Welcome to the garden of earthly delights

Pretty much 500 years ago, Hieronymus Bosch died. The Dutch painter was and is to this day one the most mysterious, most fatidic and, for many contemporaries and artistic heirs, most inspiring personalities that ever lived. Hieronymus Bosch created paintings filled with symbols, religious grace and earthly criticism, filled with blood, sweat, tears and excrements. Torn bodies, effusions, copulating creatures of all species, monsters, devils and torture. Any superstition and fear that might have plagued a human in the middle ages formed his works. The probably most famous painting „The Garden of Earthly Delights “, which portrays humanity caught in the trap of its sins and truly captures the Zeitgeist, has become the symbol of the middle ages par excellence. His few further masterpieces are scattered across various museums and galleries who guard them jealously. The exhibition Hieronymus Bosch.Visions Alive has now not only compiled the scarcely available information on the life and existence of the artist but has also gathered all of the main works in a unique multimedia exhibition. Huge, pin-sharp HD screens bring the colourful, fantastic worlds, the hybrid beings and monstrous creatures from hell to life. The paradise-like utopias and apocalyptic visions can be examined right down to the smallest detail. The whole thing is accompanied by an especially composed sound track. Low-threshold art is what the experts would call it.  Fascinating and spectacular is what we call it and are giving away a pair of tickets worth 12,50 Euro each to the particularly unafraid amongst you. Send us an email headlining ‚NIGHTMARISH‘ to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de. Happy fascinating!
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Hiernomus Bosch. Visions Alive | June 7th – October 30th 2016, Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin | Tickets 12,50 Euro / reduced 9,50 Euro

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My second skin.

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We are living in transit. Is home still a physical place? Home is where we feel secure. With other people, familiar smells, individual quirks. Being able to take a soft, cuddly piece of home with you is what makes physical curiosity and travelling perfect. The beautiful and unique pieces from Mica Design are just that. Well, from afar they are first and foremost large, flowing, colourful shawls. They can be a light cape on a breezy summer evening, a beach cloth for a spontaneous trip to the lake, a breezy dress for a grill party or a warming hood on a starry night. Above that, they are everyday companions that are hand-made in Berlin with love and various dying techniques from cotton, wool or linen. By wearing them, they turn more and more into a second skin, a fashionable cocoon that is softened by body heat and reminds us of all that is dear to us on lonely nights in uncomfortable seats on South American inter city busses. And to call a spade a spade: Mica finally gives us the stylish legitimation to have a blankie as a grown-up. And we’re not giving it back. But we have an all-new, all-yours shawl waiting here for the biggest cuddler amongst you. Send us an email headlining ‚I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN‘ to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de.
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Mica Design |  Shawl from 280€, bags from 150€ | mica-design.com

Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 29. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

What a trip!

Panama lies in the Potsdamer Straße. In a back yard of a former brick factory building, to be precise. It’s lovely there. Bright and brilliant. Looks a little bit like a summer holiday. And it smells really good. So why seek far afield? Go there. To eat and drink. Because the Panama is the third gastronomical coup of the foodies from the Contemporary Food Lab. After the Katz Orange in Mitte and the Kreuzberg Deli Candy on Bone, the interdisciplinary visionaries have created a homage to the utopian story by the illustrator Janosch with this restaurant and bar. With “The Trip to Panama”, he invented a place that inspires wanderlust on the one hand and feels as cozy as home on the other hand. This dream-turned-reality in the middle of the highest concentration of galleries in Berlin doesn’t necessarily cook Panamanian cuisine, so you won’t find chicken-vegetable-stew or cooked manioc. But there are dishes that combine the well-known with the new and surprising. So you will be served brine shrimps or the famous and delicious Duroc pork. But they will come combined with blueberries, vanilla or rhubarb. You’ll find ingredients such as refining cinnamon blossoms, hues of curcuma, smoky notes of nuts, glowing beetroot – which coax totally new aromas from the familiar. Lettuce for dessert? You bet. With passion fruit, dark chocolate and coriander seeds. For 8 Euros. So we’re happy to quote the slogan of the small state of Panama: »Pro Mundi Beneficio«, »For the welfare of the world «. And to yours!
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Panama | Potsdamer Straße 91, 10785 Berlin |  Tue to Sat from 6 p.m. | +49 (0)30 983 208 435 or hello@oh-panama.com | oh-panama.com | Photo: Philipp Langenheim & Corina Schadendorf

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Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 29. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Tell me about yourself!

