Day 2 of my Berlin diary. Day 1 is here.
I want to see some art!
First stop is the KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
(Center for contemporary art)
Currently they have this exhibition which shows a number of interesting pieces. Worthwhile. (This is exactely how an artist does NOT want to have their work summarised but that’s the best I can do in my state right now. It is 1 in the morning and I have a day of Berghain behind me.)
Looks like the KINDL was a brewery before. They have a vegan (!) and vegetarian Café that’s quite an eye-opener!
Next to the KINDL I saw a run-down building with the door open. Inside I found something interesting: A cooking event for fugitives and Germans.
“In the Kitchen Hub, we encourage face-to-face encounters between the local community and refugees – we cook, work, reflect and spend time together. In this shared space, cultural diversity is tangible; beyond prejudices and media images, the Kitchen Hub offers people the opportunity to learn from one another and discover new cultures.”
What a great idea! Click here for more information about the organization.
I spoke with the founder not only about the event but also about Techno, of which she is a fan. She advised me to not wear black when visiting the club Kater Blau. Very important, they like colors there, she said. If I show up all black, they’d send me to the Berghain.
Next stop is the Museum of Silence.
“The yearning for quietude, reflection and calm is no mere contemporary phenomenon but rather as old as humankind itself. Maintaining silence served as a philosophical discipline as early as the sixth century BC in the school of Pythagoras. The desire for stillness became so great that protected spaces for quietude with atmospheric surroundings started to be created. ”
The museum is a small, pleasant, contemplative place in this busy neighbourhood. Free entry.
This weekend is “Gallery Weekend”. Many galleries have open house. By chance I am in an area with many of them and visit all I can find.
Often I am under the impression that the art shown in galleries is second-rate. More the decorative kind. But who am I to know.
The area I am in right now lies roughly between the U-Bahn stations Rosenthaler Platz and Oranienburger Tor. I like it here but need to come back after the Gallery Weekend, when it is less busy.
I had planned to go to the Berghain tonight but decided against it. I don’t feel like standing in line for two hours or more. Better to go tomorrow, Sunday, morning.