Halle am Berghain, photo: iHeartBerlin
Hey guys, did you know it’s Spring now? The sun is mostly shining, the streets are filling up, and everyone is looking pretty happy. There’s no better way to enjoy the season than to hop around town from one gallery to another, and this is the weekend to do it. Tons of galleries are opening interesting exhibitions with cool receptions to stand around at; there are lots of options, so you have no excuse: Get to a vernissage and mingle! Wondering what to see? Don’t worry – we got you covered. Here are our recommendations for Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016.
photo: Jean-Baptiste Huong
For the longest time showing the beauty of the human body was a bit of a taboo in art and artistic photography. What was completely natural for the old masters is now deemed to be too commercial to count as art. Art should not be appealing, let alone be beautiful. This is something for advertising, or in the case of the human physique: erotica.
It’s a shame really, because the human body is as good of an object for art as any, and not just as something abstract or for the sake documentary. I’m glad that the art world seems to slowly but steadily overcome this prejudice. More artists experiment with nudity, sex, even pornography. Even galleries are picking up on this. Now more than ever artists who dedicate themselves to the beauty of the human body are no longer just considered photographers, but actual artists. I think this development is very positive and we should embrace this positivity.
This weekend in particular seems to celebrate the beauty of the male body as there are not one but THREE different exhibitions with over 10 participating artists opening in Berlin. We took a closer look at a selection of the artists and how each of them celebrated the beauty of men.
This week the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin is showing an lazer and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke as part of the CTM Festival 2016. Deep Web is a moving, luminous architectural structure that weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high sculpture of light and sound. It’s a really immersive experience to see it and a total must-see. It’s still open daily until Sunday, February 7, 2016. The video after the jump gives you a good impression, but you really have to see it live!
Debbie Harry (Blondie), 2014, photo: Florian Kolmer
New year, new art! In the next couple of weeks some really awesome exhibition will be opening (and already are) so we thought it’s time for another big exhibition guide to give you some recommendations were to see great art in Berlin in the beginning of 2016. Especially now in Winter when you don’t want to spend too much time outside it’s one of our favorite things to do: Go to the galleries and museums.
We selected a really fun and interesting mix for you including all the disciplines of art ranging from painting over sculpture to our favorite: photography. We have some big international names in our list such as Helmuth Newton and Ettore Sottsass, but also some long-standing local photographers such as Andreas Fux and Florian Kolmer. Enjoy our art highlights for early 2016.
photo: Jeisson Martin
After a hugely successful week at Blogfabrik our Instagram exhibition #berlin is now beginning its online afterlife with its very own gallery page. Here you can once again join the selection that Ferdinand Prinz and Brando Wild from Post Collective and Olga Potschernina and myself from iHeartBerlin have made from some of the most popular and talented Berlin Instagramers. Enjoy the #berlin online gallery here, prints are still available to order.
On the weekend we finally celebrated the opening of our highly anticipated #berlin Instagram exhibition that we organized with our new friends from Post Collective. It was a total passion project for the both of us and I am super excited about the results of our efforts. For a long time now I have been showing my appreciation for the talents on Instagram on the blog and on our Facebook page. I wanted to find a way to honor the great work of these creative people even more and this exhibition was the perfect way to do it. Guys, this one is for you, you deserve it!
I want to thank my lovely team: Olga, Yasmin, Kate and Claudio for doing this with me, you’ve been great! I want to thank all the guys from Post Collective, it is a pleasure to work with you. Of course I want to thank all of the Instagramers that took part in this exhibition – let this be a start of a fruitful collaboration with us at iHeartBerlin and Blogfabrik. Hands up for the guys from Moody Collective giving our exhibition the right soundtrack! A big thank you also to the makers of Belsazar Vermouth, your cocktails at our opening reception were delicious! We love the Polaboy light boxes – thanks for those! High five to the team of Blogfabrik for letting me completely remodel our event space and occupy it for an entire week. And thank you to everyone who came this weekend, it was overwhelming, thanks so much for all your words of appreciation.
We’ll be open every day from 14-20h until Satuday, December 5th 2015 so come visit us and see the unique perspective of Instagramers on our beloved #berlin. After the jump some impressions of the opening weekend!
