Not to be missed!!! Friday October 29th the last show of the one-year project that is MMX. Show VII offers the tasty and interactive work of Risa Puno with her kunst vending machine and “Magic Eye” auto
stereogram wall works. James Bullough takes the challenge of transforming the bar space
of MMX while Juan Arata paints the underbelly creatures of Berlin’s nightlife. Geoffrey
Garrison brings his new video installation piece that questions the space and time around
a gilded frame. Screening program VII deals with the theme “the end is just the
beginning”, appropriately fitting for MMX’s history. Fresh from Winnipeg, Lancelot
Coar and Patrick Harrop take over the front of the house. Valentin Hartweck’s
installation will entrap the viewer as they head towards BitteBitteJaJa (collaborative
video works by Ulu Braun and Roland Rauschmeier). The UV light installation by
Jeongmoon Choi finishes the show with an atmospheric and labyrinthian end.
Tacos Berlin will be serving up yummy Mexican food once again at the Vernissage.
Nothing less than a stellar last show with unexpected installations and weekly
performances by Argentinian artist Martin Molinaro
MMX- Open Art Venue
Linienstraße 142/143, Mitte
Hours- Wed 12-22 Thu-Sun 12-19
Exhibition: October 29 – December 3
Opening: October 29, 2010 18:00-22:00
"Haunch of Venison gallery is to close its Berlin space at the end of the year to focus on New York and London. “Berlin is one of the most energetic and exciting art cities, but it doesn’t have that community of collecting,” said London director Matt Carey-Williams."
Starting with the Berliner Kunstsalon which opens this evening, Tuesday 5th October at 5pm. Now in it's seventh year it has found a new home on Landsberger Allee in the east of the city and also a new director. It runs for 5 days finishing on Sunday the 10th October and running daily from 2pm to 10pm except on Sunday when it will finish at the earlier time of 8pm. 7 years ago this was the most exciting art fair in the city, it present the youngest, rawest, most cutting edge art of all the art fairs. New galleries, artist run project spaces and collectives presented the best and the worst that Berlin could offer. Over the years it has lost much of its initial freshness and has felt like a record stuck on the same track. This year perhaps it's new location, the a-station, Landsberger Allee may bring new life back to the beast.
Then there is the Berliner Liste opening on Wednesday 6th October at 6pm. Also in its 7th year it presents the work of artists represented by small and mid sized galleries and also a number of project spaces and individual artists. Located at the former rooms of the Staatliche Münze, Molkenmarkt 2. The Liste has seemed to be struggling a little over the past few years to fill all the slots in the fair as the expansion to allow individual artists and projects to apply for spaces would suggest. It is far more commercial than the Kunstsalon and has always felt like the little brother of the Preview but these dynamics seem to be shifting at each outing so who knows what this year will bring.
The Preview is located for the 4th year at the grand address of the Tempelhof airport and opens on Thursday 7th October. Last year it filled the main entrance hallway of the airport and ended up feeling like an uncurated group exhibition due to the lack of dividing walls between the galleries so this year thankfully it is returning to the setting of hanger 2. This is the 6th year of the art fair which for most of those 6 years has been the number two on the list in terms of importance. It is smaller in the number of galleries that it presents than the Liste and tends to feel more international. This year it has a focus on Eastern European art.
The ABC art Berlin contemporary is in its 3rd year and is opening on Wednesday, 6 October. It is split between 2 locations Marshall-Haus, Berlin Exhibition Grounds and HAU2 (Hebbel am Ufer), Hallesches Ufer 32. This year is has the title "lights camera action" and has a focus on film in art, presenting screenings at the HAU2 location and a short film program at the Marshall-Haus location. Although the newest fair on the block this year it has strong ties with the main attraction the Art Forum and would seem to have a less commercial than the other fairs.
The Art Forum Berlin is in its 15th year and has risen to become one of the most important, if not the most important, art fair in Germany. It presents an array of the most established international galleries and also an exhibition section showing work from younger or mid-level galleries. This year it is all going to be mixed together rather than separating the big fish from the minnows which may make it a more interesting spectacle.
