Montag, 24. November 2014

Test your geographical knowledge!

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to a country in Middle Europe
where most of you haven't been before - I suppose.

Because it was a business trip and I had to work from dawn to sunset, I only had the chance to visit the old town of my hosts together with some collegues in the dark.

Enjoy some of my night shots of my host city and try to answer my question:

Where did I travel to???
(Country & City!)

Any ideas???

Try your best!!!


Sonntag, 9. November 2014

25 years ago - the fall of the Berlin Wall 9.11.1989

Welcome to an interesting chapter of German history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.

Unfortunately I was not directly on site in Berlin to witness this dramatic historic event of the younger German history. I was sitting in front of the TV screen to trace the fall of the Wall.

But shortly afterwards (January '90) of that event we were able to visit Berlin and see the Wall riddled with holes already.
And we traveled the first time in our live to East Berlin, the border was already open, but you were still able to see and feel all the "original" Eastern Berlin aura (?) / flair (??)

I still have strong memories of the moment when I tried to took a photo in a pub and the innkeeper verbally abused me and asked me for my permission to take photos... ;-)

Most of the pictures I post here I took in the "Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" at Bonn some weeks ago. There you find many interesting testimonia of the German history of the last 80 years.

But  the following photo of the wall remains I took two years ago on the Podsdamer Platz in Berlin.

The start of the construction of the Wall was in August 1961.

Hans Conrad Schumann (March 28, 1942 – June 20, 1998) was an East German soldier who famously defected to West Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

On 15 August 1961, the 19-year-old Schumann was sent to the corner of Ruppiner Straße and Bernauer Straße to guard the Berlin Wall on its third day of construction. At that time, the wall was only a low barbed wire fence. From the other side, West Germans shouted to him, "Komm' rüber!" ("Come over!"), and a police car pulled up to wait for him. Schumann jumped over the barbed wire fence and was promptly driven away from the scene by the West Berlin police. West German photographer Peter Leibing photographed Schumann's escape.

Between 1961 and 1989 everybody had to pass the rough and restrective cross-border controls between West Berlin (BRD) and East Berlin (GDR).

Here are some impressions of a narrow original border control cabin between West and East Berlin.

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Walter Ulbricht,  leader of East Germany from 1950 to 1971, and Erich Honecker, who replaced Ulbricht 1971.

By 1961, 1.65 million people had fled to the west.

Fearful of the possible consequences of this continued outflow of refugees, and aware of the dangers an East German collapse would present to the Soviet Union’s Communist satellite empire, Ulbricht pressured Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in early 1961 to stop the outflow and resolve the status of Berlin.

When Khrushchev approved the building of a wall as a means to resolve this situation, Ulbricht threw himself into the project with abandon.

"Tear down this wall!" was the challenge issued by United States President Roland Reagan to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall, in a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987, commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin.

Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Mikkail Gorbachev und Helmut Kohl 14. July 1990 in the Caucasus
talking about the future of the reunified Germany.

Good bye, DDR (GDR) ...

... welcome united Germany!

Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Helix variations - Let there be light!

Like advertized in my last post
I promised to display some variations of a light spiral I saw in the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck at Remagen, Germany.

This is what you see when you turn around the corner and enter the connecting tunnel between the two parts / levels of the Arp Museum:

 Of course you can try to find different perspectives to take the light object from various angle of views...

...but after looking through my photos on the notebook I felt I have to find more variations generated by PS.

So please make your own opinion if I managed to generate interesting variations of this light sculpture...

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Enjoy a great and deLIGHTful weekend or have a even greater start in the first week of November!

Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

My very subjective view on the Arp Museum

Have you ever been to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck???

Welcome! Please get closer!

Aron Demetz. 

I am

Current special exhibit with many interesting human-like sculptures from 22. August 2014 to 11. January 2015

The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck at Remagen in the Rhine Valley south of Bonn is composed of two main buildings: the entrance and restaurant area is in the old railway station Bahnhof Rolandseck, completely refurbished in 2002. 

And a second, very modern building behind and above it - the actual main museum, called the 'Richard Meier Bau' / Richard Meier building with most of the exhibition rooms and artworks of Hans Arp.

Hans Arp, also known as Jean Arp in France, (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French (Alsatian) sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.

He's known as one of the founders of the Dada movement, he broke with the Surrealist movement to found Abstraction-Création.

One of my museum's favourites was the connecting tunnel between the older part and the 'Richard Meier building", where you can find that great light sculpture. (I love light sculptures!)

Generally speaking I was more impressed by the museum's architecture then by most of the exhibited artworks! Sorry, Hans! ;-)

In a second (= next) post I want to display my photographic interpretation of that light sculpture tunnel!

Here's my photographic interpretation of the building's elevator to the 'Richard Meier Bau' at the end of the tunnel.

The museum's architecture gives ambitious photographers many options to work creatively as well and to find their metaphorical language of this great place (in my humble opinion).

Fortunately it was not forbidden to take photos in most of the exhibition spaces of the museum - only in one part of the current exhibition with Old Masters taking photos was not allowed.

Most (all?!) of Hans Arp's artwork is really reduced to the minimum - like the sculptures above
or the grafic sculpture at a white wall below.

But when I saw and took this photograph of a female bodybuilder displayed in a different part of the museum...  

... I felt the need to fuse both artworks to a result of its own in my subsequent picture editing... ;-)

= Fusion Art ;-)

So: Stand up - now it's your move!

The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is waiting for you.

And it's really worth visiting! 

And: try to find your own very subjective view on the museum and its great artworks!