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!