Black Forest) he takes art into nature: he produced a square field in an area of forest using black paint, which is reminiscent of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square dating from 1914/15. Its slow disintegration, triggered by natural processes, is watched over by a video camera and transmitted via live stream to a screen in the exhibition space.
Film and sound piece by Cyrill Lachauer with Ari Benjamin Meyers.
 And a collage by Ceal Floyer.

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