Journal

berlin, part three.

I started off my final full day in Berlin with a trip to the Bauhaus-Archiv, a museum housing things art works, documents, and furniture that all are related to the Bauhaus.  You could definitely see the notion that ‘form follows function’ in the things that were on display in the museum.  No pictures were allowed inside, but just so you guys have an idea, they had paintings, drawings, models, furniture, tapestries, and a lot more by people like Oskar Schlemmer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

I had a little time after my visit to the Bauhaus-Archiv, so I took the U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz and did a super quick browsing of Cos.  I did find some things I liked but I didn’t have enough time to try things on because I needed to get to the Sammlung Boros for my tour of the collection.  For those of you that don’t know, the Sammlung Boros collection is the contemporary art collection of Berlin-based advertising entrepreneur, Christian Boros, and his wife, Karen.  What is really cool about the collection, apart from the amazing art works, is that it is housed in a WWII bunker, which they have converted to house their personal collection and they also built an additional level on top of the bunker, making it into a penthouse for themselves.

As for the actual collection, I seriously cannot begin to describe how amazing it is.  Any contemporary art lover will die and go to heaven in this place.  No pictures allowed either here…  The collection was by far the highlight of my trip, especially since I had a gorgeous tour guide named Clément.  Totally the type of guy I go for.  And if you really want to imagine him, he looked like a skinnier version of Gael Garcia Bernal.  Anyway, the current showcase of the Boros collection is all about installation works; the bunker will close in August and the collection will be rotated to paintings and photography.  Thank goodness I was lucky enough to see this because I am all about this kind of contemporary art.  There were works by many leading contemporary artists including Olafur Eliasson, Anselm Reyle, Santiago Sierra, and Sarah Lucas.  The Sammlung Boros is totally worth checking out when you’re in Berlin!  

Kris Martin, For Whom… (2008)

Since I was still out and I knew that shops would still be open, so I went back to Alexanderplatz again.  I was planning on going back to Cos but the window display of a boutique called Ulf Haines caught my eye.  In the display was a bunch of the iridescent Comme des Garçons wallets for the holiday season.  To make a long story short, I left with a new coin purse.  Shopaholic syndrome strikes again!

Pictures of my Berlin purchases:

That’s it for Berlin!