BERLIN ART WEEK 2019 – Let me guide you!

Dear Reader, this edition of Berlin Art Week is very good. As always, there’s a lot to see. Let me show you the tested and approved shows, the must-sees, and the rest. The stars go from 4**** to 1*, as for hotels and things that can be rated with stars. And I did make it bite-size, so it’s actually a useful guide. You’re welcome.

Magic Media—Media Magic. Video art since the 1970s from the Wulf-Herzogenrath-Archive

The building itself is worth a visit, specially if you’re new to Berlin (it’s on the Brandenburger Tor square). Wulf Herzogenrath is a curator who has made a crucial contribution to the establishment of video art in Germany. His archive highlights of video art and sculpture since the 1970s can be discovered. Some artists find their early works only in this archive (Joan Jonas for exemple). During the visit, we were lucky to meet the man, a true legend : charming and fun. He’s the embodiement of the cool art guy that really knows his shit. As if answering to ‘The Medium is the message’, he told us that ‘the media makes the personnality’.

The exhibition “Magic Media – Media Magic” shows works by Vito Acconci, John Cage, Lutz Dammbeck, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik, Bjørn Melhus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, Raphaela Vogel, etc.


Where :
Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin

art berlin & Positions art fairs

This year again, the Berlin Art Fairs take over the Tempelhof former airport.

At art berlin, my favorites are Julien Meert at Sorry We’re Closed (Brussels), Christine Wang at Nagel Draxler (Cologne, Berlin), Edouard Baribeaud at Friese (Berlin), Bambo Sibiya at Sakhile & Me (Frankfurt), Monika Michalko at Produzentengalerie (Hamburg), Grit Richter at Tanja Wagner (Berlin), Tom Howse at Galerie Opdahl (Stavanger, Norway).

You should also check out Klaus Benden (Cologne) for the blue-chip selection (Alex Katz, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann) which was getting sold like croissants on a Sunday ; and Steve Turner, the only US gallerist there.

As for Positions, I recommend Art Mur (Montreal, Berlin), Szydlowski (Warsaw), and Meno Parkas (Dusseldorf, Kaunas). 

Where :

Flughafen Tempelhof
Tempelhofer Damm 45
12101 Berlin

Micro Era Media Art from China

Presented by as many curators as artists (4), the show really brings together a feeling of contemporary China. All the artists have disctinct practises : Zhang Peili is considered by many to be the Father of Chinese video art ; Cao Fei is probably the most prominent figure with her présence at this year’s Berlinale or a solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Lu Yang’s work could be defined at Post-Internet, but it’s really more than that and anyway, some of the best of this category , and Fang Di’s works delve into the racism and geopolitical research.

+++ While you’re there, you can also check out Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Two Monkeys, 1562 Investigation and Reconstruction of the Creative Process at the Gemäldegalerie !

Where :

Kulturforum
Matthäikirchplatz,
10785 Berlin

No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989-Today

It was the opening to be, with everyone and their cats puffing cigarettes and pretending they had been there, too.

The classic Berlin photographers Wolfgang Tillmans, Ben de Biel, Tilman Brembs, Honez-Suckle Company meet the new scene George Nebieridze or Lisa Wassmann.  It’s a must see if you’ve ever been in a Berlin Club.

Where :

C/O Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 22-24
10623 Berlin

Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019

YES !!! Congratulations to our very own Pauline Curnier Jardin for her success !!!  The jury was determined to see her win. It’s definitly Pauline’s Year , as she’s also a resident of the prestigious Villa Medicis in Rome.

Where :

Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue

While Christina Ramberg’s Works are really sensational, the rest of the program didn’t impress me as much. It’s still a good show, and it’s been curated with a lot of passion and intelligence, but somehow – to me – it was not the most impressive.

Where :

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

Anna Virnich, Hyperdrüse

That’s a fun proposition. A floor made of wax, holding clay bowls filled with aromatic oils and surrounded by iridescent walls: In her exhibition, “Hyperdrüse,” the Berlin-based artist Anna Virnich creates a space that is saturated with shimmering colors and a complex choreography of smells.

Where :

Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32–34
10117 Berlin

Statista

That’s a fun proposition.

STATISTA proposes artistic prototypes for a civil society built in the spirit of the Commons, in ten different playing fields, including a cryptocurrency based on the wellbeing of bee-populations, ecologically inclusive facade designs, interfaces for neighbourhood participation and an international conference in the Fall. Temporary usage, in this case, does not lead to gentrification, but to a form of urban renewal to the benefit of all—a Statecraft of the future.

Where : Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz

or *** I’m confused ›Babes Bar

At the Berlin Art Week opening, you could get your drinks from the ‘Babes Bar’. That’s a ‘artist-run’ bar, where obvisouly, artists are serving you drinks. While it was kind of cute and kind of edgy, I can’t help finding it incredibly sad to bank on the ‘artists as waiter/waitresses’. I’m torn.

Kirchner · Richter · Burgert

It really sounds appealing, but the result looks like a very expensive version of a Ski-Resort gallery show. The 3 body of Works are put separately, without much connection to each other. Why not if you love one of the artists.

Where :

me collectors Room
Auguststraße 68
10117 Berlin

Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz. Zeichen Bühne Lexikon

What to say… Because there’s so much better to see, I’d say it’s more an ego trip that a dialogue.

Now everywhere you go in the world, there’s a ‘Picasso x (Artist Name)’ exhibition. It’s getting a little bit old and annoying. Find something else.

Where :

Museum Berggruen
Schloßstraße 1

AND A LITTLE MORE :

  • Come see my show : Herakles, heroism and masculinity in a nutshell at AKA

Pflügerstr. 6 in Neukölln. Opening on the Saturday 14th, 7-10pm

  • French Breakfast at EAM on the 14th and 15th, Yum Yum !
  • SØR RUSCHE SAMMLUNG – 14 SEP 2019 + 15 SEP 2019, 3pm
  • Micro Era Media Art from China 05.09.2019 to 26.01.2020 Kulturforum

Link :

www.berlinartweek.de/de/berlin-art-week

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#Berlin! 14.09.19 – 27.09.19 @akaberlin presents: ‘Herakles, #Heroism & #Masculinity in a Nutshell’ by Fleur Helluin #Painter @@fleur_helluin has been working on her new solo show for some time and, now it is finally ready to be seen at #AKAberlin. Helluin new piece of work is looking closely at the life of #Greek #hero, son of #Zeus and #Alcmene, #Herakles. #savethedate #berlinartweek #mustsee WHAT? ‘Herakles, Heroism & Masculinity in a #Nutshell’ by Fleur Helluin WHERE? AKA, Pflügerstrasse 6, 12047 Berlin, Germany WHEN? Vernissage, Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 19:00-22:00 / "For his 12 Labors, the Greek hero Herakles travels in the whole known world. In a less famous episode of his life, he is sold as a slave to Omphale, #Queen of Lydia. During his long stay at her court, he lives dressed as a woman, working as a woman. It is this Herakles that lives in my #project. Altogether hero with an unmatched strength and character pushed around by the forces of Fate, Herakles personifies a new and mangled entity. His appearance, his fate, his relation to #gender are all bases of reflection on contemporary themes: the gendered life, #strength, confusion." https://www.kaltblut-magazine.com/herakles-heroism-masculinity-in-a-nutshell-by-fleur-helluin/ #mustsee #art #paintings #donotmissit

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