Category Archives: Berlin

The Oppenheim century

The Surrealist artist, born 100 years ago today

The Oppenheim century

The Surrealist artist, born 100 years ago today

Places: Nollendorfplatz

The birth of arthouse cinema, 100 years ago today

Places: Nollendorfplatz

The birth of arthouse cinema, 100 years ago today

The Student of Prague

Hanns Heinz Ewers’ 1913 film which “bridged the supernatural and the psychological”.

The Student of Prague

Hanns Heinz Ewers’ 1913 film which “bridged the supernatural and the psychological”.

Hilma af Klint | abstract paintings

An unsung pioneer of non-figurative art.

Hilma af Klint | abstract paintings

An unsung pioneer of non-figurative art.

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Tiergarten

An exiled Walter Benjamin recalls his childhood in the city to which he was never to return.

Tiergarten

An exiled Walter Benjamin recalls his childhood in the city to which he was never to return.

Dress-down Friday: Valeska Gert

Gert was pathologically unable to conform to any larger social grouping than that found within her own eccentric outfits.

Dress-down Friday: Valeska Gert

Gert was pathologically unable to conform to any larger social grouping than that found within her own eccentric outfits.

Who Owns the World?

Brecht and Dudow’s ‘Kuhle Wampe’, the cinematic swan song of the New Objectivity.

Who Owns the World?

Brecht and Dudow’s ‘Kuhle Wampe’, the cinematic swan song of the New Objectivity.

Yva | photographs

Yva was one of an extraordinary wave of female photographers active in Weimar-era Berlin.

Yva | photographs

Yva was one of an extraordinary wave of female photographers active in Weimar-era Berlin.

Eve of destruction

…a week’s worth of the diversity and brilliance of Weimar Berlin.

Eve of destruction

…a week’s worth of the diversity and brilliance of Weimar Berlin.

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

Dress-down Friday: Claire Waldoff

Waldoff aimed not at a dandyish elegance but pan-gender directness, assuming the look and persona of a particularly mouthy newspaper boy.

Dress-down Friday: Claire Waldoff

Waldoff aimed not at a dandyish elegance but pan-gender directness, assuming the look and persona of a particularly mouthy newspaper boy.

Diversity Destroyed

Berlin’s “Diversity Destroyed” programme acknowledges, along with the incalculable human suffering caused by the Nazis, the immense loss to the city’s culture.

Diversity Destroyed

Berlin’s “Diversity Destroyed” programme acknowledges, along with the incalculable human suffering caused by the Nazis, the immense loss to the city’s culture.

Dress-down Friday: Harry Graf Kessler

“He attached great importance to dressing well, considering his friend Richard Dehmel’s predilection for gaudy ties to be something of a moral failing.”

Dress-down Friday: Harry Graf Kessler

“He attached great importance to dressing well, considering his friend Richard Dehmel’s predilection for gaudy ties to be something of a moral failing.”

The lemon returns

Lotti Huber danced into existence 100 years ago today…

The lemon returns

Lotti Huber danced into existence 100 years ago today…

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

Weimar ghosts

In the middle of modern-day Berlin a relic of the city’s 1920s cabaret culture has just awoken…

Weimar ghosts

In the middle of modern-day Berlin a relic of the city’s 1920s cabaret culture has just awoken…

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.