47 galleries are in the game this year (including four newcomers: Gillmeier Rech, Lars Friedrich, Alexander Levy and Dittrich & Schlechtriem – welcome!), as well as many many off spaces. Our favorite painter Fleur Helluin guides you through the Art Jungle.
Do I have good taste? You bet your ass I do (and elegance with that). Have I seen everything? Nope, and it’s close to impossible this year with so many good shows on the street I feel like it’s Pigalle in Berlin. Gallery Weekend is a super fun time in Berlin where there are croissants everywhere for journalists. Here are my highlights:
Nicolas Simoneau and myself wrote about it twice already, so you get the message? It’s a very cool, fun and deep show that will move and entertain you.
Kara Walker at Sprüth Magers
It’s always a treat to see Ms Walker’s works. She is one of the most important contemporary artists, her work is well known for the incisive connections it draws between the legacy of slavery in the United States, the evolution of historical narratives and cultural beliefs, and contemporary race relations. www.spruethmagers.com
+/- 0 GENERAL IDEA – Catch me if you can at Esther Schipper
Call me old, but at this point I’m more excited about an empty yogurt than about another show about dicks n’ balls n’ assholes. Still, General Ideas’ work is legacy, so it’s mentionned. www.estherschipper.com
Evelyne Axell – Venus Leda and Mona Lisa at König Galerie
Some of Evelyne Axell’s work is really mega cool. She’s an iconic artist a badass and a real fighter. What is presented here is not so exciting however. It’s also in the small room which doesn’t give it much amplitude. www.koeniggalerie.com
IN BERLIN, WE HAVE THE BEST EXHIBITION SPACES
Claudia Comte – When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth at König Galerie
Huge spruce trees! Big TVs! A title with Dinosaurs! It’s hard to do something wrong in König’s location, and Ms Comte delivers a bold project with technical complexities, clever references and which is also esthetically interesting. If you don’t go there because your next crush will be at the opening, you should go for the art.
Frank Thiel and Liliane Tomasko – at Blain Southern
Those are two very different shows in the beautiful space. Frank Thiel presents Quinceañeras, a show about a girl’s fifteenth birthday. If you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, you might have flashbacks of Season 2 Shangela, which is always a good thing. Liliane Tomasko presents A Dream Of and it’s no nightmare (but also not dreamy).
Ikemura presents paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Notably since the 1990s, Ikemura has developed a unique yet universal pictorial language with representations of cosmic landscapes and floating female figures, which finds recognition in the art scenes of the most diverse cultural circles. kewenig.com