The Schwules Museum is a critically important institution. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of LGBT-related art and artifacts. It holds an extensive archive of photographs, videos, films, sound recordings, autographs, art works, and ephemera dating back to 1896, much of which plays an invaluable role in the researching and documentation of queer history in Germany and abroad. Its necessity as a bastion of visibility in today’s increasingly heated p... [more]
A mall is an efficient space aimed at making your needs conveniently accessible. Even the space itself offers mechanic facilities that provide a bodily extension; perceived needs and desires are met with every modern convenience. On Lindenstrasse 34-35 in Berlin, eleven galleries are joined in compact housing, a mall of art, if you will. An elevator large enough for a single person carries you up to the third floor where you find ŻAK | BRANICKA and its current exhibition, Images of Contingency... [more]
Kapoor in Berlin is the first comprehensive exhibition of Anish Kapoor in Berlin. The Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor is known for his spectacular sculptures and installations, such as the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Chicago. For his exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau he uses the whole ground floor of the building, including the atrium. In this video, Anish Kapoor talks about the concept of the show and specific works, such as the huge kinetic installation in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Ba... [more]
Welcome to CANDYLAB. Walk amongst the sculpted molecular derivatives of glucose and color, and find and lose yourself in the plethora of sugared forms.
Having opened on Berlin Gallery Weekend, Thomas Feuerstein’s solo show conflates the unlikely bedfellows of bound literature and boundless glucose. Entering into the gallery space, the viewer is treated to a mock construction of a Viennese apartment, a period setting punctuated with outlandish scientific contraptions and candy-coated canvases.
In 1968 the Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah published a brutal and visceral novel of (then) contemporary, post-Independent Ghana, titled “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born”. Armah recounts an unnamed man’s struggle in a society rotten to the core, a result of the aftermath of colonialism, and the failures of the new regime. A dream deferred…
The exhibition The Beautyful Ones takes as its starting point Armah’s utopian lament for a better Africa, and the ongoing problematics... [more]
FEEL INVITED: Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013
By Melissa King
Springtime feeling is rife in Berlin, and it seems the art world has caught on to the general mood of merriment that has stricken the city’s sun-deprived locals. With emails overfilling inboxes, reading material hitting the presses, and champagne stocks emerging from the deep freezes, the 2013 edition of Gallery Weekend promises to be a veritable free-for-all of art, artists, and, if all goes to plan, articulations of some truly... [more]
So there is this app. The EyeOut app is the official application of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013. It makes sure you won’t miss a thing. It helps you plan your art weekend in advance, but also allows room for chance and instinct – you can just enter your location on your phone and see which galleries are nearby. A scroll, a link, and a touch round up the fifty-one galleries having concurrent openings this weekend. In an attempt to verify that I am human, I’d like to add some additional un-appl... [more]
Springtime feeling is rife in Berlin, and it seems the art world has caught on to the general mood of merriment that has stricken the city’s sun-deprived locals. With emails overfilling inboxes, reading material hitting the presses, and champagne stocks emerging from the deep freezes, the 2013 edition of Gallery Weekend promises to be a veritable free-for-all of art, artists, and, if all goes to plan, articulations of some truly noteworthy ideas.
This year’s line-up offers an impressive array of... [more]
Was it Warhol who said that “art is anything you can get away with”? Maybe. I suppose it doesn’t matter. He probably stole it anyway. As I enter Société on a cold, grey afternoon in Berlin it’s the only sentiment I can think about. Bill Hayden’s current solo show at the gallery smacks of this childish insolence, and yet somehow I am not angry about it. The site-specific installation features oversized black vinyl letters wrapping the words DICKFACE.ME around the corner of a room. Ac... [more]
I have been thinking a lot about Berlin lately—more as a binary concept, rather than just a city. Berlin is a place that provides for anyone who wants it, but can just as easily take away what has been given. It’s a place for an artist to thrive, but one that also allows for distance and isolation. Berlin is a source of inspiration and struggle, of solace and strife. One can disappear into the crowd or be the darling of the spotlight. It is a city that acknowledges its past and readily folds it... [more]
There’s been a lot of talk this week about the current state of the East Side Gallery. Thousands of people, including myself, have expressed their outrage at the city of Berlin and the profit-driven property developers for carelessly dismantling one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. (A current petition on change.org holds over 70,000 signatures.) “It’s a part of history!” we shout. “No more expensive housing!” we plea. Up to this point, the protests and arguments have centered on the Wall as historical artifact and its recent commodification as a site for potential luxury condominiums. Yes, that’s r... [more]
There are two walls in Berlin. The first, the historic and notorious Berlin Wall of Honecker and Kennedy that bisected a nation, dividing families, constructing prejudices and casting an XL cloak of doubt and shame on a people. This, the much loathed and bemoaned geographical scar, was observed on television sets worldwide with elation and danced upon as it came crashing down in 1989. A city’s demons seemingly exorcised. A new frontier rolling out the red carpet.
And then there is the 1.3-kilome... [more]
In 2013 Martin Kippenberger, the enfant terrible of the German art scene, would have celebrated his 60th birthday. On this occasion, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin is dedicating a special exhibition to the artist, who died in 1997 due to an excessive life. The show characterizes Martin Kippenberger as an artist, whose work and life cannot be separated from one another, and as an artist, who is considered one of the most significant of his generation. After the last major Martin Kippenberger retros... [more]
The obvious needs to be stated before anything else can be said: We are avid consumers of celebrity fanfare and pop culture. It’s an inescapable fact of the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Tabloids give us the dirt, paparazzi provide the candids, while exhibitions and premieres put it all on a pedestal in a glitz-grunge cocktail of truth and fiction. The proportions of each may vary from drink to drink, but be it ambrosia or swill, we can rarely resist celebrity libations. James Franco’s second Peres Pr... [more]
Gay Town is American actor, filmmaker, writer and artist James Franco’s second solo show in Berlin with the gallery Peres Projects. The exhibition that is presented in a temporary project space on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee explores a variety of themes that are central to James Franco’s artistic practice: adolescence, public and private persona, stereotypes, and celebrity. The artist created most of the works for the show over the past two years. He created many of the works in temporary locations such as... [more]
Launched in the early Spring of 2011 the young Berlin-based auction house DeJoode & Kamutzki set out to lay a foundation for bourgeoning art collectors and play host to a series of younger emerging artists by striving to increase the accessibility of contemporary art on the whole. Less a “house” and more a nomadic performative purchasing experience, the founding duo artist/curator Rachel DeJoode and artist/auctioneer Maria Kamutzki branded themselves as abolishers of the idea of art as luxur... [more]