Find out more here: http://www1.messe-berlin.de/vip8_1/website/Internet/Internet/www.art-forum-berlin/englisch/index.html
This year there is also the Stroke Art fair which is focused on Streetart, Graffiti, Low-Brow, Illustration and Skateboard Art see more here: http://www.stroke-artfair.com
The one fact that everyone agrees on is that there is too much to see. Do remember that the opening day or night is generally free but for the bigger art fairs these are by invitation only. Also remember never go to an art fair when you are hungry.
Artur Żmijewski appointed curator
KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is pleased to announce that Artur Żmijewski has been appointed curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
The 7th Berlin Biennale will take place in early 2012.
Visual artist Artur Żmijewski, born in 1966 in Warsaw (Poland), works almost exclusively with the media of photography and film. He is particularly interested in the power of art and its relation to politics. From an almost anthropological viewpoint he investigates social norms, morality and representations of power in today’s society and the effects that art have on it. Żmijewski studied in the sculpture class of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski at the Warsaw Art Academy from 1990 to 1995 as well as at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1999. His work has been internationally shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2005 he represented Poland at the 51st Art Biennale in Venice. He is member of the Polish political movement "Krytyka Polityczna" and the art director of the magazine of the same name. Żmijewski lives and works in Warsaw.
The selection committee for the curatorship of the 7th Berlin Biennale consisted of Jacob Fabricius, Malmö Konsthall; Bartomeu Mari, MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Matthias Mühling, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich; Joanna Mytkowska, The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; and Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Biennial.
The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is since its 4th edition one of the institutions supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as "outstanding cultural event". The support of 2.5 Million Euro per edition ensures that Berlin’s "most important event for contemporary art" enjoys planning stability, enabling the organizers to address issues of content in an experimental way.
Established in 1998, the Berlin Biennale has become a major international event for contemporary art. Located in Berlin, in the midst of the vibrant cultural scene in the fast-changing capital of Germany, the Berlin Biennale has received an enthusiastic response from the audience as an experimental, forward-looking and contextual show. The six editions of the Berlin Biennale that have taken place to date explored a variety of exhibition formats and involved diverse curatorial agendas. Previous curators have been:
1st Berlin Biennale (1998): Klaus Biesenbach with Nancy Spector and Hans Ulrich Obrist
2nd Berlin Biennale (2001): Saskia Bos
3rd Berlin Biennale (2004): Ute Meta Bauer
4th Berlin Biennale (2006): Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, and Ali Subotnick
5th Berlin Biennale (2008): Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic
6th Berlin Biennale (2010): Kathrin Rhomberg
The Berlin Biennale is organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Join new-media artist Jon Rafman on an existential journey through the multi-user virtual environment of Second Life. Rafman’s Kool-Aid Man avatar will lead audiences across futuristic cyberpunk megalopolises, exotic furry sex clubs, and psychedelic jungles, while providing live critical commentary and discussing the implications of virtual worlds for modern society. Starts at 7pm.
