Art

The Haus: 100+ Artists Take Over Empty Building

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What happens when over 100 artists take over an empty office building in Berlin? One of the biggest urban art exhibitions Berlin has ever seen! The Haus opens its doors to the public on April 1st in West-Berlin and we had a chance to take a sneak peek of what to expect. What we saw was an insanely diverse spectrum of urban art from artists and creatives from all over the world. Everyone could take over an entire room and do whatever they want – every single artwork is totally site-specific and unique. You’ll see people like Herakut, Case Maclaim, Klebebande, Vidam, Rocco & Seine Brüder, El Bocho, Die Dixons and so many more.

The exhibition is accompanied by a photo book that documents all the process and shows all the artworks that you will find in the Haus. It’s a great way to take home a piece from this amazing project. After the exhibition is over the building will be torn down with every single piece of artwork still inside making them mortal just like street art itself. Enjoy a little preview of the exhibition below.

Frank by Frank
on March 27th, 2017
in Art

Must-See Exhibitions in Berlin in Spring

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Aleksandar Duravcevic,  ”Another Winter” at König Galerie

The temperature is finally albeit still timidly encouraging us to get out into the streets – and if it’s not your first spring in Berlin, you know there’s more to enjoy than the lighthearted routine of acquiring some refreshments at a Spati and draining them in some lovely nature setting. It goes without saying that you can experience art (from murals to street buskers and beyond) in virtually every corner of this fine town, but Berlin is home to many galleries as well, most of which are free of charge! Get your creative juices flowing with the iHeartBerlin guide to the spring exhibition highlights!

Michalina by Michalina
on March 23rd, 2017
in Art

A Mysterious Burning Lantern in Kreuzberg

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There she is. A lantern burning all alone. In the quietness of a Spring night in Berlin Kreuzberg. Nobody is walking around, because it is still too cold to go for a walk at night. It’s not night anymore, still it’s not day yet either. But the brightest light is without any doubt the lantern itself. Flickering like a friendly fireplace without looking damaged or vandalized at all.

This weird setting is somehow quite explanatory for the work of video artist Johannes Vogl. The Berlin-based artist creates sculptures with everyday objects and often thermodynamic manipulation. His had a bit of a viral hit on big platforms like Nowness with a video showing a burning swing.

But for me personally the burning lantern is my favorite one. Not because it is so charismatically situated at the 3-Länder-Eck where the canals of the river Spree of Treptow, Kreuzberg and Neukölln meet. It’s more the meditative and ghostly surreal effect that this video has on me that made me want to write about it. See for yourself. The burning lantern and a couple more videos by Johannes Vogl, after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 20th, 2017
in Art, Videos

Goodbye to my Favorite Berghain Artwork

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Piotr Nathan, The Rituals of Disappearance, Berghain, Berlin (2004), photo: © Christine Frenzl

A visual memory can be triggered over and over again by art and architecture. Therefore it is like saying goodbye to one part of your own history when a building or an artwork has to leave its original place. This morning the news spread out that the artwork by Piotr Nathan which is presented in the entrance hall of Berghain will be sold piece by piece on this website.

First I was kind of sad, about the fact that I will not see the entire artwork in the original form again. I remember seeing it over 10 years ago for the first time and being impressed by the fine lines creating the landscape and storms. The artwork is like a mysterious representation of a natural phenomena. Nature that was regarded as divinity in indigenous times and that loved and feared by the little humans at the same time.

The Rituals of Disappearance (2004) have nowadays such a cult-status that it probably won’t last long until its completely sold out (in fact only an hour after its release only a few blank plates were left to buy).  The artist prefers to sell it in fragments to the people who have experienced and loved the club, and wants those who danced near the mural to have a part of it. The lasting impression of the complete work should exist only in the minds of those who experienced it at the club. A memory to keep up in mind and cherish for its beauty and brutality at the same time.

And since  life ist fortunately not just about old memories let’s be excited about the new dance floor and what artworks will be presented there…

Claudio by Claudio
on March 17th, 2017
in Art

Crafty Berlin: Inspiring Workshops in Spring

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photo: Make Your Own Sign

Spring is the time to expand your boundaries, expose yourself to new experiences and maybe take up a new hobby. In Berlin, we’re blessed to enjoy a wide range of all kinds of workshops that will enable you to do all these things and also to meet new inspiring people. Check out our suggestions and hurry if you want to register – some of the workshops are starting this weekend!

