Here are a few images of documenta @ night. I guess no further explanation is needed. Note that the laser on the roof of the Zwehrenturm from an earlier documenta was on as well.
I spent another day at documenta 14 in Kassel. I will not say to much about it. The images speak for themselves, I reckon. The interpretation of art is always in the eye of the beholder anyways. I visited three exhibition sites: Museum Fridericianum which currently holds artworks from the EMST-gallery in Athens, the documenta-Halle, and finally the Neue Galerie. While the artworks at the Fridericianum and documenta-Halle mainly deal with refugees, the theme at Neue Galerie is looted art. There is a lot to discover but also a lot to take in. You need to bring patience and time… The latter is equally important because there were already more visitors after one week than in 2012. I had to queue for 20 minutes at the Fridericianum and 10 minutes at the Neue Galerie. It is still worth it.
Next: Athens from June 25th to June 30th. I will take one day to look at the exhibition down there and two days to explore the city in general. On the other two days, I will be high up in the sky – Aegan from Frankfurt Airport to Athens and back…
Today, I took a look at some of the documenta artworks that can be seen for free at documenta 14 in Kassel. I cannot say much about the exhibition yet except that it seems to be very political. The mill of blood is an exact copy of a mill used by conquerers in Bolivia to extract silver and other materials from the soil. It was driven by slaves, i.e. indigenous people. The pipes in front of the documenta-Halle were turned into small flats by students. They are meant to remember refugees on their way to Europe that lived in similar pipes during their flight. The Parthenon of Books is a copy of the Parthenon in Athens (exactly the same size as the original down there) and covered with books that are forbidden in different countries around the world. You will find books by Thomas Mann and Kurt Tucholsky as well as the Bible and copies of Harry Potter amongst many others. The obelisk at the Königsplatz quotes the Bible “I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25). Oh, and the Museum Fridericianum lost its name. It now says Being safe is scary. I will have to find out what this means tmorrow. I will get a ticket and look at some of the indoor artworks then. In ten days, I’ll be down in Greece and see the Athens part of the exhibition. 🙂
Freiburger Münster and Bächle On Ascension Day, I took the time to travel to Freiburg. I was first thinking about going to Stuttgart but some wise people warned me that the best thing about Stuttgart is the highway to Munich (which is a quote by a retired member of the German national football team, Thomas Strunz: “Das beste an Stuttgart ist die Autobahn nach München”). I’ll have to see for myself some day and continue filling my travel gaps in that area… I do not regret that I chose Freiburg anyway.
Freiburg is a very unique city right next to the Black Forest. For many years now, it is called Germany’s greenest and most sustainable city which is partly due to the iconic Bächle that flow through nearly every street downtown. Once part of Freiburgs water supply, they are now just decoration but influence the city’s climate in a positive way.
When I arrived at the station in Freiburg, I first made my way up to the Schlossberg. While the name suggest that there is some sort of old castle up there, you can only see very few remains which are scattered. Also, the look-out is currently being restored. It was still nice up there as it is a quite wild place covered with forest, ferns, and unmown meadows. You could hear a concert of grasshoppers and I saw little mice, lizards, and various butterflies. I hardly ever saw such a variety of species during daytime in any other “park” in Germany. There is not much more I can say about Freiburg. It is a very beautiful town and exactly the size that I like. You find everything that you need for your daily life but have remote wilderness rather close. Even if Continue reading →