Sunday, April 29, 2018

The GalleryWeekend - and other themed weekends in Berlin

Yes, it's true: Berlin, Germany's capital city, is always worth a visit: The history and the stories, the Prussian traditions and the worldly scenes - hardly any other German city has such a variety of must-sees, must-visits - in brief: must-experience to offer to its visitors.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018
An additional, charming aspect of the GalleryWeekend are the cozy corners under blooming trees in the courtyards.  

Are you still waiting for the special occasion to finally go - or to come back again?

Well, Berlin makes a point by offering a row of special themed weeks, weekends, and 'long nights' - like the exciting GalleryWeekend that I just attended. The variety is huge so that everybody will find something he's enthusiastic about. Check it out in this post....and go pack your weekender!

⇛ The GalleryWeekend - My Favorite Favorites

⇛ More Contemporary Art

⇛ More Themed Weekends And Nights

⇛ Hotel Recommendation

The GalleryWeekend - My Favorite Favorites

I am an art nut and do love pretty uncritically basically every painting you hold before my eyes, but the art that I appreciate and enjoy most is the kind that surprises me, that's ironic, cynical, even mean. It has to hit me in the gut, make me laugh with irritation and leave me with my jaw on the floor.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018
Shuttle - with a little help from their Bavarian friends. Disclaimer: I did not get a BMW for posting this picture.

And let me tell you, the last two days in Berlin, I had my share of crazy and sardonic - I had a great time.

I was racing criss cross Berlin, trying to visit as many galleries as possibly possible - and in the end, I was able to put together 15 of my favorite favorites for you - to be fair to everyone, in alphabetic order according to the artists' last names.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Evelyn Axell
A female painter - painted by a female painter.
The Exhibit: Venus, Leda & Mona Lisa

⇛ Seriously, how can a female artist not be feminist? Even without an outspoken feminist position, creating and surviving in the still very male-dominated art scene makes you automatically a feminist. And of course, Axell's art - as the exhibition's title insinuates - is dealing with antique female roles and positions.

The Artist: Evelyne Axell

⇛ Evelyne Axell is an exceptional participant in this year's GalleryWeekend: For one thing, she's not born in the 70s or later, but in 1935. And secondly, she doesn't live anymore but died at the age of 37 in 1972. She is a highly recognized pop art artist and used to work under the male first name Axell in order to obscure her gender - which of course gave an interesting twist to her feminist work.

The Gallery: König Galerie

The Address: 
Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121
10969 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 -  261 030 80

The End: May 27, 2018
bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Edouard Baribeaud

The Exhibit: An Old Story About Our Modern Times 

⇛ Beautiful paintings in bold colors and oriental ornamentation - in the tradition of expressionism; very 'Matisse', very intriguing.

The Artist: Edouard Baribeaud

⇛ Edouard Baribeaud was born in 1984 to a French father and a German mother - in Versaille! After being brought up in France, he's been living and working in Berlin since 2010.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Edouard Baribeaud

The Gallery: Galerie Judin

The Address:
Potsdamer Strasse 83
10785 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 39 40 48 40

The End: June 9, 2018

The Exhibit: Catch me if you can! AA Bronson + General Idea, 1968–2018

⇛ Interestingly this is the first exhibition bringing together the works of the art trio General Idea, who met in 1968 and worked together till the death of two partners in 1994, and the only surviving member's solo art projects.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - AA Bronson
Every selfie-taker's dream: General Idea's Bubble Machine. But beware - it symbolizes the model of the HIV. Quite shocking when you think about it that two group-members died of AIDS-related diseases.

The Artist: AA Bronson

⇛ AA Bronson is sadly the only surviving member of the art group General Idea that came together in 1968 and consequently had a very hippie-ish, strongly political approach towards art; more activists than artists, AA Bronson and his partners in art and action, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz, dealt with controversial topics.

Besides being an artist, AA Bronson, who currently lives in Berlin, is also active as a healer. Over five days, visitors to the GalleryWeekend can make an appointing with him within the hybrid installation at the KW gallery.

