Walk On: BAPS Guide to Art Tourism

Berlin artparasites, let’s face it: it is effing freezing out these days. I don’t know about you, but I can barely force myself out into the snow when lives, incomes or parties are at stake, so my art-intake collapses to a bare minimum this time of year. Instead I find myself at home (often in bed) googling getaways and imaging all the art I could be taking in if only I were in gallery far far away.  And so, here it is, the official Berlin-Artparasites guide to the best art getaways in Berlin and beyond.

Boros Bunker in Berlin. Photo: itulu26

Sometimes you need to get away, but you only have a Saturday. My recommendation? The Boros Bunker. Don’t deny it: you’ve heard the name, you’ve read the BAPS review, and perhaps you’ve been horrified by the thought of the waiting list. Now hear this: today is the day. This does not have to be the winter of your discontent. You can stay in Berlin and getaway with a brief trip to the bunker. As of this publication, spots are available as soon as the 1st of March, so book now.

Close Your Eyes and Think of England

Two words: public art. I’ve heard it said that Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” is the world’s greatest piece of contemporary public art, but I’ve got something a little more, prehistoric in mind: Stonhenge. That’s right, I said it: Stonehenge. Myth, legend, and X-files fodder aside, this monumental installation is perhaps one of the oldest pieces of public art still in existence, so tell me that’s not worth a quick trip.

Stonehenge. Photo: LitasWorld

Of course, if you have something a little more contemporary in mind, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Antoney Gormley’s “Angel of the North.” Overlooking Low Fell, at the peak of a hill, Gormley’s Christ-like construction measures 20 meters tall, with wings measuring 54 meters across and angled 3.5 degrees forward to create "a sense of embrace.”

 Angel of the North. Photo: sidibousaid60

Manifest Destiny, it’s the real deal. Man and most definitely womankind were meant to move westward — towards the sand, the sun and some of the world's greatest surrealist sculpture. The brainchild of eccentric English poet and artist Edward James, Las Pozas, dates back to 1947 when the exiled patron of the arts acquired a coffee plantation near Xilitla and began the creation of his “Surrealist Xanadu.”