Bonjour everyone! This week, Berlin’s weather couldn’t be worse, but fortunately there are lots of events inviting us to forget the world outside: The Mindpirates are celebrating with Lionel Williams and Raz Ohara, Jorinde Voigt shows works from the last seven years and several group shows are opening. Finally, a Sunday flea market enables a perfect escape from both hangover and the rain. While Frank enjoys the Paris Fashion Week and travels around the globe, I will do my best acting for him as your iHeartBerlin art guide for the next six weeks. See my first guide after the jump…
Monday, Jan 23
As Frank already mentioned in his last guide, the Mindpirates present the solo show Let the Sun Shine in (Jan 22 – Feb 18) with California-based artist and musician Lionel Williams. Additionally they invited several amazing musicians to collaborate and perform The Berlin Sessions throughout this week: On Monday, the series starts with Williams, Raz Ohara and the Odd Orchestra at Mindpirates Projektraum (Schlesische Straße 38, 3rd backyard) from 20h – 24h.
Tuesday, Jan 24
Let’s relocate ourselves and do something in Berlin’s west for a change: The opening of the group show (Re-) Locating the self at Kunstsaele Berlin (Bülowstrasse 90, 19h-21h) for instance. The exhibition features works by Carl Andre, David Blamey, Peter Downsbrough, Channa Horwitz, Bettina Khano, Sandra Peters, Karin Sander and Lawrence Weiner. The exhibition is curated by Marc Glöde. More information on their website.
Wednesday, Jan 25
Jorinde Voigt is one of the German rising art stars: In her work, codes, numbers and lines transform into delicate patterns on large-scale drawings and installations. Represented by Galerie Fahnemann, she was declared a “New Talent” at Art Cologne in 2006. Since then, the gallery and the artist have been cooperating, observing their success. Therefore, a cross-selection of Voigt’s artwork from the last seven years will be shown at Galerie Fahnemann (Fasanenstrasse 61). An exhibition opening during your mid-day break? This one starts at 13h!
Another music-event at Mindpirates Projektraum? The Berlin Sessions present Lionel Williams jamming with Jochen Arbeit from Einstürzende Neubauten, Hopek Quirin & Valerie Renay from Noblesse Oblige (Schlesische Straße 38, 3rd backyard, 20h-24h)
Thursday, Jan 26
Galerie Cruise & Callas currently shows Annabelle Craven-Jones‘ PROPOSAL FOR A MINDSCAPE (neuroAESTHETICS). Jones‘ installations and videos deal with emotions, affection, psychology and psychoanalysis. A good time to visit the show and receive an exclusive introduction by the artist herself would be on Thursday, at 19h in the gallery (Köpenicker Strasse 187/188).
Friday, Jan 27
As usual in Berlin, there are countless art show openings on Friday, so I had to pick my favorites. Let’s start with the group shows: Galerie Michael Jannsen presents Paper does not Blush with eleven artists, such as Monique van Genderen, Emil Holmer and Mario Ybarra. The gallery is located at Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26 – right around the corner from the next opening at Galerie Gebrüder Lehmann at Lindenstrasse 35. The show Face / OFF features art works by Tatjana Doll, Bjarne Melgaard or Frank Nitsche. The last group exhibition on my list takes place at Galerie Kamm (Rosa-Luxenburg-Strasse 43-45): Über dich (About You) features five artistic positions, discussing the relationship of the portrayed and the one who creates the potrait via photography and video. All these events take place between 18h-21h.
If you are not exhausted by then, I can warmly recommend two further must-sees: Reply all at DAM Berlin (Neue-Jakob-Strasse 6-7, 19h-21h) shows the newest works of Aram Bartholl – perhaps one of the most exciting Berlin-based artists. His art goes beyond the gallery walls, intervening and exploring public spaces. On my blog artfridge, I once reported about his USB Stick actio in New York City. Aaaaaand – Hallelujah – the last Friday opening by the world-famous artist Isa Genzken at Schinkelpavillon (Oberwallstrasse 1, 19h-22h).
Sunday, Jan 29
After a little break from art on Saturday, why not visit the opening of Claude Parent’s solo show Drawings at Galerie Esther Schipper (Schöneberger Ufer 65, 11h-14h). Another great spot to linger about could be the Hangover-Flea Market at White Trash Fast Food (Schönhauser Allee 6-7). The entry fee is only one Euro. The event starts at 12h and continues into the night – if you should be interested in some possible further carnage.
Anna-Lena Werner is a graduate art theorist, writer and freelance curator. On her blog artfridge.de, she collects interviews with emerging artists and other creative people, talent discoveries and exhibition reviews from Berlin, Cologne and London. For the next weeks, Anna-Lena will write The Weekly Art Guide on iheartberlin.
Emil Holmer; Meg Cranston at Galerie Michael Jannsen
Jorinde Voigt at Galerie Fahnemann