Our first day in Berlin, we decided to go back to Mitte and Friedrichstraße where we stayed during our last visit. Mostly because to visit The Museumsinsel (the Museum Island) that holds 7 museums and one of them is the Pergamonmuseum. Also because we had a shopping list from Sweden and I knew where to find the items on Friedrichstraße.
After shopping we had enjoyed bagels and a great coffee at a little cafe along the Georgenstraße that goes along the railway – the railways goes high up so underneath it there is chic boutiques and restaurants. Great street to walk.
Arriving to the shore of river Spree on Am Kupfergraben, we could see the massive restoration work that is going on at the museum, but it was still open. They have 3 wings as it’s today and will get a 4th. The restoration started in the fall of 2012 and will be all done in 2025. Absolutely massive job, the whole foundation of this massive museum will be reinforced.
We stood and took in the massive job that was going on. Even if all the museums are business as usual, we didn’t visit .. because we decided to save that for our next visit. Because we are going back soon.
We walked over the Schlossbrücke that is a part of the parade street, Unter den Linden, that goes from the Schlossbrücke to Brandenburg Tur, often likened to the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
On the other side of the bridge is the beautiful building of Berliner Dom, The Cathedral of Berlin, with it’s park and fountain in front called the Lustgarten. There was so much people sitting on the lawns and benches in front of the cathedral.
And along the Lustgarten and the Schloss Platz was the most amazing and joyful sculptures by the Chinese artist, Xu Hongfei. An open air exhibition that was only on for a couple of days, called Peach & Future.
The “fat” ladies was really singing in Berlin and everybody that passed the sculptures got a massive smile on their faces.
Xu Hongfei’s sculptures has been visiting many cities: Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Sicily, Tuscany, Paris, Guangzhou, London, Turin, Milan, Florence and Singapore, during 2013-14. What I understand was Berlin the first stop on this years world tour.
He is the president of the Guangzhou Academy of Sculpture, is a high acclaimed Chinese contemporary sculptor, born in 1963.
Much of the inspiration for Xu Hongfei’s contemporary work is drawn from his friendship with Chinese master Huang Yongyu, who has produced numerous acclaimed works in calligraphy, oil painting, watercolour, ink painting and woodcuts. In the late 1990s Xu Hongfei and Huang Yongyu discussed a new direction for his art, the result was his acclaimed “Chubby Women” series – a collection that has now grown to over 100 pieces.
Xu Hongfei believes “art should be fun and amusing” and has combined traditional and contemporary spirit of art in this series. His website is only in Chinese, but with Google translation of the website pages you get an excellent view of this amazing artist: http://xuhongfei.artron.net/
The COOLEST sculptures and exhibition I ever seen!!!!! Maybe it’s because I’m a fat lady myself that can’t sing a tune.
After having fun with Xu’s amazing art we walked over to Alexanderplatz so I could get some shots of The Weltzeituhr (Worldtime Clock) and Fernsehturm (Berlin’s famous TV tower) … and also we felt for some quality ice cream. The World Time Clock is amazing because it shows how many different places on earth – far from each other has the same time.
At the big crossing Spandauer Strasse and Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse the traffic lights didn’t work so a couple of police men did the job and one of them was just my type of man. Some eye candy for some really sore feet.
The Worldtime Clock was constructed in 1969 as part of the square’s redevelopment and has become a popular meeting point. Weighing 16 tonnes and 10 metres tall, it features a revolving cylinder with the world’s 24 time zones bearing the names of major cities in each zone. The mechanism constructed in a way which enables the current time in each zone to be read.
The clock is topped by a simplified model of the solar system, which revolves once a minute.
After the enjoying the ice cream we took the S-bane train 7 back to Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten – and from there we only had about 10 min walk to our hotel on Meinekestraße, but we had to do some serious amount of traffic lights along the route.
“Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.”