Valeska was born 1979 in Rome, Italy and moved to Berlin in 1999. She holds an MA in Art History, Italian Philology and Modern History. Valeska is passionate about contemporary art and architecture and likes to stroll and rummage around flea markets. As soon as there is a sunny weekend, you will probably find her cycling somewhere on the outskirts of Berlin.
my preferred spot for a morning coffee
my favourite cultural institutions
Oranienburger Str. 18
Located in Berlin, London and Los Angeles, Sprüth Magers is one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries. In 2008 the gallery established its flagship space in a former dancehall in Berlin Mitte – not far from the city’s Museum Island.
KÖNIG GALERIE, ST. AGNES
The gallery is located in a monumental former church built in the 1960s in the Brutalist style. The exhibitions take place in two different spaces, the former chapel and nave. The renovations were realized by architect Arno Brandlhuber.
The private collection with 3000 sqm exhibition space is housed in a former bunker built in 1942. After the Second World War the bunker served as a Red Army prison, then as a warehouse for fruit from Cuba and then, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a techno club.
here’s where I buy my books
DUSSMANN DAS KULTURKAUFHAUS
Not really fancy, but Berlin's largest bookstore. In addition to the massive and amazing selection of books, Dussmann offers a wide range of CDs and DVDs, too. You can easily spend your entire day on the comfy couches looking through all books.
an additional local shop I support
NEUROTITAN SHOP & GALLERY
Rosenthaler Str. 39
If you have an interest in street art, then the Haus Schwarzenberg courtyard and it’s Neurotitan are a must see. Neurotitan is a gallery, bookshop, comic and record store in one. The gallery supports artists ranging between experiment, subculture and established. The bookshop offers prints and other self-published items next to graphic novels and books about art, street art and design.
this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends
A very nice and cosy vesper bar in a rustic atmosphere which serves Franco-German food and wine specialities. The cold platters with some great regional products are just amazing: tasty cheese and sausages combined with stone baked fresh sour crust bread, good butter, sweet-sour mustard and fine pickles.
HIRSCH & EBER
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Best Burger in Berlin! All burgers are made of truly wild boar trapped in Germany’s woods. Hirsch & Eber uses regional products only and all ingredients are organic, the buns are handmade and all french fries, sauces and dips are homemade. Try the fries with thymine and sea salt - the ultimate culinary experience.
here I dine when there’s something to celebrate
Potsdamer Strasse 91
Nice atmosphere and beautifully designed restaurant. The Panama serves creative and unique high quality food. The small dishes are divided into sections - raw, leaves and flowers / grains and vegetables / meat and fish / desserts. The service is excellent and the menu a true culinary adventure.
my favourite pizza spot
Görlitzer Strasse 63
no website (phone +49 (0)30 629 010 09)
I grew up with the owners, we all went to the same school in Rome. They are serving authentic Italian dishes. Excellent food takes its time - you need to be patient. An evening at De' Noantri feels like being back home in Rome.
my bar of choice
My favorite aperitivo bar in Berlin. You can order classics like Aperol Spritz, Negroni, or prosecco alongside an extensive wine list. Drinks are served in authentic Italian tradition with a platter of delicious Italian snacks.
additional things not to be missed
Not every story about Berlin and its airports ends as happily as the one about the former Tempelhof airport does. After the airport closed in 2008, the city of Berlin reclaimed the 380-hectare open space and turned it into a public park. Today, the area has a 6 kilometer cycling, skating and jogging trail and an enormous picnic, BBQ and dog area.
Berlin ist not really a beautiful city, but a city with a lot of history to tell. This subterranean museum offers guided tours, exploring Berlin's hidden network of tunnels and shelters and its underground history, such as WWII bunkers and subway tunnels or escape tunnels between East and West Berlin.
the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller
Charlotte Høyem, fashion designer in Oslo.
Valeska Hageney, Berlin
Valeska has worked for several years for various galleries in Berlin and was managing director at a private collection in Berlin. Furthermore she works as an independent curator and author.
In 2011 Valeska founded the non-commercial exhibition space REH Kunst in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. What made this project unique was the fact that it combined art with the distinctive physical set-up of a hall extension (RaumErweiterungsHalle). The space united art, mobile architecture and GDR nostalgia. In 2016 Valeska was co-curator of the project space Centrum in Berlin-Neukölln.
Together with Silvia Volz she curated the exhibition „Paperworlds. Childhood Drawings by Contemporary Artists“ including works by Norbert Bisky, John Bock, Jonathan Meese, Michael Sailstorfer, Rosemarie Trockel or Thomas Zipp. The exhibitions was shown at the me Collectors Room Berlin and at the Buchheim Museum near Munich.
1) Installation view, The Dynamic Sublime Device, REH Kunst, Berlin 2012
2) Installation view, I kill you before I leave, Reh Kunst, Berlin 2013
3) This Red Door hosted by REH Kunst, Berlin 2014
4) Installation view, PAPERWORLDS, me Collectors Room Berlin, 2014; photo: Jonas Wilisch
5) Installation view, Triangularities, Centrum Berlin, 2016; photo: Merve Terzi
6) Installation view, New Adventures in Vexillology 3, Kunstverein Amrum, 2017; photo: Sandra Hermannsen
added january 2018
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