Discovering art in gallery spaces and gaining insight into the contexts of its production: with some 51 participating galleries, Gallery Weekend Berlin constitutes an exquisite art experience. The range of galleries also offers a panoramic view of an art city which holds special significance within the art world, and which serves as a production place for many internationally acclaimed artists. Hereby it focuses explicitly on the gallery space as a quasi-condensed version of the art world: as the singular place where art making and art market, but also exhibiting and viewing art, coexist so closely together.
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.
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.
Two Younger Women Come in and Pull out a Table surveys the multifaceted strand of painting in the artist’s tremendous body of work. A decade of large-scale works on canvas will be on view alongside site-specific interventions in different mediums: voluminous polystyrene objects, textile accumulations, oversized balloons and the walls of the museum are all used as carriers of images.
The factory hall of the former wool mills, which forms the kern of the exhibition, is taken up by an extensive, color-intensive installation. Bunches of grapes, made out of large PVC and latex balloons, and measuring four meters in size float under the historical ceiling construction. This gigantic labyrinth corresponds with the towering laminated polystyrene objects that occupy the museum’s entrance hall. The sheer magnitude and structure of these bodies render it impossible to capture the work in its entirety from a singular point of view. Here, seeing necessarily implies movement in space.
In a temporary exhibition space on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, Peres Projects is presenting Gay Town – a solo project with James Franco. Exploring a variety of themes central to the artist’s practice, Gay Town is devoted to issues related to adolescence, public and private persona, stereotypes and other societal concerns such as society’s preoccupation with celebrity. James Franco created many of the artworks in hotel rooms, makeshift studios and other temporary locations whilst completing other projects, mainly motion picture work. Working across media including painting, drawing, film, sculpture, installation and photography, Franco elects the media that best fits the project rather than committing to a sole artistic practice.
In the course of summer expeditions, selected artists from the areas of music, performance and other cultural fields experience and revive urban spaces. The dernier cri is the focus of this year’s Sound Development City expeditions – it allows for an independent exploration of themes and modes of expression in the perception of the three cities. The work resulting from this exploration will in part be shown in public. With: Jana Burbach (Zürich, Theater, Performance); Ariel Bustamente (Chile, Public Acoustic Experiments); André Castro (Lissabon/ Amsterdam, Networked Media Design); Donald Deadalus (New York, Art, Sound); D-Fuse (Michael Faulkner/Matthias Kispert – London Sound and Video Art); Maria Guggenbichler (München/ Amsterdam, Art, Ideas, Music, Books); Israel Martinez (Mexiko, Multidisciplinary Art, Electronic Music); Katharina Rohde (Berlin, Architecture, Art, Activism); Steve Rosenthal (London, Visual Art); Evelynn Trouble (Zürich, Music).
On the last weekend of June (29. – 30.) in Berlin and the first weekend of July (6. – 7.) in Paris, the fourth edition of Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange project illuminates the artistic tendencies of the two capital cities by presenting around 60 artists and creating new impetuses through its selection of galleries. One of the new features introduced in this year´s edition is the involvement of artistic interventions organized by the curator collectives The Office and Le Bureau/.
CARLIER | GEBAUER – MARCELLE ALIX
CHERT and MOTTO – CNEAI=
GALERIE CAMPAGNE PREMIÈRE – EMMANUEL HERVÉ
GALERIE ULRICH FIEDLER – JOUSSE ENTREPRISE
GALERIE ZINK – ALMINE RECH GALLERY
KLEMM’S – TORRI
MEHDI CHOUAKRI – GALERIE 1900-2000
Christoph Schlingensief worked on the idea for the Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa) from 2008 onwards. He conceived it as a place for intercultural encounters and experiments, as well as an artistic reservoir for the future. Auktion 3000 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin will help the Operndorf Afrika to grow. Numerous internationally renowned artists donated works for this fundraiser, among them Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Pipilotti Rist, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Patty Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Günther Uecker.
Art, in Saâdane Afif’s highly reflexive practice, becomes words, music and movement, metamorphosing from one art form into another with the help of talented collaborators. Inviting writers to respond to physical artworks, and musicians and actors to respond to their texts, Afif transposes the visual into other senses, projecting the imaginary expense of a piece through the interpretations of others. At Schinkel Pavillon his work completes a full circle, turning lyrics formed in response to previous pieces, by way of performance by Katja Schrade and porcelain by Nymphenburg, into sculpture, and in doing so sealing the process.
From 7 – 11 September 2011 abc art berlin contemporary addressed the topic of painting, featuring over 130 artists from 125 galleries. ‘About painting’ surveys contemporary painting practices, presenting not only works on paper or canvas, but also videos, photographs and sculptures that deal with the classical medium.
The group show featured works by the staff of the infamous Berghain. The exhibition took place in the latest addition to the Berghain complex, the KUBUS.