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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Last night the annual DMY Festival for young product design opened its exhibition at the Tempelhof Airport and we took the opportunity to pay a visit and take some photos for you. There was some great designs and ideas there to be found, my favorites being the clever cardboard furniture by Room in a Box, the amazing Street Food Kitchen by Anna Liesch (would be so practical for the Bite Club), the Veener Shoes by Tobias Jänecke, as well as the Snego play set by the students of the Lund Universaty. The exhibition will be open until Sunday, June 1, and there are even some design products for sale there. Get a first impression with our photo set after the jump.
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.