Café am Neuen See

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Photo: Café am Neuen See

With the beginning of the summer season after a way too long Berlin winter, we want to introduce you to one of our classic beergardens – the famous Café an Neuen See. Owned by Roland Mary, one of the most famous restaurateurs in Berlin, who also runs the Borchardts at Gendarmenmarkt and the Grosz at Ku'Damm, the place is beautifully located right next to an idyllic lake in Tiergarten. There is also a nice playground for kids and couples in love can take a romantic boat drive from here. The food is nice comfort food and the portions are generous – next to homemade Brezeln and Beer from the draft, you can have Italian specialities, pulled pork, grilled fish, nice salads – all good traditional food with a twist. Everything is a litte bit more expensive than in town beergardens, but really cheap compared to the Müncher Oktoberfest. The place was just renovated and has some kind of a modern chalet atmosphere with wooden walls and tables – with it's ambiance decoration and hidden lights everything is nicely balanced between hip, modern and traditional. Better miss it out on Friday nights and weekends, but during the week or on sunny afternoons it is one of the loveliest places to spend some time in the sun and have a cool beer or Radler along. We almost forgot, but when we first came here yesterday, the gentle murmur of international conversations around us whilst sitting next to the boating lake was close to perfection. Enoy your summer in Berlin.

Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten
Opening hours Mon–Fri from 11:00am, Sat and Sun from 10:00am

Between Bridges

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Photo: Helga Paris

Between Bridges opens up Berlin, an exhibition of Helga Paris photographs taken between 1969 and 1982. Since the late 1950s, Helga Paris has lived in Berlin, residing in Prenzlauer Berg in the 1960s, where she lives until today. Committing to photography in 1967, the self-taught Paris devoted a major part of her attention to her immediate surroundings: East Berlin. On display at Between Bridges is Berlin, 1972–1982 / Mappe 3, one of seven portfolios collectively entitled Das Mappenwerk, which Paris compiled from her own photographs in 2010. The 17 silver gelatin prints of Mappe 3 are accompanied by one further, additional work, Mädchen mit Kohl, 1969. Assembled by the artist into standardised frames, the prints themselves, sometimes paired, are held in place with simple, transparent photo corners.

Central to Paris' oeuvre is the portrayal of people. For 'Berlin', Paris brings together images of her friends, family and neighbours, pictured within their shared environment: at work, at home, during social events. We see familiar scenes including group family shots, young boys and girls, adults drinking as well as innocuous Berlin street views, and a dog in the snow. With an acutely personal and often intimate sensibility, Helga Paris chronicles the quotidian activity of a now bygone Germany. Paris has exhibited widely at venues including Akademie der Künste and Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Kunsthalle Malmö, among many others. In 2004 she was awarded the Hannah-Höch-Preis. We sure will be there.

Between Bridges, Keithstr. 15, 10787 Berlin 27. April–17. June
Opening Wednesday, April 26th, 7–9pm
Wed–Sat 12–6pm, Opening hours during Berlin Gallery Weekend,
April 28, 12–7pm, April 29 / 30, 11am–7pm

Galerie MAMOO

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Foto: Galerie MAMOO

My friend Stefan took me here and I spent a whole afternoon in the Galerie MAMOO with two cosmopolitan power women – Ute Gumz, a former filmmaker and her daughter MOMO, who both traveled in between Berlin and La Paz before they opened up their multilingual mother-daughter project in Graefekiez. While Ute is selling out her immense Alpaca collection, MOMO has set up her Fine Art Gallery and Photo Studio here. Her current exhibition FILAMENTOS shows a fiber, an annealing or dusting thread. MOMO is not only a filmmaker and photographer but is currently undergoing training as a female shaman. With her knowledge of ancient Indians, she is curious, how our cosmos and life is connected through a radiant band of energy and light that forces us to act or interact with one another. This luminous vision is the guiding principle for the design of her lighting figures.

Next to MOMOS radiant art, this place is certainly the greatest Alpaca paradise in Europe: Alpacas live in the Andes at an altitude of 4000–5000 meters, where they are only protected by their natural fibers – they are able to exist in a climate which changes up to 60 degrees Celsius within 24 hours of one day. There is more limited Alpaca than Cashmere available in the world; the animals are carefully shorn every one or two years. The luxury fleece woven from one animal is just enough for one pullover. The fine light Alpaca hair is hollow inside, their air chambers, which react immediately to temperature changes, form a highly effective thermal insulation. Designers from all over the world make their finest clothing from Alpaca and you can find a tremendous collection of their works at Gallery MAMOO. I couldn’t resist and bought myself a scarf and cape yesterday – and since Ute was involved in the Alpaca wholesale, you won't find prices like here anywhere. Be sure not to miss the SALE, going on until mid-March and have the chance for a monthly drawing of an Alpaca model worth up to 150 Euros.

