Berlin Day 2

After such a long, tiring first day it may have seemed to much to ask for everyone to be up and raring to go by 9am, but up everyone was, even if not altogether awake. So far the most inconvenient if not altogether tiresome aspect of the trip is getting tickets for the trains and trams. The problem is compounded by 2 of the 4 machines in the local station being broken and trhe 3rd not accepting notes. 23 brits paying one at a time does not make for happy locals already late for work. Several missed trains later it was off to Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum fur Gegenwart (Modern Art) Berlin.

As always this made a big impression on the first time visitors. Top tip here is to e-mail or phone ahead and book in as a student group as this exempts the whole group from entrance fees. The main spaces of the museum present an exhibition which uses thematic and surprising dialogues and individual appearances rich in associations to cast works from the Nationalgalerie, the Marx and Marzona Collections as well as the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection.

Highlights included: Rodney Grahams “Torqued Chandelier” 2004. Richard Artschwager’s “Archipeligo”, Robert Kusmirowskis, full scale paper train “Wagon” and “Un jardin d’hiver” by Marcel Broodthaers.

A certain amount of persuasion was required to get everyone out and of to the architecturally stunning Berlin Hauptbahnhoff for a “traditional” German transit lunch.

BK Whoppers don’t take long to scoff so within the hour we were on the rain to Zoo Station on hopping on a bus tour of the city, a little cheesy perhaps but a great way to see the city. All the main sites and history were covered a rather witty tour guide. On return to Zoo the students were left to their own devices and it was off shopping to Ka De We followed by a rather splendid dinner at Café Einstein.

Berlin Cont….

Last night,  eveyone, well almost everyone, (no names) made it out for the city centre walk. U-Bahn to MoherStr then to the Holocaust Memorial, a tremendously moving experience for all. The momorial is particulary unsettling and sombre at night. We plan to return during the day on Thursday so people can experience the it in daylight. On to the Brandenburg Gate, Unter Der Linden, Friedrichstrasse and a brief stop at Kunsthaus Tacheles before heading for food then bed. Not a bad 1st day


ContemporaryArtETC… in Berlin

Sipping latte and organic cola in the St Oberholz internet cafe is not the worst way to settle in to Berlin by any means. It has been a hectic, long day starting a 4am for most of our weary travelers. Finally though we are here. Despite a slight blip getting the train into town we were greeted with the the customary warmth of the East Seven hostel. Everyone is content but weary so perhaps the 3 mile walk through the city centre will sort the hardcore from the early bedders. To be cont……


5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

On the 1st of June 2008 more than twenty students and staff arrived in Berlin for 5 days of art and culture and 5 nights of fun and frivolity. The 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (various sites) was the main focus of our attention and provided significant talking points for all. Other highlights included, Wolfgang Tillmans, Joseph Beuys, Jeff Koons and the flick collection at Hamburger Bahnhof and the fanatastic Le Corbusier: Unité d’habitation.

Hamburger Bahnhof Kunst Werk Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof Le Corbusier Unit d\'habitation

Naturally all the hard work entitled participants to a bit of play.

At the squat

Phew! What a week.

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