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.
This month you can enjoy the fourth edition of the Berlin Art Week, held from September 15-20, 2015. There will be so much to see as national and international artists from all over the world will be presenting their works and performances. You’ll be able to visit art fairs, more than 20 regular exhibitions, project spaces and be part of various award ceremonies, gallery openings, performances, screenings, artist talks, guided tours and concerts. To give you a bit of guidance with this schedule full of events we selected our favorite and most promissing exhibitions that you shouldn’t miss!
photos: Funkhaus Berlin
The Funkhaus Berlin is an old GDR institution where all the recordings for the public radio and TV stations took place. It’s a massive and impressive building directly at the Spree near Rummelsburg. The place is absolutely stunning to look at, both from the inside and outside. Nowadays the Funkhaus is home to many artists and musicians who have their studios and rehearsal spaces in there. You can actually rent spaces in all imaginable sizes for a really moderate price there, and it’s a really inspiring atmosphere there. Sometimes they host open house days, special events and exhibitions so you have the chance to go inside and see the great space turned into a gallery.
This coming weekend “A Happening” will combine music, art and the space. If that’s not a great plan for the weekend I don’t know what is! More about it after the jump.
Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau,
courtesy Neue Berliner Räume
You’ve probably heard the news by now: The glorious Stattbad Wedding has recently closed. This weekend the party makers of the club nights Stattnacht are throwing the last two parties in their temporary exile at one of the previously unused halls of Neue Heimat and after that an era has ended. I feel quite sad about this sudden development because the Stattbad was one of those locations that I have recommended through its entire run here on iHeartBerlin, for parties, exhibitions and other crazy stuff happening there. The old public swimming pool found a new purpose in the hands of the makers of Stattbad and the place including all its institutions such as the Open Walls gallery, the Stattbar and the Statt.lab was a wonderful experimental playground for a whole generation of creative Berliners and therefor an important part of the youth culture of Berlin for the past 6 years. It’s a shame that the place has closed so unexpectedly and there is not even a chance to have a final good-bye party there. So as an alternative we went back into our archive and compiled a huge best of from all the coverage and photos we have dedicated to Stattbad over the past 6 years and then some. Enjoy the Stattbad Chronicles after the jump and don’t feel ashamed to shed a tear for this amazing place on the final Stattnacht party on Saturday night and the open air on Sunday. We will miss you, Stattbad Wedding.
photos: Gerrit Engel, courtesy of Sexauer Gallery
The latest exhibition opening by photographer Gerrit Engel at Sexauer Gallery had me thinking of my early days in Berlin back in the beginning of the 2000s. I call myself lucky that I have been in Berlin long enough to have had the possibility to enter the former Palace of the Republic, the once glamorous Chamber of the People and cultural meeting point of former East Germany. In my early days of Berlin the place stood there grey and silently at the riverside of the Spree like a big headstone to the grave of the GDR. The space was mostly abandoned and shut down for public access. The shiny copper plates of the facade that made the building look quite impressive back in the day were long removed and a concrete block remained obstructing the view to any of the beautiful historic buildings around it, no matter from which angle you looked.
But all of a sudden the place was opened again for temporary use. I don’t remember exactly if this happened at the same time, but there was also the announcement that the building would get taken down soon, so maybe this was the reason for the city to sublet it for cultural events so they could collect some money for the expensive demolition. I remember being in there for a couple of big parties and one really magnificent big exhibitions called Fraktale IV: Tod in 2005. It was awesome to see the space from the inside used by artists for huge elaborate exhibits, but without all the glamorous lamps that I knew from photos and that gave the place the nickname “Erich’s lamp shop” it kind of just looked like any other abandoned industrial building that Berlin has so many of. Well, none of them have had such a magnificent location and such a controversial history…
Probably all the fashion enthusiast of Berlin have already paid a visit to the Mario Testino Exhibition at Kulturforum near Potsdamer Platz. Nonetheless we thought it would be still worth to review this unique exhibition because it’s not only relevant to people interested in fashion or advertisement, but it also gives a very critical perspective on the reality and surreality of images and beauty standards of our society therefore its thought provoking to both the haters and the fans of the fashion world.
Mario Testino is a Peruvian photographer who became successful in the 80s in London. I have to admit that for many years I always thought he was Italian because of his name, but he is actually from South America. For the fashion world he is probably one of the most iconic photographers and his imagery ranges from super artificial perfection to blurry authenticity. But he is not only known for the incredibly sexual imagery capable of projecting erotic fantasies on men and women alike. While visiting a panel this January I could experience how his incredible charm and sweet and creative personality is part of his artistic genius. Otherwise I don’t think that famous people such as Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, Madonna and Kate Moss and many more would choose him over other photographers for unique and sometimes very intimate photography.
The exhibition “In Your Face” which is traveling around the world since 2012 is a tribute to his most famous photos from the different decades of his work. The photography itself is provocative, luscious and often very surreal. Watching famous ads or fashion shoots of magazines in big format and with perfect lightning will make enjoy the pictures on a different level. You also realize how much photoshopping and retouching is involved in creating the “perfect” images of beauty of our times. This becomes so evident while visiting this exhibition that it is somehow a relief. A relief from the pressure of society that always wants you to look better, thinner and younger everyday of your existence. Realizing that even the most famous people of our society have to be optimized so strongly to fulfill an unrealistic ideal that from up close its not even beautiful anymore makes you feel better about yourself. Or at least it did with me. The exhibition is still open until the 26 of July 2015. We are giving aways 2×2 tickets for the exhibition! More pictures and details after the jump.