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 →
Approaching Helgoland Last Tuesday, I took a trip to Helgoland. I was in Bremen during the week to finish my vocational IHK-training. As the training started on Wednesday, I had all of Tuesday to do whatever I like. Since I had never been on Germany’s only deep-sea island, I decided to go there despite the mixed weather forecasts. I was lucky anyways because while it was rainy in most parts of Germany, it was pleasant out there. The ship was a super modern, all new ferry that can carry up to 1050 passengers. It is driven by liquified gas which is particularly good for the environment. The trip started in Cuxhaven and the return ticket was 44€. You depart at 10:15h. The departure in Helgoland was at 16:15h. Given the travel time of 2:30h per way, you are left with roughly four hours on the island. The only major disappointment was that you are not disembarked on that connection anymore. Usually, the ferries would anchor between the main island and the dune and you then switch to little boats which get you on the island. The newer ships land in the southern harbour directly. That is more convinient for elderly and handicapped people of course but a great loss of an old tradition. I would have loved to expierience the disembarkment by those little boats. The trip was very smooth in any case. There were no extraordinary occurences.
Helgoland is nice. It is quite small but that makes it just more charming. I walked up to the sandstone cliff first. The rocks are full of various species of seabirds – kittiwakes (rissa tridactyla), common murres (uria aalge), and northern gannets (morus bassanus). The sheer mass is overwhelming. It seems that right now it is mating season. The northern gannets were all very active… The one disturbing thing was Continue reading →