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An art bunker

Berlin, March 2015

Anything is possible in Berlin, no matter what. For example, that a bunker becomes the most “protected” art gallery in the world…

A 5-storey building with a surface area of 1.000 m², the nazis had the Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstraße built during the war. It was bound to give shelter to the neighbouring civilians, threatened by the bombings. After the war, the soviets used it as a prison until the government of the GDR gave it a new use, in 1949: first as a warehouse for textile, later to store food (for this reason it was named “Bananenbunker” by the neighbours).

After the Wall fell in 1989, the bunker became a space for culture and leisure: theather performances, exhibits, … In the early ’90, its convertion into the “Ex-Kreuz-Club” made the place famous in all of Europe, until it was shut down in 1996. Finally, the Polish businessman and art collector Christian Boros bought the building, where the “Boros Collection” was opened in 2008. It displays some 500 pieces of art, an exhibition that can be visited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (with previous registration, here).

The essential “touch of glam” is brought by the impressive penthouse where Boros and his family live.

Interviews with Christian Boros:

in English, at
in German, at and

Reviews about the Boros Collection:

in English, at

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Dresden State Art Collections

Berlin, January 2015

The digitalization of the contents of the Dresden State Art Collections (in German, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), currently in progress, allows since early August 2011 a virtual stroll, in 3D, through the halls of the Old Masters Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister), some of the Green vault (Grünes Gewölbe) and the Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung), amongst others. Let yourself impress, even before arriving in the wonderful Saxon capital city.

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The Dresden State Art Collections

Spread through a number of museums, the Dresden State Art Collections are the second of the so-called 23 “Cultural lighthouses” in Eastern Germany. Born in the 16<sup>th</sup> century with the “Art Chamber” (Kunstkammer), the Collections were promoted under the reign of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) and son Augustus III (1696-1763). The Collections are currently in these museums to be seen:

the Green Vault (Grüne Gewölbe)
the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (Kupferstich-Kabinett)
the Coin Cabinet (Münzkabinett)
the Armoury (Rüstkammer)
the Ethnographical Museum (Museum für Völkerkunde)
the Porcelain Collection (Porzellansammlung)
the Mathematisch-Physikalischen Salon
the Old Masters Painting Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)
the Sculpture Collection (Skulpturensammlung)
the New Masters Gallery (Galerie Neue Meister)
the Saxon Folk Art Museum and Puppet Theatre Collection (Puppentheatersammlung) and
the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum)

Here you can see the piece of news (in German) about the setting up of this marvellous virtual exhibition!

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A round trip palace

Berlin, 1 July 2014

It burnt to the ground on February 3rd 1945, it was demolished starting September 7th 1950, and it began its way back on June 12th 2013, when the foundation stone of its reconstruction was laid.

One year later, the reincarnation of the “City palace” (Stadtschloß, in German) keeps taking shape, in order to reopen in 2019. Last June 1st it was open doors day, and was there, of course 🙂

Actually, when it reopens it will become a new name: no more “City palace” but “Humboldt-Forum”. It will be a centre of culture, art and science in downtown Berlin, although it will have the same Baroque-look of its ancestor (except for the façade on the river, a modern one according to the plans of the Italian architect Franco Stella). Several museums, a 600-seat auditorium, a book store and a library, the “Humboldt-Forum” will gather various facilities currently spread out in the city.

* Check some pics of the building under construction, here:
* Feel like taking a glance of the construction site, right now, live? click here:

* Website of the “City palace Association”:

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Berlinale 2014: curtains up!

Berlin, February 5, 2014

The red carpet has been rolled out, Potsdamer Platz turns into the central scenario of a story of success. For the 62nd time, the German capital city welcomes a big representation of the European and world film star system: the Berlinale 2014 is here!

About 400 movies will be shown during the 10 days of the festival, 20 of which will compete for the cherished Golden Bear. The Competition section traditionally brings to Berlin part of the so called star system: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Clint Eastwood, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lopez. On the red carpet of Berlinale, actors and directors with universal names, and around them, passionate fans giving the city a festive atmosphere, in a traditionally grey, cold month.

So many actresses and actors, themes and also exhibition places will be in Berlin these days… check here the complete programme of the festival. The search can be done through sections, participating theaters (about twenty of them), countries, dates and times. As for the tickets, you can buy them in advance, at the Arkaden am Potsdamer Platz mall, the Kino International (Karl-Marx-Allee 33), the Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Schaperstraße 24) and, of course, the website of the festival.

The Berlinale at home

If you would like to be updated about the festival, but for whatever reason cannot attend the showings, just sit comfortably on your sofa and check this complete guide. Here you will find day, time and tv station where many programmes will be dealing with the Berlinale, in most cases live from the heart of the German capital city (this, in case you are in Germany. Otherwise, cable or satellite essential!). The movie-freaks can spend a long time checking the names of the winners, ever since the festival started back in 1951, by clicking here. Or to know the members of the jury, here.

Ladies and gentlemen, curtains up… welcome to a new edition of the Berlinale!

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Symphony in B/W

Berlin, 23 September 2013

Walther Ruttmann? for sure, most readers will not have a clue who he was… but movie fans will; no wonder, since he was one of the most prominent representatives of the German avant-garde in the 1920s! His cinema, innovative in an art which at the time was still emerging, bronght to the screen works like “Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis”.

The movie is a stroll around the Berlin of the time of Weimar, the period born after the German defeat on WWI. While Hitler and his comrades conspired from Bavaria against that regime, the capital city was living some splendid years, at least in terms of cultural live, when leading lights like Brecht, Kästner and Liebermann, amongst others, enlightened the city with unusual strength. Just before the Great Depression of 1929 and also before the nazis came into power, during that decade which was subsequently qualified as “golden”, Ruttmann x-rayed Berlin with its restless, modern camera: from the roofs of the capital city to its streets, empty in the early morning but later on full of live until they become a showcase of a vital metropolis…

Let the words give up the turn to images, enjoy this piece of art!

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