I cannot think twice when it comes to continuing my documentation about the cultural life of my city of Berlin. Sooner after I realized yesterday my ignorance when it comes to art deco in Berlin and in Germany in general, I decided that it is about time to visit Broehan Museum, situated relatively close to my place.
|Welcome to the world of German art nouveau|
The museum is a relaxing option for anyone looking for a cultural discovery that does not require too many intellectual effort. You will find a lot of interesting interior design tips, with many pieces of furniture that were familiar to many of the visitors - 'my oma had this kind of...' were some of the most frequent observations I have heard there - and some good samples of the fine porcelain so common in many houses in Western Europe.
For 6 Euro, I paid the entrance to a world that was about to forget. It reminded me a lot about my old cherry-wood big dinner tables and the creative tapestry of the chairs that we needed to left behind because the new doors and rooms of the new appartment were too small for allowing such a display of bourgeoisie. It also reminds me of the impressive collection of Gallés of one of my best friends from the old land, and the Limoges and Sevres and Bohemia porcelaine that we were using each week, even all we had at the time were some eggs and homemade cheese and tomatoes - hence my full sympathy for the absurd literature.
|Vive la bourgeoisie!|
|My favorite carner|
|I was really impressed by the creative design of the lightning solutions. Not the usual crystal trees, but a lot of metal and glass artistry. This one is really gracious.|
|Nothing more, nothing less but a simple mirror, made of glass.|
Till one of the boys doing the after-party cleaning warned me to do not take pictures - I suppose it was a joke, but was already tired and with my documentation lessons made - I collected a lot of nice images and colors, enough for warming my very cold afternoon in the city.
|A simple bed that reminded me of the Japanese simplicity. No wonder, as the art nouveau, at least during the decorative stage was strongly influenced by the Asian arts.|
|This creative plate is the work of creative minds that were living at the beginning of the 20th century.|
|A plate from a big set aimed to be used for - what else - fish|
|The ridiculous trio for your bottle of whiskey or vodka: the nun, Napoleon and the Cossack|
|This is how I remember some of my old pieces of furniture|
|Especially those German artists influenced by the French art nouveau introduced a lot of natural , especially floral elements in their works. The size of this flower pot is similar to many Chinese type of pots.|
|Simplicity is the key to elegance|
|A counter with almost everything|
|Karl Hagemeister spent most part of his life in Werder and used as source of inspiration the luxurious landscape of Brandenburg.|
|Another member of Berlin Secession is Hans Baluschek, who portrayed the daily life of Berliner, with many paintings reminding of Doebler's Alexanderplatz|
|The teapot with chropoprase is the work of Wolfgang Tuempel, an experienced gold and silversmith artist.|
|The Gruenewald paintings that I have not appreciate, signed by Walter Leistikows|
|Bohemian influences, with the strong art-deco dimension|
|Wish I have my own Karl Hagenauer to build me such a personal mirror|
|Another welcoming corner|
|The Dutch Leerdam glass school|
|Swedish glass art|