CHÂTEAU ROYAL—TUCKING INTO THE CREATIVE FABRIC OF BERLIN

© Felix Brüggemann

© Felix Brüggemann

© Felix Brüggemann

© Felix Brüggemann

The opening of Château Royal marks the beginning of a boutique hotel that embraces the good food, wine and art that ignite the energetic flame of Berlin. Inspiring the interiors are materials popular during the city’s heyday at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries—craquele tiles, colourful stained glass and accents of marble, tin and oak. Each of the hotel’s 93 rooms features a work by a different artist with mediums ranging from painting and sculpture, text and sound. The artworks, discrete or loud, and the artists behind them embody the eclectic spirit of the city.

A NEW CAMPUS FOR PIONEERS OF CHANGE

© Yasutaka Kojima

© Studio Renner

© Stefan Korte

© Imagetown

Just South of Tempelhofer Field, Atelier Gardens is a new space for a community of organisations and individuals dedicated to social, cultural, and regenerative entrepreneurship. Drawing on Berlin’s culture of activism and the tradition of story-telling in the historic film studios Berlin Union Film Atelier (BUFA), the campus is being transformed to accommodate various uses. Existing buildings are being restored and remodelled, rather than demolished and rebuilt, and nature is reintroduced across the site with garden spaces full of pioneer and native plants.

LOOKING INWARDS

Kerstin Brätsch, “Die Sein: Para Psychics”, exhibition view, 2022, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Photo: Mareike Tocha

Kerstin Brätsch, “Die Sein: Para Psychics, exhibition view, 2022, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Photo: Mareike Tocha

During the first Corona lockdown in New York, Kerstin Brätsch shifted her large-scale, collaborative practice into an inward-looking process. Mysticism, tarot, plant medicine and deitis, like the Sumerian sky goddess Innanna, guided her daily practice of drawing. The complete resulting series of 100 drawings on paper are now shown for the first time in “Die Sein: Para Psychics” at the Ludwig Forum Aachen. Wrapped in Wibke Tiarks’ soundscape and exhibited in a soft colored light, pouring from the room’s tinted windows, the mandala-like drawings become portals to the metaphysical.

NATURAL, BUT SPICY

Limited edition: Soeder x La Boîte (Byblos, Marrakesh, Wakayama) © Soeder Naturalcare

Swiss company Soeder creates rich, natural products with essential oils of regional sources. For a limited edition with La Boîte, New York, their liquid soaps are spiced up a little. Chef Lior Lev Sercarz created three exclusive fragrances, inspired by spices from Japan, Lebanon and Morocco.

THE ROBOTS ARE BACK

Shawn Maximo, “Going Green”, Vinylprint, 2016 © Shawn Maximo

Yves Gellie, “Human Version 2.07 Nexi”, 2009 © Yves Gellie, Galerie du jour agnès b, Galerie Baudoin Lebon

The 2017 exhibition “Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine” has been the Vitra Design Museum’s most successful exhibition to date and returned to Weil am Rhein at the end of its world tour in an updated version. Addressing the great strides that have been made in robotics in the past few years, it shows how the robotics boom is changing our lives, and how design is changing robotics. It also raises awareness of the ethical and political questions raised in the context of current technology.

FROM MANY FOR MANY

Installation View Alicja Rogalska, Berlin Art Prize 2022

Alicja Rogalska, Installation view at Scherben, Photo © Sandra Gramm 

Installation View Hana Yoo, Berlin Art Prize 2022

Hana Yoo, Installation view at ACUD Galerie, Photo © Sandra Gramm 

Installation View Isabell Schulte, Berlin Art Prize 2022

Isabell Schulte, Installation view at Spoiler Aktionsraum, Photo © Sandra Gramm 

Installation view Lucas Odahara, Berlin Art Prize 2022

Lucas Odahara, Installation view at Die Möglichkeit einer Insel, Photo © Sandra Gramm 

Back from a ✌︎-year pause is the Berlin-based contemporary art award made by artists for artists: the Berlin Art Prize. Edition after edition, the Prize stands out for supporting emerging artists and showcasing the city’s diversity of exhibition platforms. This year’s jury, composed a.o. by Anna Ehrenstein and Amelie von Wulfen, nominated 8 artists out of 700 applicants to exhibit in 8 project spaces throughout the city. Three winners will be gifted a trophy, created with a magic touch by Petitrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano.

IN JULIUS, THE STORY REACHES ACROSS THE STREET

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Photo © Maya Matsuura

Just across the street from their first restaurant in Berlin-Wedding, the ernst team have opened the doors to a minimalistic corner-restaurant with a casual fine-dining approach. Touched by the sensibility of Japanese home-cooking and classic French technique, the menu is served prix fixe or a la carte, formed around produce at its peak. During the day, guests can enjoy fresh pastries and coffee roasted in-house over fire, extended by an ever-changing weekend lunch menu and a constantly evolving selection of wines.

HOUSING THE CITY FOR 9.99 EURO

© Euroboden

High-quality housing at 9.99 Euro rent per sqm in one of Europe’s most expensive cities? A challenge that Euroboden and architect Florian Nagler are happy to take: Their “Haus für München” demonstrates that good architecture, sustainability and affordability are not contradictory in terms, if developer, architect and the city work in close alliance. A clever move of the City of Munich granted the plot in the popular Schwabing neighbourhood at a favourable lease to the most social and affordable concept: “Haus für München” will offer 52 flats of various sizes, communal and outdoor spaces, fully built from timber. The bold low-tech strategy reduces running costs as well as CO2 emissions. And, regardless of income, the rent of 9,99 Euro per sqm will apply to everyone. 40% of the flats will be open to all. 60% are for those who play a key role in providing for the city’s community.

