12th Pictoplasma Berlin 2016

International Festival and Conference on Contemporary Character Design

This weekend is the 12th Pictoplasma Berlin 2016 to bring – as every year – more color and forms to the Berlin Spring. This cool International Festival and Conference on Contemporary Character Design showcases the latest trends in fine urban arts, illustration, animation film and graphic design, focusing this year at the character’s overall posture and attitude, bringing up the question:  How does their appearance create personality and enable them to show character? Continue reading

Myfest Berlin 2016

As an important pole of criticism to capitalism and as a host of countless autonomous groups, Berlin has always been committed to the workers fight. Therefor the Labor Day, celebrated internationally on May 1, is a special deal in the city.

Since 2003 a huge anti-violence party takes place in the alternative and famous neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Organized by its own network and a broad coalition of residents, traders and civic initiatives, Myfest takes place from 11:30a.m until night and attracts people from all over the city in a colorful and public festival. Streets around Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße are closed, giving space to many stages where DJs, Bands, performers and comedians present. Street tends over the sidewalks offer all kinds of culinary delights and drinks for fair prices. Continue reading

Hanf Museum: the house of marijuana in Berlin

Hanf Museum, hemp BerlinNowadays there are countless types of museum dedicated to the all kinds of topics. But only four cities worldwide host one entire dedicated to cannabis. Berlin had to be one of them. Hanf Museum: the house of marijuana in Berlin devotes nearly 300 m2 to talk about all issues around the polemic herb.

Leaving aside devotions and prejudices, getting information is always important. Since museums are culture and paying a visit does not make anyone high, the Amstel House strongly recommends. Covering topics such as history, culture and medical use the museum seeks not only to bring information and raise dialog, but to find reconsideration to the legal situation of marijuana consumption. After all, what are 100 years of illegality when cannabis has been consumed for almost 5000 years? Continue reading

A celebration of the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s

A-Z. The Marzona Collection

Copyright photo: Tacita Dean: Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1997, 1999. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York and Frith Street Gallery, London

For the last two years and a half the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary art in Berlin – has been presenting an amazing exhibition. Divided by the letters of the alphabet and altered every quarter of year “A-Z. The Marzona Collection” features in a unique, mutable and multifaceted way the diverse works in the Marzona Collection, which mainly embrace American and European Conceptual art, Minimal Art and Arte Povera. From this time and movements individual artistic positions and genres, as well as important historical exhibitions, are examined. Continue reading

10 films to see before you come to Berlin

10 films to watch before coming to BerlinAre you coming to Berlin and want a warm up? Or you want to come but don’t have yet the time or money? The Amstel House has prepared a great list with trailers of 10 films to see before you come to Berlin that are a travel themselves. From drama to comedy, from the party scene to the old stories, from East to West, here you get a compilation of movies that will make you experience Berlin in a way or the other.  Continue reading

Turn of an Era

Philipp Franck BADENDE KNABEN AN DER HAVEL

Philipp Franck: BADENDE KNABEN AN DER HAVEL

The first decades of the 20th century came to Berlin as crazy and hectic news. The World War I, the German Revolution and the beginning of the Weimer Republic happened all during this short period of history. As a voice of its time, the art scene of the city was loud, revolutionary and fast transforming and the affluence of such cultural production gave space to a flood of artistic movements. Continue reading

Computer Games Museum

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© Computerspielemuseum

Fans of computer games: Berlin has your perfect playground. With a huge German name, the Computerspielemuseum – in English Computer Games Museum – offers rare original exhibits, playable classics and a number of media installations that allow you to explore the world of the homo ludens digitalis, its culture and history. Known as the first institution to ever present a durable exhibition on the theme of digital entertainment, the museum has since 2011 the “Computer games. The evolution of a medium” as its permanent, besides many other special exhibitions in its unique program. Continue reading

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues

Maerzfestival – Festival for Time Issues

© Maria Baranova

Time is a fascinating mystery that has been attracting the humankind since its early thoughts. Philosophers have questioned it and writers’ve romanced about it. Religious have made it their god while artists their muse. Science has proved its relativity and every one of us has undergone it in ourselves.  But what is the meaning of time in our time? Continue reading

Last chance to check out the Botticelli Renaissance

Run! It is the last chance to check out the Botticelli Renaissance. This unique exhibition at the Berliner Gemäldegalerie gathers pieces inspired by the work of the acclaimed Italian painter Sandro Botticelli signed by master artists such as from Dante Gabriele Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Bill Viola. Continue reading

Berlin’s Good Bye to David Bowie

David BowieBerlin and David Bowie had a legendary three years love affair, marking each other for ever. After crazy times in L.A the Pop Star headed to Berlin in 1976 running away from drugs and looking for inspiration. Here he found “the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine” as he described. With Berlin as his new muse Bowie lived his most productive and creative time, which resulted in a trio of albums that became famous as his Berlin Trilogy: Low, Heroes and Lodger. Continue reading