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The prettiest knickers of the world come from Berlin. Okay, the prettiest Bikinis, too. And that’s not just our opinion, it’s a fact – because we discovered Anekdot. That’s the name of the label owned by Sofie, a Swedish designer and Berliner by choice. The unique part: her charming, flattering under and swim wear creations are exclusively hand-made from surplus material from Berlin’s luxury fashion industry. Upcycling at it’s best and also the perfect set-up for the brand name. Because each piece of material has its very own story – seeing as it was once chosen to be turned into a designer gown, a wedding dress, a negligee or whatever and end up as a left-over, going the way all earthly things go. Anecdotes that turn into favourite undies and bikinis. That’s about as sweet as it gets. Each piece of the collection is limited and made for women who want to please. Themselves. Or in other words: „Anekdot collections are made to empower conscious women.“ We have nothing to add to that and are proud to be giving away the ‚Cherry Blossom Set‘, comprised of hipster pants and an adjustable triangle bra made of silky, floral feel-good material to the particularly talkative amongst you. Send an email headlining ‚HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE!‘ to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de.
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ANEKDOT | anekdotboutique.com | Instagram | Photo: Ankedot / The Motel Collection

Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Bernd Kolb

The 2 Minute Interview

Bernd Kolb is mastermind, lateral thinker, visionary and founder of the Club of Marrakesh, entrepreneur and he himself says with a wink: man with a mission. And this is how that came about. As former top manager, entrepreneur of the year and director for innovation at Deutsche Telekom, he began to deal with the great challenges of our global consumer society and looking for possible approaches for a positive and sustainable future. He explored the question why, against better judgement, it is so difficult for us to think and act sustainably and found answers in the encounter with inspiring people who gave him an understanding of the wisdom of ancient Asian cultures. He captured these moments of knowledge and solidarity with his camera and is presenting them as we speak and until the end of September in the exhibition ATMAN at the Malzfabrik Berlin. We wanted to know more and spoke to Bernd about the truly important things: wisdom, the meaning of life and the European Football Championship, of course. A must read! Oh yeah, and what was that going on the year 2046?

Name: Bernd Kolb
Age: 53
Home: Yogyakarta (Java)
Profession: Man with a mission ;)
Show size: 44
Favourite place: Yogyakarta
Contact: www.berndkolb.com

What is the meaning of life?
The meaning lies in discovering your true self, unfolding it and making it bloom. Then everything we do has meaning.

Who is going to be European Football Champion?
Ha! I have to admit that I find that less interesting than the question itself in relation to the other questions. But it is possible that for some, the question is of such importance that it goes hand in hand with the meaning of life. ;)

What would you change in the world if you had the chance and the power to?„God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” (Reinhold Niebuhr)

What is wisdom?
For me, wisdom means “feeling” beyond thinking. “Experiencing” without judging or classifying. “To be one” deeply within, beyond “me” and “you”. Just pure “being” and solidarity beyond appearances.

Which moment changed everything?
I don’t know if one moment can change everything. To me, each moment is also  development. If I even notice it, that moment. When I am here and consciously experience it. “Panta Rhei”, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once put it: „Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.“

Tell us a magical place, anywhere in the world!
There is a truly magical place in Berlin at the moment, the Malzfabrik. Now I’m not saying that for marketing purposes, I really mean it.

Do you have a hobby we didn’t know about?
I HONESTLY do not have a hobby – I ONLY do things that have meaning for me and bring me joy. That’s not just a saying, I’m deeply serious about it ☺

You meet your 18-year-old self. Which advice would you give yourself?
That is a beautiful question. Because it assumes that you can actually meet yourself. And in this encounter lies the advice itself: recognise who is meeting who.

What would you like to be better at?
Drawing.

What should everyone have done once in their life.
In a modern context I would advise everyone to go on a sabbatical in the middle of their life. To leave the routines and habits, to give yourself space and time. Dive into adventures, don’t make plans, discover the new, in yourself and around you!

You are re-incarnated – as what?
I believe that we always stay alive and it’s just the form that changes. Which is more important than we think. Because everything we “comprehend” as a form is just a figment of our mind and has nothing to do with life as such. That is also what ATMAN is about. What starts as a concrete image in our cognition dissolves in form and becomes pure consciousness, feeling, empathy – the essence of being human. Those who can feel and feel for others will live sustainably and peacefully. It is a question of consciousness, of recognising that matter is NOT the most important.

You are travelling in a time machine, which year do you set it to?
2046

With which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to go out for drinks?
It’s hard to pick out just one. There are too many that I find equally interesting. But it would definitely be nice to meet my line of ancestors.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you?
Rice.

What are you afraid of?
Honestly: nothing. Fear is a bad advisor.

When was the last time you had a good laugh and what was it about?
I laugh a lot and mostly about myself! :)

What should no one about about you?
Untruths and prejudices. Anyone is allowed to know everything true about me, I don’t lead a double life ☺

What question should we have asked you?
Only you can answer that.

Last words:
Thank you.