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"I'm not there"
17 September · 20:00 - 23:30
Location CHB Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
Featuring the work of
Attila Szücs, painting
Simone Haack, painting
Deenesh Ghyczy, painting
Alejandro Rodriguez Gonzales, drawing
Steffi Stangl, Installation
and curated by: Uwe Goldenstein
Eröffnungsrede: Detlef Stein (Bremen)
Ausgehend von der Malerei des in Budapest lebenden Attila Szucs´ gesellen sich vier Berliner Künstler dazu, die sich in atmosphärischer wie philosophischer Hinsicht seiner distanzierten und malerisch verdichteten Ebene einzufühlen vermögen. Vielschichtig erweitern sie Szucs´ aparte Welt und laden sie mit zusätzlicher Spannung auf. Unter dem Banner der Verheißung I´m Not There treten alle fünf Künstler als Beschwörer einer brüchigen, mitunter entfernten und in die Latenz verrückten Realität auf. Leise durchbrechen sie etablierte Gesetzmäßigkeiten der alltäglichen Außenwelt und verweisen suggestiv auf eine Innerlichkeit unter der Oberfläche, auf scheinbar abwesende, unbewusste und unsichtbare Vorgänge. Neben einigen ganz neuen und speziell für I´m Not There konzipierten Arbeiten von Attila Szucs (*1967) erweitern die vier hervorragenden Berliner Künstler aus einer Generation: Simone Haack (*1978), Deenesh Ghyczy (*1970), Alejandro Rodriguez Gonzalez (*1974) und Steffi Stangl (*1976) mit ausgewählten Arbeiten den von Szucs vorgegebenen Weg zur Entschleunigung, Vertiefung und Infragestellung der absurd normalen Verhältnisse. Um unter die Oberfläche zu gelangen, tauchen sie in ihre abgeschotteten Innenwelten ab, um uns mit ihren Spiegelungen und Gegenentwürfen zu konfrontieren und zu bereichern. (Text von Uwe Goldenstein, Kurator)
Mehr Infos zu den Künstlern: http://uwegoldenstein.de
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Künstler- und Kuratorengespräch (u.a. mit Attila Szucs): 29. September um 20:00 in der Moholy-Nagy Galerie des CHB
In August each year Berlin's art world goes into hibernation as galleries put up "gone fishing" signs and close their doors. The dust settles on the last exhibition which often still graces the walls and plans are made for September when the whole game begins again. While there were a few openings last weekend, possibly to coincide with the Lange Nacht der Museen, this coming Friday and Saturday sees the true kick off of the new season with the opening of a considerable number of fresh new shows. But what to see, with so much to choose from? Well here are a few suggestions of what might be worth a gander:
DOLL | KOTT - Alexander Ochs Galleries
Eröffnung | Opening - Freitag, 3. September, 19-21 Uhr
Presenting the work of Christina Doll and Anna Kott
In Christina Doll's work, full figure sculptures take centre stage. Anna Kott creates paintings of women. The exhibition DOLL | KOTT arranges an encounter of two autonomous positions.
Born in 1972 in Cologne and 1975 in Ruda Slaska / Poland, both painters focus on human existence, the idea of men and women in their social environment, as well as their cultural, religious and sexual contexts in different ways.
Both Berlin-based artists work with restrained colours, in the sense of a consciously reduced repertoire. While the colour of Christina Doll's work is given by the porcelain and concrete used, Anna Kott restricts herself to two cold colours: grey and a strong contrasting red.
Christina Doll's work can be classified as a part of the long tradition of Berliner statuary since neo-classicism, in which full figure statues, mainly life-size and in honour of the pictured person, were installed in public places. During the romantic era, porcelain and plaster miniatures of these portraits were created for domestic usage.
Anna Kott's work can be seen here: http://www.alexanderochs-galleries.com/front_content.php?idcat=471&idart=3010
and Christina Doll's here: http://christinadoll.com/index.php/aktuelle_projekte.html
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
Come Live in my Head - Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER
Opening reception with the artist: Friday 3 Sep 7-10 p.m.
The works of Australian artist Natascha Stellmach are emotional investigations into the dark worlds of memory, the unconscious and the unspoken. Her installations, photographs and videos are thought-provoking and compelling.
In Guatemala, children who are scared of going to sleep are given tiny handmade dolls (worry dolls) for underneath their pillow. By passing on their fears to the doll they can then sleep peacefully. In Stellmach’s ongoing series Worry Dolls, she creates unique works that embody the secrets and nightmares of adults and take on monstrous forms. With titles like Nazi Girl, Killer or Fuckhead, these worry dolls reveal personal stories whose biographical core represents collective experiences and thus becomes universal.
In the series Blood, Stellmach uses photographs as mementos in combination with her own text, bringing forth new associations and alternative narratives.
