The self and the universal at Galeria Plan B

Diana Cepleanu Autoportret,1995 oil on canvas, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin

Diana Cepleanu, Punga de Plastic (Plastic Bag), 2003, Photo: Trevor Good,  Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin

Grete Csaki-Copony, Selbstporträt bei Segal, n.d.(1931/1932) oil on paper, Photo: Trevor Good, Courtesy the artist and Plan B Cluj, Berlin

autoportret is a group exhibition in three parts focusing on the expressive qualities of paintings made by women from the Carpathian region over the past century until today. The exhibition brings together works by artists connected not only through geography but also through a strong and expressive approach to painting. The title autoportret (self-portrait) delves beyond the human image frequently depicted in the paintings, extending its meaning to encompass the intimate perspective of the world reflected in each artist’s work. It comprises a personal gaze on immediate surroundings that carries a universal validity.

 

Production Hall by Atelier ST

Mühle Shaving, Atelier ST, Photo: Simon Menges

Mühle Shaving, Atelier ST, Photo: Simon Menges

Mühle Shaving, Atelier ST, Photo: Simon Menges

Designed by Atelier ST architects, the new production hall of family company Mühle is nestled in the Ore Mountains. With 80 years of experience and having earned global acclaim among refined shavers, the company essence is perfectly captured by the building design — blending local craftsmanship with industrial precision, seamlessly integrating tradition with modernity. The expansive glass facade, framed by sharp-edged aluminum profiles, offers glimpses into the manufacturing process inside. Warmth pervades the atmosphere, courtesy of the timber construction, in a harmonious synthesis of tradition and modernity in a design that is delicately nuanced and quite literally cutting edge.

How to build a Garden House

Installation view, »Tsuyoshi Tane: The Garden House«, © Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Mark Niedermann

Installation view, »Tsuyoshi Tane: The Garden House«, © Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Mark Niedermann

The most recent exhibition at Vitra Design Museum explores how the Garden House by Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane came into being. For the creation of the Vitra Campus’ newest addition which opened this past summer, Tane meticulously researched the region’s traditional craftsmanship and natural resources, as well as closely collaborated with local artisans. By retracing his process, the show presents study models, architectural mock-ups, and drawings, allowing us to glimpse into the architect’s creative thinking and approach to sustainable building techniques.

Meet the Maker at MK&G

Cécile Feilchenfeldt, Knitted Hat Project, Photo: © Aurélie Cenno

Anne Fischer, David Dott, Gefäß aus Bronze neben Bacchus-Bronze 2022, Photo: © Anne Fischer

Aside from exhibiting design excellence, the annual MK&G Messe acts as a platform for both renowned craftspeople and young talent to come together, exchange ideas, spark artistic dialogue, and promote the importance of contemporary crafts in an international spectrum. With an increasing interest in crossover and cross-genre positions, the fair showcases the work of well-known and emerging designers as well as fresh perspectives from a variety of disciplines such as ceramics, glass art, and jewelry design.  

AEROCIRCUS TAKES OVER HAUS DER BERLINER FESTSPIELE

© aerocircus, RambaZamba Theater & Tomás Saraceno, Foto: Phillip Zwanzig

“aerocircus — a circusesque carnival with prairie wagons that defy all linearity” brings the discourse surrounding the climate crisis to an inclusive theatre production. Against the backdrop of a spatial concept designed by Tomás Saraceno, the RambaZamba Theatre troupe gradually grow to accept a ruined planetary habitat. Premiering at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on December 5th, 2023.

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Less energy, more culture

Ventilation Technology – Jüdisches Museum Berlin © Kilian Schneider

District Heating – Jüdisches Museum Berlin © Kilian Schneider

Less energy, more culture is the ethos driving the Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit. It is the main contact point for corporate ecology in culture and media to actively promote the energy transition in the cultural sector. Urgently needed, because an average-sized cultural venue consumes around 1,000,000 kWh (theatres) to 15,000,000 kWh (museums) of electricity and energy per year. This corresponds to the annual energy consumption of around 850 three-person households per cultural site. Sprint20 provides practical knowledge: a comprehensive checklist and cost-neutral energy consultations to help cultural institutions to quickly and efficiently consume 20% less energy. And that’s good for everyone: the less money is spent on energy, the more is saved for content.

Kino International: Watching 60 Years of Transition

Kino International Panorama Bar © Yorck Kinogruppe, DanielHorn

Kino International Außenansicht © Yorck Kinogruppe, DanielHorn

Kino International Saal © Yorck Kinogruppe, DanielHorn

Berlin’s “Kino International” ranks among the world’s most striking film theaters, boasting iconic modernist architecture born during the brief era of the post-Stalin Thaw. In addition to its festive foyer overlooking Karl-Marx-Allee, it once accommodated a public library and a youth club. To celebrate 60 moving years, Yorck Kinogruppe invites everyone to explore its unique history and architecture before a two-year renovation starting next spring.

BY THE ARTISTS FOR SWISS ARTISTS

Cahier d’Artiste by Patricia Bucher, supported by Pro Helvetia, published by Jungle Books, 2023 

Cahier d’Artiste by Rhona Mühlebach, supported by Pro Helvetia, published by Jungle Books, 2023 

Cahier d’Artiste by David Knuckey, supported by Pro Helvetia, published by Jungle Books, 2023 

8 artists, 8 publications, 1 programme: On the occasion of the 6th edition of Cahier d’Artistes by ProHelvetia, the non-for-profit association The Artists has organised for the first time a series of talks, performances, readings and screenings throughout Switzerland. Central to the presentations of this year’s featured artists are the unique books they realised with the independent publisher Jungle Books.

