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).
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schering Stiftung Unter den Linden 32–34 10117 Berlin
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.
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.
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 !