Berlin Art

Let me start with a disclaimer: this is going to be a mix of “high” art and “low” art. I saw these during September 2007 while on my most recent trip to Berlin. I don’t know if some of these are still present today.

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Potsdamer Platz featured a Legoland store at the time, and it was displaying a pretty impressive Lego depiction of Albert Einstein. Below is a section of the Berlin Wall that had been given new life as an artist’s canvas.

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During my trip, there were numerous bear statues across the city featuring different artistic expressions. The bear is Berlin’s mascot. I have several pictures of these, but I’ll cut them down to two.

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A lion drinking Lowenbrau beer = art. So does a chocolate version of the Reichstag, the seat of Germany’s Parliament.

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Let’s move on to some of the “high” art I promised. The Pergamon Museum is a must-see whenever you visit Berlin. The sheer number of archaeological and historical artifacts here is astounding.

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This is not a great picture of the Pergamon Altar (below), which dates back to the second century B.C., but it gives you a sense of how massive this structure is. It is surrounded by historical and artistic friezes, as you can see in the two pictures underneath it. (The link I provided explains a little bit about the altar and the museum.)
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I was very interested to see the Ishtar Gate from Babylon, as seen below. It dates to the sixth century B.C., and it was simply too large to fit into one photograph. It is a magnificent structure that combines art, culture and history.

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The Pergamon Museum also has several fantastic examples of ancient tile work. My photos don’t do them justice.

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Do yourself a favor and visit the Pergamon and the other sites located on Museum Island, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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