This photograph by Susanne Duppen.
The wonderful Stil in Berlin blog asked me to whip up one of my mixtapes to celebrate their fifth birthday. Honored, I mixed up five years of favorites (and some SiB soundbites), trying to soundtrack what the last half of the noughties sounded like for me, and I hope you’ll find some of your best-loved tunes in there too.
Berlin as seen by Hedi Slimane, more at his diary.
Berlin, Spring 2010, more here.
Olafur Eliasson, Innen Stadt Aussen, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Spring 2010.
Things to do in Berlin, pt. IV
The Thomas Demand show at the Neue Nationalgalerie preserves the mystery of the artist’s elaborate paper reconstructions by not revealing the story behind these locations. Thus, what may look like a cherished place from the artist’s past could just as well be the site of a heinous crime. The pairing with texts by Botho Strauß is less successful, since the accompanying paragraphs sometimes get bogged down in pointless narratives or, what’s worse, Teutonic philosophizing.
Things to do in Berlin, pt. III
The New York Times tipped me off to a low-rent but highly exciting show of social realist painting from ye olde communist Russia. Thematically organized but fluorescently lit and stuffed to the brink, the walls of the Jeschke-Van Vliet Gallery still yield great pleasures. Admittedly, many of these pleasures are ironic in the sense that some of these patriotic paintings look like Diesel ads, but the sheer volume of works on display cannot help but communicate something of real life behind the Iron Curtain. (first three pics via Cherries and Sparrows)
Things to do in Berlin, pt. I
The new set-up at Hamburger Bahnhof under the title Die Kunst ist super! provides stronger contrasts in the form of challenging juxtapositions such as a replica of Nefertiti's bust positioned against a Marilyn by Warhol, Michelangelo replicas in the same room as scrawly canvases by Cy Twombly, and perhaps most strangely, a ‘non-art’ display of the death masks of Bruckner, Liszt, alongside several unknowns.
The artistic equivalent of slowcore, Rodney Graham's Rheinmetall/Victoria 8 film shows a series of sexy close-ups of a shining 1930s German typewriter gently and hypnotically being covered with fine white powder. (pic via www.moma.org)
Untitled (Tobi in the Landscape), 2006; Figure Watching the Moon, 2006; The Nature of Things, 1998; Untitled (Carmichael), 2003
Tim Gardner's work depicts hypermasculinity in the tenderest of ways, satirizing and reclaiming the beauty of the landscape watercolor while at the same time paying tribute to the ineffable world of fratboy snapshots (last two from the Burger Collection show).