WELCOME TO MAIAMI

Maiami Chania

© Maiami, photo by Vicky Tsatsampa

Maiami Chania

© Maiami, photo by Vicky Tsatsampa

Maiami Chania

© Maiami, photo by Vicky Tsatsampa

Housed in a quaint art-deco building in the less frequented part of Chania’s port, Maiami is a cozy hybrid space that functions as brasserie with seafront terrace and artist studio run by Alexandra Manousakis. Behind the characteristic pink doors and windows: White-washed stone walls, original terrazzo floors, an impressive emerald green fireplace and blue retro chairs fill the main dining area. Dotted all around, Alexandra’s vibrant artworks and colourful, hand-painted ceramics.

AN ELYSIUM OF SORTS

Martin Eder, Save Me, 2023. Photo: Uwe Walter. Courtesy Studio Martin Eder

Martin Eder, A Glimpse of Infinity, 2023. Photo: Uwe Walter. Courtesy Studio Martin Eder

Martin Eder, Embraced by silence, 2023. Photo: Uwe Walter. Courtesy Studio Martin Eder

Martin Eder’s hallmarks might be gloomy landscapes, naked buts and furry kittens, or else, motifs that challenge what we take as given. In his latest show at Eigen+Art, one enters, unforeseen, a sort of isle of the blessed − a paradise that shines out of his paintings in fifty pastel shades. There, all faces glow. And healing, happiness and idyll beckon. Yet unlike the beauty idealization unleashed by social media, Eder does not erase any pores, birthmarks, wrinkles, dents, or bruises. He instead provides his figures with a dampness of sweat, which, in the words of art critic Anne Waak, “can only come from the dew of paradisiacal meadows”.

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME

Verändert die Welt! Poesie muss von allen gemacht werden!, Kunstverein München, 1970

Frauentreffen der deutschen Frauenemanzipationsgruppen, Kunstverein München, Februar 1973

Liam Gillick, Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario* Work, Mirrored Image/ A ‘Volvo’ bar, Kunstverein München, 2008

Bea Schlingelhoff, Vergessene Frauen und die „Entartete Kunstausstellung“, Kunstverein München, 2021

This year KM Kunstverein München is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. Revisiting and making accessible its forward-thinking, iconic, and at times, very controversial history has been Maurin Dietrich’s primary focus from her very start as a director. Central to the jubilee is the exhibition “THE ARCHIVE AS…”, for which two centuries of archival documents have been painstakingly reviewed, questioned and (re)contextualized. Did you know that George Condo, Jeff Koons or Adrian Piper had their first solo shows in Germany at KM? Or that the same exhibition halls that once hosted the infamous “Entartete Kunst” exhibition by the Nazi regime, turned during the 70s into a place to meet and organize political protests i.e. in favor of women’s emancipation and abortion rights?

SUDDENLY WONDERFUL

ICCC Berlin

ICCC – International Center for Contemporary Culture, 2014-2023 © Bureau N / Something Fantastic

During the Cold War, remarkable large buildings were erected in West Berlin as new locations for science, research, commerce and culture. Even though most of these landmarks have been neglected for more than 50 years, there have always been practitioners and avid devotees who’ve thought of them as wonderful and worked towards their preservation through adaptive reuse. Showcasing more than 150 exhibits and proposals from architects, urban planners, photographers and artists, the Berlinische Galerie dedicates its new exhibition “Suddenly Wonderful: Visions for chunky 1970’s architecture in West Berlin” to these iconic Cold-War-era landmarks and the current efforts to revitalise them. Among them, BUREAU N and Something Fantastic’s joint proposal envisions the transformation of the architectural icon International Congress Centrum Berlin (ICC) into the ICCC – International Centre of Contemporary Culture.

THE MUSEUM IS (NO LONGER) CLOSED!

Julius von Bismarck, Landscape Painting (Bismarck Sea), 2022, Courtesy Julius von Bismarck; alexander levy, Berlin, and Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, © Julius von Bismarck, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Nasan Tur, Shadow, 2023 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Böhler & Orendt, Give us, Dear, 2013 © Böhler & Orendt, 2013/2023, Collection of Neues Museum Nürnberg in cooperation with Elke Antonia Schloter and Volker Koch

A twelve-meter-long cloth simulating ocean waves pours out from the exhibition halls of the Berlinische Galerie. At first glance, the fabric undulations represent the Bismarck Sea in the Pacific Ocean. Yet, between the lines, there’s much more: references to German colonialism, climate change confrontation, and slowly rising sea levels. When Platitudes Become Form is Julius von Bismarck’s first time dealing with his family heritage, at the intersection between how nature is seen and how history is written. Coinciding with the museum’s reopening is also Nasan Tur’s survey on hunting and hunted creatures, Böhler & Orendt’s touch of irony and black humour, and Suddenly Wonderful—visions for chunky 1970s architecture in West Berlin.

