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.

MAKING AI TANGIBLE

chezwitz for Deutsche Hygiene Museum

© Oliver Killig

chezwitz for Deutsche Hygiene Museum

© Oliver Killig

To encourage a museum-centered encounter with the phenomenon of artificial intelligence, Berlin-based scenographers chezweitz have created a spatial experience for the Deutsche Hygiene Museum’s current special exhibition “Artificial Intelligence: Machine. Learning. Human Dreams”. chezweitz’ use of differing illumination methods for each of the five exhibition chapters renders the presented objects, artworks, and audiovisual media to become intuitively accessible for visitors, allowing sensual and unmediated access to questions about AI.

“The New Infinity” goes Athens

© Dimitris Michalakis

© Dimitris Michalakis

After transforming the Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin into a “gallery of the future” last September, the planetary format of the Berliner Festspiele will be hosted for the first time at the Eugenides Foundation’s “New Digital Planetarium” in Athens. The venue is built up from a 278-seat amphitheatre and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In partnership with the 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE, Onassis Culture and the Eugenides Foundation “The New Infinity Athens” aims to expand the horizon of its audience by exploring the use of planetaria for artistic purposes.

PERFORMATIVE DISCOURSES IN VENICE

© 2038

Performing Architecture

© Sebastian Hoppe

Performing Architecture

© Sebastian Hoppe

This year’s edition of the Goethe Institute’s programme series Performing Architecture cooperated with 2038, the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial in Venice: throughout November, various performances within the urban realm physically negotiate questions of accessibility and participation. During the “Conference of the Absent”—which marks both, highlight and conclusion of the series—Rimini Protokoll performs a staged conference within the German Pavilion using the offline tools of theatre to address global collaboration in times of crisis.

GOYA: CONTEMPORARY MASTER

Goya at Fondation Beyeler

Witches’ Sabbath (El Aquelarre), 1797/98, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid © Museo Lázaro Galdiano

Goya at Fondation Beyeler

Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate y Aguirre, ca. 1805, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987 (Beit Collection) © National Gallery of Ireland NGI.4539

Goya at Fondation Beyeler

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato), 1815, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid © Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

Goya at Fondation Beyeler

Witches’ Flight (Vuelo de Brujas), 1797–1798, Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid © Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

Rarely shown paintings from private collections and iconic key works by Francisco de Goya come together at the Foundation Beyeler in one of the most important retrospectives devoted to the artist to date. Even 275 years after his birth, his influence and standing as an “artist’s artist” does not cease. Goya remains a major reference for many contemporary artists, among them Philippe Parreno. Commissioned on the occasion of the show, Parreno premiered “La Quinta del Sordo”, a film on Goya’s iconic black paintings series (“Pinturas Negras”, 1819–1824).

THE ULTIMATE ULTRAMARINE

© Thomas Meyer

© Thomas Meyer

© Thomas Meyer

For the second Berlin branch of Aera Bread—a gluten-free bread manufacturer and café located at Rosenthaler Platz—the architecture duo Gonzalez Haase AAS designed a space that takes full advantage of its prominent location by making it impossible to be overlooked. The entire depth of the new store is made visible through a large storefront window, allowing its rich Lapis Lazuli blue interior to take centre stage. They applied monotone pigmented concrete in an intense blue colour embedded so consistently throughout the space that the room as a whole becomes a spatial sculpture.

THE BERLINER FESTSPIELE INVADE THE ICC BERLIN

Berliner Festspiele ICC Berlin Bureau N

The ICC Berlin, © Noshe

Joulia Strauss ICC Berlin Bureau N

Performance by Joulia Strauss © Eike Walkenhorst

Markus Selg ICC Berlin Bureau N

Installations by Markus Selg and Richard Janssen, © Eike Walkenhorst

Stoschek Collection ICC Berlin Bureau N

Screenings from the Julia Stoschek Collection, © Eike Walkenhorst

The Berliner Festspiele have brought the ICC Berlin, an architectural icon and sleeping colossus, back to life. Celebrating their 70 year anniversary with a unique experience of art, dance, performance and film “The Sun Machine Is Coming Down” is a cultural milestone for the city of Berlin. 45 Berlin-based and international artists contributed to the interdisciplinary project, coming together in a conceptual 10-days-programme based on simultaneity, similar to the original architectural concept of the building by Ursulina Schüler-Witte and Ralf Schüler.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE NECKARSTRASSE

French Bento Bar

© Robert Rieger

French Bento Bar

© Robert Rieger

French Bento Bar

© Robert Rieger

On the ground floor of the AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique Hotel, glasses clink, chairs are shuffled, and the colourful lights of a neon artwork by Tobias Rehberger shine out onto the street in Frankfurt’s Bahnhofsviertel. Here, the French Bento Bar is redefining the term “Hotel Bar” with a lively atmosphere and exquisite bar menu that celebrates French elegance and Japanese finesse, accentuated through high-quality products and skilled craftsmanship that incorporate both the flavours and techniques of both cultures.

WOVEN STORIES FROM IRAN

© Lila Valadan, Photos: Shiraz & Daryan; Simone Haug

Lila Valdan

© Lila Valadan, Photos: Shiraz & Daryan; Simone Haug

Lila Valdan

© Lila Valadan, Photos: Shiraz & Daryan; Simone Haug

Lila Valadan’s handmade rugs serve as much more than decorative objects but a reflection of the rich history and culture of Persia. The Hamburg-based entrepreneur is an expert in traditional Persian rugs – as one of the few women in this business. For her collections, Lila Valadan finds inspiration from traditional designs and combines them with contemporary elements. She returns to Iran frequently to accompany the manufacturing process with nomadic tribes.