This formal approach of juxtaposing text and image enables Stellmach to link reality with fiction. She brings into play documentary or staged, biographical or found material in order to tell powerful narratives about the transience and darkness of the human condition.
Like French artist Sophie Calle, Natascha Stellmach is a storyteller who harnesses words and images in order to analyse, fictionalise and reassess. She successfully tackles challenging topics through her sense of the poetic paired with intelligence and black humour. With Come Live in my Head Stellmach invites the visitor in a very personal way to explore the self. In the end there is indeed hope for fantastical dreams.
Natascha Stellmach was born in 1970 to German parents who immigrated to Australia. She works across photography and video and resides in Berlin and Melbourne.
Recurrent themes in her practice are tabooed aspects of identity, childhood memories, love and death. Her mode of working is to combine images and text, consciously blurring biographical facts with fictional storytelling. This approach manifests in her artist books, The Book of Back (2007) und It is Black in Here (2010).
Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER
PAULE HAMMER - Galerie Jette Rudolph
Opening: 3. September, 18:00 - 22:00 Uhr
Galerie Jette Rudolph starts their season in September with a solo show of the Lepzig-based artist, Paule Hammer (b. 1975), his first at this gallery. The show is entitled “World Encyclopedia No.4: Anxiety, Love, Dream“ and will introduce a staging of the entire gallery space based on the artist’s large and middle sized canvases, text-based installation works and sound sculptures.
Paule Hammer’s complex works narrate stories from the ego-perspective with its content centred on the self-image of the individual going through his inner experiences, thoughts, intentions and fantasies. The Berlin show questions the essential necessities around anxiety, love and dream. It is builds on Hammer’s stage “Weltenzyklopädie III/ World Encyclopedia III”, that formed part of the exhibition “Bilder vom Künstler/ Images from the artist” at the Frankfurter Kunstverein at the beginning of 2010, to locate various social roles & their analysis.
The recent works of the artist focus word and text by means of catchwords taken from the title of the exhibition, which are painted in big letters intertwined in a network of connected ‘islands’ joined by lines and punctuated with synapse-like (thought-) knots. The recipient is encircled by an endless questionnaire of existential descriptive patterns, made of collages. The black and white canvases, similar to charts on blackboards, describe the word “love” through the terms “community”, “violence” as well as “man” and “woman”, “animal” and the level of “being”, “family” and “body”. But only the selective view can penetrate the thick meshwork to feel the lines and isles as parts of the thresholds of the margin and dissolution of sense. The three chapters –“anxiety”, “love” and “dream”– are accompanied by a sound sculpture of a cephalopod, with the notations based on a precise translation from word into music created according to the artist’s own system. Hammer takes the recipient on a journey into his soul to audio-visualize the limits of non-objective as well as objectified corporeality; stripped in his dreams becoming himself by another self.
Galerie Jette Rudolph
Zimmerstrasse 90- 91,
D- 10117 Berlin
Approaching the Onion - WILDE Gallery
Opening Friday 3rd September · 19:00 - 21:00
WILDE Gallery is pleased to announce Approaching the Onion, the first solo exhibition of Spanish painter Antonio Santín with the gallery.
Antonio Santín paints scenes of existential ennui, women depicted in domestic yet surreal environments cluttered with material objects. Santín, who specialized in sculpture during his studies, carves forms out of the layers upon layers of paint that he applies, arriving at densely structured yet luminescent compositions. The subjects that Santín selects for his large-scale paintings are primarily young women, who confront the viewer with a stoic gaze, almost morose in its serenity and yet silently defiant, inquisitive and unforgiving.
Santín is a draftsman of exceptional skill. Deriving inspiration from Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Goya and Greco, Santín renders his subjects with precise detail and controlled painterly flourishes. His brushstrokes take on a three dimensional treatment, reducing the paint to graduated matter that is carved away to excavate the inner being of the subject.
Hendrik Voerkel - Malerei - G11 Galerie
Opening Saturday 4th September at 19:00
Hendrik Voerkel reconstructs in thick bright colours and clear shapes an image of contemporary urban environment that at the same time looks familiar and alien.