AA Bronson Garten der Lüste 2018Installationsansicht KW Institute for Contemporary Art Foto Frank Sperling
AA Bronson Garten der Lüste / Garden of Lust 
View of the installation at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art
(Photo: Frank Sperling)

The Gallery: Esther Schipper

The Address:
Potsdamer Strasse 81E
10785 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 3744 3313 3

The End: May 26, 2018

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Julius von Bismarck
Since the installation is in a very dark room, I wasn't able to take a halfway decent
picture. Therefore here are some feathers of the turning and twisting goose you'll get
to see.
The Exhibit:
Immer noch der Lauf der Dinge

⇛ Everything is poetically in motion: The projections of a fox and a goose twisting and turning in slow motion - and also the audience is moving. Julius von Bismarck surprises with a technically quite innovative approach.

The Artist:
Julius von Bismarck

⇛ In 2008, Julius von Bismarck amazed the art world with his Image Fulgurator. He was awarded with the Prix Ars Electronica and applied for a patent in 2009. Julius von Bismarck was born in Germany and studied in Berlin and New York.

The Gallery: Alexander Levy

The Address:
Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26
10969 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 25292221

The End: June 9, 2018

The Exhibit: Reveal The (In)Visible

⇛ I've known Liu Bolin's camouflage photographs only from magazines so that my heart jumped when I found his work by a pure incident. There are also two of his colored overalls on display.

The Artist: Liu Bolin

⇛ Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong/China. He is famous for his camouflage like photographs: With his body painted, he vanishes in all sorts of different surroundings. Forget 'Find Waldo' - better look for Liu Bolin!


The Gallery: Galerie Deschler

The Address:
Auguststrasse 61
10117 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 283 32 88

The End: April 29, 2018

The Exhibit: Freedom First

⇛ Another great, alluring title....for another great exhibition. After all the unusual techniques, here we get to see some large scale black and white paintings that depict historical and political situation and let them look like oversized comic strips.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Fernando Bryce
Bad and sad news, illustrated by Fernando Bryce

The Artist: Fernando Bryce

⇛ Fernando Bryce, who was born in Lima/Peru in 1965 (get some info on his hometown in my previous post) currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Fernando Bryce
Wall of news - repeatedly posted: Freedom First

The Gallery: Galerie Barbara Thumm

The Address: 
Markgrafenstraße 68
10969 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 2839 0347

The End: June 16, 2018

The Exhibit: When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth

⇛ What is it this year with all these alluring titles? Claudia Comte forges an intellectual and artistic bridge from...When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth till today when technology does. Exhibiting in tree stems, the artist presents different artifacts - from nature and men made - using different materials.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Claudia Comte
There are beautiful sea stars - but there are also discarded cans (in the backdrop),....

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Claudia Comte
....then there are corals (to the right), but also discarded plastic bottles (on the left stem). Reminds me of our oceans....

The Artist: Claudia Comte

⇛ Claudia Comte was born in Switzerland in 1983 and lives and workes there and in Berlin.

The Gallery: König Galerie

The Address:
Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121
10969 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 -  261 030 80

The End: June 24, 2018

The Exhibit: Hans Peter Feldmann

⇛ Honestly, I didn't even care what this show would be about: As soon as I read the name Hans Peter Feldmann, I put this gallery on top of my to-do list!
I ran into the work of this fantastic artist by a pure incident in Madrid when his different serial works were exhibited on the occasion of an award that he had received - and I've loved his often a bit gaga series and him as a person ever since.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Hans Peter Feldmann
With Hans Peter Feldmann, it's either all about series - or craziness; or crazy series.

The Artist: Hans Peter Feldmann

⇛ Hans Peter Feldmann was born in 1941 in Düsseldorf and he's a rather conceptional artist. He does all sort of fun, sometimes even a bit crazy sculpture and paintings and he obviously thinks in series, collects all sort of sometimes tacky stuff that he eventually exhibits as art projects.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Hans Peter Feldmann
Feldmann loves to play with money: In 2011, he had covered a room at the Guggenheim in New York in 100,000 One-Dollar-bills! In November 2010, he was 'decorated' with the Hugo Boss Prize which consists of....100,000 US$.

