Belin at Stroke
This is Berlin Art Week. I admit I dread those Berlin Something Weeks because that means a hell of a lot of events to go through for this guide and not enough time to go to all the things that sound interesting. But I think I’ve managed to sum up some interesting ones for you, though I will have to publish them in two stages starting with the ones earlier in the week. I would also like to refer you to some other art-related blogs and websites that will give you further insights and coverage: Castor & Pollux, Artfridge, ArtBerlin, Bpigs, Berlin Artparasites and artconnect Berlin. Have fun with all the art, but remember not to touch anything with your sticky fingers… The event guide – part 1 after the jump.
Monday, September 10
Platform79 is group exhibition taking place at a former prison at Kantstr. 79 with some site-specific works, opening at 19h. The exhibition runs until September 16th 2012.
Tuesday, September 11
The Future Gallery shows the solo exhibition scheiß-emails by artist Gregor Schneider who is commenting his exhibition in Kassel that was canceled on the request of the documenta with his work. Mansteinstr. 3. Opening starts at 18h, exhibition runs until October 6th 2012.
Another CDR event for selfproduced music is taking place at Prince Charles, Prinzenstr. 85f, starting at 19h with workshops and performances by Mostly Robot (Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, etc.). From 22h onwards they will play your music submissions. Register here.
Berlin Artparasites present Berliner Splendor, a Berlin Art Week Kick-Off Party and group exhibition at Stattbad Wedding with over 20 artists showing their work, including Pieces of Berlin and Pornceptual. Starts at 19h at Gerichtstr. 65.
Mobile Kino is screening Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World at Naherholung Sternchen at Berolinastr. 7 starting at 20:30h.
Wednesday, September 12
Schinkel Pavillion is opening the exhibition What It Does To Your City with 10 new sculptures by Cyprien Gallard at 19h. There is also going to be a performance at 20h. The exhibition runs until October 21st 2012. Oberwallstr. 1.
One of the bigger art fairs of this art week, the Berliner Liste, is opening today at the MUMA Kraftwerk Mitte, Köpenickerstr. 70, at 18h. There is also an opening party at Tresor (same building) starting at 22h. The 9th edition of this fair promises to be an exciting addition to Berlin Art Week as a fair for talent just waiting to be discovered. The MUMA’s sacral industrial atmosphere in Berlin Mitte provides the stage for 124 international galleries and artists from 26 countries to exhibit their newest works, vetted for artistic quality by a team of curators led by Dr. Gerhard Charles Rump.
Thursday, September 13
The second bigger art fair, the Preview Berlin is opening at Tempelhof Airport today at 18h with an after show party at Prince Charles, Prinzenstr. 85f at 21h. In its eighth edition, the fair will be expanding its dynamic profile: In Hangar2 of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport, established galleries will now show their promising artistic positions alongside international newcomers. For the first time ever, there will also be solo walls, with a focus continuing to be placed on emerging artists.
Pieces of Berlin is opening their solo exhibition at Lomography Store at Friedrichstr. 133 at 19h.
The Stroke Urban Art Fair is taking place once again at Postbahnhof showing the best of international street art and urban art. The opening starts at 19h. The Stroke works as a parallel universe to the inflated classical art market of the “rich and beautiful”. The goal is to establish an art-entry-market for both: the artist and the interested buyer.
The Broken Hearts Club is opening for an art week special at Ballhaus Chausseestr. 102 at 22h.
Friday, September 14
The abc – art berlin contemporary has its first public day today at Station Berlin, Luckenwalderstr. 4-6 starting at 12h. the fair has invited 129 galleries from 18 countries. The innovative fair format was developed by Berlin galleries as an appealing platform for international galleries to present individual works by contemporary artists from around the world in Berlin.
Neue Berliner Räume concludes its conceptual exhibition Echoes of Voices in the High Towers with works by Robert Montgomery at Stattbad Wedding, Gerichtstr. 65, starting at 19h. The works have been exhibited so far at Tempelhofer Freiheit, on various poster over the city and anonymously in a selection of magazines.
Opening of the group exhibition This is Circus with works by Lars Bjerre amoung others at Torstr. 161 starting at 19h with an afterparty with DJs at 22h. The exhibition is only open until Sunday.
Fun Club is the Berlin Art Week event by Traffic magazine. It’s taking place at Kühlhaus at Luckenwalderstr. 3 next to abc. It starts with a Japanese themed dinner party at 20h, then goes on with a performance by Pictoplasma at 22h before transitioning into a party with Dada Disco.
The group exhibition No Ok opens at Stadtbad Oderbergerstr. 57/59 at 19h. The exhibition is open on Saturday and Sunday.
After the big spectacle with Light Asylum last month at Festsaal Kreuzberg the infamous Blitz party returns to its homebase Horst Kreuzberg this Friday for another extravagant (and queer) session starting at 23h at Tempelhofer Ufer 1.
Saturday, September 15
Art Battle Berlin finds photographer Ivonne Thein confronted with surrealist painter Knut Hertel. The audience decides the outcome. Starts at 19h at Herzbergstr. 55.
Grand Opening of project space The WYE at Skalitzerstr. 86, starting at 20h. The historic Skalitzer Post building becomes the international house of culture “The WYE”. Open Studios, performances and exhibitions examine the blood, spirit and psyche of our contemporary world in a moment of change in a new space where all is yet to come.
Sunday, September 16
After all this art it’s time to Eat Cake at Platoon Kunsthalle, Schönhauser Allee 9 with cake buffet, BBQ, music and cinema. Starts at 15h.