As every year, Christmas time and holiday gifting is rushing towards us, and although supermarkets have been terrorizing us with holiday sweets since the end of August, there’s always just too few days left to get our gift-shopping done. I stick to what we love and support, independent Berlin shops to solve your present-problem. I am so very sure, everyone of you will find the perfect gift in one of these lovely stores:
It’s as if I’ve asked for this weather to write about this Berlin delicacy, trust me, I have not. But this suggestion is certainly making it easier to accept the first storms and snow. It’s like a simple Berlin version of a hot apple toddy, or a better Glühwein – nevertheless, it’s seriously delicious and will make you warm and jolly.
Ursúla Guðmundsson likes to polish her nails. She says it’s important because her hands are very precious to her. We watch her carefully apply the polish on her 80-something year-old hands and we realise that she is trying to match the pink with her lipstick and her outfit. When Ursúla was a young woman, her hands bled from the manual labour she did and hurt from the washing powder she used to handwash the clothes of 13 people every week. Ursúla Guðmundsson was born Ursula Quade and emigrated from Germany to Iceland after the Second World War. She is one of six enigmatic older women that director Heike Fink portrays in a beautiful film that talks about a little known part of German migration.
There are more than one places that are utterly weird in Berlin, and this former GDR pearl of beauty, a Tajik tea parlor in the middle of Berlin is one of them.
Last Saturday Mitte saw the opening of the year: finally, after several delays, the Christoph Schlingensief exhibition, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Susanne Pfeffer with the artistic advisory of Schlingensief’s widow, Aino Laberenz, was opened at Kunst-Werke. What was initially planned by Pfeffer and Schlingensief himself, is now, three years after his death, finally visible in the in Auguststraße – although the curators repeatedly insist that it’s not a retrospective, not a concluding show, but the starting point for various inspections of Schlingensief, it’s certainly the broadest survey of his creative work to date. Which also means you should take your time to get at least a glimpse of the massive amount of material on display. Some say you’ll need five days to view it all.