Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hamburger Bahnhof

If I had to name one reason why I came back to Berlin it would be this museum.  The Hamburger Bahnhof has an amazing contemporary and minimalist collection as well as a fabulous visiting exhibition schedule.  

Bruce Nauman Room With My Soul Left Out, Room that Does Not Care, permanent installation

Housed in what was one of Berlin's first train stations, the Hambuger Bahnhof is home to many works by Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly and so many more.  It's a museum I never get tired of visiting; it's also where I first encountered Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle, if memory serves.

Carle Andre

Photograph of 1960's track housing

Jürgen Albrecht Orte
Jürgen Albrecht video link.

Andrea Pichl Doublebind

 I found Ryoji Ikeda's temporary installation to be especially mesmerizing, the sound hypnotic.  Despite having to wear little slip-on booties before walking inside, the piece did not feel sterile, but rather other worldly, as if I was about to enter outer space or another dimension. 

Ryoji Ikeda DB

I tried to catch a little video to get an sense of the sound (apologies for the feedback... is it even ok to record video in a museum?  It still feels a little wrong):

Sunday, March 4, 2012


March 2 - I arrived in Berlin.  My studio and apartment are on the top floor of the building in the center.