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
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
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
MOGG & MELZER
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
Credit: Matthey Barney: cremaster 3: plumb line, 2001, courtesy the artist
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.
Credits: Elmgreen & Dragset: top & bottom, 200, courtesy the artists | Patti Smith: untitled (door), 2010 | Andy Hope 1930 kara zor-el, 1998-2004
AUKTION 3000, CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF
Berlin’s Auguststraße has a new place to eat and drink – the team behind the Grill Royal opened their new restaurant Pauly Saal in the Jüdische Mädchenschule. The ingredients-based cuisine will be prepared to the highest standards by starred chef Michael Höpfl. It’s about all things braised, sautéed, salted or marinated. Sausages will be made, vegetables pickled, breads baked in wood-fired ovens, pastries prepared onsite. In addition to stews served in cast iron pots, suckling pig from the rotisserie and traditional offal dishes will be on the menu. The former gymnasium of the school was remodeled and furnished according to the owners’ designs. Thus, all materials have been manufactured especially for this project, whether the ceramic tiles from Berlin, the extraordinary Murano chandeliers, or the chairs covered with dark green fabric.
Photos: Stefan Korte
Image ©Schinkel Pavillon
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.
Credits: Performance Image ©Schinkel Pavillon | In the making, courtesy the artist
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.
Credits: David Diao, Salon 2, 2010 | Michael Fullerton, The Bitch Messed With His Head, 2010 | Hans-Peter Feldmann, Maler mit Palette, Augen mit schwarzem Balken | Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Collage and painting on magazine covers and inside pages, various sizes, 2011 (installation detail) | Rineke Dijkstra, Rut Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, 2009 (video still)
ABC ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY
Credit: Conceptual sketch by Pedrita, Photo © Francisco Nogueira
Located in the heart of downtown Lisbon, the 1960s building offers 19 apartments to rent for short or long term Lisbon visits. Close to Chiado, Bairro Alto and the Castle of São Jorge, the Lisbonaire is home to travellers with an appreciation for design, hosting them in individually designed studios by a Portuguese graphic, product or furniture designer rooted in the young and vibrant Lisbon design scene.
Credits: 2 x Apartment “N” designed by Ricardo Mealha | Apartment “M” designed by Pedro Falcão | Apartment “P” designed by Marco Balesteros |Apartment “T” designed by Paulo Arraiano – All Photos © Francisco Nogueira
A place to meet friends and enjoy excellent food, there should be steak and fish on the menu, champagne and plenty of space. In the spring of 2007 Stephan Landwehr and Boris Radczun opened Grill Royal, which has been a hot spot in the gastronomic landscape of Berlin ever since.
Photos: Stefan Korte