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Andrew Varlamov

Vernissage at the Gallery

Andrew Varlamov

Bode Museum

Museum Island, Berlin, Germany

January 6, 2013, 09:01 UTC (10:01 local time)

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The Bode Museum is one of the groups of museums on the Museum Island in Berlin, Germany; it is a historically preserved building. The museum was designed by architect Ernst von Ihne and completed in 1904. Originally called the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum after Emperor Frederick III, the museum was renamed in honour of its first curator, Wilhelm von Bode, in 1956.

It is suitable place to remember how Mshatta Facade was acquired in 1902-1903 owing to political relations of Germany and Ottoman Empire and despite restrictive 1884 Regulation of Ancient Monuments.

The facade was a gift from the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II to Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. A large part of it was brought to the then Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (now the Bode Museum) in Berlin in 1903. It was reconstructed as a 33 metres long, 5 metres high facade, with two towers, and parts of a central gateway. In 1932 it was reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum. It was seriously damaged during the Second World War and the bombardment of Berlin. Today, it is one of the most important exhibits of the Museum fur Islamische Kunst in the Pergamon Museum, and a key monument of early Islamic art and architecture, demonstrating early forms of the arabesque and also animals carved in relief.

You can interpret these events as cultural/technology exchange as colonialist rivals in the cultural sphere.

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Location

Europe / Germany

Lat: 52° 31' 19.77" N
Long: 13° 23' 36.96" E

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: smc PENTAX-DA Fish-Eye 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED (IF)
Tripod: BENRO A-058
Panohead: Nodal Ninja 5
PC Software: PTGui Pro 9.1.7 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by February 26, 2013), Pano2QTVR Pro Flash version 1.6.6 by Thomas Rauscher

Behind the scene : other panorama shooted this day

The Kupfergraben arm of the Spree river - pay attention to traces of World War II on the wall of the nearest building.
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