FORMER FOUNDRY TURNED GALLERY

© Philipp Mainzer

John M. Armelder

John M. Armleder, Solid Coated, Installation view, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Mehdi Chouakri Berlin, Photo: Patxi Bergé

© Philipp Mainzer

Sol LeWitt

Serielle Formationen, Installation view, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Mehdi Chouakri Berlin, Photo: Patxi Bergé

© Philipp Mainzer

Gallery Mehdi Chouakri takes on a new location in a former foundry at Wilhelm Hallen, a listed industrial site in the district of Berlin-Reinickendorf. The new space features an exhibition room and accessible archive, the Charlotte Posenenske Cabinet, as well as a study, office and viewable depot. Philipp Mainzer, Office for Architecture and Design, has redesigned the 1,000 square meters of the saw-tooth roof construction. Functionality and an emphasis on the existing structure were at the forefront of the installations and conversions. 

A STRANGER WHO ENTERS OUR MIDST

Armenian Pavilion

Andrius Arutiunian, You Do Not Remember Yourself, 2022, Photo: Gabrielė Mišeikytė

For the 59th International Venice Biennale the Armenian Pavilion is renamed after the notion of “gharīb”, a word of almost-cryptogenic origins that has long been associated with clandestine activities of music making, illegal social clubs and the underground. Sound artist and composer Andrius Arutiunian, experiments with the “gharīb” as a dissonance to the prevailing understanding of time, rhythm and attunement with a series of installations and a central large-scale instrument playing with natural resonances and diaphony. 

MOVING IMAGES AT DUESSELDORF PHOTO+

Christiane peschek

Christiane Peschek, ohne Titel, 2022, Courtesy Christiane Peschek

Alwin Lay

Alwin Lay, Klammer (made in…), 2022, © Alwin Lay, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Marta Zgierska

Marta Zgierska, Afterbeauty IV, 2018, © Marta Zgierska, Courtesy Marta Zgierska

Christiane Erhard

© Christine Erhard

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl, November, 2004, Courtesy of the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

All eyes on sonic and visual media, the biennale düsseldorf photo+ challenges the boundaries of photography as a medium. Institutions, galleries and independent participants collaborate for an entire month, activating the city’s synergies of artistic production and theoretical discourse throughout the festival. The main exhibition at Düsseldorf’s Akademie Galerie “Think We Must” presents works by a diverse set of international artists and questions our perception of images, their context and representation.

SHAKING UP BERLIN’S GALLERY MAP

ChertLüdde

Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano with Annette Frick, Die Blüten von Berlin, Installation view at ChertLüdde, 2022, Photo by Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artists and ChertLüdde

Charlotte Posenenske

Charlotte Posenenske, Series B Reliefs, 1967-2021, Courtesy Mehdi Chouakri

Joan Jonas, Draw on the wind, 2018, Courtesy Heidi Gallery

Bruce Naumann

Bruce Nauman, “Cockeye Lips from Infrared Outtakes”, 2006, Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie

The 2022 edition of Gallery Weekend Berlin shifts the focus back to the physical space. Visitors and local audiences can experience Berlin’s gallery landscape from a different angle and are invited to expand their typical routes with new spaces, for example, at ChertLüdde, Mehdi Chouakri and alexander levy, Annette Kicken, Max Hetzler or Michael Werner. Emerging positions can be found just around the corner from established artists like Bruce Naumann and Hague Yang.

CLEAN HANDS, CLEAN CONSCIENCE

Soeder Store

© Soeder

Soeder

© Soeder

The skincare products of Zurich-based company Soeder are manufactured locally, contain only natural ingredients and can be refilled throughout Switzerland. Be it soaps, creams, disinfectants, deodorants or lubricants, the team behind founders Hanna and Johann is constantly on the lookout for the latest aromas, often in collaboration with chef friends and other creatives, or even their favourite nightclub.  While the first soaps were conceived in their home kitchen, Soeder now runs its own factory just outside of town and is expanding its refill system across Europe. So be sure to keep your bottle.

