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.
photo: Antonio Rodriguez
After the great success of the Berlin Wonderland exhibition last weekend the Urban Spree Gallery in Friedrichshain is already opening its next group exhibition tonight. Spaces is a group show of the local collective of photographers called Berlin Fotografen. The exhibited work is dedicated to the exploration of the presentation of photography in a room with all its dimensions. It takes a look at the photo book as a presentational room as itself versus the open exhibition space of the gallery. After the jump you can get a preview of some of the photographs, more to see tonight at the opening. The exhibition runs until June 21, 2014.
Lee Bul at Mudam
Luxembourg was never really on my radar when speaking about fancy art travel destinations. But as we attended the opening of the Luxembourg Design City Biennale we had to re-adjust our mindset about the small state between Germany and France. We spend a couple of wonderful days and enjoyed not only high class contemporary art at one of the most beautiful museums of the world, the Mudam, but also indulged in delicious food and breath-taking panoramas. Since Luxembourg is just a one hour flight away from Berlin it is the perfect weekend escape. After the jump you find our little art and travel guide with our favourite spots in town.
This heat is getting on everybody’s nerves who has to sit in front of a computer and can’t escape the city and venture to cooling lakes. To support the poor ones in the offices we picked some very special eye candy that will make you feel hot and cold at the same time. In the photo series Ecce Homo Berlin-based photographer Evelyn Bencicova shot naked bodies in a quite artistic way. The depicted faceless nudity doesn’t feel to me in any way pornographic, but shows the sublime beauty of the human body in all its forms. Enjoy the photos after the jump.
Contemporary art from China is almost only known under the prominent name of Ai Weiwei. Obviously such a huge country has far more creative talent than only one single individual, even though being an artist in China is probably not the easiest job to pursue due to the dictatorial regime.
One interesting opportunity to discover new talents from China is the current exhibition The 8 of Paths which showcases a generation of artists who have gained new possibilities and new freedoms to express themselves. Presenting 23 positions by young artists living in Beijing the goal of the exhibition is to promote China as a vibrant and artistic country. Even though this goal leaves some question marks inside my head, I really enjoyed visiting the exhibition at the Uferhallen in Wedding. The artworks are very diverse and showed me really interesting cultural insights into Chinese society and their art world. The exhibition runs until July 13th 2014 and every Wednesday they are also showing cinema screenings at 19h. My photographic impressions and the address and times after the jump.
photo: Hilmar Schmundt/bobsairpor
If you want to get a little bit nostalgic and remember the good old times of this beloved city than there’s nothing better than visiting a photography exhibition featuring the analog highlights of the past. Around the fall of the wall Berlin was really a mysterious wonderland for both sides of the German population. A place where you could jump naked in a pool at night, meet crocodile-transvestites on the street and bungee jump at Brandenburger Tor. Everything seemed possible with the lowest of efforts. The empty houses and bumby streets were not perceived as a depressing background but more as a diorama of multiple possibilities. Collected from several photographers the curator Anke Fesel and Chris Keller choose over 200 pictures all around the first years of the 90s. The result is not only a coffe table book full of good old memories but also a great exhibition which opens its doors this Thursday June 5 at Urban Spree and runs until the June 8, 2014. Don’t miss it! More photos from the book Berlin Wonderland by Gestalten after the jump.
If there is one thing Berlin is full of and loved for it’s the tons of amazing Street Art and murals on the bare walls of its buildings. Especially districts like Kreuzberg, as well as all the abandoned industrial buildings along the Spree are covered with art and through that repuprosed from ruins to canvases. The only downside: You can’t exactly buy these amazing artworks for your living room. Well, most of them you can’t. But still there are a range of interesting products themed or focused on street art such as books, calendars, stickers and art prints, even some fashion items. For my first own collection on eBay Today I collected some of these products for you to have a look. More about it after the jump.