Landsberger Allee 54, 3.Etage
Eileen Cubbage, USA
Chris Dennis, England
Tamara Fitzpatrick, USA
Michaela Gleave, Australia
Carlos Gomis, Spain
Sunyung Im, South Corea
Elsa Medra, Spain
Sarah Rushford, USA
Jay Shinn, USA
Anna Steele, Australia
Ed Whalan, Australia
Takt Kunstprojektraum is an autonomous initiative started by artists in 2003. It runs without any external funding.
Since 2009 the residency has become the central element of the project.
10 rooms are set up as an Artist Residency program, designed to host active artists visiting Berlin. The work rooms are the core elements of this effort.
The main goal of the residency program is to provide artists visiting Berlin quick access to an environment that will foster their creative energies.
28 August – 10 October 2010
Opening: 27 August 2010, 19:00
Daily, 12:00 – 19:00, Thu – Sa 12:00–20:00, Entrance free
The exhibition in Berlin, taking place at NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is concluding the two-year project and offers a multifaceted parcours through the topics via a selection of 25 artistic positions.
The artists and groups involved come from seventeen countries, of which twelve are in Europe. In their works they make use of research, documentation, fiction, design, irony, invention and a wide variety of media. The exhibition also features projects produced within the Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome residency and production grant scheme. Parallel to the exhibition, the programme of events includes performances, discussions, and a film programme in cooperation with Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin.
Exhibition with: Isa Andreu (ES) / Timothy Moore (AU), Alex Auriema (USA), Federico Baronello (IT), Ursula Biemann (CH), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (TR), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Carsten Does / Gerda Heck (DE), G-Lab (LT), Daniel Gontz (RO), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Bettina Hutschek (DE), J&K (DE/DK), Thomas Kilpper (DE), Sara Kolster / Suzanne Valkenburg / Eefje Blankevoort (NL), Emanuel Licha (CA), Ives Maes (BE), Plinio Avila Marquez (MX), Eléonore de Montesquiou (FR), Christoph Oertli (CH), Joanne Richardson (USA) / David Rych (AT), Romana Schmalisch (DE), Société Réaliste (FR/HU), Pilvi Takala (FI), Eugenio Tibaldi (IT), Oraib Toukan (USA/JO)
Concept / Initiators: Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel
Venues: Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Oranienstrasse 25, 10999 Berlin, www.ngbk.de
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, www.kunstraumkreuzberg.de
04. – 05.09.2010, 16:00–23:00
Film programme with films by: Christian von Borries (DE), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Christoph Oertli (CH), Maxim Pozdorovkin / Joe Bender (UK), Paul Rowley / Nicky Gogan (IE), Marie Voignier (FR)
Film programme compiled by: Tobias Hering, Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel
Venue film programme: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Naunynstr. 27, 10997 Berlin, www.ballhausnaunynstrasse.de
The book on the project is published by argobooks, Berlin, www.argobooks.de
TRANSIENT SPACES – THE TOURIST SYNDROME: BERLIN
Running from 6pm to 2am, this year approximately 80 official venues will be taking part.
The official website can be found here: http://www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de
Tickets cost 15 euros (or 10 euros with a concession) and children under 12 are free. The ticket also allows visitors to use the shuttle buses provided.
As always there will be a lot of fringe events running parallel to the more official museum programme. One such event which is well worth a visit is the open studio evening in the Gerichtshöfe Atelierhaus. 33 artists in this studio complex located in Wedding will be opening the doors of their studios also from 6pm to 2am. Further information can be found here: http://www.gerichtshoefe.de/
MMX- Open Art Venue
Thursday 12th of AUGUST 2010
Venue: Metropol Cafe-Bar - Landsberger Allee 62 - 10249 Berlin (map)
15:00-16:00 A chance for S.LOW participants and event attendees to meet informally before evening events.
