So I'm just back from Berlin! what an odd city! totally not what I expected. I dont mean that in a bad sense, Its a wonderful city and culturally very diverse, but I think it was just so different to other cities in Europe alot of suprised me. (ALSO MAY I ADD I'VE NEVER BEEN SO COLD IN ALL MY LIFE, THEREFORE MOST OF THE TIME IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO TAKE THNGS IN AND APPRECIATE THEM) I hadnt researched into Berlin before I visited, I wanted to get there and get a feel for the city without any preconceptions. I knew vaguely about the Berlin wall but almost shamefully didn't actually why the city was divided. My only knowledge of Germany as a country ends after the WW2, (because thats were my A- level history textbooks ended.) So I had never actually took time to read up about the countries history after that, which is quite bizzare now I think about it as I'm a huge history nerd. I guess I was too busy wishing I was Elizabeth I.
I saw most of the sights as all good tourists should..
The Reichstag (this is the view from the roof...i didnt actually take a picture of the building...everyone knows what it looks like right?)
etc etc etc!
But obviously I'm here to discuss the art I saw whilst in Berlin. Like I said the city is very culturally diverse. Fuelled by the fact sections were sperated for so long, The 4 different distrcit have their own identity that stands out which I found really interesting. It has obviously created alot of inspiration for artists in Germany as I saw some fantastic stuff.
One piece I really liked in the "Berlinische Galerie" was a piece by two artists: Eugen SchönebeckGeorg Baselitz called "Pandemonic Manifesto II 1962". Unfortunately I have no idea what the piece is about, as I dont read German, I did try and search around for some information on the piece but I could barely find a mention of it. However what I like about the work is the format of combining the text with the drawing, epsecially since the drawing is of a figurative form and is drawn in a way that is scratchy and involves that intense line which I love, &
I also visited the hamburger bahnhof gallery where I had the fortune to see Joseph Beuy's "Felt Suit" Which has given me a few ideas on things I could do with my work, what about making a suit? but maybe its a little out my reach?...Suppose so since I've never made clothes in my life.
But I love the idea behind the suit being a self portrait, made from Joseph's own clothing. Its obviiously not a traditional portrait but it has so much more personal feeling that a painting or photograph of someone.
Felt Suit 1970
unconfirmed: 1700 x 600 mm
unconfirmed: 1700 x 600 mm
"Felt Suit was tailored from one of Beuys’s own suits, and can be seen as an oblique self-portrait. Although it was intended as a work to be hung from the gallery wall, he did wear one of the suits in a performance in the early 1970s. For Beuys, the suit was an extension of his felt sculptures, in which the felt appeared as ‘an element of warmth’. He explained: ‘Not even physical warmth is meant... Actually I meant a completely different kind of warmth, namely spiritual or evolutionary warmth or the beginning of an evolution’." - Tate