Posts Tagged ‘DHM


I feel ad home

The German capital apparently is a very convenient location for ad shootings. Continue reading ‘I feel ad home’


Good cop – bad cop

Riots in London. A woman jumping out of the window reminds me of other jumps, back in August 1961, on Bernauer Strasse. Good cops, bad cops, here it comes again.

Last week I visited the Ordnung und Vernichtung exhibition at the Deutsche Historisches Museum about the horrors perpetrated by the police during the Third Reich. And running up to the 50th anniversary of the Berlin wall we did read quite a bit about the DDR Vopos and their Schieβbefehl (order to shoot).

How much police should there be in a democratic State? Difficult question. But the question should be preceded by “how much education and opportunities are in there for citizens? is it true democracy or just a smattering of democracy?”.

In the end mistakes will always be made. The crucial thing is to learn from them. The auto-critique shown by the German Police in this extremely tough exhibition is something I’ve never seen in Italy. I’m thinking to Bolzaneto. How many of those Italian policemen fit the picture of “vocational ambition, group pressure and esprit de corps, sadism and personal gain” among those involved in the beating of peaceful protesters in Genoa?

Maybe Britain and Italy could use some auto-critique too. Critics to “the system” and “to society” wearing Adidas hoods and looting the shops are not credible and are plain criminals: order and rules are necessary. Still, justice and social justice should be the basis where to start from. In France we had the banlieues, in London Tottenham, nothing like that in Italy yet, but the ingredients are the same, oder?

Fire Photo: The Guardian


Historical antibodies

The incredible Deutsche Historisches Museum strikes again with a well-documented exhibition on the role of the police in the nazi state. I wonder when I will be able to see an exhibition in Rome about the role of the Italian police in the fascism years. Germany keeps on investigating the cause of its past diseases. And builds antibodies. The exhibition is sponsored by the German Police University.

Read here the DHM curators’ presentation of the exhibition.

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Events in Berlin, 2011

If among your New Year’s resolutions there is indeed a trip to Berlin, don’t forget that the Berlinale starts on February 10th…it may be cold, but the Berlinale will warm you up!

On this page you will find a list of good reasons for coming to Berlin: art, music, exhibitions, fashion, sport, culture…you name it. Continue reading ‘Events in Berlin, 2011’


time for new year’s resolutions?

Guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2011! Happy 2011!

If among your New Year’s resolutions there is indeed a trip to Berlin, don’t forget that the Berlinale starts on February 10th…it may be cold, but the Berlinale will warm you up! More information for the whole of 2011 will be added in the coming days, however you find some bits and pieces for Jan-March 2011…

– “Hitler und die Deutschen: Volkgemeinschaft und Verbrechen” (Hitler and the Germans, nation and crime”) until Feb 6
– “1990 der weg zur Einheit” until Jan 2

“Chandogin” war photographs from Karelia and Leningrad 1939-1944 – until Feb 6

“Làzlò Moholy-Nagy Art of Light” until Jan 16
“Pierre Soulages” until Jan 17
“World knowledge, 300 years of science in Berlin” until Jan 9

“Nan Goldin – Berlin works” until March 28
“Arno Fischer – Photographs” until Feb 28
“Menschen Dinge Menschenwerk – Emil Otto Hoppé Photographs” until Feb 28


the fabric of things

At the exhibition there are objects that speak louder than many words.

A roll of yellow fabric. It looks as though it was produced yesterday. Not tarnished, not faded. It shouts that even if the events happened 80 years ago these events are still very close to us.

The Stolpersteine that you see on too many pavements and the panels on every street of Schoeneberg are a constant reminder.

Photo: Merkur

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