In order to create the newest item on their menu, the team of Grill Royal has become the first restaurant in Germany to acquire access to speciality Kobe Beef from Japan. Kobe is a subset of meat from genuine Wagyu cattle, whose production is extremely limited and subjected to strict regulations and government supervision. In order to bear the name 'Kobe beef,' cattle must be certified, pedigreed Tajima cattle (Tajima-gyu), as well as bred, raised, slaughtered and assessed by the Japanese Meat Grading Association in the Hyōgo Prefecture around its capital city, Kobe. The degree of marbling must amount to a minimum BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 6, following the Japanese grading system. Only when all of these criteria are fulfilled does the beef receive the Kobe beef stamp, shaped like a Japanese chrysanthemum blossom, which is a symbol of the Japanese imperial court. At Grill Royal, chef Michael Böhnke will prepare the meat in different and seasonally varying styles, with a main focus on the classic steak grilled on a lava stone for one or more people, known as the Teppanyaki plate. But also pure and marinated versions of carpaccio, or Japanese-inspired dishes such as Shabu Shabu (thin slices) will be on the menu.

Schinkel Pavillon
29.08. – 28.09.2014

The protective ceiling is collapsed. Power cables, heating ducts and insulating material are breaking into the open space – with Force Majeure, Thomas Hirschorn converts the Schinkel Pavillon into a scene of accident, and actually deconstructs the entire space. Following his practice of transforming the white cube into large-scale installations he composed a collage-like sculpture, exposing the inner structures of the Schinkel Pavillon and challenging the integrity of the institution. The breakthrough, therefore, not only desolates an architectural monument, but also shatters the ideal protection of the institutional space. What normally is and remains hidden under the smooth surface, is now up for debate. Force Majeure encourages the audience to question their own expectations and viewing habits. The ceiling sculpture follows the laws of gravity rather than resting on plinth, pedestal or floor, challenging the notion of contemporary sculpture. Force Majeure marks the first institutional solo exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn in Berlin.

Photos: Nina Pohl, Courtesy Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
17.09. – 14.12.2014

How does today’s art alter reality? How do aesthetic production and political, social space interact with each other? The profound changes in artistic practice as a result of new media, in particular digitalisation, have resulted in a stream of new strategies tackling how to construct or deconstruct reality in and with art. The exhibition ‘Vertigo of Reality’ - featuring works by Trevor Paglen, Harun Farocki, Julian Oliver, Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham, Marina Abramović, Hamish Fulton, Bjørn Melhus, Christian Falsnaes and Tino Sehgal a.o. - seeks answers to the question of the beholder’s repositioning between artwork and reality, highlights key concepts such as participation and interactivity, and fathoms changes to our self-determination which affect all areas of modern life. The ‘Metabolic Office for the Repair of Reality’, building on Joseph Beuys’ concepts of ‘social sculpture’, serves within the exhibition as a permanent opportunity for escapade, dialogue and contradiction with over 40 events, performances, conferences and workshops.

Credits: Thomas Demand: Kontrollraum / Control Room, 2011 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014, courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London / Jeppe Hein: Rotating Mirror Circle, 2008, Courtesy: Johann König, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Foto: Anders Sune Berg, Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen / Thomas Wrede: Real Landscapes, Nach der Flut, 2012 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 / Courtesy Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER
Otto Piene. More Sky
17.07. – 31.08.2014

Invited to accompany the exhibition 'Otto Piene. More Sky,' the bar at Pauly Saal has moved to Neue Nationalgalerie, where Pienes slide installation 'The Proliferation of the Sun' (Die Sonne kommt näher) is being performed. Conceived in 1967, the performance on the upper floor of the Mies van der Rohe building consists of projecting colourful shimmering shapes, hand-painted onto more than 1000 glass slides, to create what Piene calls a 'poetic journey through space.' Inspired by this spectral colour experience, Head Bartender of the bar at Pauly Saal Bobbi Kay has created four cocktails that take from Piene’s colour compositions and use of contrary colours to create large surfaces that stand in opposition to one another. The museum’s reception counter serves as the bar, and is also integrated in the show with an identical, mirroring counter. ‘Otto Piene. More Sky’ is a joint exhibition of the Neue Natioganalgalerie and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

Photos: Steve Herud
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