On Friday young artist and visual designer Nicola Napoli opened his first solo show at the CLUB and the turn up was amazing! So many people followed his invitation and made this a really great opening. At his show that will still be on display until September 4th he did not only show his famous Berghain artworks and other nightlife related pieces, but also a very new and amazing illustration called “K.O.tti” depicting Kottbusser Tor. It is actually his most amazing work so far perfectly capturing the contemporary Berlin Zeitgeist like nothing I’ve ever seen. I bet this one will be in history books about our time some time in the far future. In his panorama of the popular hotspot in the center of Kreuzberg he combines all the different worlds that come together here: The Turkish shop owners selling fruits and Döner, the junkies at the corner being zoned-out, the young hipster kids with their transparent tops, the Swedish tourist with their instant cameras, the African drug dealer spreading some magic feelings, the Burka-wearing Muslim ladies and other random folks stumbling by. It’s a fantastic interpretation of this unique place in Berlin. And this is only the start as Nicola is planning to create these panoramas for other districts and popular spots too. I’m certainly looking forward to see more. Meanwhile you all should head over Nicola’s webshop and order the beautiful hand-signed and numbered limited prints of his pieces. After the jump a closer look at K.O.tti.
From time to time we have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary dinner experience such as a secret supper club. We love these kind of dinners were random strangers meet at a house of another stranger and get surprised by all kinds of delicacies. These types of dinners take a special place in our memory not only for the food but also for the interesting encounters with the other supper club guests. Berlin has so many wonderful supper clubs to offer and some of them we reviewed over here. One supper club we would like to recommend today is called Le Articioche and is organised by two Italian girls living in Neukölln. Their special recipe: for every dinner they serve they invite a special artist to give a creative contribution. For the one we went too, we had the chance to enjoy contemporary dance in between the courses of tasty Italian dishes.
This Wednesday they will have another supper club with the topic abstraction. A performance by Sub Human Bros will create the right atmosphere to guide you into the abstraction era! Don’t miss this intense experience and reserve your seat since the capacity is limited. By staying in touch with their facebook page you will know when their next dinner will take place. After the jump you will find some photos from the last supper club we attended to.
On Friday our friend and talented young artist and illustrator Nicola Napoli is opening his new solo exhibition Party Hard that is a compilation of his nightlife related artworks including one big new piece about Kottbusser Tor. Earlier this year the Italian-born and Berlin-based artist became a bit famous for his illustration of the cue in front of Berghain. The club owners liked his work so much that they commissioned him to do the flyer for one of their monthly party programs which turned out to be an even more popular piece of his portfolio. Get a taste of what to expect on Friday after the jump and make sure to come by for a drink at he opening reception.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years now since I went to Berghain for the first time. Time flies! Even though I had also been to previously legendary techno clubs such as the old Tresor, Casino, Ostgut and the original Panorama Bar, WMF and the old Maria I have to admit that even I was impressed when I walked into this amazing building with its unique architecture, interior design and integrated art that can’t be compared with anything else. It was to be expected that this would become one of the worls most renowned clubs. Next week, on Thursday August 7th 2014, Berghain is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a huge exhibition at their Halle, the huge space that is on the right side of the building and that they sadly rarely use for public events. Artists Norbert Bisky, Marc Brandenburg, Ali Kepenek, Sven Marquardt, Carsten Nicolai, Piotr Nathan, Friederike von Rauch, Sarah Schönfeld, and Viron Erol Vert will show a wide range of genres including painting, photography, installation and sculpture. We can be looking forward to a spectacular show in a spectacular setting I am sure. After the jump you can get an impression of what these artists have created in the past. Of course their work for the Berghain exhibition titled 10 is still kept secret. You can visit the exhibition from the 7th until the end of August.
For me one of the most stunning events of the recent Berlin Fashion Week was the Anaglyph show at Heimathafen Neukölln. Not only was it at amazing venue for a fashion show, but also the designs were great and the projected 3D stereoscopic animations accompanying the choreography of the models were really spectacular.