Graefestraße 8, D-10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Opening hours Tue–Sat 1–6 pm

San Rocco

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Photos: Jarek Raczek

San Rocco Restaurant and Cocktailbar on Prenzlauer Berg is the latest kid in the Italian family restaurants of its creator and founder, Rocco Arena. He started his venture with his renowned restaurant in Manhattan NY, then turned to Alicante and Valencia, as well as back to his hometown Milano and the italian capital Roma, before opening up last November in Berlin. When we entered the place last Friday with my friends Anne and Claudi, we first sat at the bar, watching Fabio Brusco, – 2016 Worldwide Bartender Champion – mixing like a magician on his epic cocktails. We let him decide what to create and I get a delicious Blood e Tonic, consisting of Gin Mare, fresh lemon juice, black salt and pepper mix, white tomato foam, and 1724 Tonic Water, while the ladies enjoy a Water Lilly Cocktail and a Negroni – also very nice.

Then we were lead to our table right next to the impressing pizza oven, waiting for some bruscetta, a small salad and some chickpea soup to snack along with our drinks. We snack from each other and all antipasti are very tasty and special. As restaurant chef Masimo Mata comes to our table, we ask what is the special thing about San Rocco and he explains, that chef de la cuisine Lorenzo Vignati gives Italian classics a very individual taste and always works with the best ingediences. So I choose the Spaghetti Carbonara and get them fresh mixed and spiced right at the table – impressing and just perfect. Anne goes for fresh fish from the daily menue and Claudi gets a special plate for vegetarians. And when we finally sat down for Tiramisu and Espresso under the glittering Rocco picture and find out, that this was handmade by his friend Christian Louboutin, we all of a sudden feel sexy in the city and will sure be back for another great night out. 

San Rocco Restaurant Berlin
Greifswalder Straße 227, D-10405 Berlin

Sodom und Gomorra Bar

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Photos: Sodom und Gomorra Bar, Gregor Anthes

You should know what it means to name a bar Sodom und Gomorra: The fire will burn down everything. And this is what happened to this gorgeous bar more that a year ago. Now it is completely renovated and reopened again. To enter, you ring a bell in front of the entrance stand in the middle of an impressing and very cool library, where the team can read and meet with friends. The welcome from Ferhart Akbiyik is heartfelt, as always - you feel more like entering an extremely loving and elaborately renoed apartment than a bar. Inside we bump into owner Cem Erzincan and DJ Senay Gueler, who just partied his 40tiest birthday in here. Since none of the comfortable Chesterfield sofas is available anymore, we take a seat at the bar – along with my friends Stefan and Miha, who came from Cologne to Berlin, we are waiting for our neighbour Silke and her friend Thomas from Munic. Although we just wanted to take one drink, before we go to bed, we get trapped by the sexy and sinful athmosphere, the danceable live music and end up chatting and laughing while testing just some of the offered 1.001 drinks. Although we made it out early enough not to see the blue sky outside right after the Davinci ceiling inside, the party for sure went on for quite a while. Thanks for the great evening to all of you.

Sodom und Gomorra Bar
Torstraße 164, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Tue-Sat from 7pm on

Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers

Fanny Digital Diva Deluxe Sprüth Magers Berlin Art Cindy Sherman
Photos: Cindy Sherman and Timo Ohler

A thirty-five year career in photography has established Cindy Sherman as one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Since the 1970s, she has created photographic portraits that are predicated on themes of identity, gender and role-play. Parodying the representation of women in film and television, fashion magazines, advertising, and online, she adopts limitless guises that illuminate the performative nature of subjectivity and sexuality. Sherman’s exhibition at Sprüth Magers in Berlin marks over three decades and sixteen exhibitions with the gallery. On view is her most recent body of work, created in 2016, and presented here as a complete series for the very first time in Europe. In the large-scale colour portraits, the artist imagines herself as a cast of Divas from the Golden Age of 1920s Hollywood cinema. Who wants to join in to see Cindy Shermans solo show, coming along with A Selection of Works from the Betty and Monte Factor Family Collection by Edward and Nancy Kienholz the coming weeks? The opening was yesterday – thanks for the reminder, Jochen!

Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm