Architecture

Tierpark Berlin

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Tierpark Berlin Schloss Friedrichsfelde
Photo: Tierpark Berlin

Monday we went to Tierpark Berlin, Europe’s biggest animal park. Set in 160 hectares of extensive and varied parkland, it is home to over 9,000 exotic and native animals. The Tierpark is renowned for its Camel Pasture and Flamingo Lagoon, its listed tropical and predator house in the Alfred Brehm building, and its majestic herds of giraffes and elephants. With its historic mansion Schloss Friedrichsfelde, free electric train rides, and nice playgrounds, the Tierpark is a day-trip destination for the whole family. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and embark on a zoological journey around the world. The expansive Tierpark is aso a wonderful place to take a stroll and discover the diversity of the animal kingdom. Don’t forget to check out the Lemur Woods, the free-flight show on the Kiekemal Waldbühne arena, and our beloved petting zoo. The Tierpark hosts a range of events from after-hours tours to children’s birthday parties. Tierpark Berlin also participates in various European and international endangered species programmes.

Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Am Tierpark 125, 10319 Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Open Daily 9am–18:30pm summer, 9am–15:30pm winter
www.tierpark-berlin.de

Lawrence

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Freeartus Lawrence
Photo: Freeartus

Just home from the grand opening of Lawrence right across the street from the Jewish Synagogue and still impressed how fast the 490 squaremeter space turned into a Syrian restaurant with a stage for live music, a gallery plus coworking spaces. The former Monbijou phamacy was still a big contruction site last week when we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a cup of fresh mint tea and delicous Baklava, while inside many helping hands were building up the furniture. This weekend the organization Freeartus – artist and refugees united for freedom, who runs the place – surpassed itself: On Friday more than 250 people showed up, started with the current exhibition, featuring works from Osamah Abousor, Dani Hasrouni, Anas Homsi and Bahila Hijaziis curated by Petra Rietz. Then the most amazing buffet filled the tables, and liters of cocktails and Lebanese wine were served, while a happy crowd was dancing to the live music until 2pm. Today was a little slower and more time for relaxed talks – we tried to eat and drink the menu from top to bottom and were listening to another great live act by program director Anas Maghrebi and his friends. Thanks to the whole team – Lawrence will certainly become our favorite playground for many activities and a milestone for manifesting more international friedships and a better unterstanding for Arabic culture.

Lawrence, Oranienburger Strasse 69, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hous daily from 8–midnight, check out the FB page for events:
www.facebook.com/pg/law.berlin

The Feuerle Collection

Photo: The Feuerle Collection

As the well known Boros Collection too, the Feuerle Collection is housed in a World War II-era bunker. This one was used for telecommunication, first opened for the Gallery Weekend in April 2016 and refurbished for almost three years by the renowned British architect John Pawson. On about 6000 squaremeters Désiré Feuerle brings together international contemporary art, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture, Chinese wood and stone Scholar furniture from the Han to the Quing Dynasty, from 200 BC to the 18th century and Khmer sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century. Feuerle – who lives in Asia most of the time – comes from a contemporary art background, bought his first Chinese sculpture as a child in Hongkong and owned a gallery in Cologne in the 90ties, where he pioneered juxtaposing ancient art with contemporary and to re-look at antiques from a todays perspective. The master of meditation wants the visitors to excape into a differnt world and offers not only a lake room and one for burning scenting woods but also works by Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi or James Lee Byars. Dive into it and experience one of the most impressive exhibitions we have seen in a long time.

The Feuerle Collection, only on prior registration,
suitable only for adults and children over 16.
Hallesches Ufer 70, D-10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
www.thefeuerlecollection.org

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

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Flyer: Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

After being a 15 years old soldier in World War II, the Berliner Robert Lebeck became one of the worlds most famous photo reporters, working for magazines like Kristall, Revue and Stern. From 1978–1979 he was also editor in chief of GEO Magazin. His famous KIOSK collection includes 30,000 exhibits on the history of photoreporting from 1839 to 1973 – from the first daguerreotype to the last edition of the legendary Life magazine. In May 2011, a sponsor and supporters club was constituted to implement the idea of ​​a Deutsches Pressemuseum. The initiator of the museum project is the journalist and cultural manager Holger Wettingfeld.

The founding members include, among others, Robert Lebeck himself, who died in 2014, the writer Sten Nadolny, the managing director of Willy Brandt-Haus Gisela Kayser as well as the theater director and Ullstein grandson Geoffrey Layton. The museum wants to digitize the collection, open up to scientific research and show it in exhibitions. Until the end of the year it can be seen in the former restaurant of Ullsteinhaus, which was sold to the Samwer brothers in 2015. We spent hours there – enjoying the great room, exploring the exponents and watch one of Lebecks dreams come true. The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi, Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie. Congratulations to the whole team and their amazing project, which is very worth a visit and can still need your support.

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus e. V.
KIOSK Sammlung Robert Lebeck, Ullsteinhaus in Berlin
Mariendorfer Damm 1, D-12099 Berlin-Tempelhof
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 12–6pm, Wednesday until 9pm
www.dpmu.de