Never thought when I was growing up in Berlin that I would be visiting Check Point Charlie for pleasure. It is a little museum now. I had dinner nearby and we walked over. It was always an official visit before. Artist Angela Bulloch and I ran around there after a few cocktails.
When you are a kid you think you never see anything and then 25 years later you say, shit, I saw the wall come down, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the internet, cell phones, social media, medical breakthroughs etc.
CPC is just a little shack but people died trying to run through there not very long ago.
I was asked If magazines are still valid in this day and age. By a creative person nonetheless. I thought, hell yes. Then I thought about it, and realized, they are to me. I devour them, enjoy them, get so much pleasure from them. But are they important to kids or people that are 15 years old or 60 years old? I think yes, if you are a creative person interested in some culture, whether that is fashion, design or fishing, skiing etc. There is a magazine for you and you are into it.
The fact is, publishing still validates ideas, artists, writers, brands etc. They may change their form (moving to a digital tablet) but good curation and ideas will never go out of style. Take a look at the world’s coolest bookstores and you will get your answer. Packed with beautiful content from all over the world. Here is the booth at Capsule tradeshow in Berlin.
Yes- I read you.
Had a gorgeous day at the Berlin Zoo and got so close to the animals. The architecture
is unlike any zoo I have ever seen, the animals really have nice homes. The giraffe house was my favorite, but the monkeys had the biggest personality. There was not a zookeeper in sight, people were respectful. The animals were amazing, even the one lonely PANDA. So close I felt like I was in Africa.
I was blown away by Berlin based artist IZA GENZKEN’s (b 1948) work at the Saatchi in London. Her sculpture, paintings, and multimedia pieces were layered, beautiful, conceptual and “worked the room” The color palette really spoke to me. Hard to work with mirrors too and she rocked it.
The toddlers couldn’t take their eyes off some of the doll sculptures.
designers galore show their cool wares at this tradeshow in Berlin
My favorite fall drink is hot lemon and ginger with mint tea. I noticed lots of cafes in Germany serve them with these cute Felt thing-a ma-bobs. I guess you call them holders.
Conceptually grand and architecturally majestic Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno’s installation was truly spectacular. Bubbles and airplants suspended in time and space, connected by giant black spiderweb like chords made me feel like I was suspended in mid air, yes -you could literally climb into the bigger pods.
I was cruising around the neighborhood and discovered this adorable little candy cafe with delicious morsals like Turkish Delight, Marzipan and Lokum (Turkish honey). Everything is handmade and beautifully presented. As tasty as it is pretty and exotic.
If you can’t get to Berlin to enjoy the Confiserie, don’t fret, you can also buy their products online. Confiserie Orientale . They serves homemade specialites from Turkey in the most delish flavors. Pistazie, Haselnuss, Fruchte, Marzipan. They also do mail order gifts and catering. So inspiring and magical. I felt like I was on vacation in Istanbul. The treats were so fresh and samples were available on all the flavors. The design is really cute, featuring photographs of prominent artists and writers on the wall. A quiet, chic place to unwind and have a coffee and treats.
Info about Confiserie Orientale in German. DIE GESCHICHTE der »Confiserie Orientale« beginnt mit einem jungen Mann namens Udi Cemil Bey. Im zarten Alter von 16 Jahren eröffnet der Konditor Lehrling einen traditionellen osmanischen Süßwarenladen in Istanbul, um nach dem Tod des Vaters seine Brüder und seine Mutter zu versorgen. Sein handgemachtes Marzipan, Lokum (türkischer Honig) und Bonbons in verschiedenen Geschmacksrichtungen werden schnell begehrt und bekannt. Kunden aus Nah und Fern stehen vor dem kleinen Laden im Istanbuler Statdteil Sehzadebasi Schlange nach den raffinierten Süssspeisen. Schon bald nach der Eröffnung wird Udi Cemil Bey mit Auszeichnungen und Preisen überhäuft, darunter auch aus Frankreich und Italien. Cemil Bey hatte eine weitere Leidenschaft: die Musik. Als Komponist und Lautespieler (Udi) wird er ebenfalls sehr erfolgreich. Mit 31 Jahren im Palastorchester angestellt unterrichte Udi Cemil Bey die Tochter des damaligen Sultans Abdulmecit. 1909 geht er mit seiner Familie nach Kairo und eröffnet auch dort mit seinen Söhnen eine weitere Confiserie. Cemil Bey stirbt 1928 in Ägypten.
Das Unternehmen befindet sich heute in der vierten Generation im Familienbesitz. Seit August 2010 kann man die Spezialitäten, die in einer hauseigenen Manufaktur in Istanbul, nach einem alten geheimen Familienrezept hergestellt werden, erstmals auch in Berlin genießen. www.cemilzade.com.tr/de
Berlin and Europe is truly a city of cycling. Here you can rent bikes by the hour from the DB (German railway or Deutsche Bahn)
I love walking by the Berlin Wall on Wilshire. Brings back so many memories. When I lived in Berlin we used to graffiti the wall at night on our way back from parties. I never, ever thought I would see the wall fall, especially driving through check point Charlie and seeing all the grave markers of the “runners/jumpers” that tried to escape.
I get homesick for Berlin when I’m there and kind of corny, so thankful that freedom prevailed. The Kennedy part reminds me of the “Ich bin ein Berliner speech” . My grandmother always fondly reminisces. Berlin loves Kennedy.
The Wall Project was a unique, multi-faceted media and public art initiative organized by The Wende Museum to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It allowed the Museum to communicate its mission to a global audience.
To mark the occasion, The Wende brought ten original Berlin Wall segments to Los Angeles, installed them at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, one of the key East-West streets in the city, and invited established and emerging artists to reflect upon history and paint five of the ten segments. The Wende Museum organized a series of public events leading up to the main celebration of the 20th anniversary on November 8th, 2009.
The key impetus behind The Wall Project was to replicate the Berlin Wall’s function as a site for political and personal expression, through reproducing elements of the art and creativity that it once inspired. By engaging well-know and emerging artists, the initiative also aimed to further reinforce the reputation of Los Angeles as the mural capital of the world.