Hey ya’ all. As you could have seen on my social media accounts (Instagram), I spent 5 lovely days in the city of Berlin, Germany. What did I do there and where did I go? I explain it all:
Where did I stay? I stayed at the One80 Hostel at the Alexanderplatz in the city centre. The hostel was great since it is a youth hostel and is directed at the younger public.
I went to visiting the exhibition by the Influential Photographer, Mario Testino, at the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin, Germany (20.01- 26.06.2015). The name of the exhibition ‘Mario Testino: In Your Face’ presents the full range of his photographic work, in 125 images, placing particular emphasis on its provocative contrasts. The exhibition was named aftter Testino’s wish to display the most free way of expression and as he says: “As an image-maker people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition. This particular hanging style for these photographic works allows all of these different aspects of my curiosity to have a conversation; they not only exist on their own but trigger a reaction when being next to each other.”. I found the exhibition very interesting since it exhibits the photographs of celebrities and a huge diversity evoking elegance, provocation and contradiction.
When Helmut Newton established the foundation Helmut Newton Foundation he donated several hundred original photographs as a permanent loan which have been preserved by the stiftung preußischer kulturbesitz. For the tenth anniversary the 200 of these photographs are being premiered under the title “Permanent Loan Selection.” The exihibitions shows a variety of different photographs made by Helmut Newton and his wife, ranging from portraits, nudes, to fashion and well known celebrities. Most of the photos are in black&white and this what makes them so lovely and beautiful. I feel that the black&white pictures always get rid of the unnecessary colouring and show the actual photograph as it is supposed to be, leaving the lest of interpretation up to the viewer’s imagination. In the above’s panorama shot you can see 5 Newton’s life-sized big nudes taken in 1980 in paris.
The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presides over a comprehensive collection of contemporary art, which it presents in a variety of exhibitions. The museum currently displays a variety of different artists’ work.
Berlin part #2 is coming up tomorrow with concept stores, Berlin nightlife and random street inspiration.
Love you, Berlin.