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Stolpersteine 195 – 197

Stolpersteine Berlin 195: In memory of Cacilie Nadel (Admiralstrasse 23)

I have updated my Stolpersteine Gallery to include photos of the Stolpersteine I have seen in Berlin in the last couple of weeks.

The Stolpersteine I saw were memorials to: Cacilie Nadel (Admiralstrasse 23); Elsbeth Piltz (Kottbusser Damm 5); Arthur Rosenow, Jenny Bukofzer and Isidor Bukofzer (Graefestrasse 3).

My first post about Stolpersteine gives more background about these memorials to the victims of National Socialism created by artist Gunter Demnig.

Berlin Street Art Vol 9 – Various Artists

It’s time for another instalment of some of the best Street Art Berlin has to offer and I think I’ve managed to find some gems over the last few weeks – I hope you agree.

Where a Street Artist has featured on andBerlin before I’ve linked to those posts, just click on the artist’s name.

Mein Lieber Prost

Prostie is a permanent fixture on Berlin’s streets, smiling from walls, doors and street furniture.  On this building by the Landwehr Kanal Prostie is playing dress up – first he’s Picasso then he’s a magician.

Prostie as Picasso - Street Art by Mein Lieber Prost in Berlin

Prostie as Magician - Street Art by Mein Lieber Prost in Berlin

El Bocho

Whether it’s Little Lucy’s attempts to kill Kitti or his Citizen series, I’m always to delighted to come across a new El Bocho on the streets of Berlin.

I Have To Go To Paris - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Lake

Lake was one of the artists exhibiting at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin so I was delighted to come across this street piece when I was wandering around Schöneweide a couple of weeks ago.

Green Goddess - Street Art by Lake in Berlin Schöneweide

Stinkfish

Colombian artist Stinkfish was in Berlin last year and left a few of his distinctive portraits, including this one at Urban Spree.  I also saw one of his pieces in an abandoned military base last week, which will feature in a future post.

Bright Eyes at Urban Spree - Street Art by Stinkfish in Berlin

MTO

I was back at the RAW Tempel last week so I took the opportunity to snap this MTO portrait of Michael Jackson.  I’m really annoyed that I can’t find the photos I took of this piece before the spliff was added.

Michael Jackson - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

NETHER

NETHER made an appearance in Berlin Street Art Vol 6 – Various Artists and is back here again with a great piece on a Crépes van.

Crêpes - Street Art by NETHER on a food van in Berlin

Unknown Artists

If anyone knows anything about the artists for these last two pieces please leave the details in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.

Aaaargh - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Mouse on Segway - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Stolpersteine 192 – 193

Stolpersteine Berlin 193: In memory of Klara Jacob (Silbersteinstrasse 97)

I have added photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the past week to my Stolpersteine Gallery.

The Stolpersteine I saw were memorials to: Felix Mechelsohn (Adalbertstrasse 95A); Klara Jacob (Silbersteinstrasse 97).

If you’d like to know more about this very worthy project by artist Gunter Demnig that recognises the individuals who suffered at the hands of National Socialism you should read my first post about Stolpersteine.

Berlin Museum Marathon – Making The Most of a 3-Day Museum Pass

Berlin Museum Pass and Tickets

When I left my job in London to move to Berlin my colleagues made a collection and bought me The Berlin Pass, which includes a 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass.

Bought separately, the Museum Pass costs €19 and with it you get free entry to 55 of Berlin’s best museums and galleries.

Last week, I finally felt that I had the time and the energy needed to make the most out of it and, having drawn up an itinerary the night before, I set out on Tuesday to visit as many of the qualifying museums and galleries as possible.

Day 1

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art)*

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité
 (Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité)

Gemäldegalerie (Old Masters Paintings)

Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Musical Instrument Museum)

Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery)*

Had they been open I would also have visited the Kupferstischkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and revisited the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) whilst I was at the Kulturforum.

Day 2

Jewish Museum Berlin - Memory Void

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)*

Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology)

Altes Museum (Museum of the Ancient World)

I had much more planned for Day 2 but hadn’t grasped just how big the Deutsches Technikmuseum is.

Day 3

Allied Museum Berlin - Spy Tunnel

Alliierten Museum (Allied Museum)

Brücke Museum

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection)

Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)

I would also have revisited the Neues Museum (New Museum) whilst I was on Museumsinsel but there was a €4 entry fee, as there was a temporary exhibition.