ARTIST PRESENTATIONS AND SCREENINGS
Venue: 91mQ - Landsberger Allee 54 - 10249 Berlin (map)
16:00-18:00 Dawn Weleski, Cristina Martín Lara. Invited speakers will introduce their work and will invite questions from the floor at the end of the session.
PANEL TWO – CREATIVE EXTREMES: LOW VERSUS HIGH TECHNOLOGIES AS FRAMEWORKS
Venue: 91mQ - Landsberger Allee 54 -10249 Berlin (map)
19:00-21:00 Invited speakers to the panel: Dawn Weleski, Iain McCurdy, Jonathan Reus, Ricardo Climent. Moderator: Sunshine Wong
Panel Focus: The manipulation -- or in some cases the subversion -- of technology is fundamental to any creative endeavour. Whether it is the long-standing tradition of sewing or some cutting-edge development in robotics, the art practitioner's role remains that of the innovator who, through varying degrees of deconstruction and recontextualisation, realises previously unexplored potentials. The artists involved in this round of talks will shed light on the media and techniques that have informed their work, and share their views on the utilisation of "old" and "new" technologies in contemporary art.
+ OFF-S.LOW PARTY. Various artists
Friday 13th of AUGUST 2010
ARTIST PRESENTATION: AUDIO SOFTWARE FOR ARTISTS
Venue: NK - Elsenstr. 52 - 12059 Berlin (map)
16:00-16:30 Welcome to NK / coffee
16:30-17:15 Jonathan Reus (NK Artist in Residence)
For the last year, Jonathan Reus has been conducting research and development of new music performance systems at STEIM (www.steim.org), in Amsterdam. In this presentation, Jonathan will discuss interesting research topics in live computer-music performance, as well as give an overview of the work being done at STEIM in this regard and discuss his current work with ARM-Core embedded processors as part of a recent residency at studio N.K. in Berlin
17:30-18:15 Ricardo Climent
This presentation will be a work-in-progress update of the methodologies and processes employed when creating my First Dynamic Documentary Film (DDF) with the working Title 'Calle Garibaldi'. I am exploring a hybrid visual genre, guided through sound, which reunits aspects of DocuFiction, Interactive Inmersive Environments and the Acousmatic tradition in space environments. It builds upon my previous navigation system through sound experience, where music structures are built around our visual experience and intuitive decisions as a method of anticipating sonic behaviour'.
SOUND INSTALLATION: SU-BAHN SONICOGRAPHY
Venue: Projektraum Schwarz - Weichselstrasse 34 - Berlin-Neukölln (map)
19:00-21:00 Iain McCurdy sound installation opening
SU-Bahn Sonicography presents an interactive sound installation in which visitors are invited to explore physical channels in the piece's surface with their finger tips. The shapes and arrangement of these channels has been inspired by a stylized map of the Berlin transport network and its musical inspiration from the ideas of interdependence within an internally dynamic yet globally equilibrius system. This piece continues my work exploring interdependence in the sonic realisation resulting from multiple interactions with the piece. The interdependent nature of control creating a social music making environment. The metaphor being applied is that the musical outcome will represent the equilibrium state resulting from all forces (interactions) acting upon the device. The number of musical possibilities resulting from a such a system can be huge, therefore this will be an instrument that remains enigmatic to the visitor and one that will resist swift reduction as a simple analogue electronic device.
Opening times: Friday 13th to Wednesday 18th August 18.00 - 22.00.
and Kathrin Rhomberg, Curator of the 6th Berlin Biennale and the exhibition Ion Grigorescu. In the body of the victim 1969–2009, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2009. The talk is accompanied by the book launch: Ion Grigorescu. In the body of the victim. Ion Grigorescu, born in 1945 in Bucharest, was one of the first Romanian conceptual artists and advocates of anti-art, postulating a radical consolidation of artistic activities with quotidian life. The publication is the fruit of the exhibition prepared in 2009 by Kathrin Rhomberg and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, which for the first time gathered works from 1969 to 2009. As part of the 6th Berlin Biennale Grigorescu's film Sleep (2008), the photograph Topbottom (2008) and a diary of the artist are shown at KW.