I think that you either have an understanding of this sort of everyday art or you don't; which is fine. But then you probably won't have a use for his art.

The Gallery: Mehdi Chouakri

The Address:
Fasanenstraße 41
10719 Berlin


Mommsenstrasse /  Bleibtreustrasse 61
10623 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 2839 1153

The End: June 2, 2018

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Michael Fischer-Art at Maisonnoee
The Exhibit:
Michael Fischer-Art

⇛ Colorful portraits of celebrities - with a twist. The exhibition takes place at a fashion atelier.

The Artist:
Michael Fischer-Art

⇛ Michael Fischer-Art - yes, the 'Art' is a show name - is one of these many beautiful flowers that are growing in the art-hothouse that is Leipzig.


The Address:
Potsdamer Strasse 91
10963 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 80105028

The Exhibit: Hybrid Matter

⇛ Photographs of some minuscule, squishy, gross stuff, blown up on an unimaginable scale, matters changing in a chemical process - if your imaginative power is strong enough, you'll be fascinated; to me, this is far too unimaginable.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Andreas Greiner
Since it was not possible to take a picture of the current installation, here another example of Andreas Greiner's work somewhere between art and science. He showed these exhibits last year at Dittrich & Schlechtriem. 

The Artist: Andreas Greiner

⇛ Now, to be honest, I'm introducing Andreas Greiner, born 1979 in Aachen, only for you. I've seen his art based on science and scientific project - and most of it is simply not my cup of tea. But I do admire his approach and I'm sure that many people will appreciate it because they'll understand what this is all about. I'm not so science buff, so I don't even take the time to understand - and therefore I'm probably missing out on something great. But that I do so doesn't mean that you have to, too; so please go and take your kids because they are probably much smarter than I am.

The Gallery: Dittrich & Schlechtriem

The Address:
Linienstrasse 23
10178 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 24 34 24 62

The End: June 23, 2018

The Exhibit: El Otro El Mismo

⇛ The most interesting part of this mixed media exhibition of Los Carpinteros are three videos letting the audience literally observe three major aspects of Cuban life: Everyday's struggle, Propaganda, and Sex.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Los Carpinteros
Yeah, well, Los Carpinteros' video was not the only piece of X-rated art that I saw last weekend.

The Artist: Los Carpinteros

⇛ Los Carpinteros - two more artists that can do whatever they please - I love it all! I saw their work for the first time at an art gallery in London where the room was covered in tomatoes smashed against the white walls (artificial tomatoes!), where the instruments that a band might have left behind where just melting away, where about fifty black jackets on hangers where like shot through with a pentagram (which is even more ironic since the Carpinteros - Marco Castillo Valdes and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez - although now living in Madrid, are from socialist Cuba and it was on a weekend around the 1st of May).
Anyway, since then, as soon as I read Los Carpinteros, I scream like a teenager at a...who are they screaming for these days, anyway?

The Gallery: KOW

The Address: 
Brunnenstrasse 9
10119 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 3116 6770

The End: July 21, 2018

The Exhibit: Marwan

⇛ The people in Marwan's large portraits seem always somewhat hurt, broken, wounded and tired. They touch you - especially in these times with the terrible slaughter going on in the artist's home Syria - and after he sadly passed away in 2016.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Marwan
One of Marwan's melancholic portraits shown at the Galerie Michael Haas.

The Artist: Marwan

⇛ Marwan Kassab-Bachi, born in 1934 in Syria, was living and working under his first name in Berlin until his death in 2016. He is recognized as an important German artist - the exhibition of his paintings at the Bienal in Venice last year furnishes proof of that. And also that there is another large-scale painting by Marwan among all the German-born artists at the Berlinische Galerie, illustrating Berlin's history.

Wanna know what Marwan looked like? There is a self-portrait in one of my posts on last year's Bienal in Venice where his paintings were exhibited at the Giardini.