Even though recent media stories suggest otherwise, Instagram is far more than conceited selfies, outfits of the day and food porn. It is also a platform for young and talented creative people that express themselves through photography, catching unique, unusual moments and details that are easily overlooked. In a sense, they bring you a different perspective of your daily life or even the city you live in. Berlin, as we know it, is a dream spot to bring out hidden aesthetics and aspects through photography and many photo artists capture the capital’s beauty on a daily basis for Instagram.
We wanted to find a way to get more people to see this amazing side of Instagram and promote the most talented users of the popular photo app – and what better way is there than making an exhibition with them! We sat down with Ferdinand Prinz, the founder of Post Collective, the world’s first platform for fine art prints of Instagram photos, as he really knows his way around the scene. With him and his team we curated the most outstanding and interesting pictures taken in and around the city and the result is going to be our upcoming exhibition #berlin that will be open to the public from November 29, 2015 for one week at Blogfabrik. More information and a preview after the jump.
Presenting art in abandoned Buildings ist not that new of a concept in Berlin. I remember the first art exhibitions I went to were actually happening all over some really cool artist houses and ateliers in Mitte like Tacheles. Last Sunday I visited the exhibition The Vacancy where 33 rooms of an old hotel were creatively filled with art objects of 33 different artists. Now that the district turned into the Upper East Side of Berlin it actually felt a bit wrong to go inside a house that was totally dismantled to experience some art exhibition. At home I thought about the experience and concluded that instead of constantly complaining we should reconsider the idea of art spaces as “Zwischennutzung” (inbetween use) as a valuable concept of urban development. Because if we let artists become the explorer and venturer of new or abandoned places, maybe the commercial use that will follow and which is unfortunately not stoppable might be less horrible. I know that a lot of people would love the city to stay forever at it is. But this kind of hippie-conservatism is not something that will contribute new ideas for Berlin. Still I hope the whole Vacancy exhibition is not something to make the real estate more valuable. But I am curious to hear your thoughts in the comments. After the jump you find the adresss, opening times and most importantly a wonderful selection of pictures from the exhibition taken by our photographer Anna Agliardi.
photo: Lisa Wassmann
It is widely known for its progressive techno nights that go on from Saturday to Monday, but this is not the only thing that Berghain is doing. They have always used their space for much more than just music. They recently released a book about their engagement with art and also the theater and performance world has had its collaborations with this cathedral of techno.
This Thursday another big art event is happening there opening the doors to an audience that goes beyond the usual party crowd on weekends. Turn Around Bright Eyes is the title of the event, borrowed from the lyrics of Bonnie Tylers Total Eclipse of the Heart. One of the main artists contributing to the night is Peaches who is giving her own rendition of the iconic song as a music video premiere. There will be quite a few more video presentations from artists such as Actually Huizenga, Boris Eldagsen, Jamie Harley, Natacha Mankowski and Valquire Veljkovic. But you will also be able to see physical art from Dorit Bialer, Kritzkom + Romain Frequency, Lisa Wassmann, Marianne Jacquet and Martin Müller, as well as live performances by Hyenaz, Koudlam and Peter Kirn. It’s going to be an immersive experience bringing you an eclectic mix of talents from Berlin.
The event is curated by Your Mom who also put up great shows in the past in venues such as the Konzulàt and Kaufhaus Jandorf. Having seen some of these previous events I can guarantee you that you don’t want to miss it, also because it’s one of the rare occasions you can see Berghain during the week and separate from its techno parties. Some previews with work of the artists after the jump.
On Saturday I visited the magnificent Funkhaus Nalepastraße to see the exhibition opening of the group show Arcadia Unbound curated by four Berlin-based artists Janine Eggert, Sibylle Jazra, Marte Kiessling and Christopher Sage. The project is pretty much in the spirit of the fabulous show Ngoro Ngoro during Gallery Weekend as it’s independently organized by artists and not by gallery owners.
With the Funkhaus they found a venue that is truly stunning looking, but also so dominant in its appearance that it’s really challenging to show art here without the place itself being a distraction. But I think they have mastered this quite successfully. The exhibition is a true highlight and a good introduction into the Berlin Art Week that will start later this week. You can still see Arcadia Unbound at Funkhaus from Wednesday September 16 til Sunday September 20, 2015, from 14-18h. You can best reach Funkhaus from Ostkreuz by bike (15 min) or by tram. After the jump a few impressions.