THE POETICS OF MOURNING

Doris Salcedo» in der Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2023 © Doris Salcedo Foto: Mark Niedermann

Doris Salcedo» in der Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2023 © Doris Salcedo Foto: Mark Niedermann

Doris Salcedo» in der Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2023 © Doris Salcedo Foto: Mark Niedermann

Imagine the Fondation Beyeler filled with hundreds of rose petals sewn together to form a delicate shroud (A Flor de Piel, 2011), worn shoes sealed with cowhide behind its exhibition halls (Atrabiliarios, 1996). Picture its rooms inhabited by white cotton shirts pierced by steel rods (Untitled, 1989) and table halves held together by silk and human hair only (Unland, 1995). Doris Salcedo’s largest exhibition in continental Europe thus far addresses the effects and collective experience of violent conflicts worldwide.

THE GERMAN PAVILION IS OPEN FOR MAINTENANCE

The new inclusive access ramp

Open for Maintenance / ARCH+, Summacumfemmer, Büro Juliane Greb

For the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale, the German Pavilion takes a hands-on approach: The curatorial team, comprised of ARCH+, Summacumfemmer and Büro Juliane Greb, explores questions of repair and maintenance by refurbishing the pavilion building using solely material left behind from 40 national pavilions and exhibitions from last year’s Art Biennale. In collaboration with a network of Venetian and German activists, Open for Maintenance – Wegen Umbau geöffnet transforms the monumental German Pavilion into an accessible site of re-production. The work sheds light on architecture’s myriad possibilities for action when it comes to converting and designing inclusive, socio-ecological cities.

SOPHIE REINHOLD TRÄUMT WEITER

Sophie Reinhold, Installation view at Galerie Nordenhake during Gallery Weekend Berlin, Photo: Gerhard Kassner

Sophie Reinhold, Installation view at Galerie Nordenhake during Gallery Weekend Berlin, Photo: Gerhard Kassner

Sophie Reinhold, Installation view at Galerie Nordenhake during Gallery Weekend Berlin, Photo: Gerhard Kassner

Sophie Reinhold’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Nordenhake explores questions around dreams and illusions, simulation and real life. Titled “Dream on,” the show presents site-specific installations and the artist’s most recent series of quasi-sculptural paintings made with bitumen, round marble and graphite powder. However, unlike the show’s title suggests, Reinhold is not concerned with escapism. On the contrary: everything she creates revolves around opening room for discourse, investigating the plurality of opinions and examining the appearance of an image and what truly stands behind it.

HEY BERLIN, IT’S GALLERY WEEKEND!

Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Open your heart because everything will change, 2023, Courtesy, the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Photo: Jens Ziehe

© Andrej Dúbravský, Courtesy DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin, Photo: Dorota Jedinakova

Yngve Holen, Courtesy Galerie Neu and the artist, Photo: Stefan Korte

This year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin’s extensive program, spread over more than 50 locations, will showcase around 80 international artists. The communal opening weekend has time and again proven its power to connect artists, galleries, collectors and visitors despite all odds. The institution’s collaborative spirit and unwavering stance toward supporting artists enhance the city’s status as an art capital and energetic melting pot. To make your gallery-hopping smoother, be sure to consult the digital map on the Gallery Weekend Berlin website, offering seamless navigation between venues. And while you’re at it, explore a wide range of studio visits, gallery portraits or exhibition tours.

MOVING IN: PLAN B

Haus Berlin am Strausberger Platz

Galeria Plan B, Berlin, Courtesy Galeria Plan B Cluj, Berlin, Photo: Trevor Good

Adrian Ghenie

Adrian Ghenie, Untitled, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Galeria Plan B Cluj, Berlin, Photo: Trevor Good

Galeria Plan B takes a leap forward and moves to one of the iconic towers on Strausberger Platz, also known as Haus Berlin. With views to preserve the spirit of the historical building, the ground and first floor have been renovated to enhance the space’s original character in lieu of turning it into a generic white cube. Initiated in 2005 in Cluj as a platform for Romanian contemporary artists – such as Ciprian Muresan, Serban Savu and Victor Man – the gallery has grown to present an international program, which has earned them widespread recognition in the art world. Hosting the new location’s first exhibition is Adrian Ghenie, who will show his most recent figure painting series.

THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF MODERN GARDENS

Julien de Cerval, The Gardens of Marqueyssac, Vézac, France, designed in the 1860s © Photo: Romain Laprade, 2020

Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage Garden at Dungeness, Kent, UK, designed from 1986. Photo: Howard Sooley, 1993

Gardens reflect identities, dreams, and visions. Deeply rooted in their culture, they can unfold immense symbolic potential. The recent revival of horticulture has focused less on the garden as a romantic refuge and more as a place where concepts of social justice, biodiversity, and sustainability can be explored and expanded. Gardens have become places of the avant-garde. The exhibition “Garden Futures” at the Vitra Design Museum shows where today’s garden ideals derive from and examines how gardens hold the potential to help us achieve a livable, symbiotic future.

CLIMATE CITY BERLIN 2030

Experimental field at metropolitan area Berlin-Brandenburg, SMAQ, Kopperroth, Alex Wall, Office MMK, Stefan Tischer

SauerbruchHutton, urbainable, Leipziger Straße Berlin

ROBERTNEUN™ and nord architects, HeinrichHertzGymnasium, 2. Preis © Philipp Obkircher

Bündnis Klimastadt Berlin 2030” (Alliance Climate City Berlin 2030), a wide-ranging alliance of Berlin initiatives, environmental and tenants’ associations, planners and builders—including BUREAU N—brings together diverse expertise and sees itself as an offer to city politicians to actively and collectively drive change forward. The aim is to develop Berlin into an ecological and social model city. What forms the project’s basis are seven closely intertwined cornerstones: climate resilience, mobility transition, construction transition, cooperation and participation, common good and affordable housing as well as cultural freedom in the polycentric metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg. 

PETER ZUMTHOR: ARCHITECTURE BORN OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

Allmannajuvet: Model study for Zinkmuseum Allmannajuvet, Sauda, Norwegen © Atelier Peter Zumthor

Model photo of the exhibition in Werkraum Haus Andelsbuch, 2023 © Atelier Peter Zumthor

The room-filling exhibition displays architectural models by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor inside a building that he himself planned: the Werkraum Haus in Bregenzerwald, Austria. Captivating and unusual in nature, the models create atmosphere and illustrate craftsmanship in every detail. They are the tools with which Peter Zumthor designs his buildings and crafts spaces in a singular way that brings together materials, construction methods and form to create a unified whole. Like the Werkraum Haus itself, the models stand for the unparalleled symbiosis between architecture and craftsmanship.

WHO’S GOT THE POWER?

Kasia Fudakowski, “The Alchemy of the Hinge”, 2023; “Gallery Power LTD”, ChertLüdde, Berlin. Photo by Andrea Rossetti. Courtesy of
ChertLüdde and Kasia Fudakowski.

Kasia Fudakowski, “Surf and Turf”, 2023; “Gallery Power LTD”, ChertLüdde, Berlin. Photo by Andrea Rossetti. Courtesy of
ChertLüdde and Kasia Fudakowski.

Kasia Fudakowski likes to play—with clichés, standards and expectations. In her 5th ChertLüdde solo show however, she lets the visitors be in charge of the game: For “Gallery Power LTD” she presents a new series of sculptures, including lights and motors, which can be switched on/off by the visitors; only one work is controlled by an external mechanism too. The exhibition is powered by a limited amount of electricity and will turn off once it is consumed, eventually leaving the works in the dark. With this interactive and somewhat immediate gesture, Fudakowski questions individual behaviour, accountability for resources in cultural spaces and indirectly gives a nod to the current energy crisis.

STEEL TUBE MEETS LOUNGER

Photo: Michelle Mantel

Photo: Michelle Mantel

Photo: Michelle Mantel

Created for extensive reading sessions and day-dreaming breaks, the newly launched 22.9 Daybed becomes the most recent addition to Blockbau’s collection. Much like the 22.24 Armchair and 32 Chair from the same line, this too is made of a bent steel tube forming its characteristic shape. The new member of the Blockbau family suggests that the daybed is as important as any other piece of furniture within a living space: “While in Scandinavia the daybed is widely used as a piece of furniture with multiple uses, in Germany it’s still greatly underestimated. The term daybed should be conceptually broadened, because its design works not only as a lounger but also as a seat; not only in private living spaces, but also workplace settings,” says Kevin Rack, the design brand’s founder.