Seeing Irving Penn‘s works face-to-face, eye-to-eye, is an experience I will never forget. I find his photography so deep, so sharp, yet so refined. With a body of work stretching from portraits of Truman Capote, Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso, and Alfred Hitchcock to abstract nudes, exquisite still lifes (my all-time favourites!), studies of flowers and cigarettes, portraits of children in Peruvian dress, New Guinean natives, all the way to the glamorous shots of Balenciaga and Dior dresses for Vogue, Penn is considered the most influential photographer of the twentieth century. C/O Berlin is commemorating the exceptional persona with a major retrospective on the centenary of his birth. Featuring around 240 works, the retrospective was organized by, yes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation.
Irving Penn Centennial (until 01.07.2018) / C/O Berlin Hardenbergstraße 22-24
During the spring, Berlin is literally blooming. From the markets in Kreuzberg to local, neighborhood flower shops (like the delightful Blume & Raum with their front yard), the colours are everywhere! Undoubtfully, it’s the most beautiful season here. Take a look at some of the photos I took last Friday.
Roses blooming in Mitte.
Blumen & Raum.
At the Turkish market.
Brunch spots in Mitte.
Torbjørn Rødland’s book starring Małgosia Bela at C/O Berlin Bookstore – perfectly matches the spring mood.
Ok, let’s make this clear: Sasaya is the best Japanese restaurant in Berlin. It’s just so pure in taste, and so Japanese in everything, from the simple interior to the way the asparagus tempura is served on ceramics plates (which are sold together with delightful pottery and rare sake next to the restaurant space). Sasaya doesn’t only serve sushi – which is perfect – but as well other traditional dishes and tastes like the tsukemono (pickled vegetables), the takana (fried vegetables), dashi broth or the kukiwakame (seaweed). The gyoza stick is a great addition to your portion of maki and nigiri, while green tea cake with matcha macchiato is an ideal desert (at least for me!). Really, Sasaya won’t disappoint those who look for Japanese cuisine, not some kind of philadelphia-cheee-stuffed hybrid.
Made some new friends. Thanks MCM for those pandas!
Even though I couldn’t stay for the entire Gallery Weekend in Berlin (which ends tomorrow), I managed to come for its very kick-off, which happenned at Andreas Murkudis. I’ve written about this store here and there, so I think there’s no need to explain once again why this place is one of the most incredible concept stores in the world. For the occasion, Andreas Murkudis organised an event called Seoul10Soul, which celebrates the leading designers from Seoul. From Blindness and Bourie to Ych and Munn, the magnificent bamboo rack construction placed in the front of the store presented the intricacy and innovative character of Korean brands. Along Céline trench coats and Dries Van Noten dresses, you can also view Murkudis’ personal collection of rare photography books from well-established artists including Larry Sultan, Wolfgang Tillmans or Walker Evans. Plus, every Berliner knows that a party at Andreas Murkudis is a party to be at. And, there’s a large probability that you will meet your Berlin-based Instagram friends, in real life. Nice to meet you, @iampatrickmason!
During Gallery Weekend, nearly every place you visit booms with art. Odeeh, which is just across Andreas Murkudis, had a small party celebrating a Berlin-based artist, Leonhard Hurzlmeier. In the nearby Blain|Southern gallery, which is located in a former warehouse, a private view of Frank Thiel’s Quinceañeras (that examines the tradition of the often lavish coming-of-age celebrations around a young woman’s fifteenth birthday in Cuba) and Liliane Tomasko’s A Dream Of (paintings that expressively describe the emotions triggered by the artist’s dreams) took place as well. But note: Gallery Weekend spreads across entire Berlin, and I’ve had a chance to see just a bit of it this year. Hope that my next April will be much less hectic and I will be there for all of it!