Project, 20.01.2014


The products of the Berlin based design company NEW TENDENCY are characterized by conceptual design, clear aesthetics and functional form, as well as the fact that they’re manufactured locally. Whether it is a glass, a coat rack or a jewelry collection, the design company’s credo is continually reflected in its new, interdisciplinary creations – expanding its portfolio of original products and collaborations with select designers. Corresponding to this approach, their newest innovation, the shelf rack CLICK is the result of a collaboration with Danish architect Sigurd Larsen. Furthermore, the latest NEW TENDENCY product range includes the MASA table base, the DECEMBER floor lamp, the HASH coat rack, the META side table and the X CHAIR, the RIEN glass as well as the SID & CHAD vases, next to a new oak version of the SHIFT, which received the Interior Innovation Award 2014.

Photos: Haw-lin | Matthias Schmitt & Michael Ott


Project, 19.12.2013

Pastrami and Buvette in Frankfurt’s Red Light District

Maxie Eisen, a Chicago gangster with German roots, was the organizer of 3 Hebrew associations of food dealers in the 1920s – the Hebrew Master Butchers’ Association, the Master Bakers’ and the Retail Fish Dealers’ Association. He made a name for himself as a mafioso in the food business and was respected in the mob scene due to his cunning, but above all, also due to his close association to Al Capone. Maxie and the rest of the gang would meet for diplomatic treaties late at night at the Hotel Sherman, presumably over charcuterie, fish, magnums of stolen red wine and strong drinks. Building on a mix of Jewish food, the history of Frankfurt’s red-light district and the French sensibility of a buvette, Maxie Eisen, located in the middle of the Bahnhofsviertel, will revive and reinterpret the spirit of those bygone times. Pastrami takes center stage; delicious American beef brisket, traditionally cured using mustard, crushed peppercorns, coriander seeds and garlic. Roast chicken and select charcuterie such as duck rillettes are also on the menu. Matzo ball soup, following a traditional recipe, herring with horseradish and raw onions, home-cooked rosemary french fries and fresh salads act as accompaniments.

Photos: Steve Herud


Feature, 01.12.2013

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
06.12.2013 – 21.04.2014


Oskar Schlemmer, 1927, Foto: Erich Consemüller © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

The exhibition Human-Space-Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus presents for the first time concepts and experiments of the legendary Bauhaus stage, where the relationship between man and technology in particular was investigated and explored. In 1921, Walter Gropius founded a theater workshop at the Bauhaus. It conducted new research and experiments on the relationship between humans and technology.


Credits: Xanti Schawinsky, 1926 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate | Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, 1925, Privatarchiv © Kaj Delugan

The aim was to find a new place for the human being in a technological everyday living environment, to explore his new possibilities of movement and perception, and not least to find new symbols and images for that ambivalent ‘essence’ of the ‘new human being’, defined equally by nature and technology. Accompanying the exhibition, a festival spotlights stage experiments at the Bauhaus. It addresses the influences they exercised on dance, theatre, performance and visual arts, and discusses their current relevance and applicability. For concepts and symbols of a question that is still acute today took shape on the Bauhaus Stage: How much machine can man internalise, and how human can machines become?

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate


Feature, 24.10.2013

89plus and the LUMA Foundation are partnering to present the 89
plus Resources Workshop and Panel in Zurich
27.10. – 28.10.2013


Credits: Alessandro Bava, Zine cover Issue 3 | Alessandro Bava, bahrain collage2lumia

89plus is a long term, multi-platform research project, co-founded and co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, mapping the generation of innovators born in and after 1989. The 89plus Resources Workshop and Panel at LUMA is the first event to be structured around a single theme, Resources, engaging the disciplines of art, architecture, literature, science, and technology in a focused conversation. Led by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist a Workshop will bring together environmental activists and artists from the 89plus generation along with experts in resources and sustainable development. The panel discussion will address the potential of new technologies for positive environmental and social change in a world of declining natural resources.

Credit: Takeshi Shiomitsu, cleanroom study (i keep on falling falling)

Credit: Takeshi Shiomitsu, cleanroom study (i keep on falling falling)


Feature, 04.09.2013

Institut français / Bureau des Arts plastiques initiates young curators’ program

JEUNES COMMISSAIRES establishes new forms of supporting young curators in France and Germany. The program focuses on aiding in their professional integration and accompanies their first steps into the international art world. Serving as a platform for discourse and experience, JEUNES COMMISSAIRES not only offers opportunities for practical intervention within professional structures but also links between young curators and experts for a direct and long-term exchange. Alongside get-togethers and conferences with different curators and directors from Berlin’s art institutions, the participants will also meet independent, progressive curators and will conduct studio visits. The website not only allows insight in the workshop via photo documentations, but portrays its participants in interviews on their curatorial activities and their expectations on the program.



