With Inflation This High…

We might as well get high ourselves.

Germany Moves Ahead With Plan to Legalize Cannabis Sales – The German government is setting in motion plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready in the year’s second half.

Well, Which One Is It?

Graffiti or culture?

Berlin show pays homage to 50 years of graffiti culture – One of the longest open-air exhibitions, which celebrates 50 years of graffiti history, opened Thursday in Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm boulevard.

Spanning a 1.2-kilometer strip of the well-known avenue, “All we wrote – the Passion of Graffiti” is a journey through the history of graffiti culture, from its marginal beginnings in New York in the 1970s to its rise as a “cool” and “mainstream” art-from in the age of social media.

Couldn’t They Just Cancel It Altogether?

Please? For health reasons? And then there’s COVID too.

Berlin Shortens Film Festival, Requires Vaccination and Testing – The 2022 Berlinale hopes new COVID-19 restrictions will allow it to have in-person screenings and events in February.

The Berlin International Film Festival has cut three days off its official screening schedule for 2022 and introduced new coronavirus measures, requiring attendees to be both fully vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, plus show a recent negative COVID test.

Berlin 2022 will now run Feb. 10-16, with the festival’s Gold and Silver Bear honors handed out on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The final four days of the festival, Feb. 17-20, will feature repeat screenings of festival titles in cinemas around the German capital. Traditionally, Berlin sets aside one day for these “public screenings.”

A Plan To Kill Millions Of Germans?

No need. The Germans are committing collective suicide on their own (no children, migrant madness, etc.).

Max, a German Jew who lost his wife and child in the Holocaust, has gotten a job with the Nuremberg water supply department in the aftermath of World War II. While rebuilding the war-ravaged facilities, he comes across a blueprint of the entire system. Using his artistic skills, he quickly copies it on paper and brings it back to a secret Jewish group that’s plotting a massive act of revenge for the Shoah.

It may sound like a larger-than-life thriller, but this story is actually true — and it’s the subject of a new film, “Plan A,” by Israeli fraternal directors Yoav and Doron Paz.

German Of The Day: Coronamüde

That means corona-tired.

And who isn’t coronamüde these days?

The never-ending game of Regulation Roulette has resulted in an array of responses across Berlin and its many different art scenes. The overall effect is a pervasive sense of coronamüde (literally “corona-tired”) but, beyond that—as gallerist Tanja Wagner put it—“everyone has a completely different take on the situation.”

And You Thought That Art Today Was Trash

How could you not? But some of this older stuff might still be of value to someone, one would think.

“Can I toss this or is it part of the exhibition?”

German police say 17th century paintings found in highway dumpster – An art expert has concluded that the paintings by Pietro Belloti and Samuel van Hoogstraten are originals.

Crappy Films A Comin’

Corona Or Not. Crappy and politicized. But crappy.

Crappy

The 71st Berlin festival will be a unique event. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Berlin 2021 will be split into two stages. From March 1 through March 5, the festival will hold an online-only event mainly for the international industry. The European Film Market will also go virtual, following a model established last year by the likes of Cannes and the American Film Market in Santa Monica.

An in-person festival in the German capital, with red-carpet screenings and gala events, is planned for June 9-June 20.

 

Syringeworthy

Stunning and brave or something.

Flight

German pilot Samy Kramer has traced a giant syringe in the sky, flying 200 kilometers to remind people about the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Europe.

“There are still relatively many people opposing the vaccination and my action may be a reminder for them to think about the topic, to get things moving.”