A 3-Day Museum Pass costs €19 and in 3 days the combined total of the standard entrance prices to all the museums and galleries I visited was €87.  That said, I wouldn’t recommend that everyone tries to see 12 different venues with their pass.

When I decided to use my pass in this way I knew that I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time as I would like in the museums that appealed to me but I wanted to sample as many as possible and then return to my favourites at a late date.

Also, I was revisiting some (marked with *) for the sake of taking more photographs and checking for any changes since I had last been.

Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

It’s also worth pointing out that at the end of each day my feet felt the way they used to during my holidays in Berlin when I would sit on the edge of the bath with an icy cold beer in my hand and my feet in cool water until the throbbing stopped.

In the coming weeks I will post about my favourite venues that I visited during my Berlin Museum Pass Marathon.

The 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass is available from the participating museums and galleries and Berlin’s Visitor Information Centres or can be ordered online from visitBerlin.  There is also a list of the 55 museums and galleries the Museum Pass gives you access to on the visitBerlin website.

Berlin Street Art Vol 8 – Various Artists

It’s time for another cracking assortment of top quality Street Art seen on the walls, lamp posts and street furniture of Berlin.

I have linked to other posts where some of the artists have appeared on andBerlin before.

VL

Looking Into The Shadows - Street Art by VL in Berlin

Dede

I was really chuffed to find this Dede piece at Urban Spree because I had seen it on his Flickr but didn’t manage to uncover it before I wrote my Dede post.

Alley Cat - Street Art by Dede in Berlin

The London Police

The London Police is a street art collective that was formed to combine travel with art and I love this giant mural spotted in Kreuzberg while I was tracking down pieces for my MTO post.

6-2 - Street Art by The London Police in Berlin

Robi The Dog

Colourful and surreal, Robi The Dog‘s paste-ups have added something a little bit different to Berlin’s street art scene.

Oh My God - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

Bug Eyed Boy - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

02:53

A Question Of Time - Street Art by 02:53 in Berlin

I love the placement of this 02:53 street art on the side of a clothes bank near the Mauerpark.

Rylsee x Sophie LeMeillour

This giant robot on the side of Urban Spree was a collaboration between Swiss street artist Rylsee and French visual artist Sophie LeMeillour.  The mural was created for New Year’s Eve and LeMeillour animated the eye by projecting onto it.

Robot - Street Art by Rylsee x Sophie LeMeillour in Berlin

URBEN

Happy Monkey - Street Art by URBEN in Berlin

El Bocho

El Bocho is a firm favourite and I’m always amazed at just how much work he gets up in Berlin.

Is It Me You Looking For? - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Shepard Fairey

Remembered now for his appropriation of a Barack Obama image, Shepard Fairey is most well known in street art circles for his Obey The Giant art, a progression of this André The Giant campaign.

André The Giant Has A Posse Sticker - Street Art by Shepard Fairey in Berlin

LNY

LNY (an abbreviation of Lunar New Year) is from Ecuador and living in Newark.  You can see more work on the artist’s website.

Thanks to Berlin Street View for giving me the artist’s name.

Hijab - Street Art by LNY in Berlin

Unknown Artist

If anyone knows who is responsible for this last piece please leave a comment so that I can give the proper credit.

Muse - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Finding AliCé By Accident

A Little Angel Reflected - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

When I found out Alice Pasquini aka AliCé would be visiting Berlin in December I was excited and disappointed at the same time.

I was excited because AliCé is one of my favourite Street Artists and disappointed because I knew I would only have a few days to find her work before flying to Cardiff for Christmas.

As it happens, I managed to find 8 of the 13 pieces she left on Berlin’s streets during her visit before I left, which I posted here.

It wasn’t until last Sunday when I was walking around Kreuzberg hunting out some old MTO pieces for my MTO: Photorealistic Street Art in Berlin post that I found the remaining 5 by accident.

Sometimes things just go your way.

Do You Wanna Know A Secret? - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

Love On The Telephone - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

A Little Angel - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

Chubby Cheeks - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

YAAM Must Survive - Street Art by AliCé in Berlin

For me, these are some of the sweetest pieces of Street Art that AliCé has painted in Berlin.

MTO: Photorealistic Street Art in Berlin

PROST - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

MTO is a French born-Berlin based Street Artist who produces incredible large-scale photorealistic pieces.  Seeing his work on closed shop shutters makes getting up early to wander the streets of Kreuzberg worthwhile.