ARCHITECTURE IS ALL OVER BASEL

Architekturwoche Basel

The first Basel Pavilion, presented on the Dreispitz site. Rendering © isla

How do globalisation, digitalisation, migration, climate change and the pandemic affect the built and unbuilt spaces of our urban environment? The inaugural edition of Architekturwoche Basel will address these questions under the title “Reale Räume” with a focus on three current development sites in Basel and the opening of the first Basel Pavilion. Various formats including tours, moderated talks and roundtables encourage an open dialogue between experts and local protagonists.

DRAWING, DRAPING AND REMEMBERING

Rosemary Mayer

Rosemary Mayer, Untitled (08.26.71), 1971, Estate of Rosemary Mayer, Photo: Estate of Rosemary Mayer

Rosemary Mayer

Rosemary Mayer, Balancing, 1972, Estate of Rosemary Mayer, Photo: Trevor Lloyd and Andrea Rossetti / Chert Lüdde

Rosemary Mayer

Rosemary Mayer, Self Portrait, ca. 1979,   Estate of Rosemary Mayer, Photo: Rosemary Mayer

“Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching” is the first institutional retrospective devoted to the 1943 New York-born artist. The exhibition in the Ludwig Forum Aachen shows an extensive overview of her many drawings, the complete collection of her large-scale fabric sculptures and documentation of her performances. Mayer was one of the founding members of the renowned all-women cooperative gallery A.I.R., weaving feminist activism with a subtle and poetic approach, into her artistic practice.

CHERTLÜDDE GOES SCHÖNEBERG

Petrit Halilaj Alvaro Urbano

Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, 20th of May 2016 (Cherry), 2020; Installation view; Courtesy of Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano, Berlin ChertLüdde, Belin and Kamel Mennour, Paris; Photo by ImagenSubliminal

Anette Frick

Annette Frick, We remember Ovo and the many other Drag Queens and performers who died from complications with HIV, 2001; Courtesy the artist and ChertLüdde

After 13 years in Kreuzberg, ChertLüdde moves to the former cult costume and party store Deko Behrendt in Schöneberg. The first show, “Die Blüten von Berlin”, by artist duo Petrit Halilaj & Alvaro Urbano and the photographer Annette Frick pays tribute to the gallery’s previous inhabiter. In the new space, the Bungalow series dedicated to young artists continues alongside the bookstore, now located at the entrance. In parallel, a new program called Deko now replaces the front sign with outdoor artistic interventions.

PLASTIC FANTASTIC?

Vitra Design Museum

Shellworks, jars made from Vivomer, a bioplastic produced with the help of microbes, 2021 © Shellworks, Photo: Catharina Pavitschitz

Plastic pollution within the ocean

The Ocean Cleanup, system 002 deployed for testing in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 2021 © The Ocean Cleanup

Pineapple-shape plastic bottle

Edward Hack, Pineapple syrup bottle, c. 1958; Courtesy of Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth

Two hands holding shredded plastics

Precious Plastic, shredded plastic; Courtesy of Precious Plastic

Plastics have shaped our daily lives like no other material: from packaging to footwear, furniture, automobiles, or architecture. A symbol of carefree consumerism and revolutionary innovation, plastics have spurred the imagination of designers for decades. Today, we are questioning ourselves how we are to restrict our future use of plastic to those areas where their use is essential. With “Plastic: Remaking Our World” the Vitra Design Museum takes a look at the past of this controversial material and gives an outlook to the possibilities design offers.