The Gallery: Galerie Michael Haas

The Address:
Niebuhrstrasse 5
10629 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 8892 9190

The End: June 16, 2018

The Exhibit: Quinceañeras

⇛ Large-scale photographs of young women turning fifteen (quinze)  - a very important stage of age in the Latin American culture. He depicted these ladies all dressed up in front of run-down buildings in Cuba. The contrast is so stark, that the persons almost look like mounted into the photos.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Frank Thiel
You get a great overview of the exhibitions from the upper gallery.

The Artist: Frank Thiel

⇛ Frank Thiel was born in 1966 in the former GDR. He became world famous for his large-scale portraits Die Allierten/The Allies, consisting of 200 pictures of soldiers formerly stationed in Berlin. Two of these portraits are permanently shown at the Checkpoint Charlie

The Gallery: Blain ︳Southern

The Address:
Potsdamer Strasse 77-87
10785 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 6449 31510

The End: June 16, 2018

The Exhibit: Moon Gas

Another one of Zipp's a bit wacky, psycho multimedia installations containing i. a. paintings and sounds.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Thomas Zipp

The Artist: Thomas Zipp

⇛ The first time I've heard of Thomas Zipp, born 1966 and living in Berlin, was on the occasion of the Bienal in Venice in 2013 where he had a major installation in one of the most famous palazzi.  Let's face it, he has a thing for crazy - in a highly amusing way.

The Gallery: Galerie Guido W. Baudach

The Address:
Potsdamer Strasse 85
10785 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 3199 8101

The End: June 2, 2018

The Exhibit: Paradise is Now. Palmtrees in Art

⇛ Follow some of the most famous contemporary artists being on a show during the GalleryWeekend - follow them to modern paradises, symbolized by their epitome, the palm tree.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Rirkrit Tiravanija
Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled (and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already, it was impossible to say which was which)
(blogger's note: a lot of words for no title)

Like always at this sort of group exhibition, the most amazing part is the totally different approaches towards this topic.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Sarah Ortmeyer
...a space-consuming piece by Sarah Ortmeyer....

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GalleryWeekend Berlin 2018 - Alicja Kwade
....or ready-packed by Polish-born superstar Alicja Kwade.
Lately, no exhibition of contemporary art seems to be complete without her.

Extra: Visiting the Salon Dahlmann gives you a glimpse behind usually firmly closed doors of how wealthy people used to live at the turn of the 20th century - and still do.

The Artists: John Baldessari, Rodney Graham, David Hockney, Alicja Kwade, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, and many others.

⇛ These are only the six most famous names of artists taking part in this dreamy show.

The Gallery: Salon Dahlmann

The Address:
Marburger Straße 3
10789 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 88 72 56 83

The End: June 30, 2018

Obviously, this year's GalleryWeekend is over, but that doesn't mean that you have to come back next year since you've missed it in 2018.

By no means: The galleries are still there, anyway, and the current exhibitions will be there for a couple of weeks.

So check the really great map that the organizers of this art event have put together and just create your very own, personal GalleryWeekend!

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More Contemporary Art

And while you're on it and do put together an itinerary for your personal GalleryWeekend, you might want to add visits to the following venues that always hold some really cool exhibitions of contemporary art. Just check their websites to see what's currently on.


Built in 1881 according to German architect Martin Gropius, this building initially housed a museum of applied arts and has been a gallery for modern art since 2001 when the Berliner Festspiele took over. Since then some of the most important and most impressive exhibitions of contemporary art are taking place in the generous halls of this great venue.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Martin Gropius Bau
Already the classicistic and partly neo-renaissance architecture of the Gropius-Bau is a great piece of art and worth a visit.

During my last visit, I've seen a multimedia installation by German enfant terrible Jonathan Meese that he produced together with his mother Brigitte.

Jonathan Meese and his mother Brigitte: Immersion (Photo: René Paepke/Berlin Festspiele)
Jonathan Meese and his mother Brigitte Immersion
(Photo: René Paepke/Berlin Festspiele)

Since I think that letting this project surprise you is part of the fun, I don't tell you what to expect - or yes, I do: a hoot in the house!

Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 254 86-0

Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday from 10 a. m. to 7 p. m.

