Eager to distance themselves from their imperialist past and embody the new ideals of the Soviet state, the architects of Communist Russia created avant-garde structures with a social purpose. Through July 9, the exhibition “Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin combines vintage photographs, period artwork and current images to explore the Constructivist movement that rose out of the Russian Revolution.
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The world of travel moves fast! Let’s keep up–together. On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:
Brooklyn’s Like Buttah
*Berlin’s new airport is grounded! The opening date for the highly anticipated Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER) has been pushed from June 3 to an “after the summer break” undetermined date. (via USA Today)
*Hungover in Vegas? The “Hangover Heaven” bus will have you feeling better and back to the bar in no time. On the bus, treatment can take less than an hour for a $90 basic IV of saline solution, B vitamins and vitamin C. A premium package, $150, includes two bags. (via Miami Herald)
*Pay your taxes or stay home. A measure approved by the U.S. Senate authorizes the State Department, as instructed by the IRS, to take the passport of any American citizen with a back tax debt of more than $50,000. The bill is still required to pass the House and the President, before it can become law. (via San Francisco Chronicle)
*Klout & Cathay Pacific partner. A Klout score of 40 or higher now grants you entrance to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge at San Francisco Airport. (via Code Nast Traveler)
*Brooklyn people are the luckiest people in the world: Barbra Streisand will perform in her native borough for the first time evah! …at the Barclays Center on October 11. (via AOL.com)
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United Buddy Bears in Berlin
Berlin once again invites you to come play with its bears.
What began as an art project for the streets of Berlin ten years ago, has evolved into a worldwide, touring celebration of tolerance and cultural diversity. The United Buddy Bears are sculptures representing the various countries of the United Nations–each bear created by an artist from the country it showcases. According to organizers, “this was the only way to ensure that the circle of United Buddy Bears become a reflection of the cultural diversity of our one world… Through varying representations of culture, history, people, landscapes, economic aspects, music and traditions, many areas of life are portrayed to make people curious about the individual countries.”
The Buddy Bears stand together hand in hand in a peaceful circle, promoting understanding among different nations, cultures and religions. Each one is unique; each one is pretty damn cute.
Since its official premiere in 2002, the art installation has appeared in 22 exhibitions and toured all 5 inhabited continents. Now they are back in Berlin, being presented on the Ku’damm, at the corner of Knesebeckstraße, through October 3.
Make friends with the Buddy Bears anytime; it’s free of charge.
(Photos courtesy of United Buddy Bears)