On Sunday, 8.8.2010 the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will remain open at KW Institute for Contemporary Art until 9 pm.
Thursday Evening Ticket: for the last time on 5.8.2010
The Thursday Evening Ticket costs 5 Euro and is valid on Thursday evening from 7 to 10 pm at Oranienplatz 17 or at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
WHERE GRAVITY MAKES YOU FLOAT curated by Silja Leifsdottir
June 12th-July 8th 2010. OPENING 12th 19:00-23:00
Group show with Henrik Menné, Josefine Lyche/Henrik Pask, Kristina Bengtsson, Katharina Kiebacher,Michael John Whelan, Simen J. Helsvig, Sinta Werner.
The exhibition Where gravity makes you float looks at contemporary artists who in different ways play with the nature and limitation of knowledge through their exploration of existential ideas. By working through philosophical problems visually, they question a fully rational understanding of the world. The works in the exhibition reveal a deep curiosity about the nature of reality and embody a constant dialogue between fact and fiction.
According to 20th century myths, the laws of aerodynamics prove that the bumblebee should be incapable of flight, as it does not have the capacity in terms of wing size or beat per second to fly. Not being aware of scientists 'proving' it cannot fly, the bumblebee succeeds under ‘the power of its own ignorance’.
Gravity is well known as a force of nature that is just as inevitable as death. It is responsible for keeping the earth and all the other planets in the orbits around the sun. Without it, life as we know it, would not exist. In spite of this knowledge, mankind have been attempting to conquer this force for centuries, dreaming about weightlessness and the ability to fly.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
7:00pm - 11:00pm
GRIMMUSEUM. Fichte strasse 2, 10967 Berlin
Show IV opens on June 4, 2010 with a musical performance by the Canadian duo Trike. Tobias Sternberg continues his interactive piece Schadensorge in the garden, if you missed the life-sized mammoth in the tree then be prepared for more creatures. Elke Graalfs unleashes her palette to transform the entire entrance room. Paintings from Hannah Murgatroyd and Nicole Lebarge, a video installation by Irishman Maurice Doherty, performances by Berlin based Madeline Stillwell and a 2.5 meter bubble making machine entitled Cycle by Ben Sloat. Michael Ebert’s Stiller remains in the Hinterhof and Screening Program IV is curated by the MMX staff and includes works by Jesper Just, Annette Otto, Nicolas Provost and Eric Fleischauer. Last summer the Venice Biennial premiered the work of Uruguayan artist Pablo Uribe and this summer MMX brings Atardecer to Germany.
MMX- Open Art Venue
Linienstraße 142/143, Mitte
Hours- Wed 12-22 Thu-Sun 12-19
Exhibition: June 4-July 9
Opening: June 4, 2010 18:00-22:00
Landsberger Allee which was once called Lenin Allee seems like a never ending street, it runs from the Platz der Vereinten Nationen onward and east-wards. This seemingly non-descript street, which is filled with traffic and tram lines running at a constant rate, has actually a couple of quite illustrious historic locations dotted along its length. One such location is the former Patzenhofer Brewery which apparently was once Europe's largest brewery. The building dates back to 1877, closed as a brewery in 1990 and since then has fallen into disrepair to put it mildly, in fact it is a steps or two above being a just derelict shell of a building and just lake many empty derelict shells in Berlin the artists have moved in and taken over.
