On May 20th I visited the Neue Nationalgalerie. It’s a contemporary art museum in Berlin and I saw some really interesting work! Some of my favorites are above. Then I finished the day there with some Cafe und Kuchen.
There were SO many people… the mess after was pretty insane too, but in true German fashion it was cleaned up in just a few hours.
On May 19th, I went to the Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin with Christine and some of her friends. Karneval der Kulturen is basically a big street festival/parade where there are floats from different cultures that go through the streets playing music with people dancing behind them. It was pretty crazy because unlike most parades in the US where you’re required to stay on the sidewalks, people just kind of went wherever they felt like - including just joining the parade.
So I obviously fell off the bandwagon with posting when I was in Berlin…but the good news is that I still have all the photographs and I’m going to finish up the blog now that I’m back in the US. This summer has been quite the whirlwind so I’m glad to be catching my breath a bit before school starts.
On May 17th I went to a small gallery called Import Projects. The current exhibition is called “The Possibility of an Island.” It was pretty interesting - the press release can be seen here and it provides a lot of info. The last picture is of a piece that is the Unabomber’s homemade backpack on a mannequin. It was interesting but honestly kind of freaky.
Picasso’s from the Berggruen Museum!
Some of my favorite Klee’s at the Berggruen Museum.
On May 16th I went to the Berggruen Museum. The museum features the a collection from noted collector Heinz Berggruen which was sold to the city for a highly discounted price as an act of reconciliation (Berggruen has previously donated large parts of his collection to the Met in New York and the National Gallery in London even though he was a from Berlin). The collection in Berlin features numerous works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, and Henri Matisse. I was drawn to the museum because I’m partial to Matisse and Klee and it’s always nice to explore a museum that has a collection that feels complete while not being too large and overwhelming. The museum was a bit disappointing though. The audio guide was nice and informative, but the museum itself was so classical in it’s nature. It was honestly a bit boring. On a different note, the average age of visitors the day I was there was probably 60 or 65. Something else I’ve noticed is that while in the States, the guards in museums can often provide some insight or extra information about the work (or a smile at the very least) the guards here literally will not smile back at me no matter how hard I try. It really makes me feel less welcome. And a final note, I’ve included a picture of the type of seating the museum had in some of the rooms. Those chairs are honestly the least inviting chairs I’ve ever seen in a museum. In the fall semester last year, I took a museum education class and one thing we talked about with the Columbus Museum of Art was the importance of making the visitor feel comfortable. I’m pretty sure those chairs are the antithesis of comfortable. I debated if they were art or seating for a good ten minutes and I absolutely did not sit on one.