Ai Weiwei is one of the currently most renowned artists in the world. That isn’t simply due to his mostly conceptual art, but especially because of his political activism. Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing, China and criticises the communist government through his art, on his blog, on Twitter and in plenty of interviews. He’s walking on very thin ice and in 2011 was arrested and held under false pretext at an undisclosed place, without even his closest relatives knowing if he was still alive. At this time an international protest formed to free Ai Weiwei and at least since he has been known outside the artworld as well. While people on the streets were shouting out: “Free Ai Weiwei“ young journalist and documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman was sitting in the editing booth piecing together what would become her first feature film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. She had accompanied and interviewed the artist for three years and gotten insights to his thinking, private life and working process. Last night I went to see the films with Claudio…
How many people do you know who are trying to apply to an art school like UDK or Weißensee? I feel like I know at least 100 of those young artists who tried to enter one on of the prestigious art academies Berlin has to offer. Even if most of them got rejected, some of them are currently really successful artist, stage designers, photographers and what not. On the other hand I know a lot of graduated artists who are working as bartenders. I always realized that success in art academies has nothing to do with financial succes. THIS IS FOR LOSERS is a project in Berlin that has set itself the task of give attention to unconsidered artists. They are looking for artists of all kinds that were rejected this or last year at Berlin’s art schools. Find out more about their project and how you can apply on their facebook page.
Sam Crew, Bubble Time, 350 Euro
Help! You don’t know what to buy for your boy or lady since he/she is allergic to any kind of perfume? You don’t have a clue about clothes and sizes and anyway he or she is SO picky? This might be a help: Backyard has a last minute Chrismas sale this week with pieces of the exhibition “It Wasn’t Art School”. There are bigger paintings and smaller pieces, easy to transport and for sure a nicer present than the odd DVD or perfume. The prices reach from 30 to 550 Euros. You can find most of the bigger pieces with picture and prices on the website backyardberlin.com. More and opening times after the jump:
The thing I like about artists working in Berlin is that they are not so much bound to economic values like in other big cities and still can have a decent living out of their art. A good way of supporting Berlin artists and don’t spend thousands on a painting is a project called Idealist. The Idea behind it is to make a book that works as an unique live exhibition. The book is limited to 5000 pieces and has Berlin artists working on the topic of “Kampfgeist”. So, any piece of art in it was especially made for this book. I’m really impressed with this book and think that the price of 100 EUR is pretty ok for that kind of limited edition and effort and work behind it. You can see the book this weekend at the Stroke Urban Art Fair. More about the project and some images after the jump.
Last weekend, the artbase 2011 Festival took place at Grabowsee. The fantatstic exhibition featured some of todays most interesting street artist. Addiontialy you had the oppurtunity to explore the historic buildings of the abandoned hospital. And naturally there was some Techno music, too.
More photos after the jump.
Here we have one short little event I really don’t want you to miss. Anthony Lister is doing an art from berlin experiment creating art just with materials he found in berlin. The experiment ends today with a live painting in the projectroom. Find out more on the Facebookpage of the event. More pictures of Anthony Lister’s cool Superhero art after the jump.
The Fountain of Youth
Young forever! New studies have proven, if you only dance enough, you’ll certainly age more slowly. A lack of sleep is also very useful. Or a sip out of the fountain of youth. Where you’ll find that one, I tell you after the jump:
This week is on the one hand dominated by all the events related to the 11th Club Transmediale festival for electronic and experimental music and on the other with a handful of very promising looking exhibitions opening. But before we go all artsy and experimental on your ass, we’ll kick off the week with a lot of fun at Cinéma with the It Boys… The events after the jump.
Yesterday the opening of the Mecedes Benz Young Classics exhibition revisted by several designers such as Frederik Heyman, Hendrik Vibskov, Bernard Willhelm, Peter Pilotto and Mikio Sakabe took place in Mitte. Impressions after the jump:
Untitled, Yoshimoto Nara
Before thinking about Berlin fashion next week I will definitely point your attention to this art book. Created in partnership with the Asia Society Museum Nobody’s Fool represents the work of Japanese art superstar Yoshitomo Nara. It assembles 20 years worth of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that map the evolution of one of the most influential and internationally renowned artists working today. The book and exhibition will draw connections between Nara’s work and the sensibilities of youth subcultures worldwide, focusing on themes of alienation and rebellion, particularly in relation to rock and punk music, the inspiration and subject of many of Nara’s works. In a way his art has something which makes me think of Berlin. Perhaps you can figure out why. More pictures and details after the jump.