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I just found out that a few unique screen prints of these wonderful Gilgamesh illustrations by artist Franziska Leischker are still available for purchase. The illustrations show key scenes from the Ancient Near Eastern epic of Gilgamesh and were originally created by Franziska for the Gilgamesh exhibition in the August Kestner Museum that we wrote about here and here.
The motifs are:
1) The Ziggurat of Uruk; 2) Enkidu, the savage; 3) Enkidu and Shamhat; 4) In Humbaba’s forest; 5) Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight Ishtar’s Bull; 6) Gilgamesh at Enkidu’s deathbed; 7) Siduri’s tavern at the world’s end; 8) The Babylonian Noah; 9) Gilgamesh fetching the Herb of Immortality.
For purchase and details contact Franziska Leischker directly!

Credits: All images © Franziska Leischker

The exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin shows a collection of over four hundred vintage photographs taken by Dennis Hopper, the famous artist, director and actor. The photos were taken in the sixties and show the spirit of that era, portraying many iconic persons like Andy Warhol, Paul Newman and Martin Luther King.

The rather small exhibition displayed all photographs behind flat glass cabinets on the wall. The originals were of excellent quality and comfortably visible throughout the exhibition. The motifs were most compelling and show the sixties through the eyes of the famous actor. After the death of Dennis Hopper, the forgotten photographs were rediscovered in five boxes. Hopper selected them himself before his death for his first big exhibition.

I enjoyed the exhibition very much and was positively surprised by the wonderful pictures, because I was not aware that Dennis Hopper was a photographer. What I liked the most were the motifs of the “hippie movement” (to which Hopper counted himself) as well as the series of bikers, which reminded of the film “Easy Rider”. The photographs offer a unique insight into that time. Even though there were about 400 photographs on display, the exhibition was quite small and I would have wished for two or three more rooms.

Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this exhibition, it is worth having a look!

Image: © Sebastian Hageneuer

Today a friend of mine led me to a new feature of GoogleMaps. If you feel like taking a walk through the halls of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, you can explore the museum at Google Maps! Enjoy an undisturbed visit and take as much time as you want to take a look at the Ishtar Gate or the grave of Assurnasirpal. There are other museums to explore too, so give it a try, also: thanks to Stephan!
http://goo.gl/maps/lDbOK


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