It’s been a while that I made a animated GIF photo set of a fashion show, but this one was calling for it. So I hope I’m bringing a new dimension to this otherwise already fully loaded presentation. Enjoy the animated photos as well as a little video documentation about the Anaglyph project after the jump. By the way, if you happen to have a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses (the ones that have one red and one blue glass, not the grey ones from the cinema) than you will actually be able to see the 3D effect in my photos and GIFs.
After all the different fashion graduates shows of last week we are now moving onward to the work of the art students. This past weekend several universaties and schools had open doors to exhibit the work of their students and graduates. The Kunsthochschule Weißensee opened their graduates exhibition on Friday at the Kühlhaus at Gleisdreieck (those fashion experts amongst you know this place from SEEK). The exhibition titled Reif is still going on until the end of the week with a few special events on the weekend and you should definately check it out as there is some great art to be seen. For me personally I liked it better the higher I went in the building. They actually use the entire space, all 5 floors and the backyard so there is a lot to discover and the art ranges from sculpture, installation, film, photography and painting. My absolute favorite was the toy man by Aimo Gräven which you can see in the detail shot above. Enjoy more impressions after the jump on 2 pages.
photos: Olga Khristolyubova
After last year’s crazy golden naked Haute Coiffure runway show of Charlie Le Mindu at Badeschiff the guys from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival invited Russian performance artist Andrey Bartenev and his happy bubbles to be the big show act for this year’s BfFF Award Show that took place at the former silent movie theater Delphi along with a live music performance of chart-topping Dutch act Kovacs. The show was absolutely out of control, joyful and crazy and we loved it. Our talented contributing photographer Olga Khristolyubova caught some shots for us backstage and during the performance by Bartenev. Enjoy the madness after the jump on 3 pages!
JR at Gustav-Meyer-Allee
It’s been over a year now that the amazing and huge pastings of French streetartist JR started to pop-up all over the city of Berlin. The oversized photos covering the walls of several buildings in Mitte, Wedding, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg were part of his series Wrinkles of the City that he had already done in other cities such as LA, Shanghai and Havana. On April 17, 2013 his Berlin works were also celebrated with an exhibition at Galerie Henrik Springmann. The idea behind the project is a very charming and simple one: He took portraits of elderly citizens and pasted these onto the walls of their cities melting their own personal history reflected in their wrinkles with that of the city they grew up in.
It’s a beautiful series and I loved discovering all the different artworks all over the city and capturing them on my Instagram channel. Some of them were very present and you walked by them many times, others were more hidden. The last one I only found recently about a year after the exhibition. What I noticed lately was that more and more of the pastings have been disappearing, faded by the weather, ripped off, covered up, or their walls have been torn down. It’s sad to see them go, but that’s also part of their life as art in public. Every exhibition ends some time. Today less than half of the 13 pieces are still there. As I really enjoyed them I thought it would be nice to compile all my Instagrams and photos together in one post as a little memento to the wrinkles of Berlin so at least here on the blog they can exist forever. Enjoy!
A week ago I made my first visit to one of the events by the Social Muscle Club which is a series of social networking events for creatives and artists at Sophiensäle. This one was not one of their regular networking evenings, but an exhibition by its members and friends. The Banquette for Millionaires explored the topic of wealth by exhibiting artworks that were entirely made out of edible materials. There was a wall of Dulce de Leche, an installation of cupcakes, a fishtank full of Kimchi and edible nail art. Fun! The exhibitions still runs untill…. no wait! It all got eaten in the end of the opening reception. So well yeah, there goes your chance of seeing it again. Well, we do have some photos after the jump! Enjoy! Munch, munch, munch…
Berlin is a hub for creative minds from all over the world and offers endless opportunities for designers, painters, actors, musicians, photographers and more. Are you a creative mind who has recently moved to Berlin and are looking for ways to connect with other artists and get involved? Figuring out how to get started can be a bit daunting.
Fortunately for you, there are already a number of local community projects here in Berlin bringing together artists of all types and connecting them with other artists as well as potential clients or collaborators. Learn more about three of them after the jump.