Verdenskrig, klagesang og skrot: Einstürzende Neubautens “Lament” i Koncerthuset

Einstürzende Neubautens kantede og hjemmebyggede bud på eksperimentel, rytmisk musik er i dag en respekteret institution. Og i de 35 år, der nu er gået siden den aggressive begyndelse, har orkestret forfinet sit udtryk med mere melodiske og eftertænksomme nuancer. Read More …

Steve Reich’s “Three Tales”, Konzerthaus, Berlin

I suddenly noticed that Konzerthaus Berlin hosted a work I never heard by a composer I admire: Steve Reich’s “video opera” Three Tales – the video part created by his wife Beryl Korot. The work interprets the development and failures of human ingenuity in three movements: One about the Hindenburg disaster, one about the atomic Read More …

Gerhard Richter retrospective, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Finally managed to get in to the very popular Gerhard Richter exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Strangely, I did not come away as impressed as I expected I would. I do admire Richters technique – and especially his insistence on working in different styles throughout his career – the blurry photorealism he is so well Read More …

Olafur Eliasson: “Innen Stadt Außen”

I went to see Olafur Eliasson’s Innen Stadt Außen exhibit in Martin-Gropius-Bau. Thankfully, the long line of visitors was for the much hyped exhibit of the utterly overrated Frida Kahlo. Well, speaking of overrated, I’m still not sure what to think of the whole Eliasson phenomenon. His work is certainly inventive, powerful and well, it Read More …

Club Transmediale – synthpoppens grand old man

Mandag aften var Maria am Ostbahnhof i det gamle Østberlin fyldt til randen af forventningsfulde elektropopfans. De fleste var sandsynligvis kommet for at se giraffen – synthpoppens grand old man, Jean-Jacques Perrey, som helt tilbage i 50′erne skabte en revolutionerende fusion af easy listening og elektronisk musik. Aftenen var opkaldt efter Perreys seneste cd ‘The Read More …

Jörg Immendorff retrospective, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Saw the Jörg Immendorf retrospective exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Brilliant stuff. The collection of works spanned his entire career: Naivist Fluxus-type stuff, socialist realism from the 70es, “wild” paintings from the 80es. And then his recent work, which impressed me the most. One of his latest paintings is name “Allow me. My name is Read More …

Pet Shop Boys – en panserkrydser på tværs af genrer

I Berlin fortsætter sommeren ofte ind i september, og på denne varme aften er der næppe en sky på himlen – perfekt til en udendørskoncert. Alt er udsolgt, og de heldige forsamles i den lille have foran det pompøse Alte Nationalgalerie, mens aftensolen kaster sit gule lys over Berlins gamle domkirke. I baggrunden aner man Read More …