Berlin Berlin: Day 2

As part of a Young Curator’s Programme sponsored by the Goethe Institut, Delhi, we have been invited to come and visit the Berlin Biennale. So here I am, and here are my daily adventures!

So basically what has happened is that I have lost track of time in Berlin. In a city like Berlin, you just dont want to waste time sitting in front of a laptop, and with so much to see and do, in such a limited time, I just wanted to make the most of it! So basically this is my 5th day here – actually its my 6th day, but I am still writing about my 2nd!

The 2nd day was about getting down to business, and therefore after an informal orientation, where we got to know who is who, we headed off to our first stop of the day – and the first venue of the Biennale – Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Lansstraße 8, 14195 Berlin. 



I had read a bit about the Museum and how it has been incorporated into the Biennale. The Curators aim here seems to be to have the maximum amount of engagement with the permanent exhibits which are soon to be shifted to the Museum Island in the Centre of Berlin. This apparently has led to an entire new debate within the circle of concerned Berliners! Despite the fact that the permanent exhibit and the exhibit for the Biennale have not been mixed (the display for the Biennale is only in spaces that have already been vacated for the shift) – there still remains some confusion and more than once one does need to rely on others to guide them around the Museum. There were many many works that stood out for me!



Work by Goshka Macuga


Glenn Ligon


Glenn Ligon

The next stop of the day was KW Centre for Contemporary Art. It is also the same Institute which hosts the Biennale and has been an important factor in putting the show on the road every other year! Again while the exhibits here differed considerably from that at the first venue, they seemed to work in their own little space where they had been carved out.


Maryam Sohail

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And then it was time for food! It is so interesting in Berlin how each turn can lead you to discover something completely new! Go inside a courtyard, and then take a turn, and another turn and all of a sudden you are in a different world altogether!


A way to honor and remember! Plaques outside the houses from where the Jews were thrown out!

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And then it was time to just walk through Germany and take in the sights!

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Safe to say I was exhausted and just came and crashed!


USA Diaries – Day 15 – There goes our Luggage Weight Limit!

This diary post is a part of a 30 day trip that I am taking this month which it also happens to be my first ever International trip. So for the next 30 days I will be posting here all my weird thoughts and commentary. 

Day 16, – In my hotel room, Washington DC, Late updating

So Day 15 was a very non -happening day and therefore quite unusual – we haven’t had one of those till now. However, the only downside of this was that the day had to start as early as 9 am… we hadn’t had such an early day before as well….. So safe to conclude the day was to completely unusual. We were scheduled to be with the amazing Conservator of NMNH or National Museum of Natural History, Ms. Cathy Hawks.

She is an amazing lady (the word ‘amazing’ has now officially gone into overuse on this blog). She has such a wealth of knowledge and experience, and she shared so much of that with us. Not only she made notes for us of all her presentation, but she also made a CD for us which has these amazing  resource guides. I was so amazed to see this, I mean who bothers much with a group of people coming in from third world countries, but she really had put in an effort in sharing her knowledge with us and for us to take so much more back from this experience. I was completely taken a back.

We had the whole day with her and in that time we covered the various facets of Risk Management and Conservation. She told us about a million small and simple tricks that we can use in our own context which won’t even cost much money. She is simply a well full of knowledge.

We even took a tour around one of the storage facilities and we even met a wonderful .. Meet Mr. Beaver…!

As I said, this was an uneventful day! Anyways, the only other highlight of the day was that we had food, but amazingly I didn’t take a picture of that even. I did take a picture of this!

I think we only had left overs or something since I have no photographical evidence of any dinner. I think some days just are like that!

Oh, and the reason for title is simple – that day after our session got over, we skipped over to Freer and Seckler and got these wonderful books for ourselves. We have been getting so many books that I am so pretty sure that our luggage weight limit is about to go out of the window!

PS: Excuse the bad quality picture – I took it with my phone just now! So excuse that – But this is a book we got through Freer and Seckler and this is just one of the many that we have been getting! So god have mercy on our luggage!