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INNER JOURNEYS — BUĞRA EROL AT BERLINARTPROJECTS

INNER JOURNEYS — BUĞRA EROL AT BERLINARTPROJECTS

One Potsdamerstraße-based establishment that’s lingered on our minds since the Gallery Weekend dust has settled is Berlinartprojects. Founded in 2006, the gallery’s curatorial program, led by Marie DuPasquier, showcases emerging and established artists across the full spectrum of disciplines, and is framed by dialogue and exchange between Turkey and Germany. This Saturday (27.5.17) sees the opening of emerging Turkish artist Buğra Erol’s first solo show, “Mind Your Wishes”. In a series of drawings sketched whilst traveling and canvases meticulously painted in the depths of last winter in Berlin, Erol represents the universes of his mind, tightly intertwining the personal with the political. Painstakingly detailed and laden with symbolism, the works evoke a sense of restlessness, alluding to journeys both physical and emotional — some completed and others not yet taken. Together, they leave us intrigued to see the directions in which both artist and gallery are headed. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Buğra Erol / Berlinartprojects)

Berlinartprojects, Potsdamer Str.61, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map

Buğra Erol “Mind Your Wishes”, opening 27.5.17, 18h, Facebook event. Runs until 8.7.17, Tues-Sat 11-18h

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NEW SPHERES — ART AND CERAMICS AT JOHNENPRIVAT

NEW SPHERES — ART AND CERAMICS AT JOHNENPRIVAT

In the space where he previously held gallery exhibitions, Jörg Johnen now shows elements of his own private collection. He’s dedicated two levels to the first round: The works on the ground floor revolve around the three central concepts of philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s “Sphere Trilogy”. His explorations of bubbles, globes and foam resonate when taken together with Beate Kuhn’s sculptural fantasies and fragile bound gypsum castings by the Slovakian sculptor Mária Bartuszová. Thomas Ruff’s large-format photography from his series “Substrate” glimmers psychedelically on the wall, and an over-sized sphere by the sculptor Harald Klingelhöller leans against the corner. The double-level floor that Karin Sander had built into the space allows visitors to float above the artworks. Those who want to go further should venture up to the heritage listed rooftop, where the weathered surfaces of Robert Sturm’s ceramic sculptures respond to the building’s history. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: JohnenPrivat)

JohnenPrivat, Marienstr.10, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Every Saturday at 11.15h & 12.15h, online registrationrequired, free admission

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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: HISTORY, IDENTITY & HEAD COVERINGS

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: HISTORY, IDENTITY & HEAD COVERINGS

The heated global discourse over Muslim women’s head and body coverings in public is currently as acute as ever. From burkinis to burqas, different sides of the debate have posited coverings as symbols of clashing cultures, integration issues and the oppression of women. Yet the voices of those who wear head coverings are often the first to be drowned out in the conversation. Now through 2.7.17, the Jewish Museum Berlin is facilitating exchange on the topic with the exhibition “Cherchez La Femme” — a thought-provoking show on view in a time when context and contemplation are crucial. Canvassing the origins of the female body covering practice, its diffusion in the three major monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) and its present forms around the globe, along with a variety of artistic interpretations, the show offers you the chance to consider this issue from a diverse range of authentic perspectives. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos (clockwise): c/o Jewish Museum Berlin / Mandana Moghaddam / Anna Shteynshleyger)

Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr.9-14, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
“Cherchez La Femme: Wig, Burqa, Wimple”; Program
Until 2.7.17, Mon 10-22h, Tues-Sun 10-20h

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ZUM LÖWEN — COMPOSITIONS AND CAKE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

ZUM LÖWEN — COMPOSITIONS AND CAKE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

Zum Löwen was featured in our Cee Cee Berlin Book No.2, which you can get your hands on here if you haven’t already.

Berlin can get busy, so sometimes Berliners need to escape. This was the motivation for ex-Berliners Lola Randl and Philipp Pfeiffer to open Cafe Zum Löwen in an old hotel opposite a large stone church in the center of the Gerswalde village. It’s a place where an eclectic mix of holidaymakers, Uckermark locals and former Berliners come to meet and travel on down to the beautiful Lake Sabinsee. All the work in Zum Löwen is done by Lola, Philipp and their friends: Ayumi Saito and Sayuri Sakairi have taken over the café, supplying Japanese home cooking along with local produce and homemade cakes for guests. News for summer: The café reopens for the season this Saturday (6.5.17), marking the occasion with Dóra Földes‘ exhibition “In This Land Leaves Sifted Sunlight on Their Cheeks“: a collection of paintings and drawings which turn a naturalistic lens on moments of stillness and serenity. Fresh country air, warm hospitality and expressive art: We know where we’ll be escaping the city to this weekend. (Text: Elisabeth Schotte / Photos: Hirofume Abe / Dóra Földes)

Zum Löwen, Dorfmitte 7, 17268 Gerswalde; map

Sat 10-20h, Sun 11-18h;

Dóra Földes “In This Land Leaves Sifted Sunlight on Their Cheeks”, May 6-28, Sat 10-20h, Sun 11-18h, Facebook event

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GALLERY WEEKEND GUIDE MITTE: THREE PICKS

GALLERY WEEKEND GUIDE MITTE: THREE PICKS

With what seems like hundreds of galleries to visit, Gallery Weekend in Berlin can be overwhelming. Let us help you navigate the overflowing landscape with our top three picks in Mitte. Number one, head to Kow for South African artist and Berlin resident Candice Breitz’s “Love Story” where she creates a powerful narrative illusion in a series of video interviews and projections. The likes of Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore retell stories of anguish and forced migration, but also of love and hope. Then, get a load of !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s ”Is anybody home lol” at Eigen+Art Lab. This group of two artists focus heavily on bringing digital practices into the physical world, and testing misunderstandings about technologies. Last but not least, visit Capitain Petzel for German abstract painter Charline von Heyl’s latest exhibition. Want more? Peruse the full list of galleries and artists here. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: (clockwise from top) © Charline von Heyl c/o Capitain Petzel Berlin, © Candice Breitz, © Otto Felber c/o !Mediengruppe Bitnik & Eigen+Art Lab)

Kow, Brunnenstr.9, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Candice Breitz “Love Story”, Facebook event
Opening 28.4.17, 18-22h; until 30.7.17, Wed-Sun 12-18h

Eigen+Art Lab, Torstr.220, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
!Mediengruppe Bitnik “Is Anybody Home Lol” Facebook event
Opening 27.4.17, 17-21h; until 26.6.17, Tue-Fri 14-18h, Sat 11-18h

Capitain Petzel, Karl-Marx-Allee 45, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map
Charline von Heyl
Opening 28.4.17, 18-21h; bis 3.6.17, Tue-Sat 11-18h
Gallery Weekend: 29-30.4.17, 11-19h

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