Pump Up The Volume - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Shiva Jolie - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Heeere's Kreuzberg - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

This Spike LEE in Görlitzer Park is remarkably intact for its age.

Spike LEE: Photorealistic Street Art by MTO in Berlin

MTO painted a series of portraits of ‘Berlin Street Fighters’ – artists and activists that included the top photo of PROST.

ALIAS - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

4rtist.com aka “Mr 6” - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

SP38 - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

His series ‘Oldies But Goodies’ included this now slightly worse for wear (not unlike the man himself) Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

I’ve also seen a great Michael Jackson piece in the RAW Tempel, which I’m convinced I have photos of but can’t find.  If I dig them out I’ll post them here and if they’re lost, I’ll take some more.

**Update** I couldn’t find the photos so I’ve been back to take more photos.  Unfortunately, Michael Jackson is now smoking a spliff (not part of the original MTO piece).

Michael Jackson - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

Rio Reiser “König von Kreuzberg” - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

You can see the artist at work on a couple of pieces in Rennes in the video Who Wants To Kill MTO?, which he posted to Vimeo.

Who Wants To Kill MTO?

Like most Street Artists, MTO is no stranger to controversy but the furore over the Fast Life mural he painted in Sarasota, Florida probably came as a surprise.

The piece came under fire over what some believed to be gang symbolism and was eventually whitewashed.  MTO then returned to Sarasota to paint a new mural that many believe was a dig at Scott Gerber, the owner of Tube Dude, the shop on which the original mural was painted.

You can read more about the story on This Week In Sarasota and see the original Fast Life piece on MTO’s Flickr.

You can see more incredible Street Art by MTO, including more work outside Berlin, on his Facebook page and Flickr stream.

Famous Berliners: David Bowie

David Bowie - Where Are We Now? (screenshot from the Official Video)

Photo: Still from ‘David Bowie – Where Are We Now?’

Almost three weeks ago now, on his 66th birthday, David Bowie surprised everyone by releasing a new song – Where Are We Now? – a melancholy tune that reflects on his time living in Berlin in the 1970s.

Following the new single’s release my social media feeds were abuzz with (mainly positive) reactions and Berlin talked of its adoptive son, Bowie.

The feeling that history was made (good and bad) in its streets and the sense of following in the footsteps of others is one of the things that intrigues me about the city and hearing this song prompted me to go out and explore Bowie’s Berlin, something I’d been meaning to do since I arrived more than a year ago.

Many of the buildings where Bowie spent his time are, as you can imagine, non-descript, and some venues have changed name, appearance or no longer exist, but it was interesting to walk where he would have walked all the same.

Bowie’s Flat on Hauptstrasse

Bowie's Flat (Hauptstrasse 155) in Berlin

When David Bowie moved to Berlin in 1976 he found a flat in an Altbau at Hauptstrasse 155 in Schöneberg, which he shared with Iggy Pop.

Neues Ufer (formerly Anderes Ufer)

Neues Ufer (Anderes Ufer) - a Bowie haunt in Berlin

Next door to his former flat, at Hauptstrasse 157, is a café, Neues Ufer, which was known as Anderes Ufer in the days when Bowie and Iggy Pop would spend time there.

Chez Romy Haag

Chez Romy Haag, a nightclub run by the Dutch transsexual born Edouard Frans Verbaarsschott, was at the crossroads of Welserstrasse and Fuggerstrasse.  I haven’t been able to find a precise address so I could only guess which corner having visited.

Hansa Studios

Hansa Studios in Berlin - where David Bowie recorded Low and Heroes

Not far from Potsdamer Platz (written as Potzdamer Platz in the Where Are We Now? video) at Köthener Strasse 38 is Hansa Studios.

It was here in 1977 that Bowie, with Brian Eno, recorded Low and Heroes, two of the albums in what has become known as his Berlin Trilogy (though the third, Lodger was recorded in Switzerland).

It wasn’t until I read the many articles about his new single that I knew that one of his most celebrated songs, Heroes, is about a couple who kiss in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

SO36

Bowie was apparently a fan of SO36, the legendary punk club on Kreuzberg’s Oranienstrasse.

Café Exil

Another former Bowie haunt that I visited but didn’t photograph was the Café Exil (now the restaurant Horváth) which had scaffolding erected for renovations.

