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{Germany} [Probe]Räume at the Märkisches Museum in Berlin

June 19, 2017

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Last month, I was invited by the Stadtmuseum Berlin to the launch of their new exhibition [Probe]Räume at the Märkisches Museum. The museum is preparing to go through a redevelopment, with expected closures from 2020 onwards, and is using the time in the run up to that to experiment with new formats – [Probe]Räume literally means [Rehearsal]Rooms. The exhibition, on the second floor of the museum, revisits the founding principles of the museum of collecting, researching and curating, and reinterprets them for the present day, making […]

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{Germany} The New Museum Barberini Opens

January 24, 2017

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Ever since visiting the ITB tourism trade fair last year, and hearing about the Museum Barberini project in Berlin’s neighbouring city of Potsdam, I’ve been excited about this new museum opening. And last weekend, the wait was finally over! Ahead of assuming it’s regular operation yesterday, Museum Barberini was taking part in Potsdam’s annual festival of lights, and members of the public had a chance to visit the new museum for free. When I saw the massive queue on arrival – an hour before the […]

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{Germany} Plattenbau Living at the DDR Museum

September 27, 2016

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Last week, I was invited to visit the DDR Museum to view the new extension to their permanent exhibition which recently opened. I’ve written about the DDR Museum before. It’s one of the most popular museums in Berlin, and although it gets a little crowded at weekends, it’s a great museum to visit with kids. Even more so, after the recent changes. Previously, the museum was divided in to two key areas: the everyday side of life in the DDR, and the political side. So what’s […]

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{Germany} Potato Festival at Domäne Dahlem

September 25, 2016

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I’ve mentioned the Domäne Dahlem – an agricultural museum and working form in the South of Berlin – before. Since our move, it’s just an easy door-to-door subway ride away, so we have become more frequent guests over the past year. The highlights are definitely their special seasonal fairs, which take place throughout the year. Just a couple of weeks ago we visited their Medieval Knight Festival, and today we went to see the Potato Festival. Ever since hearing about it, #MuseumBoy has wanted to go […]

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{Germany} The Golem is coming!

September 23, 2016

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  Today, a new temporary exhibition opens at the Jewish Museum Berlin: Golem. I was privileged enough to be invited to a special preview for social media influencers two nights before, and was thoroughly impressed. A golem is a mythological creature from Jewish folklore, usually made from mud or clay, that is brought to life by humans in many stories e.g. through ritual incantations, or specific Hebrew letter combinations. While the intentions are more often than not good, with the Golem intended as companion or […]

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{Germany} I spy…a divided Berlin

September 15, 2016

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I first visited asisi’s Panorama ‘Die Mauer’ (Engl: ‘The Wall’) three years ago. Yadegar Asisi, the organisation’s namesake and mastermind behind the panoramas, of which there have been several to date in various German cities, was born in Vienna in 1955 as the son of Persian immigrants. He went to school in Leipzig and later studied architecture in Dresden and then art in Berlin. ‘The Wall’ represents a selection of his experiences in a divided Berlin during the 1980s. Although located at Checkpoint Charlie, the Panorama’s view is […]

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