Located at Landsberger Allee 54 at the corner of Richard Sorge Strasse, the graffitied hallways are now filled up with artists studio spaces and most interestingly a selection of gallery and project spaces. It seems that the names and setups of each of these spaces is in constant flux or evolution but currently you can find Project Space 91mq, the galleries Styx and Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Gallery G11 and Marzia Frozen Contemporary Art. Each one with a very different flavour and style and approach but all with something interesting to offer. If you are every wondering why Berlin has gained such an international reputation for its unique art scene and art spaces then this is one place that offers a very current answer to that question. http://www.landsberger54.org
The G11 Gallery on the third floor is the newest addition to the building. It is being run by a small collective of artists based in Leipzig and stands in quite contrast to the building it inhabits. It is a clean white professional looking space in a decaying, wild, almost dangerous looking building. Their first exhibition in this space presents work from the artists who have setup and are running the space. Three artists, John Power from Ireland, Lexander Prokogh from Russia and Hendrik Voerkel from Germany present a collection of painting and object/installation which is of all of a strikingly high quality. It will be very interesting to see how the exhibitions in this space evolve over time. http://www.gruppe11.net
The Project Space 91mq on the first floor was founded in 2008 by Elena Bellantoni and Marco Giani, two berlin based Italian artists and has since expanded and begun working with new curators and artist. They present a mix of work, experimental and playful in a variety of mediums which seems to lead towards the tighter conceptual side of the game. http://www.91mq.org
The current exhibition at Marzia Frozen Contemporary Art on the third floor is called Fucking Kunst and is based on the theme of censorship. The walls present a salon style hanging of painting and photography while the centre of the space presents a number of installation or object based pieces. This is the gallery space which fits into its into its surroundings the easiest, at first glance it is as wild, dangerous and chaotic in here as it is throughout the building. But here the aim it obviously orchestrated to shock and while the individual pieces on show vary in quality and style quite dramatically, collectively it works as a tightly curated showing. http://marziafrozen.webs.com/
The STYX Project Space on the second floor has been presenting the first Berlin exhibition of New York based artist Daniel Turner. This space presents a very mixed programme not only by showing visual art but also live music, performances, and readings. http://www.styx-berlin.de
The Kunstraum Richard Sorge has a separate ground floor entrance is named after the neighbouring street and the communist spy that apparently was Ian Fleming's model for James Bond and reputedly saved the Western world from Nazism. The work they present follows this semi political and historical strand. “Like its namesake, the initiative independently works from a marginal, yet cosmopolitan position to ultimately save the world.” http://www.kunstraumrichardsorge.org/
Exhibition by American Photographer Gregg LeFevre at Freies Museum, Berlin
3 Voices in my Head: Three exhibitions curated by Shaheen Merali
Freies Museum, Potsdamer Straße 91. 10785 Berlin
April 18 through May 14, 2010. Opening reception: April 17 at 7:00pm
Corporate advertising imprints itself on a city and not surprisingly, a city often talks back. Since the mid-1980s, artist Gregg LeFevre has been documenting this dialog in cities around the world. His photographs illustrate the accidental, premeditated and fleeting ways that a city’s inhabitants—from protestors to pigeons—respond to commercial messaging. His images—straightforward street photography, not collages or digital manipulations—reflect LeFevre’sinterest in documenting the urban landscape exactly as he sees it.
In his Freies Museum installation, LeFevre has stretched a number of large-scale photographic works from ceiling to floor within the industrial interior of the galleries. This recent series explores the concept of subversion. Once an advertising image is released from the safeguards of the corporate studio into the unpredictable topography of the
city, the inherent tensions between commercial mythology and urban reality begin to surface: protestors and graffiti artists respond, urban wildlife plays a part and sun, wind, and rain leave their marks. LeFevre focuses on varied aspects of this dialog between citizens and advertisers.
Curated by the London and Berlin based writer and curator Shaheen Merali, these three exhibitions of artists Gregg LeFevre, Ulrich Volz and Yvette Mattern at the Freies Museum in Berlin will run from April 18 – May 4, with an artists reception on April 17 at 7:00pm. The exhibition’s title, 3 Voices in my Head, refers to the connection Merali has found between the different artists’ work, of which he explains, “In the work produced by all three artists, the one concern that remains stable is their differing relationship to the notion of a globality and its uncontrollable wanton consumption.”
Gregg LeFevre’s work can be viewed at www.gregglefevre.com. Press inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Andrews at 1 347 351 9609 or email@example.com. For more information about the exhibition, contact Museum Director Marianne Wagner-Simon at +49 (0) 179 921 2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org