Saturday, June 21, 2008
Yes, Berlin Is This Great!
"Berlin is the new New York," someone said to me a while back. The statement carried the effect of a very familiar echo. I had, indeed, uttered the same thing to other people a couple of years ago. Indeed, I concurred.
I have long believed that one needs to look at the art that a city has to offer before creating any opinion about that particular place. The reason why I think Seattle and Portland, OR are great urban centers is mostly because of SAM and PAM, respectively.
And the reason why I continue to stay true to my old observation regarding the avant-guard, artistic nature of Berlin is because of how much one can do there in the realm of arts.
Reading this feature today on the Times was a good treat, indeed. A snippet:
"Facts: You could go to art galleries in Berlin for a solid week and find yourself not halfway through a master list. You could spend two weeks wandering Museum Island and still miss a few Romantics; you could spend a career within the Bode Museum."
And by way of a P.S., those of you particularly keen on art galleries, don't forget to check out the Arndt & Partner gallery.
graphs per ny times