The only thing I don't like about the Martin-Gropius-Bau is that you don't get any discount - neither with the WelcomeCard, nor with the MuseumPass nor any other pass. It's still worth the visit, though.

Hamburger Bahnhof

The name tells you what this neoclassicistic building, built in 1846/1847, initially used to be: The terminal train station connecting Berlin with Hamburg.
Already in 1906, it became a museum - at that time for building and transport.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Hamburger Bahnhof
It's a former train station, so there is space enough for large installations:
In November 2016, in the run-up to the US elections, visitors of the Hamburger Bahnhof could cast their vote at
Christoph Büchel's Training Ground for Democracy.
At that time, we were still thinking it all was just a big joke....

After collector Erich Marx offered his collection of contemporary art to the city of Berlin, the city decided in 1987 to establish this museum.

Since they definitely have the space for it, besides Marx' collection, there are always a couple of really good temporary exhibitions taking place.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. (Wednesday to 8 p. m.), Saturday and Sunday 11 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Berlinische Galerie

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Berlinische Galerie Erwin Wurm
At the gallery's spacious hall, there is even room for an entire house - whereby this on,
created by Erwin Wurm as a replica of his parent's house, is only 1 meter / approx. 3 feet
You can read more about Wurm's hilarious objects and installation in previous posts.
This gallery, dedicated to the modern and contemporary art of the city of Berlin, is one of my favorite venues there.

While on the lower level highly interesting, often super-modern and daring temporary exhibitions are taking place - on painting, on sculpture, on name it, the upper level is dedicated to the history of Berlin's art from the late 19th century till the 1970s. You get a really profound overview of the development of art in Germany.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Berlinische Galerie
Anton von Werner Unveiling of the Richard Wagner Monument in the Tiergarten (1908)

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Berlinische Galerie
Hannha Höch The Journalists (1925)

This is one of the venues I would recommend as a must-see to Berlin visitors - and due to the temporary exhibitions even every time they are in town!

Berlinische Galerie 
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
10969 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 - 789 02-600

Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 10 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Sammlung Boros

Now, this is the most special venue I'd like to recommend. Unfortunately, it's a bit tricky to visit.

Christian Boros and his wife Karen Lohmann bought a former bomb shelter from WWII and transformed it into an art gallery in 2008. Since these good people have one or another nest egg, they are collecting contemporary art - and are nice enough to share it with visitors.

The access is a bit difficult, not only because it's a bunker: In general, only guided tours of up to 12 participants are allowed, so you have to make online reservation well ahead. The tours are taking place only from Thursday to Sunday and can be booked in German or in English.

Fun fact: Christian Boros and Karen Lohmann live in a penthouse above the gallery on 550 square meters (which would be more than 5,900 square feet). Nope, this part of the bunker cannot be visited, neither on a Thursday nor guided.

Sammlung Boros
Reinhardtstrasse 20
10117 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 -   27594065

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More Themed Weekends And Nights

Like I said, there is no need for a special event to make a visit to Berlin worth the effort. The city is one of Europe's most exciting and ingenious and busy and innovative places and full of craziness and wonders, so you'll have a great time whenever you go.

But if you are an enthusiast of....something, one - or more - of the following special events might be the initial spark for finally checking a trip to Berlin off  your bucket list:

Lange Nacht der Industrie / Long Night of Industries

Get a glimpse of what's going on behind usually pretty closed doors by visiting big companies on guided tours.

When? May 16, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Karneval der Kulturen / Carnival of Cultures

This carnival - taking place in May - has been an event classic since 1996. Join the colorful parties and parades in the multicultural Kreuzberg neighborhood.

Carnival Parade
(Copyright: visitBerlin, Photo: Sarah Lindemann) 

When? May 18 to 21, 2108

More Info? Right here.

Lange Buchnacht / Long Night of Books

If you appreciate the beauty of language and love to read, this will give you a foretaste of paradise.

When? May 26, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften / Long Night of the Sciences

The 'smartest night of the year' - go and dive into the fascinating world of natural phenomena, applied science,  and newest technologies.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Technikmuseum Berlin
Can't wait for the Long Night? You can learn about science at the Technikmuseum year round.