Photo: Raimar von Wienskowski

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Bei meiner Seele

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A dark room, at the end a larger than life portrait of a person. The image glows from within, the stare pierces the shell of our humanity and makes its way into our core. The encounter is true and moving, as if we had really met vis-à-vis. ATMAN is a word from ancient Indian Sanskrit and means “soul”. It describes the immortal, true, individual self of a person. In the over 3,000-year-old Vedic scriptures, ATMAN is the divine spark within us, it’s what remains when we are totally centred, free of all illusiveness and aspiration. The state we try to reach with yoga, meditation, self-awareness exercises and diet. Bernd Kolb – visionary, mastermind and former director for innovation at Deutsche Telekom – deals with the great challenges of our global consumer society and possible approaches for a positive and sustainable future. He explored the question why, against better judgement, it is so difficult for us to think and act sustainably and found answers in the encounter with inspiring people who gave him an understanding of the wisdom of ancient Asian cultures. He captured these moments of knowledge and solidarity with his camera. His unusual photography lets us re-discover the inner abundance of humans, it is a visual and emotional experience at the same time. After the great success of his book, the ATMAN exhibition is opening tonight at the Malzfabrik Berlin. Bernd Kolb himself will be present at the vernissage, secretary for cultural affairs Tim Renner will be giving the laudatory speech. The exhibition will be open until September 30th and can only be visited in small, guided groups. Various talks turn the event into meditative and sensory experience that inevitably puts the focus on the visitor. As a special highlight, we will be giving that experience a sensory and culinary extension from September 15th to 30th with a GOLDEN DINNER meets ATMAN special. Following the exhibition, we will be lighting up a sea of candles in and around the exhibition area in the Fight Club of the Malzfabrik every evening, setting the scene for the sensual, the wonderful and the delicious and serving a thematically harmonised, top-class three course menu, spiced with musical delicacies. Tickets to the exhibition and the dinner can be ordered for 89 Euro at dinner@muxmaeuschenwild.de
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ATMAN – Space for Experience | June 1st to September 30th 2016 | Malzfabrik Berlin, Bessemerstr. 2-14, 12103 Berlin | Entrance 12 Euro | atman.de | Facebook | Foto: Bernd Kolb

Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 01. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

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If we generously overlook presidential candidates with blond second-hand hairdo’s and an intellect-allergy and a few other bits and bobs, we can all agree: many good things come from America. What Homer Simpson, Dexter Morgan and – according to the cliché – innumerable American police officers have known for a long time and are spreading into the world: One of the best exports from the states is the American punctured pastry, commonly known as the donut. Now Berlin just wouldn’t be Berlin if it didn’t offer a contemporary adaption of the sweet and glazed yeast dough pastry. Last weekend, the passionate bakers Bram and Jessica opened Europe’s first vegan Donut shop at the Maybachufer. What began as a small present for a birthday party has now become a business model for the two friends of the loop. After their creations gathered fans at various markets, they have now made their colourful dream come true with this small café. The long queue at the opening and the happy-yet-distressed post on facebook at 4 pm – „We are sold out of Donuts for now“ – go to show that there is a donut beyond all the grease! The 29 variations of Brammibal’s Donuts, from Speculatius to chocolate with pretzels, from matcha to blueberry-vanilla to vegan bacon with coconut, all do without animal content or additives but with plenty of great taste. Well howdy, that’s finger licking awesome or something along those lines!
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Brammibal’s Donuts | Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin | Tue – Fri 8 am to 6 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am to 8 pm |
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Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 25. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Chez Maurice

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We were having dinner at our favourite restaurant right around the corner in Bötzowstraße 39. A middle-aged lady in a colourful suit – also a regular guest, like us – was sitting at the table next to us with her companion. They were having an animated every day conversation while we were intensely studying the minimalistic menu of Chez Maurice. Minimalistic meaning that, besides appetizers such as tuna tartar in asparagus emulsion, onion soup au gratin or warm goat’s cheese, there are only 6 dishes you can order. There’s beef, fish, two creations from white meat and a vegetarian dish. As well as the all-time favourite black pudding with apple slices glazed in thyme caramel, onion jam and mashed potatoes. The lunch menu even includes an inexpensive two or three course meal with seasonal ingredients fresh from the market. There’s really no point in stressing yourself to order the right dish – they are all cooked to perfection, beautifully composed, gloriously simple and yet so refined.  Chez Maurice was originally a wine and delicatessen shop when it opened in 1997 to offer imported wines from small French vineyards at reasonable prices. In the meantime, the dining area has grown a bit, but the nostalgic décor is still covered in wine bottles – no trends, no chichi, but a whole lot of substance. The atmosphere reminds us more of a meal with friends in a not-so-hyped Parisian district than of visiting a restaurant in the traffic-calmed area of Prenzlauer Berg. This is how it’s done! In the end, the good food, phenomenal wines and the perfect evening have made us feel full and happy. The lady from the next table apparently feels the same. She takes her leave with an elated “bye-BYE!” directed at everyone in the room. After a few minutes, she comes rushing back in. She’s forgotten something. Some documents she had had locked away in the counter. It happens. She has a good laugh about her own forgetfulness and waves cheerfully, before she gets into the black Audi waiting in front of the door. No bodyguards, no hype, no stress – just “Maurice”, Angela Merkel and really good food. We’ll be back.
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Chez Maurice | Bötzowstraße 39, 10407 Berlin | open daily 6-11 pm, lunch special: Tue-Fri 12-3.30 pm, Sat 12-3 pm | chez-maurice.com

Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 18. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Brando

The 2 Minute Interview

Brando is actually called Marlon, who would have thought! Ok, so tall, dark, handsome…, we’ll take him! What’s much more important, the boy can sing! About things, with words, humour and brains. Born in Berlin, raised at Lake Constance, now back home, at the Boxi (Boxhagener Platz) and its surroundings.  That’s were his first album „Nur der Anfang“ (Just the beginning) was created, which we’re playing up and down here every day because it is full of text and poetry, because it makes us think, hope and feel in the now. So now we want to know more and are going to ask. Bring it on!

Name: Brando
Age: 30
Home: Berlin
Profession: Musician
Shoe size: big
Favourite quote: „The more lavish the plan, the more complicated the deed.“ Erich Kästner
Contact: brando.audio | Youtube

What does Berlin sound like?
Always different.

If your album is just the beginning, what’s next?
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet

A decision you’ll never regret:
Having recorded this album. Despite all the difficulties, the detours and the long time it all took – all the hassle was so worth it.

Who or what inspires you?
A lot of my music is about stories and the description of a world of images in which they all take place. A lot of inspiration comes from films that combine a fascinating story with strong images. From independent and underground to mainstream – from ‚Jess Franco‘ to ‚Tony Scott‘ or ‚Christopher Nolan‘ – from ‚City of God‘ and ‚She Killed in Ecstasy‘ to ‚Star Wars‘ or ‚Blade Runner‘.

What do you sing under the shower?
Now matter how hard I listen every day – it’s just so loud in there, I can never understand. Really.

Island, iPod, just three songs. Which ones?
If I ever end up on an island, nothing will matter anymore anyway. So: „Billie Holiday – Warpaint“; „Sugar Man – Rodriguez“; „Crimson – Morcheeba“ or „Maggot brain – Funkadelic“.

What did you dream of last night?
That Russel Westbrook and Oklahoma City Thunder won the NBA-Championship. But I have that dream every night.

Which characteristics do you appreciate in a person?
Honesty & loyalty.

What did you want to grow up to be as a child?
Something fun that I’m good at.

With which famous person would you like to go out for drinks?
Marlon Brando or Cara Delevigne.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you?
Spaghetti à la reality TV. When are you coming? Tell me quick!

What are you afraid of?
Prejudices

When was last time you tried something new and what was it?
I recorded an album recently.

What should no one know about you?
I can be a really disgusting nerd when it comes to music and films.

What question should we have asked?
What questions? Why isn’t there a synonym for synonym? How much does a house weigh? Can Gargamel really turn Smurfs into gold?

Last words:
Cordon Sport.

Photo: Caspar Hees

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 18. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

From sidewalk to skyline

A clear, powerful, hypnotic voice. An uncomplicated soprano without all the nerve-wracking, hysterical trebles. A frugally applied vibrato giving a delicate melody just the right twist. A touch of brittleness in the right places, some smoke, some blues. Before even having taken one look at Alice Phoebe Lou, her voice, accompanied by a guitar, carried through the Mauerpark or wafting along the Warschauer Brücke, will completely enchant you. Alice takes you with her to the wonderland on the streets of the capital. After having independently completed her debut album „Orbit“ she will be performing her jazzy-folky-bluesy arrangements on Friday, May 13th in the Passionskirche in Berlin. As in: a real concert with a stage, audience, tickets – the whole shebang. Besides Phoebe’s incomparable vocals, we can look forward to a brilliant show, a celebration of life with many acquainted musicians, dancers and trapeze artists. Tickets are available at a price of 25 Euro a pop here. Or send us an email headlining ‚SOMETIMES I THINK OF SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST‘ to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de. Maybe then something crazy could happen and you’ll end up winning 2 tickets.
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Concert Alice Phoebe Lou | May 13th 2016 from 7 pm | Passionskirche Berlin, Marheinekeplatz 1, 10961 Berlin | alicephoebelou.com | Video

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Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 11. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare