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Can a beer taste like a place? We think it can, and that’s why we set about creating our very own Berlin-inspired beer. To make it happen we teamed up with our brewing friends at Brlo, who have been creating killer helles, pils and their signature pale ale at their Kreuzberg container home since 2016. Following much experimenting and tasting with the experts, we are now proud to announce the result: the Brlo x Cee Cee Cucumber Quench, a beer that brings together everything we know and love about this city in a can. The striking banner design (from our sister agency Cee Cee Creative) leaves no doubt as to what this brew is all about, but the Berlin vibe is just as strong when it comes to the taste. A highly drinkable Mexican/Vienna lager hybrid with a hit of cucumber, this beer is made for summer refreshment with an edge – much like the city that created it. The taste combines a malty backbone with fresh sparkling notes of cucumber and a scent of lemon and mint. As with all of Brlo’s beers, ours is unfiltered and lovingly brewed using ingredients sourced for quality and not volume, from the lemondrop and magnum hops to the Mexican lager yeast that makes it so drinkable. And since this is a Berlin beer through and through, it’s made for canal sunsets, late-night parties and sunny Sunday walks. In short: your sidekick for the Berlin summer. You can get a taste of our brew by grabbing a can or two at the Brlo online shop as well as at selected bars, restaurants and cafes starting 01.08.2021. Best be quick, though: supplies won’t last forever!
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Kateryna Firsova
South Italian specialities presented in style: that’s the name of the game at Fresko, the deli for Apulian produce that opened in July 2021 on Mitte’s Brunnenstrasse. The shop is actually located next to Bar Milano, which is no coincidence since it’s from the same crew – Kappa and Eva – whose drinks and small plates have perfected the art of the Italian aperitivo. Carefully designed by architects Arno Brandlhuber and Sam Chermayeff, the shop’s highlight is the sleek walk-in fridge, which is packed with fresh ingredients including quality ricotta, burrata and tender bresaola cured beef. Perched on beautiful shelves you’ll find pasta from market hall heroes Mani in Pasta plus hard-to-find items like Fior di Sale alle Olive Nere. This fine salt is harvested by hand from water and placed into tanks to be dried in the sun.
If you don’t have time to assemble these ingredients into a meal, the shop also has ready-made dishes to stock up on, including piadine, tramezzini sandwiches, sauces and soups. The name Fresko derives from the Italian word for freshness, which tells you all you need to know about the store’s focus. But the place is about more than taste: the team have put a lot of care into the shop’s visual style, and the Cee Cee team are proud to have played a small part with the logo, which was created by our in-house agency Cee Cee Creative. Why not drop by, take a look around, and pick up some tasty treats – and whilst you’re there maybe a drink or two at Bar Milano…
Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Oliver Helbig
Fresko, Brunnenstr.11, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; Stadtplan
In what kind of built environment do we want to live? It’s a big question, and one which the exhibition Anything Goes? – Berlin Architecture in the 1980s at the Berlinische Galerie attempts to answer. Across six areas, the show combines drawings, models, films and photographs by urban chroniclers like Michael Schmidt and Sibylle Bergemann to present the many facets of the urban planning policies of East and West Berlin. What is often pejoratively summarized as “postmodernism” turns out to be a multifaceted formal language for innovative social housing. At the heart of this was the 1984/87 International Building Exhibition which brought world-famous architects such as Hans Hollein, Rob Krier and Rem Koolhaas to West Berlin. If you look at East Berlin’s 1987 building exhibition for comparison, you see what united the two political systems: an attempt to arrange the city around people and not cars.
The fact that the exhibition never feels aloof or esoteric is thanks to the works that were commissioned for the show. The collective Guerilla Architects offers insights into the houses and the lives of their inhabitants, while artist Isa Melsheimer transfers iconic buildings such as John Hejduk’s Kreuzberg Tower into her gouache paintings and textile works. She presents the city as a collage in which architectures and worlds overlap. The complexity of Berlin is also evident in the accompanying film program, which includes Cycling the Frame by Cynthia Beatt featuring Tilda Swinton as well as experimental documentaries by Ulrike Ottinger and Harun Farocki.
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Robert Göllner Fotografie-Archiv, 1988; Roman März / Credit: Berlinische Galerie; Isa Melsheimer
Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Alte Jakobstr.124-128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Anything Goes? – Berlin Architecture in the 1980s, until 16.08.2021, Wed–Mon 10–18h. Free entry on every first Sunday of the month. Tickets can be purchased online.
In an impressive compacting of culture, the newly-opened Humboldt Forum brings together six exhibitions in one single building. And not just any building: the city’s largest and most talked-about cultural space stands where the Prussian-era Berlin Palace once stood. That alone would be reason enough to pay a visit, but the Berlin Global exhibition offers another with its exploration of Berlin’s influence on societies both past and present. The show extends to seven themed rooms – Revolution, Free Space, Boundaries, Entertainment, War, Fashion and Interconnection – spanning 4000 square metres. The first work you encounter is artist brothers How&Nosm’s Weltdenken, a visual piece that links historical events on all continents. Moving on, you encounter a steel door from techno club Tresor. Once a symbol of the abolition of barriers as people from East and West danced together in 1990s Berlin, here the door acts as a fitting entryway to the “Borders” room, a place which, like the whole exhibition, deals with colonialism in its historic and present forms. Inside is a collection of objects from the colonial-era Berlin Conference of 1884-5.
Borders and barriers are something many of us in modern Berlin are not aware of, but this show makes them stark with an interactive map showing places that are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Speaking of interactive: a chip-implanted wristband accompanies you throughout your tour and records your responses to prompts. As you move from one room to the next, you can vote for or against a total of eleven statements including “I care about the world” and “I care about my surroundings” with the bracelet registering your answer with a sound. In the last room, you are presented with a statistical analysis of the votes and come across other visitors who have the same – or opposite – views. The exhibition is full of food for thought and debate, and you can easily spend a few hours here. So go ahead: immerse yourself in the stories of Berlin past and present.
Text: Annika Hillig / Credit: Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin / Photos: Oana Popa Costea
@berlin.global is a project from @kulturprojekteberlin and @stadtmuseumberlin.
Berlin Global at the Humboldt Forum, Schlossplatz, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 10–20h, Fri & Sat 10–22h, Tues closed
You can visit the exhibition up until 12.11.2021 free of charge; otherwise entry is €7. Mandatory visiting slots can be booked online.
Dare to ask – and dare to open up. That’s the motto of Dare to be Curious, a card game that helps you kick start conversations about opinions, fears, dreams and values and which teaches you about yourself and your fellow player. The pastel-colored card set has three levels. The warm-up round offers questions about sex, relationships and life events such as “If you were to write the story of your life, what would be an interesting chapter?”. The second level – Dare to be Wrong – is more playful: your partner has to guess what your answer would be to questions like “How do I define myself (without referring to my appearance or possessions)?”. The third level is Dare to be Vulnerable, and here the questions probe your beliefs, patterns, problems but also visions for the future. “What’s a problem you have been challenged by in the past year?” is one example. For some of the questions you need your fellow player’s help, and this is where interesting conversations with friends, partners, dates and flatmates can begin. You can use the set at home – think rainy Sunday afternoons on the sofa – or on long car journeys or holiday evenings with friends. The whole thing was thought up by Australian-born Giorgia Grainger who, besides the game, offers coaching and workshops as part of her Kindred People project. Her other job is as a buyer in the fashion industry – hence why you can even buy a matching outfit for the game!
Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Emma Hursey for Kindred People & Kindred People