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EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, 135 modular, prefabricated diplomatic buildings, designed by a group of architects led by Horst Bauer, who was responsible for Café Moskau, popped up around Pankow. The largest of these buildings, named “Ingenieur-Hochbau-III”, housed the embassy of Australia, which was the second Western state to officially recognize the GDR. After the diplomatic relationship flailed — before the wall fell — the building was sold as part of the West German-led “Treuhand” privatization process. Currently, this little-known history — together with the nuances of themes such as territory, value, and identity — is being explored on-site in “Ex-Embassy“: an exhibition of five artworks and five texts. Curated by Sonja Hornung, it takes place as part of Berlin’s Project Space Festival, on through 31.8.2018, parallel to an initiative to turn the building into a studio and permanent cultural site. You heard it from us first. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Artworks: Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Sonya Schönberger (DE) / Photo: Adrian Kuppertz)

X-Embassy, Atelierhaus Australische Botschaft (Ost), Grabbeallee 34, 13156 Berlin-Pankow; map

Ex-Embassy: Exhibition and text series at the Former Australian Embassy to the German Democratic Republic

On through 31.08.2018, Thu-Sat 12-18h or by appointment

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WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO: THE 10TH BERLIN BIENNALE

WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO: THE 10TH BERLIN BIENNALE

Forty-six artists, five venues, and a “program of complete disorder”, as South African curator Gabi Ngcobo puts it — quoting Frantz Fanon — in her introduction to the 10th Berlin Biennale’s catalog (Distanz, 2018). The theme of this year’s Biennale, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (named after Tina Turner’s 1985 hit song), is a response to the “collective psychosis” of our contemporary condition. A varied program of exhibitions, events, performances, and workshops has been spread across KW — Institute for Contemporary Art, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne Pavilion, ZK/U — Center for Art and Urbanistics, and HAU2. Hot on our radar (28.7.2018) is “A History of Remembering“, round 19 of the performance series “I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not. In collaboration with Aurélie Disasi, Skye Skyetshookii, Babiche Papaya and Troy Lopez, Isaiah Lopaz transcends national and linguistic borders to venture into territories which have impacted people of Black African descent, dedicating a shared dinner and spoken word performances to the memory of that which has been concealed, discarded or eradicated from history’s dominant discourses. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos / Works (clockwise): F. Anthea Schaap, Luke Willis Thompson, Isaiah Lopaz)

We Don’t Need Another Hero: 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
On through 9.9.2018, various venues. Event calendar

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Studio, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, map
A History of Remembering #19: I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not
28.7.2018, 19-21h

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TO THE EDGE OF PERCEPTION AND BACK: JAMES TURRELL’S “AURAL”

TO THE EDGE OF PERCEPTION AND BACK: JAMES TURRELL’S “AURAL”

Need a break from staring at your screen? May we point you in the direction of the Jewish Museum Berlin, where a James Turrell ”Ganzfeld” piece is on display until 30.9.2018. Gifted to the museum by collectors Si and Dieter Rosenkranz, Ganzfeld “Aural” (2018) is an immersive installation in which light, space and gradually changing color meld together to deprive the viewer of their visual frame of reference. The experience is at first disorienting, and it takes a while for the eyes to adjust. When they eventually do, take the time to enjoy the reward — a sensory journey through the emotions evoked by blue ever so slowly melting into cool lilac, bright pink and hot white. Turrell says of his work: “With no object, no image, and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.” The ideal antidote to tired eyes and cluttered minds. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Work: James Turrell (c) Jewish Museum, gift of Dieter and Si Rosenkranz / Photo: Florian Holzherr)

Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr.9-14, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

James Turrell: Ganzfeld “Aural“, on through 30.9.2018

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LOUISIANA — CONTEMPORARY ART ON THE DANISH COASTLINE

LOUISIANA — CONTEMPORARY ART ON THE DANISH COASTLINE

Copenhagen has a wealth of galleries, but only one strikes the sweet balance between nature, architecture and art. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located 35km north of Copenhagen and enjoys an outstanding reputation both for its distinguished international portfolio as well as its gorgeous grounds. The iconic buildings are modernist masterpieces, fittingly designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to merge the lofty indoors with the green outdoors. In the outdoor sculpture park, winding paths and overgrown nooks are home to around 60 sculptures both visible and hidden in the calming environment. Throughout the year, you’ll find a host of events taking place here alongside exhibitions, including classical concerts in the sculpture park, arts workshops, as well as lectures and literary evenings. Before you head back to the city, visit the gift shop, where you’ll find Scandi design in everything from ceramics and glassware to Danish furniture, handbags and prints from current exhibitions. Trains depart from Copenhagen central station every 20 minutes with the Danish State Railway (DSB) and take 35 minutes from Copenhagen to Humlebæk Station. From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the museum. (Text: Victoria Pease / Works: Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Yayoi Kusama, Jean Arp / Photos: Louisiana MOMA)

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk; map
Tue-Fri 11-22h, Sat-Sun 11-18h

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JUNG + ARTIG: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

JUNG + ARTIG: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

Ready to commit to the next level of your art lover status? Berlinische Galerie is celebrating the 10th birthday of Jung + Artig, Berlin’s largest network of young (read: under 30) art enthusiasts — with 130 members. Membership perks for this network include guided museum and gallery tours, private collections, art fairs, exclusive previews and studio visits. To mark a decade of Jung + Artig, next Thursday (5.7.2018) a special edition of “Art After Work: All You Need is Art” will take over the  museum with a special program of events, including an artist talk between photographer Loredana Nemes and Ulrich Domröse, curator of the exhibition “Gier Angst Liebe” (“Greed, Fear, Love”), plus drinks and music on the terrace. Want in? Email the hashtag #jungundartig to foerderverein@berlinischegalerie.de for the chance to win a pair of free tickets, thanks to mc-quadrat. But the gifts don’t stop there: Jung + Artig wants you to join them for longer than just a night, so they’re giving away one free year-long membership to an 18-30 y/o. Send us your full name and birthday to win@ceecee.cc. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works: Loredena Nemes, Christine Streuli / Photos: Loredena Nemes, Nina Straußgütl, Harry Schnitger)

Jung + Artig at Förderverein Berlinische Galerie e.V., Alte Jakobstr.124-128, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Art After Work, Thu 5.7.2018, 18-22h; Facebook eventtickets

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