photo: Nathan Thomas.
What does it take to step into the art world of a city intimidatingly overflowing with non-appreciated creative potential?
iHeartBerlin writer Andy sat down with his friend Qeas Pirzad—scene-beloved socialite, out-and-proud Sagittarius, every dance floor’s favorite disco queen, and up-and-coming contemporary artist—to find out what that challenging path can be like.
The result is an intimate conversation—laying open the artist’s personal creative journey, venturing into the consequences of following your dreams, and the revelation that doing something out of the ‘Berlin box’, makes you even more ‘Berlin’ in the end.
After last year’s intriguing Canvas Bar event in an unused subway tunnel of Berlin, Bombay Sapphire gin is continuing their collaboration with the art world with an exciting new project that we want to introduce to you today: With their new pop-up art campaign, they decided to go BIG. In five German cities, they have claimed the biggest canvas they could get: the walls of buildings.
For four weeks in September, five stunning murals will grace a big wall in Düsseldorf, Köln, Hamburg, Leipzig and – of course – Berlin. For each of the murals they commissioned established local artists: Semor, Jana Wind, Martin Grohs, and Stefan Kunz. But for Berlin, they did something special.
We already have you a bit of a preview of the new street art murals that were added to Berlin’s landscape thanks to the Berlin Mural Fest 2019. One piece that really stands out is actually an old classic – but revisited.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the big cosmonaut by Victor Ash that you can see from Skalitzer Straße corner of Mariannenstraße. It’s probably one of the most known pieces of street art in Berlin and has become really a symbol of the district and the city. The idea to create a video mapping to bring the spaceman to life is really ingenious – but wait until you see the final result. Read on…
The Berlin Art Week is upon and will once again reflect on the current contemporary art world. This year, during the 11th-20th September, the great contemporary art museums, project spaces, art associations and private collections will host a nearly endless amount of openings and events that it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the options. But don’t worry, we dug through the many programs and invitations to pick some of the most significant ones you shouldn’t miss. Here are our 12 favorite exhibitions and events of this season!
Last year’s Mural Fest added a stunning 30 new street art murals to the open gallery that is the city of Berlin. This year’s edition is now adding 6 more stunning pieces to the mix that have been finished in the past couple of days and that will be celebrated this weekend with a Night Walk on Saturday and Sunday from 20:15h onwards. All the artworks will be illuminated and as a special treat, there will be some additional elaborate video mappings on some old classics such as the spaceman by Victor Ash on Skalitzer Straße. The video of the rehearsals look like this should not be missed!
We have a few making-of photos for you that give you a bit of a preview of the new works. If you want to find all the murals from this and previous editions you should download the Berlin Murals app for your details and exact locations.
We got an inside look at the atelier of artists Johanna Dumet and Manuel Wroblewski in anticipation of the upcoming Berlin Art Week—for which Johanna and Manuel are opening their studio to the public. Johanna skips down the steps of a giant cascading staircase held up by strong Greco-Roman-style columns when she greets me. The smell of oil paint fills the room, and Johanna’s shorts are spattered with vibrant specks of pigment.
When you step inside the Villa Heike, you leave Berlin behind and enter an ornate, yet industrial, version of ancient times. The tall ceiling and decorative columns are what you’d see in an old museum, but the art is refreshingly contemporary, standing out against the barren architecture. After climbing a few flights of stairs, we enter Johanna and Manuel’s atelier. I’m struck immediately by the light—on the top floor of the Villa Heike, their space is illuminated by huge windows facing southwest.
Gentrification in Berlin is a subject that we are all to a degree affected by but many remain helpless in the face of it. The new visualization by the artist collective oddviz around Serkan Kaptan, Cagri Taskin and Erdal Inci deals with the subject of gentrification in Kreuzberg – in a seemingly simple, yet truly moving way.
Kreuzberg has long remained a stronghold of alternative lifestyles and social diversity, yet the recent developments make one wonder how long will it still resemble the free-spirited, laid-back hood many of us have fallen in love with.
photo: Ralph Larmann.
In February 2016 the impressive Kraftwerk Berlin showed a laser and sound installation by Christopher Bauder and Robert Henke called Deep Web as part of the CTM Festival. It 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 was a really immersive experience to see it.
This summer the show is back at Kraftwerk from July 12 until August 23, 2019, with special live performances on July 25 and 26, as well as August 8 and 9 that you shouldn’t miss. We have a little video from the first round to give you an impression.
photos: Abdulsalam Ajaj.
Artist Mischa Badasyan was at it again with one of his naked interventions. After the Viktoriapark waterfall and the subway he now took over the beautiful Körnerpark in Neukölln and filled it with naked human bodies during one of his actions. It was basically a nudist picnic in the park celebrating the liberation of the body, the human form and its connection to nature. What better place to choose than the dreamy ambiance of this special park in Neukölln.
But the new photos series captured once again by Abdulsalam Ajaj is just a glimpse of a much bigger project that includes several interventions in public places. For upcoming shoots, Mischa is always looking for more participants. So if you want to become part of the series you can get in touch with him by writing him an eMail. We are already curious about the next location and of course the big reveal of the entire project later this year!
photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.
These days Berlin is a little more colorful and crazy than usual thanks to the Pictoplasma Festival that is bringing us the best of character design to the city. The program includes exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, performances and parties at various places in Berlin including Silent Green, ACUC, Yaam and more. You should check out the details about what’s going on here.
One of the highlights is this year’s Inter_faces Exhibition in the underground hall of Silent Green – one of Berlin’s newest locations. As the name suggests a lot of the works shown there incorporate some kind of interface that lets the viewer interact with the characters. It’s a really stunning experience and one of the most fun exhibition we’ve ever seen in Berlin. Especially the futuristic set-up of the show with all these interactive projections on translucent canvases makes for a wonderful trippy experience that you shouldn’t miss. Have a look at our impressions of the show, but also make sure to visit the place this weekend. The show runs until Sunday, daily from 12-20h, Gerichtstr. 35 in Wedding. Free entry!