Tuesday, July 26, 2011

International Art Adventures in Berlin

http://internationalartadventures.com/events_2011/chicago_-_berlin_kaleidoscope

On this day we set out to site see, various spaces in the City Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and then to the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Gegenwart-Berlin Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin.

City Center Berlin, Landscape Park


City Center, Pieces of the Wall


Piotr (from Poland), Peter (from East Berlin) Tali (from TelAvi), Marianna (from Hannover)

Hanging out in the lobby after walking around the Staatliche Museum zu Berlin,   http://www.smb.museum/, reflecting on the powerful art work created in the time of history most dark for the Germans, this became a springboard for dialogue. Peter Vicent grew up in the East, and knew life behind the wall. He shared with us stories of his grandfather during the war, and as a doctor how he was treated by the Russians, after declining the offer by the American Army to leave and go with them, and was subjected to the life he chose. Piotr, he and his family fled Poland during the 1980's arriving in Los Angeles, where they began a new life in America, before moving to Chicago when they couldn't find work in California. Tali moved to the Netherland's from Tel Avi where she currently lives with her husband and three daughters. Marianna moved to the United States in the early 80's, but remembers growing up in the Germany. 


 This was one of my favorites of the collection, the cubism era, the artist in the collection were able to use proproganda to express themselves, in a post-socialist climate, and capture what was happening in society at that time.




Ausstellungen/Exhibitons
Richard Long "Berlin Circle", this was one of the most interesting installation I got a chance to view. The artist took walks in various landscapes. During these walks, he creates his works. He forms lines or circles with materials he finds, or leaves traces with is feet on the ground on which he treads. Born in Bristol, England he is on of the most protagonists of land art.


Okay, so I was next to last leaving the museum, but I got caught up in the heart of the exhibition, a two screen video installation, entitled A COUPLE THOUSAND SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD from 2007, recently donated to the museum through Outset Contemporary Art Fund.