Michalina by Michalina
on March 16th, 2017
in Art, Books, Design, Food

Photography in Berlin: Sven Marquardt & the Ostkreuzschule

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photo: Hannes Gade, Ostkreuzschule

Sven Marquardt is a Berlin living legend. And although this notion may sound a little bit generic at first, virtually all about him corroborates it. It’s as if his story and image were made up by a pretty skillful writer for some character in a novel. But no – it’s just that Berlin fate proving again that sometimes, seemingly the most coincidental occurrences make up for the best storylines.

Find out more about the famous Berghain bouncer who’s also a renowned photographer and a preview of the graduate exhibition “REPEAT” by his photography class students from the Ostkreuzschule for photography below.

Michalina by Michalina
on March 13th, 2017
in Art

Mehrwert – A Colorful Concept Diner against Food Waste

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photos: Tabea Mathern

Let’s start with an incredible and really shocking fact: about 18 million tons of edible food are thrown away every year in Germany. And with the large number of restaurants and supermarket in Berlin, I guess our beloved city is not doing any better. The impact of the food waste on our economy and environment is huge, affecting people’s and animal’s lives all over the planet.

To understand from where waste comes from, how this affects your life and our lives in general, and to get input for changing this horrible food waste the Guerilla Architects, the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery and the visual artist Tabea Mathern decided to created a unique project together.

Right in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg inside a gallery space near Senefelder Platz they started the project Mehrwert, a fast food diner completely made of recycled materials and only serving responsibly sourced food. But this place is not only an artistic pop-up restaurant. The aim is to create awareness and to share opinions and ideas to make our food consumption a bit less harmful for our world and our future. This happened for instance during several workshops and events during the last weeks.

If you want to check out this place, it’s open during the week from 10h to 16h and sometimes for special dinner events on the weekend (such as this Sunday). The closing party is going to take place on March 18th 2017.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 10th, 2017
in Art, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

Dance\\\Ruption: Breaking the Rules of Classic Dance

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photos: Jacob Schickler

The old classical stage arts like Opera and Ballet not only have an aura of exclusivity through the high skill set you need to master to be part of one company. It is also a fix set of rules and hierarchies that makes this art forms a closed world, that usually excludes innovation and change.

But in a world of digital disruption, where everybody can be an artist, a poet or a photographer just by creating things for the internet also the old castles of the cultural world feel a little earthquake of change is needed to be still appealing to a younger audience. An audience that is not impressed by discipline and humility but rather by the creativity of breaking old fashioned ways of thinking. A disruption that will cause new qualities and unexpected results to emerge.

Embracing the concept of surprise I can’t really tell you how the 9 new choreographies of the Dance\\\Ruption performances this weekend will end up to be, but I am more than fond of the idea behind it.  In this special choreographers’ lab, selected company members of Staatsballett – Berlin will switch to the role of a choreographer and devise their own pieces together with their colleagues. These choreographies – all of them world premieres – will then be presented to the public in the rough and beautiful setting of the Tischlerei der Deutschen Oper. The idea is to break given roles and traditions to present the future of choreography today.

We had an exclusive sneak peek at the rehearsal starring Paul Busch and Patricia Zhou, dancing the choreography of Olaf Kollmannsperger. Check out the results after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on March 2nd, 2017
in Art, Photos, Theater

City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder Exhibition

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The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.

Michalina by Michalina
on February 23rd, 2017
in Art, Events, Misc.

Celebrating Christo’s Work in Berlin

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© Christo, Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Christo’s Wrapped Reichstag was the first piece of contemporary art that I remember encountering as a child. The image of the building wrapped in silver textile has stayed in my head since then. But what’s impressive is that I didn’t see the installation happening live. Instead I remember seeing it on a picture on a wall of an Italian restaurant in Berlin. A place we casually went to with my parents as we visited the city. The photography was even signed by the artist himself. My parents took notice of it and told me the whole story.

Last summer Christo created Floating Piers in northern Italy. It was the first piece of his art I saw going viral in social media. Maybe the dynamic of communications has changed dramatically over the years, but I guess that Christo still is one of the few artists that can create such a large scale impact in our daily communication and visuality.

I am kind of sad because I probably won’t ever see a piece of his art happening in Berlin again, since his artworks are always unique and temporary. But what we can do to enjoy more of his art is taking a deeper look into the process of creation by checking out the art books around the art pieces published by the Taschen publishing house.

Today, Monday the 13th of February Christo will be in the Taschen store to sign himself his new books about the Floating Piers. Maybe you have time to check it out. After the jump you will find some more impressions of the book called Wrapped about the Reichstag wrapping.

Claudio by Claudio
on February 13th, 2017
in Art