painting: Nicolai Huch
Once upon a time in the year 1981, when Berlin was still divided into two halves, a glamourous sport and fun paradise in Friedrichshain opened its doors for all kind of activities. Now more then 20 years later the SEZ is only half-used as a place for sports. The other half of the now vacant building is only used temporarily – mostly for exhibitions.
Last weekend 45 artists working in the Uferstudios brought their canvases from Wedding to the SEZ to open a spectacular showcase called Sezzession. This one-of-a-kind experience between experimental art and old GDR architecture was my personal highlight of the art week so far. But don’t worry, you can still check out the exhibition until the October 13, 2013. See after the jump more artworks and the details.
Every year it’s the same thing with the art week. There is always some job or some trip that I have to go on that leaves me only one day to visit only one of the many amazing art events and exhibitions. And for some reason this ends up always being the opening night of the Preview. And it makes a lot of sense: As with fashion I am particularily excited about young talents. And this is exactly what I will find en mass at the Preview art fair. This year it was the same, only in a new location: The amazing Opernwerkstätten at Nordbahnhof. Enjoy my little review of the fair after the jump with my favorite pieces of art.
photos: Ruben Brulat
Tomorrow the Urban Spree gallery is opening a very interesting solo exhibition by young French photo artist Ruben Brulat. He will be showing the two series Paths and Instants both of which were created during the past 3 years on his extensive travels through Asia. The first series Paths is particularily stunning. It shows breathtaking landscapes with one tiny unexpected detail: A naked body embedded into nature. After the jump you can get a small preview of some of the photos from this amazing series. And don’t miss the opening tomorrow!
Every year the Berlin Festival not only brings a top notch line-up and an international crowd celebrating for two days at the former Tempelhof Airport. Representing Berlin’s spirit at its best the initiator of the Berlin Festival, Conny Opper, wanted to include urban art in the context of the music festival. This is why on a big part of the festival area every year an Art Village emerges with several kinds of highlights to give the music lovers a good time between their favourite bands. As we hear from the curator of the Art Village himself, Jan ‘Yaneq’ Kage also known for organising Party Arty ( read a whole interview over here), this edition will be even more colorful with more installations and an even more diverse art display than in previous years.
Airport Tempelhof will see a church, a pub, a circus tent for poets, a market square where art will be sold, a dance arena, as well as a swimming pool equipped with a sauna in between the hangars, The art part itself will be contributed by some of our favourite street artists from Berlin like Nomad, Various &Gold, Klub7, Bosso Fataka, Clemens Behr and many more. But to bring a fresh vibe to the creative output an open call ran before the festival to animate young artists to submit their ideas. Apart from all kinds of different street artists some very nice contemporary dancers round up the program with their perfomances. We think the Art Village is a wonderful way for Berliners and visitors to get to know the artistic subculture of this city a little better. So don’t just hang out in line for drinks and fries in between your favourite gigs or during music breaks but take your time to discover the Art Village. Photos of last year’s edition after the jump.
Today we want to put the spotlight on ILLUSTRATIVE, one of the most important platforms for contemporary illustration, graphic art and design here in Berlin. Founded in 2006 by gallery owner Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss this unique artistic exhibition is held in Berlin every two years, to capture the variety and creativity of the visual culture of today. This weekend, ILLUSTRATIVE is kicking off once again bringing together illustrators, artists, collectors and art-fans, and showcasing the latest trends of illustrative art from all over the world. Read more about it, after the jump!
This coming Friday the second edition of the Graphic Days will open at Kater Holzig. The two day event is a festival that showcases the work of artists, illustrators, graphic designers and screen printers from all over the world with a big group exhibition and a special sale where you can buy some of the works. In addition the the exhibit there is also going to be a program of live painting, customization workshops, live bands and DJ from Kater Holzig. Get an impression of some of the artists involved after the jump.
While being on holiday at the most beautiful tropical beaches probably doesn’t make you miss the cement and polution of the big city at all, Berlin still manages to make you regret ever leaving it once you receive an invitation to an event that you really would have loved to go to. Last week a holy procession of a special kind took place in town organized by the Berlin artist duo Various& Gould. Four of the saints from Gould’s series Sankt Nimmerlein were brought in a solemn procession to four different places in town like Tacheles or the Bayer building in Wedding, as a protest against the decline of alternative and urban culture in Berlin. As I already said about the Duali -Tree, an installation Various&Gould did last year, I love to support artist and and creative minds, which does not just complain but never hesitate to create something new and provoking to tell their opinion. You can see more pictures of the procession which was supported by Neurotitan Gallery and Haus Schwarzenberg after the jump.
RATS is an exciting new temporary store concept that popped up recently at Torstr. 68. With their fine selection of items the charming New Yorker creatives Keren and Gabriel pay tribute to the thriving underground creative culture of the Big Apple. In their cute shop they present an interesting variety of independent and innovative jewelery and product designers, zines and art books, ceramics and hand made products and unique objects that they have collected during their travels.
This Thursday, as part of their event program, they host an exhibition opening titled CUSTOMS that features the artwork by David Black, Agnes Karin, Jeremy Liebman, Olivia Malone, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Keren Richter, Ben Roth, Alessandro Simonetti, Justin Sloane, and Tina Tyrell. The works range in media from portrait photography to collage to color silkscreen. Some more impressions of the awesome store and the details after the jump.
Dani Brown was one of the performers and (actually also the choreographer) from one of the dance pieces from the Gemisches Doppel festival at Sophiensaele a few weeks ago. She was also one of our lovely ice cream models for our GIF installation we did for the festival. This coming Monday the talented and charismatic lady will host a lapdance workshop together with sound artist Gael Cleinow as part of the Tanzland festival at the Ponderosa, an artist cooperative at a farm in Brandenburg. We think it’s an amazing opportunity to learn how to lapdance from such a great contemporary dancer, especially in the surroundings of an artist-run farm house. It’s certainly going to be a super unique experience. And your boy/girlfriend or your next date will certainly get one hell of a performance by you… Some more infos about it after the jump.
Tomorrow the Urban Spree Gallery in Friedrichshain is celebrating the closing of their current super nice group exhibition The Circle Show. I wanted to show you some impressions of the set-up of the show and some artwork to make you go. Their opening and closing parties are always super nice, especially with the beer garden open. Enjoy and be inspired by the art after the jump.