When? June 9, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Christopher Street Day Berlin

No different from any other bigger city in any other halfway liberal country, the CSD is a event with an equality march and wild parties all over the place.

Christopher Street Day Parade.
(Copyright: visitBerlin, Photo: Pedro Becerra/

When? July 28, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Lange Nacht der Museen / Long Night of Museums

Oh lord, this will be a very long night: Berlin prides itself to have over 175 museums - so have a strong coffee, put on comfy sneakers, and hit the night!

When? August 25, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Tag des offenen Denkmals / Open Heritage Day

Another great opportunity to visit places that are usually closed to the public: Get to see many fascinating monuments all over Berlin.

When? September 8 to 9, 2018

More Info? Right here.

Lange Nacht der Religionen / Long Night of Religions

The New Synagogue, located at the Oranienburger Straße is of major significance
regarding Jewish history in Berlin and an important building.
(Copyright: visitberlin, Photo: Wolfgang Scholvien) 
Well, if we don't need this badly, then I don't know what else we need.

Get in touch with all the different religions represented in Berlin.

A long night of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue.

When? September 8, 2018

More Info? Right here.

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Hotel Recommendation

So much to see, so little time - I'm afraid this will be your problem whether you're planning on staying for a weekend or a week. Berlin is big, long distances by public transport can be a drag, so remember the good old motto: location, location, location.

A really good location is anything close to the Tiergarten park in the very center of Berlin. From there you can reach the rather sophisticated Charlottenburg as well as the hip and artsy Mitte.

Talking 'bout hip and artsy: If you enjoy staying at a hotel full of art and design, I can recommend the Pullman Hotel Schweizerhof.

They have an eclectic mix of furniture and decoration in the public areas and in contrast a very clean design of the rooms. These are very spacious, very comfortable - and many overlooking the Tiergarten.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Pullman Schweizerhof Berlin

Next to the reception is a cool yet cozy bar and at the opposite side, you'll even find a small art gallery where currently an exhibition of photographs by Berlin-born Michael Nischke is on.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Pullman Schweizerhof Berlin

One of their greatest features is certainly their pool and SPA area; it's beautiful...and huge!

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Pullman Schweizerhof Berlin

Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof
Budapester Strasse 25
10787 Berlin
Phone: + 49 - 30 -  2696 0

Disclaimer: I was very lucky to be invited to stay at the Pullman Hotel Schweizerhof on the occasion of the opening of Michael Nischke's exhibition. However, what I am writing about the hotel - and illustrating by my pictures - is my very own opinion.
The Tourist Office visitBerlin supported my blogger trip by supplying me with a WelcomeCard. Even when I have to pay for my tickets, I've always been an advocate of using public transportation for economic and even more importantly ecologic reasons.

Wanna make sure that you don't forget about all these interesting and inspiring events? Then you should quickly pin this for later:

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  1. OMG i am so glad you publish this post as i am going to Berling in few days and it came very handy. I am art lover myself and i wish i see at least few of the places you mentioned. Thank you for sharing

    1. I'm so glad - like 99 per cent of the exhibitions will take place till June. Enjoy!

  2. This is such a great idea for how to plan what you are going to do in a place. I'm not an art nut like you, but I love looking at different kinds of art and visiting galleries. Of course, Christopher Street Day would be right up my alley:)

    1. ...and July is a good month to visit with all the beach clubs'd have a ball! 🏳‍🌈🏳‍🌈🏳‍🌈

  3. For me I was most entranced by the portrait by Evelyn otherwise known as her male pseudonym 'Axell' as not only is a great example of feminist art but is also an early form of pop art. It was interesting to hear that she painted under a male name , do you know as to why she died so young?

    1. Yes, her work is really special - lots of different media, too. I picked this since it is so symbolic, but there are many really great pieces made of plexiglass and other materials. I just googled: She had a car accident.

  4. I find that art provides a necessary social commentary on every political and historical period. Names of rules and kings come and go but the art remains always.

  5. I love the idea of themed weekends. You can learn so many new things or be completely immersed into something that you are already interested in. Love it!