STRIKE A POSE

Berlinische Galerie
Berlinische Galerie

August Sander, Ohne Titel (Raoul Hausmann als Tänzer), 1929 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 202

Berlinische Galerie

F.C. Gundlach, Charme, Chiffon und Phantasie, 1956 © Stiftung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg

Berlinische Galerie

Rolf von Bergmann, Run-a-Ways (Serientitel), New York 1979 © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Berlinische Galerie

Rolf von Bergmann, Run-a-Ways (Serientitel), New York 1979 © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

The role of fashion as a means of expression and representation in arts is illustrated in the many paintings and drawings within the Berlinische Galerie collection – from the cool Dada dandies of the 1920s to avant-garde clothing designs in contemporary art. The exhibition “Images in Fashion – Clothing in Art” sheds light on artists’ relationship to fashion and its influence on art over the last century. How do artists dress? How is fashion used as a medium today?

MADE IN GERMANY

blockbau design

© Michelle Mantel

blockbau design

© Michelle Mantel

blockbau design

© Michelle Mantel

blockbau design

© Michelle Mantel

With a love of detail and a fresh eye for familiar typologies, Kevin Rack and Johann Kuhn founded the design company Blockbau in 2020 after studying architecture. The duo from Karlsruhe specialises in furniture design and develops all products themselves or in collaboration with young designers. Production takes place in southern Germany: for this, the two work with regional partners, some of which have been involved in furniture production for generations.

MAERZMUSIK: VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE RELATIONS

Maerz Musik 2022 Visual

© Berliner Festspiele/Concept & Design: Eps51

Berliner Festspiele’s MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2022 focuses on the visible and invisible relations that hold everything together, in music and beyond. With featured artists and guests such as Éliane Radigue, Benjamin Patterson, Klangforum Wien and ONCEIM, the festival presents a program within which relationality can be rethought, redrawn and artistically experimented with. 

OUT IN THE OPEN: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE’S RETROSPECTIVE

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe with Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow, 1960 © Tony Vaccaro

Georgia O'Keeffe

Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II, 1930, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM. Gift of The Burnett Foundation, 1997, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich, Photo: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe / Art Resource, NY

Georgia O'Keeffe

Oriental Poppies, 1927, Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Museum purchase. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich

Georgia O'Keeffe

Pelvis with a Distance, 1943, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of Anne Marmon Greenleaf in memory of Caroline Marmon Fesler, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / 2021, ProLitteris, Zurich

From her 1915 abstract experiments to her late works in the 1970s, Georgia O’Keeffe at the Fondation Beyeler is a rare opportunity to discover in such depth the career of one of the most important landscape and nature painters of the 20th century. Arranged topographically, the vast retrospective is set to explore Texas, South Carolina, or New York as well as the majestic scenery of New Mexico, under O’Keeffe’s innovative gaze.

LIGHTS ON

Robert Irwin at Kraftwerk Berlin

Robert Irwin, Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), 2021. Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space). © Photo: Timo Ohler. VG Bild-Kunst, 2021.

Robert Irwin at Kraftwerk Berlin

Robert Irwin, Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), 2021. Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space). © Photo: Timo Ohler. VG Bild-Kunst, 2021.

Robert Irwin at Kraftwerk Berlin

Robert Irwin, Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), 2021. Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space). © Photo: Timo Ohler. VG Bild-Kunst, 2021.

LAS presents the largest work by pioneering American artist Robert Irwin exhibited in Europe to date. The early proponent of site-specific installations continues with Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), the series he initiated in 2007. The work presented features for the first time blue and white fluorescent lights, rhythmically arranged on a double-sided free-standing wall. In a dialogue with the industrial architecture of Kraftwerk Berlin, Irwin uses the effects of light to explore human perception and the use of space. 

SCULPTURES TO SAVOUR FROM PARS PRALINEN

Pars Pralinen

© John Böhmstrup

Kristiane Kegelmann from Pars Pralinen

© Florian Reimann

Pars Pralinen

© Adrien Denis Pasquier

With pars, the artist and confectioner Kristiane Kegelmann combines her artistic practice and passion for confectionery in chocolate sculptures. Her pursuit of the unrecognisable and juxtaposition between permanent and ephemeral materials is made apparent in each praline edition, handmade in her Berlin factory. pars pralines boast intense aromas of chocolate and seasonal ingredients from crystallised dill blossom to earthy red beets.