Feature, 12.03.2013

Akademie der Künste, Berlin
15.03. – 26.05.2013


Credit: Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008 – Community centre / art school – Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture – Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1977

The exhibition Culture:City encourages everyone to think consistently about the future of our cities and takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century, showing the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. The selection of international examples presented – ranging from spectacular architectural and art projects, via the creative reuse of empty buildings and city areas, through to citizens’ initiatives – opens up a panorama of constructed concretisation of culture thus allowing us not only to take stock of the surroundings but also to evaluate and assess each individual case.


Credit (from left to right): Architects: Studio Piano & Rogers, architects (Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers) – Courtesy: RPBW, Renzo Piano Building Workshop  |  Detroit SOUP – A monthly dinner funding micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit. – Photo: David Lewinski

Does the social, cultural and architectural rootedness in the city work and does this lead to new forms of cultural production? Or does the construction project merely represent a symbol strong on marketing, yet another island in a city’s public spaces characterised by increasing fragmentation?

The debate thus triggered in the exhibition, curated by Matthias Sauerbruch, is continued in the form of lectures, film screenings, concerts, sound installations and conferences a.o. with Jacques Herzog, Peter Cook, Patrick Bouchain, Peter Eisenman, Selgas Cano Arquitectos a.o. to Berlin.


Credit: Filmstill: Modern Times – Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin – Building: SANAA-Gebäude, Standort der Folkwang Universität der Künste – © Cyril Amon Schäublin


Credit: Filmstill: After hours – Director: Steffen Köhn – Building: Berghain – © Phillip Kaminiak


Project, 01.02.2013


Specialty tea is still leading a fringe existence on the European continent. But that’s about to change, as P & T sets out from Berlin to spread the word on fine tea in an altogether novel fashion. P & T has made it their mission to make fine teas and tea culture more accessible and rewarding to a broader audience. Nothing like a conventional tea shop, it breaks with the traditional apothecary-like over-the-counter model. Instead, the original presentation system encourages self-directed discovery, sensory experience and dialogue.

Photos by Ludger Paffrath
P & T

Feature, 03.09.2012

Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum
06.09. – 13.10.2012


Credit: Verner Panton, 1969

As a journey through finest textile art, the exhibition features selected protagonists from the discipline, like Sofie Dawo, who by transgressing the boundaries of the medium’s two-dimensional format, steered the evolution of tapestry towards three-dimensional relief and fine art. The artists Lena Meyer-Bergner and Elisabeth Kadow – both trained at the Bauhaus University in Weimar – are presented with studies on paper for textiles alongside with a homage from Verner Panton to Josef Albers, selected samples by Barbro Nilsson from the notable Swedish weaver Märta-Maas Fjetterström, and a hand-woven wall piece made in the Sixties by Renata Bonfanti. The site specific installation by Frauke Eigen “Friendship-Balls” – or Japanese Temari – further traces a Far East tradition from the 7th Century.


Credits: Frauke Eigen, 2011; Installationsansicht Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum, 2012 | Sofie Dawo, 1973 | Elisabeth Kadow, 1957 | Lena Meyer-Bergner, 1928


Project, 01.06.2012


Matzoh ball soup, shakshouka, american beef brisket to various patés, homemade desserts and regional jams are the new daily business for Oskar Melzer and Paul Mogg. Serving home-made Jewish American cuisine, Mogg & Melzer Delicatessen brings classic New York food culture to town. Since end of April the deli is opened every day of the week for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule. The food is available to take away or to enjoy indoors sitting on benches made by the Berlin furniture manufacturer Tipla or the Pirkka chairs by the Finnish designer Illmari Tapiovaara.

Photos: Steve Herud


Feature, 01.05.2012

Reading an East German Photo Archive, 1967–1990
Halle 14 – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
06.05. – 01.07.2012


Credits: Vertreterempfang in Falstaff Rundgang Minister Mozambique 16.03.1978 | Leuchtenbau Leipzig Polytechnik MMM Austellung, 08.05.1974; both images ©Archiv Mende

Double Bound Economies begins with a photo archive from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) by photographer Reinhard Mende. Produced as commissioned works, the photographs dramatize the situation of productions in “Volkseigene Betriebe” and the “Internationale Leipziger Messe” from 1967 to 1990. From the archive, Double Bound Economies moves toward contemporary artistic and spatial positions, historical and theoretical analyses, and the production of a video project. Artists, theorists, scholars, and former participants were invited to view, comment on, or select from the archive. This collective work method resulted in a polyphonic dramatization of the archive while also reporting on a nonlinear approach to the GDR.


Credits: Installationview | Olaf Nicolai, Girlfriends, 2012 | Kiluanji Kia Henda: Karl Marx Luanda, 2006

Following the presentation in Leipzig, Double Bound Economies will be exhibited at the Centre de la Photographie, Geneva (September–October 2012) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (January–February 2013).

HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei