12.7.10

A Nebulous View on Art & Fashion


Having been invited to the fashion shows organised by Projektgallerie introduced me to some local designers such as Don’t Shoot the Messengers, Nils Dunkel or the design network The Offer. And as interesting as this was, I can’t rid myself of the impression that even with big fashion trade shows like 'Bread and Butter' and 'Premium' the traditional Berlin attitude that making an effort with your clothing is so NOT cool still makes it difficult for the city to become an acknowledged player in the fashion circus.

But apart from fashion Berlin is always so much fun, and while enjoying the usual activities of sitting in cafés and watching people, cycling through the (burning hot) city and spending time with friends and family I also went to see Olafur Eliasson’s 'Innen Stadt Außen' exhibition.

I totally enjoyed walking past the long line of people queuing to see the Frida Kahlo retrospective (what is it with Frida Kahlo? Why is her art soooo popular? I have to admit I don’t really get it) when arriving at the museum; and by just whispering 'Olafur Eliasson' to the doorman I was allowed to walk straight into the building. Works like a magic password, I thought. Remember the big sun in the Tate Modern in London a few years ago? The new show of the Berlin based Danish Icelandic artist is all about spatial experiments – you can walk through magically enhanced mirror rooms, produce colourful shapes with your own body and try finding your way through rooms filled with fog shining in different hues… Art can be so much fun!


41 comments:

BusyB said...

i wish that whispering 'Olafur Eliasson' could work for me loL! glad that you got to see some art...looks beautiful : ) What a great weekend!
have a great monday!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Sounds like a fun exhibition! I wish there were things like that to go to here. I hope your Monday is going well!

WeShop said...

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Dancing Branflake said...

Sounds like you are having an awesome time in Berlin! I have no clue why people loved Frieda but I am not familiar with much of her paintings, only her unibrow.

Ioana Liliana Gheorghe said...

That sounds lovely ! I so love art, good art, too and can spend hours in a museum. I spend 3 consecutive days at MoMA the last time I was in NY, so . . . Actually come to think of it, the Frida Kahlo ones where really popular there too with everyone taking photos with them (!?) But I've actually never been to Berlin and this seems like it was so nice, especially the last exhibition, I just love a good play on colors and light, and if it's interactive too, well, just bring it on !

Valerie said...

The colors in these pictures are so pretty! Sounds like a great weekend. That's amazing that you used to teach yoga! Thanks for your sweet comment on my post. ;)

xo
Valerie

Sovina said...

wow these are truly innovative...love the interplay of colors here...
have a great week ahead :)

sovina

Oana R said...

I like Diego Rivera more,but Frida has some nice paintings too.A bit scary for me,but still nice.

INTRO TO MY LIFE said...

very cool, it sounds like you had a great time. i want to leave nyc (even better the whole usa), if only for the rest of the week.
p.s. i love the photos

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Glad you're having fun in Berlin, sweetie! Loving these :)

Clare said...

Berlin?! Oh so much fun. These images are so stunning. Thanks for sharing more of your amazingness with s!

drollgirl said...

glad you are enjoying yourself!

i'll take frida kahlo's work any day! but there are A LOT of artists that i just can't stand (well, i can't stand their art -- i don't know most artists personally). i work in a gallery, and i see a LOT of expensive art that i think is crap. but it pays my salary when some schlub buys it, so i guess i can't complain too much!

Cindy Whitehead said...

Glad you are having fun and enjoying yourself. Love that first pic you posted!

Leia said...

*says in small voice* I don't really understand what's so amazing about Frida Kahlo's work either. BUT I don't know much about art so I hope Frida fans forgive me!

Love that big sparkly ball-type thing. Mmmm sparkles :P

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Dusk said...

I'm not so sure I understand all of them but I do appreciate Frida's art. The one that I find most confronting and therefore mentally liberating and for me, art, is 'My Birth'.

I'm not a painting art connoisseur anyway... now art like what Olafur Eliasson does... I LOVE!! Thank you for the introduction Sabine!

You seem to be having a great time! Funny... I just cannot think of Berlin as being a "burning hot city"!

Sandra Høj said...

Berlin is probably as hot as Copenhagen about now. Temperature wise. I really want to go soon, I have yet to meet a Dane who does not love Berlin. The vintage clothes scene is supposed to be fantastic? :-) Sandra

SabinePsynopsis said...

Dusk - 38C/100F can feel pretty hot in a city. But I know this must sound slightly pathetic to people living in Asia... The whining Europeans!

Sandra - There are a lot of good shopping possibilities in Berlin. Vintage and new... I hope you manage to go soon.

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Fashionistable said...

Nice work. It always feels nice to jump to the front of the queue doesnt it. Xxxx

Maddy said...

I don't much about Frieda's work, but I once saw this painting and read the background story behind ot. It touched me such a profound way and I think it speaks so much as to how much is enough when it comes to an abusive relationship - either physical or emotional.

http://www.fridakahlofans.com/c0150.html

BTW - Glad you're at least enjoying the scenery in Berlin!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Thank you, Maddy, I will sure check this link. I guess there is something about the intensity of Frida Kahlo('s work) that makes me a bit defiant. My mum loves her very much (maybe that's the other reason for my defiancy...)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, what a thrilling exhibition. The colors alone give me goosebumps - almost like a technicolor wonderland. Gorg!! :)

Stéphanie said...

Those pictures are just fabulous !

THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said...

this is art...amazing images

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow these are awesome!

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Kazuko said...

oh that sounds so exciting! and how much i miss exhibitions, museums... culture!

you definitely have a point when saying that making an effort with clothing is not for Berliners at all. it's that stubborn and practical no-nonsense kind of attitude that makes Berlin (I think Germany in general) a fashion outcast on international level. and it's funny - when i lived i germany, i didn't like that coolness. when i read it in your blog post now it made me proud somehow though i'm not even a berliner :) yes, that's berlin! oh, enjoy (and try to stay cool in the heat!) :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Kazuko - I know exactly what you mean. When I'm away I miss it, but when I'm there I feel a bit lost because I actually like making an effort and wearing pretty clothes. My solution: living somewhere else, but visiting regularly. Berlin always feels like a reality check, no matter on which cloud one sits.

Clare said...

Gorgeous images!

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Sandra Høj said...

I was just tempted again, by another blogger today. Other than the vintage clothes and the street art, I want to go to the Lala Berlin store and ruin myself. Maybe I will come back to you for vintage shop addresses then.. :-) Sandra (forever impressed with how many comments you get for every post, you are climbing the Garance Doré numbers, girl)

SabinePsynopsis said...

I wish, Sandra! Also Garance doesn't talk to anyone and gets lots of comments, whereas I go to other blogs and comment there, too. But actually, I like that, that's part of the fun, I think, checking out what other people are up to.
Sure, when you go, feel free to pick my brain! Lala Berlin is definitely a must-go (and ruin your bank account) place.

Alice said...

wow, so trippy and cool. great blog all around that you have here!

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Grace said...

Pretty fantastic work.

Love Grace.

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KIRAFASHION said...

very modern art! which I love!

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MarchMusings said...

Great post and photos

Nubiasnonsense said...

That second pic is pretty interesting.. trippy lol

Sleekit said...

Love the imagery of those first two shots, gorgeous colours

Ps re your comment, The leopard top was actually my Pjs, lady sleeps in style huh

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Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Fridaq Kahlo's artwork is popular because her life was punctuated by immense tragedy and it gives her art a deeper meaning.

One really ought to look beyond colour and form to see the soul. Have a lovely day, too!