The first weekend of May has been notable not only for Labour Day, but for art in Berlin as well. For the 11th time 47 galleries (this year) opened their doors from the first until the third of May.
Among this year’s highlights were definitely the large scale sprayed paintings by Katharina Grosse, who inaugurated the new exposition domicile in the St. Agnes church of Johann König. Her bright colorful art is characterized by her demolished paper bits spray technique, as you would normally know from collages. One could not have filled the great room on the first floor of the church any better. Along with other art pieces on the ground floor of the concrete church Jeppe Hein’s mirrored chrome balloons with colorful strings on the ceiling were much admired too. More impressions after the jump.
Close to Rosenthaler Platz a second church was converted into an exhibition space: Magdalena Abakanowicz showed her life-sized sculpture groups in the St. Elisabeth church, that made the perfect art location as well.
Further down to Hackescher Markt you could admire the photographs of Robert Montgomery’s poetic quotes in the Epicentro gallery, as well as Martin Eder’s paintings around the corner in gallery Eigen +Art for example, reminding the viewer of Game of Thrones.
As well a must-see was the green runway carpet from the Dries van Noten show in September 2014 at the Parisian Fashion Week. Presented with forest and bird sounds in a ruinous, charmingly old department store in Berlin Mitte, one could gaze at the long carpet made by Alexandra Kehayoglou and an artistic video from the runway presentation. The dreamy atmosphere was created by the designer not only for the overall effect but in order to distract from the unpleasant floor in the Palais as well.
In Kreuzberg’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien one could find the works of the Berlin painter and Falkenrot award winner Peter Krauskopf, as well as a video installation by Chia-En Jao.
And for everyone, who hasn’t made it to the Boros Bunker so far: this weekend you had the chance to do so without any registration.
All in all a sunny art weekend and perfect start into the month of May.
text & photos: Alicia Kassebohm
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Alicia Kassebohm is a freelance photographer and communication design student at the Institude of Design Berlin. Last year she won the 3rd place of the Deutscher Jugendfotopreis. For iHeartBerlin she takes photos at various events and talks with interesting men about their goregous beards. She recently released her first photo book titled Beardicted.
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