On time and space – Iwan Baan

Las Vegas © Iwan Baan

Torre de David © Iwan Baan

Tiebele © Iwan Baan

“What’s important is the story, which is very intuitive and fluid. I am not so interested in the timeless architectural image as much as the specific moment in time, the place, and the people there – all the unexpected, unplanned moments in and around the space, how people interact with that space, and the stories that are unfolding there.“

Iwan Baan is one of the world’s leading photographers of architecture. Featuring examples from all areas of his rich scope of work the exhibition “Iwan Baan: Moments in Architecture“ at the Vitra Design Museum includes film footage and rarely published photographs of traditional and informal architecture around the world. It shows examples of what Baan has come to be known for best—capturing moments of when architecture comes alive, when plans are made, when workers rest, when people move in or out.

13 STEPS, A NEW FILM PROJECT BY OMER FAST, SCREENING IN PUBLIC SPACES

© Omer Fast, 13 Schritte zur Befreiung Deutschlands, 2023 (Filmstill)

Installation View Hamburg

© Omer Fast, 13 Schritte zur Befreiung Deutschlands, 2023 (Filmstill)

© Omer Fast, 13 Schritte zur Befreiung Deutschlands, 2023 (Filmstill)

What is the reality of images, their status between representation and supposed reality? This is the question artist Omer Fast addresses in his new 3D film project 13 Steps. The recurring motif of the work is the announcement of a message, whether real or fictitious is not always clear. The accompanying voice-over is by writer Tom McCarthy and serves as an independent audio guide, using text fragments to refer to the film scenes and create new contexts. The half-hour film is presented at three public locations where 3D glasses are available to immerse oneself in the immersive experience: in the foyer of the New Work Harbour in Hamburg, the Herford City Library and the City Galerie shopping centre in Siegen. If you’re not around, check out individual scenes and contextual information from the film in the accompanying app. 

UFFIZI, PRADO, CENTRE POMPIDOU, WALLRAF-RICHARTZ-MUSEUM … TOLD BY THEIR GUARDS

Centre Pompidou © Film Five

Prado © Film Five

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum © Film Five

Museum supervisors are often underestimated art connoisseurs hidden in plain sight. Nobody spends as much time with precious works of art as the people that guard them. Now we get to experience some of the world’s most prestigious museums through their eyes. A documentary series produced by Film Five and shown on Arte TV, takes us into the Uffizi, Prado, Centre Pompidou and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum where art custodians open the doors to rooms and collections that are closed to the public. 

Vibrancy, dignity and naïvety — Niko Pirosmani

Fisherman in a Red Shirt, The Collection of Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts of Georgia © Infinitart Foundation

Giraffe, The Collection of Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts of Georgia © Infinitart Foundation

Tatar Camel Driver, The Collection of Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts of Georgia © Infinitart Foundation

Niko Pirosmani is a legendary, mythical figure. The Georgian artist (1862–1918) is one of modern art’s enigmatic loners. Depicting both people and animals with profound dignity, his subjects often look out at the viewer in a manner both insistent and detached. Bathed in harmonious stillness, they are endowed with a fascinating presence. Using vibrant colours on a black background, Pirosmani painted iconic images of glowing intensity. Featuring around 50 major paintings, Fondation Beyeler hosts the most comprehensive international exhibition of Pirosmani’s work to date. 

LITTLE RED RIDING WOOD

© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter

From lumber port to border zone, from brownfield site to the legendary club Bar25 to a co-operative cultural district drawing 500,000 visitors per year: The Holzmarkt Berlin was and will be a lot of things. Now, an all-wood building has entered the scene: Red and robust, Haus 2+ sets out to expand the architectural possibilities of timber while remaining true to a tight budget and the highest energy efficiency standards. It’s a friendly parasite that uses the open-air stairwell of the neighbouring building, to eliminate the need for its own CO2-intensive circulation space. Designed by Office ParkScheerbarth, its compact and curvy shape offers individual room layouts for a diverse mix of tenants: A tattoo parlour and a physiotherapist, a bakery and a booker, an artist and a photographer.

Festive weekend at Studio Mondial enlivens Ku’damm

© Stephanie Comilang, Still from How To Make A Painting From Memory, Video, ChertLüdde

© DAF (Dynamische Akustische Forschung), Pieces of Attention, Production Still, Ebensperger 

© Adrian Ganea, Dance of the Butterflies, Plan B Cluj

© Elisa Giardina Papa’s, U Scantu, A Disorderly Tale, Galerie Tanja Wagner

Held at Studio Mondial on Kurfürstendamm, GALLERY WEEKEND FESTIVAL will feature an extensive programme of performances, screenings, sound pieces, readings and installations. More than 40 of Gallery Weekend Berlin’s galleries presenting on 2 days their contributions by their artists, focusing mostly on younger positions that oscillate between traditional disciplines in a non-hierarchical way and thus open up new spaces of experience.

WAKE UP BABY, NEW ARMCHAIR JUST DROPPED

Armchair 32, Blockbau © Michelle Mantel

Armchair 32, Blockbau © Michelle Mantel

Blockbau’s new 32 armchair is like one of those friends we all have who are understated and demure, yet can easily turn into the life of the party. With its curvaceous mirrored frame contrasted by discreet, geometric upholstery, the new addition to the family can easily stand out alone or enliven a group scenario. Its circular seat and backrest come in a wide range of fabric options: from powdery pastels to statement colours and rich textures. With its modernist and sleek aesthetic, the armchair manages to be light and robust at the same time. Like its siblings in the series, the frame is manufactured in Bavaria, whereas the fabric covers are sewn by a family business in the Swabian Alb/Jura, and the foam comes from Baden-Württemberg. Made in Southern Germany, like all Blockbau furniture.