Robert Montgomery is one of my favourite artists.
His most recent work centers around his poems which are either printed in large type and plastered around on advertising boards (Taking up a whole board) or are light structures.
The work based at Templehof is 'Echoes of Voices in High Towers'
It is work based on the history of Templehof airport - which has seen many different services - but was a US Army base in the years following the war. These works are built on the back of two Baseball scoreboard (The baseball fields are still there, built by the US troops for recreation during their time based their)
There is a lot I could say about my thoughts on this piece, but I'd rather leave it and let you discover them yourself.
I highly recommend it.
*Note these are currently on display (Nov 2012) and no date has yet been set for their removal, but they may not be here forever*
The statues of the socialists Marx & Engels are examples of the many remaining symbols of East Berlin and are among the most photographed statues in the city,
The statues are in the centre of a large square called Marx-Engels Forum, which is between Alexanderplatz and the river Spree.
Their expressions are rather solemn, perhaps understandably, as they gaze in the direction of Alexanderplatz and the former East Berlin.
I'm not sure what this is, but it as around the corner from the flat I stayed in. I have a feeling it has something to do with the wall, but couldn't find any kind of plaque or anything to explain what it was.
American Jonathan Borofsky's 100ft aluminium creation in Berlin near the middle of the River Spree.
In fact it consists of 3 Molecule Men (bad pic. sorry it only shows 2) coming together in the middle.
Completed in 1997 for the new Allianz Corporation headquarters in Berlin.
Have a look at the website link below if you want to see more of his stuff. I love it.
I have to list this twice. It's such an unusual place. It's a hotel OR It's also an art exhibit.
You have to check out the rooms online. There are 30 rooms all completely different. All created by the German artist Lars Stroschen. The rooms vary from unusual to really bizarre. It depends on your taste and your sense of adventure. The room with the voyeur window is not for everyone. Nor is the coffin room.
We stayed in the Space-Cube room. It had a blue translucent wall for the bathroom, and black rubber shower curtain. Our bed had a crank next to it to lower an illuminated light panel that would separate the bed down the middle...incase you got tired of your travelling companion. You also have the option of listening to "the artists" music in your rooms.
In the morning after checkout you can get a tour of the rooms. The temple room looked the most comfortable. Propeller Island could be a really fun place to stay with kids. So many buttons and things to push in different rooms. Really interactive experience. The dining area was a jungle theme with the sound of birds and rain.
Propeller Island City Lodge Albrecht Achilles Str. 58 10709 Berlin
I liked bumping into exhibitions in the middle of somewhere. I don't know if this was accidental or not & I'm still not sure! ;) Potsdamer Platz was filled with big posters with the craziest haircuts & then I saw these dolls...! Wherever you come, you can get surprised - nicely, of course! :)
I wonder how it must be like standing on your head all day, staring at the Brandenburger Tor. I think this bear is even more disappointed than me, that the Tor is not visible, but hidden under this sheet.
Name of the bear : Der Bunte (multicoloured)
Location : Unter den Linden / Wilhelmstraße
Artist : Sandra Maischberger
This is probably quite attractive in the summertime, when the grass is green, the sky is blue, and the basin is full of water, which is how it was originally designed to be. Or maybe not.
Certainly in wintertime, Invalidenpark is quite bleak. Somewhat interesting, though, because it was designed by a prominent contemporary landscape designer, Christophe Girot.
This is the site of an 18th century "hospital" for wounded veterans, the "Invalidenhaus." It was this house which gave its name to "Invalidenstrasse," one of modern Berlin's major thoroughfares.
I found this artwork on my picture put in front of New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) at Potsdamer Straße (Tiergarten). I have no idea who created it, do you?
Nothing very special but the four square elements of the work were moving on the wind. Look at the next tip and compare pictures.
Whenever you visit New National Gallery (Neue National Gallery) do not skip amazing, modern sculptures/works which are displayed outdoors.
If you like modern art go to the backside of the gallery and then downstairs to the rectangular garden (backyard) - the western sculpture garden. Visitors of the gallery gain access to the garden on request.
There were maybe 20 sculptures there.
I liked especially the ones on my picture although I have no idea who created them. If you know, e-mail me, please.
This sculpture on my picture was put next to the building of New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) at Potsdamer Stra?e (Tiergarten).
It was famous steel sculpture by Barnett Newman (1905-1970) called "The Broken Obelisk" . It was was a gift to the University of Washington from the Virginia Wright Fund and it stands there but I could see it in Berlin where it was brought for the MoMA exposition. The work is 7.74 m (26 feet) high and weighs two tons! Not so easy to steel it :-).
The sculpture remainded me a pyramid with a big pencil on the top. Hmm... I could try to build something like this to my backyard (if I have any :-).
One of the most fascinating things in Berlins is the co-existence of old and new, modern architecture, both small and large pieces of art.
Just one more example on my picture. Look at this modern sculpture put by New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) and neo-Romanesque Saint Mathew Church (1844 - 1846; renovated recently) in the background. I have no idea who created this sculpture. E-mail me please if you know.
This monument (of Admirality or so, I suppose) on my picture stood on the crossroads of Admiralstraße and Kohlfurter Straße. Its cement, sand-glass in shape, base was covered by "unfriendly" graffiti.
It was NOT my favourite part of Berlin and Kreuzberg. There were numerous ugly buildings around - blocks (built probably in 70' of 20th century) which formed anonymous concrete jungle.
Graffiti mean words or drawings, especially humorous, rude or political, on walls, doors, etc. in public places. Sometimes graffiti are real art, sometimes just voice of street, sometimes both. They are often painted by unknown authors and against the law (art crime ?), sometimes local authorities designate usually neglected walls to be cover by graffiti as a kind of decoration. Never mind the local law, I think it's always a kind of local culture.
In Berlin I found different kinds of graffiti at a few places esp. in Kreuzberg district which is artistic and... a little bit underground and crazy part of Berlin. These one on my picture I found on a wall of ground floor of a house at Frankentaler Ufer.
This neglected (yet) stone sculpture on my picture stood at the edge of Tiergarten Park, close to Reichstag, Branderburg gate and 18 March Square (Platz des 18 März). It depected a nude man body and looked somewhat out of the place close to new and modern governmental buildings.