Berlinische Galerie in Berlin-Kreuzberg shows Berlin films from the eighties

It’s a pandemic. The cinemas are closed. There is no way to watch movies outside of your own living room. Stop, no. I’ve just seen films in public. With a handful of other viewers. In a well, cinema room. But it was great. It gave me a faint memory of what it was like the last time I went to the cinema. After all, I had seen a handful of films in the cinema 2020. ‚Tenet‘ in the IMAX theatre. ‘Meine Freundin Conny‘, a children’s movie that I’ve seen together with my son in Wolf Kino in Berlin-Neukölln. And a great Georgian film, ‚And Then We Danced‘, that I’ve seen together with my friend Stefan at Rollbergkino in Neukölln.

And now? Some museums and galleries in Berlin have just opened. This is also the case with the Berlinische Galerie in Kreuzberg. And Berlinische Galerie currently is showing an exciting exhibition on Berlin architecture of the eighties, in West and East Berlin. With models, photos, documents, texts, drafts, sketches. And with films! In the small screening room of the gallery. With a documentary by Harun Farocki (quite exciting, what we learn from Farocki about the ‚front garden‘, the front gardens as a miniature landscape garden). With a surreal, interesting short experimental film by Ulrike Ottinger. The film that was most worth seeing for me was Cynthia Beatt’s ‚Cycling the Frame‘ with a young Tilda Swinton cycling through divided Berlin. And in all of these short films, Berlin (and its eighties architecture) plays the main role – experimental, essayistic, poetic, artistic, subcultural, documentary. If you are interested, like me, you should go there now and book tickets in advance. The program runs continuously during the opening hours of the museum.

Kain Karawahn: The Berliner Summernightdream, 1985
Cynthia Beatt: Cycling the Frame, 1988
Die tödliche Doris, Städtefilm Berlin-West, 1983
Ulrike Ottinger, Usinimage, 1987

Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstraße 124 – 128
10969 Berlin
Wes – Mon 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

The purchase of online tickets is required:

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