Paris Bar

Paris Bar - a Bowie haunt in Berlin

Bowie liked to go to Paris Bar, the restaurant at Kantstrasse 152, when he was feeling extravagant and was in the mood to celebrate.

Dschungel

Ellington Hotel - where the Dschungel - a Bowie haunt in Berlin - was

It was presumably after a visit to Dschungel, another of his favourite hangouts and mentioned in his new song, that Bowie became ‘a man lost in time near KaDeWe’.

Dschungel was around the corner from Berlin’s luxury department store on Nürnberger Strasse (referred to as Nurnberger Strasse in the song) in the basement of what is now the Ellington Hotel, a building with a rich musical history.

The Brücke Museum

Bowie would visit this small museum on the edge of the Grunewald and admire the works of the expressionist painters housed here that provided the inspiration for the cover of Heroes.

I plan to visit the Brücke Museum later this week.

David Bowie Exhibition in Berlin

When the curators at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive in 2013 they put together what became the V&A’s fastest selling exhibition.  Now, the David Bowie exhibition is showing at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin and the event has been tweaked a little to bring items related to Bowie’s time in Berlin into sharper focus.

The exhibition opened on 20 May and will run until 10 August 2014.  You can find more details about the exhibition, buy tickets and get directions to Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau on the David Bowie exhibition website.

David Bowie Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau Berlin

David Bowie – Where Are We Now?

If by any chance you haven’t heard the song or reading about Bowie’s time in Berlin means you want to listen again, here it is:

Prinzessinnengarten – An Urban Garden in Berlin

Prinzessinnengarten - Urban Garden in Berlin (screenshot from Prizessinnengarten - Berlin, Germany by Joseph Redwood-Martinez on Vimeo)

The Prinzessinnengarten (Princess Garden) is an urban garden on the side of a busy roundabout a few steps from the U-Bahn station at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg.

In 2009, Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green), the brainchild of Robert Shaw and Marco Clausen, leased a patch of wasteland in order to realise their vision of a green space in the heart of the community.  The idea was born out of a trip Robert made to Cuba, where he saw similar spaces where people would gather to work, learn and relax.

In 2012 the Prinzessinnengarten faced the threat of closure.  The Berlin Property Fund was tasked by the Berlin Senate to find a buyer for the city-owned plot of land where the garden is based.

Nomadisch Grün sought to engage with the Berlin Senate to discuss the future of the project and collected 30,000 signatures on a petition to keep the Prinzessinnengarten open.

Thankfully, in this instance the Senate saw sense.  On 14 December 2012, The Berlin Property Fund agreed to return the land to the borough and the threat of closure was averted.

The Prinzessinnengarten still needs your help though.  The initiative does not receive any government backing and is funded by donations and sales of its produce.  The Let It Grow! campaign was launched to secure the funding needed to continue the good work and to provide more workshops and assist with community projects.

A crowdfunding page has been set up on startnext and so far €6,790 of the €22,000 target has been pledged.  The nature of startnext means that if the full target amount is not pledged by the closing date of 18 February 2013 all amounts will be returned to the donors.

Startnext Crowdfunding page – English

Startnext Crowdfunding page – Deutsch

In the following interview from the upcoming documentary Promises of Urban Agriculture, filmed at a time when the Prizessinnengarten was under threat, Marco Clausen, a co-founder of the garden talks about how the project got started and his visions for its future.

Prizessinengarten – Berlin, Germany

The Prinzessinengarten is currently on its Winter break but during the gardening season (from April 2013) a café and bar on the site sells food and drink made from the garden’s produce from 12:00 to 22:00.  On a summer’s evening it is a great place to sit with friends in a relaxed but buzzing atmosphere.

Ohrwurm: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Find The Time

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Find The Time (screenshot from the Official Video on YouTube)

I was more than a little surprised to hear Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Find The Time playing as I walked along the aisles in Kaiser’s the other day.

I guess someone must have picked up on the line ‘Or to move to Kreuzberg and escape into the night’ and decided it would be appropriate, or possibly ironic, for the supermarket shoppers of Prenzlauer Berg.

I remember the album Searching For The Hows And Whys was playing on my iPod frequently on my trip to Berlin in the summer of 2009 when I dreamed of moving here, though not necessarily to Kreuzberg.  Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is an ever-present name in a changing roster of artists/bands on my iPhone and I often play Find The Time now as I wander the streets of the German capital to evoke the spirit of discovery I felt then.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Find The Time