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SPRING REVIVAL: LIGHT CATCHING SHADOWS AT BIKINI BERLIN

SPRING REVIVAL: LIGHT CATCHING SHADOWS AT BIKINI BERLIN

With their iridescent light and saturated colors, these long-awaited spring days are fast luring us out of hibernation. Berlin artist Camilla Richter captures the seductive atmosphere in her new installation, “Light Catching Shadows”. Through 28.4.2018, viewers can marvel at the work via the panoramic window at concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin. Camilla originally studied product design, and her preference for clear structures and functionality shines through her practice. Light is what enthrals her most, especially in its interplay with through glass — which here takes on a pragmatic yet poetic quality. The carefully-positioned elements of the installation were specifically designed for Bikini Berlin, and includes dichroic glass which interacts with rays of light: depending on the angle, new shadows take shape, making colors appear almost tangible. The work playfully interacts with the considered architecture of the building, which incorporates natural light seeping in through its impressive window facade, flooding the space with the effervescence of the season. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str.42-50, 10787 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Mon-Sat 9-20.30h, Sun 12-18h

Camilla Richter “Light Catching Shadows“, through 28.4.2018.

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CHRISTINA HOMBURG RECOMMENDS: GALERIE 36

CHRISTINA HOMBURG RECOMMENDS: GALERIE 36

Located in the heart of Berlin Mitte, Galerie 36 may appear inconspicuous from the outside. Step inside this old Berlin apartment, however, and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. Sumptuously-toned walls and glorious wooden staircases lead you up a floor to the main exhibition space. Founded in 2015, Galerie 36 is a unique location devoted to showcasing contemporary and historical photography. Working together with institutions and collectors, the gallery embraces its stunning environment, presenting a line-up of international artists and young photographers through exhibitions and pop-up events. For me, this is quite simply the perfect space to escape the noise of everyday life and enjoy some remarkable photography, helped along by some softly-playing classical music in the background. Following a winter break, Galerie 36 re-opens this Saturday, 14.4.2018 with “Shapes & Symbols”, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of campaigns by American Bert Stern, who, through his work, turned advertising photography as art form. (Text: Christina Homburg / Photos: Galerie 36 & Bert Stern Trust)

Galerie 36, Chausseestr.36, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Fri-Sat 13-18h
Bert Stern: Shapes and Symbols — Early Advertising Works 1953-1970. On show 14.4-21.7.2018

Christina Homburg is a finance manager with a passion for writing, photography and travel. She started her own blog, The Fake German, in 2016 following her move to Berlin. Originally from London, Christina now calls Kreuzberg home.

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IN THE BEAR PIT — ART BY MIRIAM JONAS AND ANDREAS GREINER

IN THE BEAR PIT — ART BY MIRIAM JONAS AND ANDREAS GREINER

For almost eighty years, Bärenzwinger, Berlin’s former bear pit, was home to the heraldic animals. After the death of the city’s last bear, Schnute, the building’s fate remained unclear — until fall 2017, when the enclosure finally found its new purpose as an exhibition venue. For its current show, artists Miriam Jonas and Andreas Greiner have made use of the architecture and confined space to demonstrate the fluidity of the boundary between animals and humans. In Jonas’ installation, visitors are required to take the animal’s perspective, suddenly finding themselves behind bars, crawling through hatches, and feeling the underfloor heating right beneath their feet. The interior of the cages is painted in Baker-Miller pink — the same color used in American prisons to keep inmates calm. While Jonas simulates a firsthand experience of the strains the bears would have felt, Greiner has given a habitat to new life: Bioluminescent algae glows in a darkened pantry, and has formed its very own biotope in the enclosure outside. (Text: Laura Storfner /  Photos (im Uhrzeigersinn): Tobias Wilmann / Fernando Gutiérrez Juárez)

Bärenzwinger, Im Köllnischen Park, 10179 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Sun, 12-18h

Habitat: Miriam Jonas and Andreas Greiner, through 6.5.2018

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A MASTER AND HIS OEUVRE: IRVING PENN AT C/O BERLIN

A MASTER AND HIS OEUVRE: IRVING PENN AT C/O BERLIN

It’s been 20 years coming, but finally it’s Berlin’s turn: For the occasion of what would have been Irving Penn’s 100th birthday, C/O Berlin is exhibiting a retrospective comprising 240 of the luminary’s photographs. Penn was a master at positioning his subjects with great attention to detail. The exhibited works continue to inspire, and the faces they depict belong to great artists and stars of classic Hollywood cinema: Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso. Other series are less well known, depicting objects such as the cigarette butts that Penn collected from the streets of New York with archival enthusiasm. He applied the same artistic standards to these unlikely subjects as he did to the models of his nude photographs. These brazenly depict the female body in a close-up, straightforward manner with a naturalness that subverted the photographic standards of the time. Works which were viewed with scorn by critics at the time have since cemented their status as masterpieces. Curated by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, this exhibition is accompanied by a program that invites visitors to embrace their own artistic side with events such as a life drawing class on 11.4.2018. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / All photos: Irving Penn, c/o (clockwise, L-R:) Condé Nast / The Irving Penn Foundation / The Irving Penn Foundation)

C/O Berlin, Hardenbergstr.22-24, 10623 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Mon-Sun 11-20h
Irving Penn – Centennial, through 1.7.2018. Events program.

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PANIKHERZ: A PLAY BASED ON BENJAMIN VON STUCKRAD-BARRE’S BOOK AT THE BERLINER ENSEMBLE

PANIKHERZ: A PLAY BASED ON BENJAMIN VON STUCKRAD-BARRE’S BOOK AT THE BERLINER ENSEMBLE

The stage adaptation of the novel Panikherz (Panic Heart) has been playing at the Berliner Ensemble since February 2018. Two years ago, Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre’s book brought to life the fall of a celebrated author succumbing to his addiction. Four actors personify the author at different stages — youth, success, excess and self-destruction. Though the 600-page novel also gives insight into the pop culture of the past 20 years, the focus lies primarily on Stuckrad-Barre’s drug-colored career rather than his literary one. The lesson to be learned is that one should always be vigilant. A band enhances the intoxicating feeling of the play by performing the soundtrack that shaped the author. The repertoire of Udo Lindenberg makes up a large part of it. His music runs through the play and Stuckrad-Barre’s life like a common thread. Lindenberg is a figure of light who saves him with familiar words: Keine Panik (Don’t panic). The Berliner Ensemble has recreated a hotel bar for the stage set. No additional backdrop is needed. Audiences enraptured by the pathos on display keep the theater seats full. It is therefore worthwhile to buy tickets soon. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Berliner Ensemble, Moritz Haase, Julian Röder)

Berliner Ensemble, Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, map

 Panikherz will be shown on different dates. The book by Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre was published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

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