Category Archives: Art

Religion vs Art: Buddha in Bavaria

Photo copyright Nina Groznykh

Photo copyright Nina Groznykh

Today’s blog comes to us from guest blogger Nina Groznykh. Welcome Nina!

Is it a provocation or an art? This is the crucial question that has divided art lovers and Buddhists in Munich since Han Chong’s art installation “Made in Dresden” opened in January in the city center.

The artist and Buddhist from Malaysia presented a statue of the Buddha—overturned.  According to Buddhists, it is disrespectful to show the Buddha on his back.

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Wordless Wednesday: Documenta 2012

dOCUMENTA is a huge art happening in Kassel, Germany.  This week’s Wordless Wednesday post is a showcase of some of this year’s event: dOCUMENTA(13).

Photo (cc) flickr user !Koss

Photo (cc) flickr user Joep de Graaff

Photo (cc) flickr user !Koss

 

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Wordless Wednesday: More Berliner Street Art

Back by populat demand, more photos of Berlin street art.

Photo (cc) flickr user nayrb7

Photo (cc) flickr user Matthew Kraus

Photo (cc) flickr user Matthew Kraus

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Looking for momentous anniversaries in 2011

Frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! (Flickr: uniquefrequency)

Frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! (Flickr: uniquefrequency)

In January last year, I wrote the popular theory that, in the twentieth century, important things tended to happen to Germany in years ending in 9 – i.e. the 1919 Versailles Peace Treaty, the 1939 start of the Second World War, the 1949 founding of the Federal Republic and, most recently, the 1989 fall of the wall. My aim, however, was to prove that years ending in 0 were actually the truly momentous years – or at least of comparable importance.

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Real Reindeers. In a Museum. Enough said.

Ever get lost in thought about where you see yourself in ten years? Or contemplating what steps to take to become a millionaire? Scheming about how to reach that personal zenith of ever-lasting satisfaction in life…? Well, I cannot tell the future, nor can I help in terms of money, but I do know the secret to eternal satisfaction in life!

Found in the Rigveda, an ancient Hindu collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns, there is the saying, “We have drunk of the Soma; we have become immortal, we have seen the light; we have found the Gods.” Now, just what IS this Soma and where can we get it?

The Magic Mushrooms

The Magic Mushrooms

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On German museums and climate capsules

A "climate capsule" outside the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Image: MKG)

A "climate capsule" outside the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Image: MKG)

If there’s one thing Germany is good at apart from beer (and there are a few things), it’s museums. They might not be free like in the UK, but they are often of exceptional quality. After all, Germans take education, or Bildung as it is reverently referred to, very seriously, and museum visits are considered indispensable in acquiring it. That’s why Germany has a course of study at University level called Museumspädagogik, or “museum education,” offering training on how to bring visitors closer to the works they come into contact with.

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Berlin in 48 Hours

Berlin TV Tower, (cc) flickr user M Kuhn

Berlin TV Tower, (cc) flickr user M Kuhn

Is it a normal phenomenon that you don’t know the tourist sites of the city in which you grew up? I, for instance, have lived in Berlin my entire life and have never been up to the TV-Tower. Instead of writing about the sites and attractions you can easily find in your Berlin travel guide, I’ve collected some personal tips – places that I go to often and that I think show the “real” Berlin. So I’ve put together a little itinerary for 2 exciting days in Berlin, which you can follow or, of course, mix-and-match as you like.

Day 1

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