Art and Culture, Berlin
I’m not sure where I heard that the main museums in Berlin are open on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6pm till 10pm and admission is free. I tried asking if this was true at the hotel where I was staying but only received blanked looks. So I decided to give it a try and discovered it was true. I went into the Altes and Pergamon Museums for free. I tried the Alte Nationalgalerie but because there was a special exhibition on at the time there was the normal entrance charge. So if you want to save some money and your in Berlin on a Thursday evening give it a try.
I turned to be so called „African days“ when I was visiting Berlin in June 2012. The African market and celebration stage took place in Alexander square (Alexanderplatz). It was not only possible to get to know African culture, music, dances, languages, but also to taste some food or to buy souvenirs, that looks African style. Stage was always full of different music bands. It happened the last two days of my stay, so I wonder how long it lasts.
Hardy-guardy is actually the forerunners of turntables because it produces sound at the same principle. My grandmother had a home-hardy guardy and to me presonally it was the most popular instrument during my early chilhood. Grandmother had bequeathed to me that instrument but after she fell ill someone had stolen it from her home and it disappeared. I never get over that loss because it would have been very fond memories of my grandy. Whenever I see a hardy-guardy man I am overhelmed by melancholy and sadness. Some very fond memories never to be forgotten.
Mauermuseum (Checkpoint Charlie Museum) is named after the famous crossing point of the Berlin Wall and was created to document how absurde the history of an town and people could be if created for the political reasons only.
The museum displays photos and related documents of successful escape attempts from East Germany. It began in the apartment with two rooms only in Bernauerstrasse. The Bernauerstrasse was divided along its whole length, the buildings in the east part had been vacated and their windows were bricked up. In my opinion, something like that could be created in the sick mind only.
It was last expected to see the theatre in Berlin which is named for Russian author and founder of the socialist realism literary movement but it was located in the East Berlin and since the reunification of the town the names of the institutions hasn't been changed.
The theatre was originally built in 1827 under the plans of architect Karl Friedrich Shinkel and was concert hall at that time. It was place where the oldest mixed Berliner choir concert took place. The building was completely demolished in WW II and after rebuilding was opened as a theatre venue.
Nowadays Maxim Gorki is one of Berlin's largest theaters performing classic dramas and contemporary plays and dramas.
Komische Oper, situated in Behrenstrasse, is specialized in German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. It was built in 1892 by famous theatre architects and builder Fellner and Helmer, who designed a number of theatres in the Central Europe.
The theatre was closed already in 1896 because its directors went bankrupt, but reopened again in 1898 as Metropol Theatre and become most famous and successful variety theatre in Berlin. Due to a decline of variety, however, was closed again in 1933. In 1934 the theatre was nationalized and renamed Staatliches Operettentheater.
During WW II the theatre was completely demolished in bombings, provisionaly rebuild and reopened in 1947 as the Komische Oper.
Hackersche Hoefe is notable courtyard complex situated adjacent to the Hackescher Markt. The complex consists of eight interconnected courtyards designed in Art Nouveau style by August Endel. The idea was of clear separation between residential areas, crafts, trade and culture, which distinguishes it from the backyards of the 19th century.
The complex is situated in the triangle in between Sophien - Rosenthaler - Oranienburger Strassen.
The house was built in 1906 and once it housed "Neues Schauspielhaus" (the new theatre). Goya is located at Nollendorfplatz 5 in the district of Schonenberg. I had no idea what it is but was attracted by the illumination when passing by.
Goya is suitable for organising gala dinners, partys, concerts, fashion shows, presentations or conferences. It has various areas individually or in combination for up to 2000 guests. The place provides perfect illuminations, already from the outside.
Gerhard Thieme, born in 1928, is probably the most prominent sculptor from ex-GDR, his numerous works could be seen all over East Berlin, especially in the public parks. Most of his works glorifying working class, ordinary people without a face. In so-called real socialistic art, substance of an art-work was more important then a form. Thieme, however, proved that form could be equally if not even more important.
Berliner Originale (Berlin characters) from 1987 is fine example of an well made sculpture which satisfying both substance and form, very atypical in real socialistic arts.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) was a Prussian architect, city planner and the painter. He was one of the most prominent architects of Germany known for designing buildings in both neo-Classical and neo-Gothic style. His most famous buildings in Berlin are: Neue Wache, Gendarmenmarkt, Altes Museum, Schauspielhaus (now the Konzerthaus) and Schloss Rosenau in Coburg.
Schinkelplatz was named in honour of a great architect. There are three bronze statues on the square, from left, of Peter Christian Beuth (work by August Kiss from 1861), of Karl Friedrich Schinkel (work by Friedrich Drake from 1867-1869) and Albrecht von Thaer (by Christian Daniel Rauch and Hugo Hagen from1858-1859), all standing in front of the Schinkel's Academy.
This attractive modern art styled sculpture could be seen on Marlene Dietrich Platz, right in front of Adagio theater and Spielhaus casino. The sculpture is work of American artist Jeffrey Jeff Koons, known for his reproductions of banal objects, such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces. This sculpture is called "Balloon Flower".
This funny work of art stands on a small square which is situated close to the Checkpoint Charlie. The square is located right opposite to the Museum of Communications, if you know where it is. Looks like good idea to make this "gray" square attractive. I wish to know more about this peace of art and its author.
Finaly I find it out, the sculpture is called "Houseball" and is work of Oldenburg and van Bruggen. It is located on Bethlehemkirche platz.
When I planned my trip to Berlin this giants were a part of a must see sights, however, bad weather conditions have cost me to miss it. At least I had opportinity to make this low quality photos from the taxi on my way to the airport. The photos should be taken from the opposite bank of the River Spree and if possible in a bright sunny day.
The sculpture is called "Molecule Man" and is work of famous American artist Jonathan Borofsky, on show in Berlin since 1999. The idea of the artist was to reminds us that both people and molecules excist in a world of probability. Actually, there are three figures standing inside the river Spree. The sculpture is located in the district of Treptow.
Just in case you know German... there were quite many such round and high bill-posts around Berlin. They contained advertisements/posters of events which take place in Berlin although there were no VT-meetings advertisements there :-(. The posts didn't contain a lot of old and new posters messed up and put one on another as often happen in my country.
Berlin seems to be the most eventful European city. And surely it is in this part of Europe. The best part of my Berlin visit contained two great events: MoMA exposition in Neue Nationalgalerie and blues/jazz concert in Yorckschlosschen Club.
So, what do you prefer: culture, art, sport, fairs, cinema events? Check what's going in, simply follow the link below, please.
Before my trip I read many VT pages on Berlin and I found the picture of the sign Pariser Platz (where Branderburg gate is located) with Berlin's coat of arms but the bear was put upside-down. I see they fixed it up :-).
The Berlin's coat of arms consists of a bear with a crown of leaves. It changed a few times in history but a bear was always on Berlin's coat of arms since 1280.
More: follow the link below, please.