  6. I loved Evelyn’s piece! Super empowering. I knew Berlin had a great art scene and this event sounds awesome!

  7. I would love to visit Berlin someday and be able to attend all these wonderful events. I think it's fun that they have themed weekends! It's something to look forward to for sure!

  8. I have been to many European countries but I have yet to tick off Germany on my bucket list. I would love to visit these museums! So much history and art interpreted through an artist's talent for us to see and appreciate.

  9. Wow, you really dissected the best art to see! I have only been to Berlin once, but I didn't actually make it to any galleries unfortunately. Great post!

  10. Wow! You really got your point there, with all these scheduled activity no one got reasons to pack up and go. This post is full packed of information and pictures are so relevant too. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I've always wantd to take a trip to Berlin! The events you listed look and sound amazing and the idea of themed weekends is genius

  12. I want to visit Berlin soon , and experience a gallery tour, or maybe a gallery date with my Amore. There are many things to see, and learn from these artists.

  13. I visited Berlin when I was 5 for Christmas and have no recollection of it so i think that justifies going a 2nd time where I can actually create memories that will last me a lifetime haha. The gallery exhibitions looked GREAT. So quirky and unique. I enjoyed reading this post. (Chinedu, bloggers united)

  14. I have been thinking about doing loads of weekend trips in Europe with my daughter before she starts school. What is funny is that we were talking about Berlin last night, now knowing this exhibitions and what we can do, I will defo be booking.

  15. The trees and the color of the pink flowers make this a perfect spot to relax while enjoying nature and sipping on a cuppa coffee

  16. As an Art lover, all these places look no lesser than a paradise. I'd love to explore each on of the places that you have mentioned if ever I visit Berlin!

  17. Very informative. Thank you for sharing. Happy travels. Eva

  18. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to visit Berlin. Themed weekends sounds like so much fun! I love all the art, one of my favorite things to do is visit museum's. I could totally lose myself all day in just one room full of

  19. Looks like you were able to catch so many different artistic places thoughtout Berlin. I know I would have loved crisscrossing the city like that to see some great art. And you have some great art here.

  20. Most of that art looked a little too edgy for my tastes haha. Butit looks like you had a great weekend in a city I'd love to visit one day!

  21. I love the way you've researched this all out. It is so clever and I love a good gallery so think it would be great fun to visit Berlin

  22. Each year, Berlin at the Gallery Weekend Berlin becomes a hotspot for art fans and collectors. For three days around 50 galleries throughout Berlin open their doors. Beside well-known galleries many new and experimental working galleries participate in the event. The presented artists are well selected, all focusing on contemporary art.

  23. I'm impressed by the number of galleries you saw while there, I usually get museum fatigue and can't do more than 2 or 3 if I am visiting a city. I'm curious about the "x-rated" art. I guess in my brain that means porn, but maybe sex is art, too? Reminds me of the fine line the museum of Sex in NYC tows: at once interesting but also exploring content that is condemned as "lude". Sounds like you were unfazed, ha!

  24. Berlin is such a beautiful city and this post just showcases that!

  25. A really comprehensive guide, would love to visit these art galleries / exhibits. It's always a great way to see another side of a city, behind that which just caters to tourists. I especially like the invisible man guy and the comic relief (I'm British after all).

  26. If I'm going to Berlin, it will not just be for a weekend, it would be for a whole week! I would like to experience the Christopher Street Day. Looks interesting!

  27. I'll be honest, I'm not very educated on art and really understanding it. Very cool idea though as an alternative of something to see. My best friend would love this as would my mom! I liked the palm trees in art one I think it was called. i feel like seeing this kind of work up close though would change my perception and make me want to understand it! Thanks for sharing!

  28. A total guide for a traveler with in depth details on what to do at the place.If i am ever around Berlin I will a=make sure I make a trip to the gallery

  29. I love art! And it's so fun that there are so many galleries in Berlin. What a great variety! Plus, it's wonderful for a mom and son to enjoy it together. <3

  30. Sounds like a great weekend plan. I could spend a whole day in a gallery. Love the different time periods and art styles. Great guide :)


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