photos: Henrik Haven
Since Saturday Schöneberg’s Bülowstraße offers some real eye candy for lovers of urban art: Urban Nation invited 10 artists from around the globe to utilize the shop windows and facade of a large house that is mostly unoccupied. The result is an outdoor gallery with incredible works by artists like Alexis Diaz (aka La Pandilla), Glenn Barr, Nosego, the Lowbros, Word to Mother, C215 and many more. This is already the forth manifestation of “Project M/”, a temporary art project. And there is even more art to be found just across the street at the Urban Nation office (No. 97): The pop-up show “LAX/TXL” opened on Saturday as well with works of the 11 artists of Project M/4 PLUS a roster of more than 50 additional artists. The exhibition is opened until mid July and also Project M/4 will remain installed until at least then. More information and also the artists at work and their final works can bee adored after the jump!
Dabs Myla, Shoot The Moon
This Saturday, Berlin Schöneberg’s Bülowstraße will see a very exclusive group of international and local urban artists unpacking their stencils, cans, tapes, brushes, glue, cutter, foil, paperboard and so on, to utilize the shop windows and facade of a building that is currently mostly unoccupied. This is “Project M/“, a temporary art project that has the goal and objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect artists and communities. Urban Nation with director Yasha Young is the creative force behind this exciting art project.
For the installation this Saturday she joined forces with L.A.-based Thinkspace Gallery and together they came up with an amazing roster of artists from around the globe: Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) from Puerto Rico, stencil artist C215 from France, Nosego from the US, the Aussies of Dabs Myla, the Berlin-based Low Bros and many more will be part of the project. Once the artists are finished with their work on the evening of May 17, a large, colorful Open-Air Gallery will be realized, on view for all passers-by until the next round of Project M/. And as if that’s not enough the Urban Nation office just across the street opens with a huge pop-up show named LAX/TXL on Saturday, too. More info about that one after the jump.
mural by Rone, photos by Henrik Haven
Have you been to Schöneberg lately? It’s more than just a rumor that good old West-Berlin is striking back against the hipster areas of Mitte & Co. While at parts of Potsdamer Straße some cooler things are already happening, the area of Bülowstraße, connecting Potsdamer Straße and Nollendorfplatz, still looks quite uninviting. Until now! Just a little while ago our team of Urban Nation settled at Bülowstraße 97 to bring color, life and art, art, art to the Kiez and all of Berlin!
Urban Nation, that is a brand new institution relating to the growing, colorful and international movement bundled up in the description of Urban Contemporary Art. Our first activity is named Project M/ and it has been realized three times already with some amazing artists. It is the baby and brainchild of our Direktor Yasha Young, who is inviting and connecting artists and curators from around the world. As a result, a group of international and Berlin-based artists comes together to change the facade and utilize the 10 large shop windows of a building just across the street of the Urban Nation headquarter. How that works and what it looks like you can see in photos and a small film just after the jump.
Street art gallery Urban Spree has a special place for the French in their heart and yet another one for graffiti and typography. So it makes total sense they would invite 8 different French graffiti artists for a group show into their gallery. On Friday they will celebrate the opening of their exhibition Saucisse Curry (which translates to Curry Wurst, if you know what that is) and their will be lots of things going on, not only the exhibition itself but also the presentation of the latest mural on the big outside wall facing Warschauer Straße (which is a tradition for Urban Spree) and a DJ booth installation for the set by DJ Pone. After the jump you will get a little preview of the work of the exhibiting artists. Enjoy!
If you have less interest in abstract art and prefer something more fun and colorful we recommend you to visit the Pictoplasma exhibition at Kaufhaus Jahnsdorf that is still going on until May 11, 2014. Last week there was also another exhibition at Urban Spree with the results of the Pictoplasma Academy which we really enjoyed a lot. In case you missed that one, we would like to show you the amazing Character-Selfie series. The humorist spirit of the festival strikes again with this funny and satirical take on this digital trend. Where will all the selfie-narcism take us? Maybe one day even the characters will jump out of the screen or the sheet of paper just to take a selfie of themselves. More funny pictures after the jump. And don’t miss the Pictoplasma Character Gallery at Kaufhaus Jandorf.
