A Morning with Gerhard Richter


I would like to say that S was really interested in the Richter panarama at the Neue Nationalgalerie, but after the first few squeegee paintings (ohhhh, pink! well-oh!), she lost focus. You know, ’cause she’s two.

That’s when this tube of lip balm proofed particularly handy.


And when that failed, there was always the iPhone.


In the end, I didn’t get to look as closely at everything as I would have wished to and we didn’t even make it to the permanent collection, but I’m still glad we went and we can always go again. A few people even mentioned how cute S was, which was weird and obviously those people were not Berliners. Luckily, a museum docent came by to disparage me over S’s clothes. Wouldn’t want to feel too confident parenting my own child! Thanks Berlin!

Obviously I can’t stay focused either.

The Neue Nationalgalerie is part of the Kulturforum, [former] West Berlin’s Museuminsel substitute. The building was designed by Mies van der Rohe, something that cannot be fully appreciated with the current special exhibition, which has taken over the ground floor. Still very much worth it. I’m hoping to go back soon!


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