It could be funny, but then it is not.
Giti Nourbakhsch ( and I am going to say the name correctly just this once out of respect) announced she is closing her gallery in March, via a YouTube video, where she is dancing to Udo Lindenberg's "Ich mache mein Ding" or short "Mein Ding". (This is something like Sinatra's I do it my way, but then again not really. )
I watched the video in awe, I am really surprised it has not been on everyone's facebook page for days. This is a punk move! FROM A GALLERIST! The car is parked with the doors open, Giti jumps around, the dog also kind of moves back and forth, I kept thinking she will get in the car and drive off screen, but she doesn't, she kind of stops, and out breath, makes a little bow.
Why is one of Berlin's more prominent galleries closing news- News to concern us? Maybe because she came at a time when Berlin's "finally happening" seemed just around the corner (and now...), maybe because it is speculated that the gallerie was left out of Art Basel. AGAIN! , maybe because this is another indication that the (German) art scene is a men's men's world (is it?), or maybe an indication that the german art scene will never fully accept us crazy expatriates. ( This is of course partly a choise made by both sides. I have, for example just realized, that the singer's Udo last name and the director's of National Gallerie Udo last name are NOT as similar as I thought; they are not even close.)
In any case this is part of a thread discussion about it in fb - the only discussion I have seen so far and facebook at its best, where it is reading the newspaper and discussing it in the "Kafeneion" at the same time -- Also... find out more in David Ullrichs article
On the subject of what does Berlin need and what does Berlin really NOT need the Haben und Brauchen -Manifesto is ready! It is online since 23.01 for everyone to have a look. Here
. You can also buy it for 3euro in the usual bookstores + bbk. Sunday 29.01 it is again discussion time in Salon Populair. Discussion AND Workshop in fact, these people have really no mercy.
I had a peek, and appart from the first page that looks like a package of cigarettes warning for the extra blind, it runs down smoothly after that. Only 9 pages, in two columns and there are drawings too, some a bit weirder than others but mostly to the point.