The tradition of graffiti on the Berlin Wall has continued in contemporary Berlin. Here are some examples from an area not far from my hotel.
I can’t believe the trip is coming to an end. Today I went over to Museum Island for several hours. I then headed back over the bridge to Hackescher Market, which is where my hotel is, to try to find an extra satchel for all the extra stuff I am coming home with. Luckily, there was a kind of pop up marketplace that appeared there today, and I was able to find a nice backpack that I think should do the trick! I then came back to the room to do a little work on the computer, and to start getting things in order. Tomorrow, I travel. Dez and TJ will be picking me up at Logan at a little after 8 p.m. I must say, I will be so happy to spend a night at home with Dez and Pumpkin Pie. But, what a fabulous adventure this has been! The trip of a lifetime.
The Berlinische Galerie is a very solid gallery of contemporary art and architecture. The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art is Berlin’s counterpart to the ICA, but actually a bit more like Mass MoCA. I say this because of the setting, which is in the old train station, with galleries wandering down to the areas where the old platforms were. A very interesting setting! I especially enjoyed seeing some of the icon Joseph Bueys pieces here in Berlin, where it seems like they rightly should be. But for me, the real jewel of the day was the Jewish Museum. The building is just spectacular, and is perfectly designed for the story it is telling. And the exhibits were profoundly moving. I have to say that in experiencing this museum, I was somehow changed. I would suggest that this, combined with the holocaust memorial, are two venues not to be missed in Berlin.
Came back on the train today from a wonderful visit to Heidelberg. Spent today in Berlin visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the museum there, a bit of what is left standing of the Berlin Wall, and The Holocaust Memorial. A day dense with historical information. It was a relief to see the Holocaust Memorial at the end, as it is stunning, and a breath of fresh air!