Yayoi Kusama at Gropius Bau 2021, photo: Luca Girardini.
Once again Berlin’s museums and cultural venues have had to close their doors due to lockdown restrictions. However, there are still a few hidden gems around for us to continue exploring the artistic side of the city and get inspired in a safe way.
Gallery Weekend took place a couple of weeks ago and many of the participating galleries are still open to the public as long as you contact them in advance and have a negative COVID test. You can check out Gallery Weekend’s website for a full list of participating galleries and artists.
Additionally, we can look forward to some larger exhibitions that have unfortunately had to close for now, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out for when tickets will be available for purchase again.
Here is a list of some fantastic exhibitions – some that you can currently check out, including participants of Gallery Weekend, and some to visit in the (hopefully) near future!
Installation view Lee Mingwei: 禮 Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2020, photo: Laura Fiorio.
The lockdown hit the cultural scene very hard. I am working in the art scene, so it made me particularly sad about not being able to visit exhibitions and museums. On the one hand, I’m amazed at how diverse the program is online: how close you can suddenly get to artists, museums, and galleries. Everything has become very personal and we can take a look behind the scenes. On the other hand, experiencing art on-site – the closeness to the work of art, the dimensions clearly in front of me – cannot be replaced.
All the happier I was finally being able to visit an exhibition: The first thing I chose was Martin-Gropius-Bau and Lee Mingwei’s exhibition: 禮 Li, gifts, and rituals (until July 12, 2020). Lee Mingwei is a Taiwanese-American, contemporary artist who dedicates himself to the rituals of giving and receiving gifts.
Dennis Hopper was not only one of Hollywood’s most charismatic actors and directors, he also was a painter and photographer. Somehow his work is reminiscent of a frenetic and provocative life-style we experience her in Berlin. Check out a small selection of his work after the jump.
photo by Bruce La Bruce
This week has many things to offer once again: creative workshops, short film screenings, big art openings, jamming sessions and much more! Have a look after the jump.
Olafur Eliasson – The blind pavilion, 2003
If you have seen giant mirrors being driven through the city lately or a strange bike with mirror wheels standing around at the one or other corner in Mitte, then chances are high you actually saw the Danish-Icelandic artist and UdK professor Olafur Eliasson at work. His conceptual work is mainly focused on light, which of course also includes reflection. On April 28 he openes his first solo exhibition in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau with the title Innen Stadt Außen. Part of it is also The blind pavillion, a bizzare and futuristic architectual construction that you can at the Pfaueninsel now until October. More of his work and the details after the jump.
Alfred Arndt, Meisterdoppelhäuser in Dessau, 1926
Earlier this year I joined friends of mine on a trip to the Bauhaus in Dessau. Although I am not exactly devoted to architecture this turned out to be one of the most interesting and fun trips I ever made. We took guided tours both through the Bauhaus building and the master houses near by. And I can assure you it was really an amazing feeling to stand in the former living room of the great Wassily Kandinsky.
This Wednesday the Martin-Gropius-Bau opens the exhibition Modell Bauhaus which tells the story of one of the most important and influential schools of art and design of the last century. Details after the click.