Students and faculty on the MA in Art History and Visual Culture and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating visited Berlin, 7-11 May. The city is well known for the WWII site of Checkpoint Charlie, the wall which separated East and West Germany during the Cold War, and the restored Brandenburg Gate.
More recent architectural features and memorials include the glass dome of the Reichstag designed by Foster Architects, the Libeskind Jewish Museum, Peter Eisenman Holocaust Memorial, and the Topography of Terror.
The city’s world class Pergamon Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie, among the other institutions on Museum Island, were a must see, in addition to the Bauhaus Museum, Ethnologisches Museum and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
The burgeoning contemporary gallery scene includes such highlights as the East Side Gallery and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. And by night, some of us enjoyed the industrial techno at Berlin’s infamous club Tresor, situated in a disused East German power plant.