LITTLE JAPAN IN WEIL AM RHEIN

Umbrella House by Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara

Umbrella House, Vitra Campus, June 2022 © Vitra, photo: Julien Lanoo

Umbrella House by Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara

Umbrella House, Vitra Campus, June 2022 © Vitra, photo: Julien Lanoo

The Umbrella House by Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara, which was built in Tokyo in 1961, has recently been reconstructed in Weil am Rhein. In designing the wooden house with the “umbrella” roof, Shinohara drew on the traditional vernacular architecture of Japanese homes and temples, while employing simple and inexpensive materials, such as cement fibre boards on the facade. In the 1960s the Umbrella House has been a novel and inspirational contribution to Japanese architecture, now it’s a new highlight on the Vitra Campus.

LIVE MILK FEED

Jenna Sutela

Jenna Sutela, „HMO Fountain“, 2022, © the artist, co-produced with Schering Stiftung and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Photo: Joseph Kadow, © Jenna Sutela

Jenna Sutela

Jenna Sutela, „HMO Fountain“, 2022, © the artist, co-produced with Schering Stiftung and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Photo: Joseph Kadow, © Jenna Sutela

The Schering Stiftung brings Jenna Sutela’s latest work together: a bubbling installation resembling a fountain, “HMO Nutrix,” and the poetically narrated film “Milky Ways.” Both deal with one of the most complex human fluids: breast milk. Drawing on her research in feedback mechanisms between human and non-human life forms, she explores the implications of synthetically produced body milk in the food industry, the symbiosis of humans and microorganisms and the mythological creation of the Milky Way galaxy. 

KEREN CYTTER TAKES OVER THE LUDWIG FORUM AACHEN

Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter, Monkey 2, 2021, Courtesy the artist

Ludwig Forum Aachen presents with “Bad Words” a survey of more than one hundred works produced over ten years by New York-based artist Keren Cytter. Highlighting text and language as crucial elements in her practice, the exhibition combines for the first time all of the artist’s fields of interest: film, soap operas, theatre, sculptures, drawings, zine- and book-making as well as life coach guides. The show was festively inaugurated with “Cold Summer”, a two-day program with readings, concerts and performances curated by Cytter herself. 

SPATIAL EXPERIENCES OF MUSIC

Musik Installationen Nürnberg

Reichsparteitagsgelände, Wojtek Blecharz & Vala T. Foltyn, Photo: frtwty

Musik Installationen Nürnberg

SB – Space Between, Nile Koetting, Photo: frtwty

Musik Installationen Nürnberg

Z-Bau, Heinrich Horwitz & Decoder Ensemble, Photo: frtwty

Music as performative spatial art is a largely unexplored intermediate field of the performing arts, which the “Musik Installationen Nürnberg” want to introduce to a larger audience. During the four-day festival, eight different venues in Nuremberg will host musical installations taking place announced, spontaneously or around the clock. The interaction of sounds, artists and visitors create musical-performative situations beyond the typical concert that enhance the element of space as a central moment of musical experience.

THE GAZE OF SIBYLLE BERGEMANN

Sibylle Bergemann

Sibylle Bergemann, Katharina Thalbach, Berlin 1974 © Estate Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ. Courtesy Loock Galerie, Berlin

Sibylle Bergemann

Sibylle Bergemann, Nina und Eva Maria Hagen, Berlin 1976 © Estate Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ. Courtesy Loock Galerie, Berlin

Sibylle Bergemann

Sibylle Bergemann, Selbstporträt, Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin 1986 © Estate Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ. Courtesy Loock Galerie, Berlin

Sibylle Bergemann is one of Germany’s best-known female photographers. Her exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie “Town and Country and Dogs” shows her unique perception of the world and how sensitively she captured the imperceptible connections between people, objects and spheres. During the GDR, this particular gaze enabled her to professionally photograph society beyond the partisan pictorial canon – without risking censorship. Following the Fall of the Wall, Bergemann co-founded the OSTKREUZ agency, continued to widely publish her work in all sorts of fashion and culture magazines and travelled the world for international outlets such as the New York Times or GEO Magazine.

MONDRIAN EVOLUTION

 Alfred Waldenburg, 1909, Portrait von Piet Mondrian, 1909, Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History

Piet Mondrian, Evening: The Red Tree, 1908–1910, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands © 2022 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust, Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Piet Mondrian, Tree, 1912 (?), Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY © 2022 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust, Photo: bpk/Staatsgalerie

Piet Mondrian, Composition No. II, 1913,  Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands © 2022 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust, Photo: Rik Klein Gotnik

Marking the 150th birthday of Piet Mondrian, the Fondation Beyeler presents the “Mondrian Evolution” retrospective. With over 85 paintings, the entire museum will be dedicated to the painter’s more unusual and lesser-known phases. Beyond the lengthy transition from traditional landscape painting, to the exploration of new Parisian avant-garde techniques and his much acclaimed process of abstraction there is much more to discover. Namely, the traces of the artists he learned from, such as Van Gogh, Picasso and George Braque, or the cities where he worked: New York, Paris and London.

 

NEITHER DORIC NOR IONIC: SERIES A OF THE COURTYARD SERIES

Courtyard series

© Alessio Constantini

Courtyard series

© Alessio Constantini

Courtyard series

© Alessio Constantini

The Courtyard Series is an ongoing project and platform by interior designers and creatives Andrea Vasquez Medina and Iris Roth. For their first launch,  the duo draws on the columns and totems found throughout the classical Greek and Roman architecture, tying in tradition with modern-day function and aesthetics. Varying in height from 40-90 centimetres, the ceramic-based columns are designed, in close collaboration with local artisans, to serve as freestanding features or legs of tables, seating objects and displays.