photo: Maxime Ballesteros (at KIK TWO)
With the First of May holiday giving us a super long weekend the timing couldn’t have been better for the Gallery Weekend to happen in Berlin as everyone is out and about and eager to experience this creative and vibrant city. Pictoplasma is of course one big magnet with it’s fluffy and cute monsters. But apart from the monsters there is a lot more going on in terms oh fine arts and photography. We have selected the three exhibitions we are looking most forward to in the coming days which include the work of photographers Sascha Weidner and Maxime Ballersteros as well as paintings by Jonathan Meese, Johannes Mundinger and Sophia Hirsch. If you are looking for even more recommendations we advise you to check out the Gallery Weekend Guide by our friend Eva from ArtBerlin. For our I HEART BERLIN-style recommendations have a look after the jump.
illustration: Beck O’Brien
Since we love all things cute and colorful we were enthusiasts of Pictoplasma from its first events on. During the past decade the Pictoplasma project has hosted, encouraged and pushed forward a unique, playful and amazing portfolio of visual artists. To celebrate the 10th anniversary edition the festival for character design starts with the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery at Kaufhaus Jandorf, an exhibition presenting original works by the 100 artists who have most influenced the festival in the past (open from May 1 to May 11). Just like in the past years you can wander around town and plunge into the Character Walk enjoying numerous exhibitions by emerging and established artists. The freshly graduated alumni of the first Pictoplasma Academy, held in October 2013, will present their works at Urban Spree. On three nights the Babylon Mitte brings unique animations to the big screen and on Saturday night everything culminates in the inevitable Big Birthday Party at Urban Spree. Plenty of opportunities to discover your playful side and celebrates creativity and fantasy. More pictures of what you can expect after the jump.
The cutest magazine of Berlin is back! The guys behind Dodo Magazine who have given us the amazing costume workshop at last fall’s I HEART BERLIN Halloween event just published the secod issue of their awesome creativity magazine. Filled with illustrations, photos and texts from many international artists and authors the new edition is dedicated to the topic of time, hence the double cover with “Present” and “Future” on it and the brilliant idea about the time capsule. After the jump you can get a little sneak preview of this new issue and see a lovely animated trailer. Order a copy from the limited edition here. I’m super excited to flick through it myself.
Matthew Barney at Haus der Kunst
Berliners have a slight problem with Munich. Some say the people there are too snobbish and posh, some are shocked by the prices for rents and expenses and other ones are just calling it a boring city. Maybe it’s true that Munich is not a nightlife hotspot in Germany and does not have nice bar-areas like Hamburg, Berlin or even Leipzig.
But that does not make the city overall boring. Being the capital of one of the richest states in Germany, Munich is filled with prestigious high class art, music and theater venues all worth experiencing. We had the opportunity to travel to Munich for the opening of the new art space of Louis Vuitton: Espace Louis Vuitton München in the city centre. During our stay we could also venture to other art places and interesting contemporary art exhibitions and created a small list of recommendations for your next trip out of town after the jump.
If there is one thing going on in Berlin right now that I recommend to absolutely everyone doing it’s this year’s edition of the Olympus Photography Playground that’s currently taking place at the Opernwerkstätten. What it is is a big exhibition with nine amazing artworks by international artists AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, Anna Bruns & Thomas Brown, Transforma and Maser that are actually more than artworks, they are entire sets. And the fun part about it, is that you can walk into these sets and do something that so many exhibition in museums and galleries strictly forbid: taking photos. And boy is this fun. You can either focus on the artwork and explore it from every angle with your camera, or you can jump into the picture and become a part of the artwork yourself. Let’s call this #artselfie.
To give you the best possible experience at the Olympus Photography Playground you can borrow one of the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras for the exhibition and keep the SD card afterwards. Last week I took a bunch of friends to the opening and we all tried out one of these babies. While the design is reminescent of old analog cameras, the technology is slick and new. This system camera has way to many great features for me to name here, but the one that I enjoyed the most was the wireless transfer of the photos directly onto my smartphone so I could post them on Instagram. What a blessing!
After the jump you can enjoy some of our photos that we took with these super cool cameras. If you wanna play around yourself you still have time until May 25 daily from 11-19h (also on the Easter holidays). In addition to the exhibition there is also a program of panel talks, workshops and live sessions for you to enjoy.