A great brunch place, where you can have coffee and just sit back for hours, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
This café is very special – it’s kept the look of its former incarnation, an apothecary, and serves great coffee!
A beautiful oasis of nature, not far from the city.
If you’re a predator like me, and live for the thrill of the hunt, check out this amazing flea market, where I always find some beautiful antique or other.
My favourite Italian restaurant.
Come here to witness true love for food and the Italian way of life.
The best and freshest sushi around.
A great lunch spot where everything is prepared with love and seasonal produce.
I get all my works framed at this place because they simply do a great job. A cool store for artists and art lovers!
Fine dining in a beautiful French restaurant, where the Berlin art scene eats and exhibits its work.
The Soho House in Berlin is always a cool place to hang out at and meet like-minded people.
I will exhibit my work there until the 7th of March. I’d be delighted if you were to stop by during the Berlin Gallery Weekend and have a look!
They always show awesome photography exhibitions!
The area of the Museumsinsel is not so much about going into the museums themselves, but more about strolling around on a sunny day, finding a cosy little spot to sit down and enjoying the vibe.
You have to visit this wonderful gallery, which always exhibits the best of international contemporary art.
Jivamukti yoga is the kind of yoga I feel best with. There is also another studio in Kreuzberg. Find your inner peace!
My thoughts about Berlin
I came to visit Berlin for the first time on my graduation trip in 1999. For me, coming from a village like Würzburg, this was pretty much the coolest thing I could imagine – I was absolutely amazed by the city. Nowadays I really appreciate my network here and I love how ready the access to art is. Living here means living in an amazing art hub. This city gives you a lot, but it also demands a lot of you. I always say Berlin is like a whore that can’t get enough. She takes up all your day and then she also wants the night. To me, Berlin cruel and gracious at once .
Take a vacation into My life
After graduating from high school in my hometown of Würzburg when I was nineteen, I just wanted to leave. Even though Würzburg is a university town with a lot of students around, it’s still a little village, and I wanted to get as far away as possible.
Back then, everybody was doing Interrail, and Alex Garland had recently published his book ‘The Beach’, which inspired me a great deal. I decided to go on a journey around the world, living the solitary backpacker’s life for a while (until my studies started, for which I had already enrolled – philosophy and English and whatnot). In the course of my travels, I unexpectedly stumbled into my first artistic performance in Africa, during my stay with the Himba tribe. They covered me in red paint and locked me in a circle of lances. When I woke up and came to, there was all this red paint dripping down my body and I started drawing words with it on my skin. At that moment, it became clear to me that the ‘Word’ had led me to Africa, just as it would lead me to performing afterwards.
With this newfound insight, I returned to Germany, left my old student apartment and got myself a studio. Ever since then – 2008 – all I’ve been doing is making art. In the beginning, of course, I had to make ends meet by working many part-time jobs, like modelling, waiting and babysitting. I’ve been around, I guess.
In 2010, I got my first very own gallery, and slowly but surely managed to make a living out of it. I spent some time in New York, came back, moved to Berlin. I applied for drama school, and even got in – it wasn’t for me, in the end, but that took me one and a half years to figure out. Acting made me realise I don’t want to be told what to do, I don’t want to be exploited. However, even though I’d quit drama school, I had still managed to find my footing in Berlin. Next, I found it in Frankfurt, where I lived and worked for a while when I was awarded an art grant there, and was also offered my own exhibition.
These days I’m back in Berlin, where I have a great studio, but I still have a smaller one in Frankfurt. I also own a small garage in L.A. where I can always live and work, which I started using back in the days when I was sharing a flat with Roland Emmerich’s gardener.
All the women in the world, but most of all my mother. She is a textile designer and painter. I’d say my mom is the Rauschenberg of the 21st Century. She’s taken on everything relating to colour and dialectic, and she taught me Goethe’s theory of colour, as well as collage and rapport.
There are also the grand dames of art, from Marina Abramovic to Cindy Sherman to Jenny Holzer.
I do think, however, that women are still struggling to find their place in the art world and are not exhibited as often as men are.
I want to emphasise the fact that it’s possible to live in both worlds, that of an artist and that of a mother. That you can be both a hard worker and a woman. I admire all the ladies who are working, doing something they love, while maintaining a firm grasp on their femininity.
‘She’s nuts’ they’d say. ‘She can be very exhausting but you also always have the best time with her. She is always there for you and would do anything for you. She is a little insecure, which you would never think. She’s full of fear and has no fear at all at the same time. She never considers herself too good for something. She is lovable and she can give love.’
Goethe. If it were possible I’d really love to meet him. My favourite quote of his is ‘Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, weiß was ich leide’, which more or less translates to ‘only those who know longing know what I suffer’.
I love L.A. because I’ve been there so many times and can always live and work there. There are so many freaks in this city, which makes it the perfect place for me. I also have a special relation to the island of Ibiza. My parents went there for their honeymoon and the photo album from that trip was always lying under my pillow when I was a child. I used to look at it every night before going to sleep, and I think it had an immense impact on me.
My own child was conceived on Ibiza, too. 😉
Do everything and never give up! That doesn’t sound very deep, I know, but for me it absolutely makes sense and it is the truth. Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries but you just have to keep going!
From the 28th to the 30th of April it’s Gallery Weekend in Berlin, where I will have my works exhibited at the wonderful gallery Friedmann-Hahn – pop in and check it out! Wielandstrasse 14 in Charlottenburg!
broadening your horizon. I believe that you do much better work and are able to give back to this world much more when you have a little bit of knowledge about it.
Artist Portrait Mia Florentine Weiss by Sabine Carbon for Galerie Friedmann-Hahn.