An integral part of the Schaubühne’s repertoire since 1999/2000, the Festival of International New Drama (FIND) has evolved from a presentation of dramatic texts by young writers into a large-scale festival for visiting drama productions, uniting theatre makers, directors, writers and actors. This year, the festival centers around the theme of “democracy and tragedy”, exploring the current volatility of international politics and interrogating the concepts of community and citizenship so as to propose suggestions for living together in the future. The varied and vibrant program includes plays, monologues, panel discussions and workshops, as well as an interactive dinner party. We’re particularly looking forward to ”Tristesses“ — a dark political comedy by Anne-Cécile Vandalem and Das Fräulein Kompanie. Also on our radar is Richard Nelson’s “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of one Family“, a production that unfolded in real-time during the 2016 US election, addressing the hopes and fears of the American middle class. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Torsten Elger / Christophe Engels / Rachel Lang)
Edition Block was featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the area around Spichernstraße was a meeting ground for the city’s intellectuals and artists. Erich Kästner wrote children’s books here, and Vladimir Nabokov breakfasted in the Prager Diele. In 1964 René Block, 22 years old, opened his first gallery in the area. At first he showed then-lesser known artists like Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik. Two years later, he founded Edition Block, a space for prints, multiples and records. These days, next to new pieces from up-and-coming names you can also see the works of established artists such as KP Bremer, whom Block featured in his very first gallery exhibition. And in case you needed yet another reason to visit, Edition Block’s current exhibition features the early graphic work of Gerhard Richter. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Uwe Walter)
New bars and cafés are popping up on Neukölln’s Weserstraße on a weekly basis. But it’s a fresh facade of a different variety that’s piqued our interest recently. Located in a former brothel-turned-bakery, Wolf Kino made an impressive debut to Berlin’s independent cinema scene in February 2017, opening its doors as part of the ‘Berlinale Goes Kiez’ programme of the city’s renowned film festival. Founder Verena von Stackelberg has channeled her wealth of experience in the film industry to turn Wolf into more than simply an entertainment space, with two screens, an atmospheric bar and a space for talks and exhibitions, as well as a studio that will be transformed into a community post production studio down the track. For now, a tightly curated programme of independent classics and critically acclaimed new releases awaits. Keep tabs on what’s showing here, so that your next trip to Weserstraße can be culturally as well as socially enriching. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Uli Kehr)
Mon-Sun 10h-open end, check the program for screening times
The tale of German Expressionist Franz Marc’s 1913 painting “The Tower of Blue Horses” is as fascinating as it is enigmatic. After withstanding the Second World War unharmed, the painting was allegedly last sighted at the Haus am Waldsee in 1948, after which it vanished. Now the Zehlendorf art museum is revisiting the mystery in collaboration with the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich, inviting a total of 20 artists to reflect on the work’s disappearance. Visitors will find not only paintings, but also drawings, installations, sculpture, film, and photography by international artists including Martin Assig, Norbert Bisky, Birgit Brenner, and Johanna Diehl. The exhibition aims to bring the debate on international art theft to the fore, presenting both known facts and popular theories in an engaging format. (Text: Victoria Pease / Artworks: Franz Marc (l), Norbert Bisky (r) / Photo: Benjamin Lindenkreuz)
Immerse yourself in the exhilarating visual world of a great Berlin-based design mind. Opening tonight (2.3.17), Bureau Mario Lombardo’s “The Archive Show” will see the graphic designer turn his Kreuzberg studio into a showcase of his complete archive of works, including early sketches and previously unpublished projects. With clients ranging from luxury department store KaDeWe and art / fashion magazine SLEEK to small clubs and avant garde record labels, Lombardo’s work takes an array of formats, from editorial to film, installations and even fragrance. Take the rare chance to peruse his vast portfolio by RSVP-ing here or messaging the studio to arrange a viewing. Then prepare for a brilliant dose of design inspiration. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)