It’s Art Week in the city. And as if the official program wasn’t already too much to handle, the whole of Berlin (and a bit of Brandenburg) has decided to take this as an opportunity to schedule their art openings and events right now. But which of them really shouldn’t be missed? Tonight we are starting in Kruezberg, beginning at 18h at the Roam. “A Whore Eyes View” is the clever title of the exhibition of the Berlin Stripper Collective. There will be performances, workshops and art all weekend. After that, it’s on to Kanya & Kage. Charlie Stein will be showing paintings starting at 19h: sexy dystopian cyborgs in oil. “Like Burning Snow” is the name of the show. Also here: performances. Very FLINTA*, very Berlin, very en maintenant. You won’t be able to see them all if you want to make it to Charlottenburg by 20.30. In the old Karstadt Sport building on Kantstraße, an architectural jewel of the old FRG (rumor has it LAS will soon find a long-term home here) there will be a free screening of Ann Oren’s masterpiece “Piaffe”: Horses, sex and fantastic pictures. What more could you want. Friday continues.

The day could start at the Reinickendorf Monopol. Until 17.09. Galerie Thomas Schulte presents  the exhibition “High Spirits” in the old distillery with works by Franka Hörnschemeyer and Julian Irlinger. The location alone makes it worth a visit. Back in Mitte, on Torstraße, illustrator and “visualist” Benedikt von Harder has hung about forty colored pencil drawings here until Sunday. Pop, cars, Brad Pitt, culture – self-curated and marketed. It’s a bit of old Berlin both conceptually and with regard to the sales prices (cheap!). There is a bit of new Berlin in the evening (from 18h) at Heidi on Kurfürstenstraße: Mimosa Echard, “I Think My Cells Are Fucking Behind My Back.” The multidisciplinary French artist won the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2022. Rightfully so, but see for yourself. Grace Weaver also deserved a prize (perhaps one for impossibly friendly and sympathetic painting?). New works by her will take place under the title “Laundry” starting at 18h at Soy Capitán in Kreuzberg. Another martini at the Würgeengel around the corner and now it’s already Saturday. Two more days of art lie ahead of us. Start slowly at 13h to see Lena Marie Emrich to be exact. Her exhibition “soft cruelties” deals with mass tourism. A deliberate irony to open it on this weekend of all days? The Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in the anthracite-colored Roger Bundschuh-Bau is in any case a good place for it. And what about photography? The photo foundation Chaussee36 is showing Spanish photographer Milena Villalón’s “Resonances,” with images between documentation and poetry, North Africa and the Middle East. And the next day? To fight the Sunday Scaries after this Art Week, why not go to Potsdam? Until 15.10, Frankfurter-Hauptschule-Enfant-Terrible Nicholas Warburg shows “grandhotel abgrund vollpension” at Kunstraum Potsdam. Cathartic BRD noir horror is guaranteed. So is complete cultural exhaustion for the coming week, by the way.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Credit: Charlie Stein, Kanya Kage; Soy Capitán, Grace Weaver; roam, Berlins Stripper Collective

A Whore Eyes View by Berlin Stripper Collectives, Lindenstr.91, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Like Burning Snow at Kanya & Kage, Eisenbahnstr.10, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

High Spirits Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstr.24, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map

Benedikt von Harder, Torstr.170, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map

I Think My Cells Are Fucking Behind My Back at Heidi, Kurfürstenstr.145, 10785 Berlin–Schöneberg; map

Laundry Soy Capitán, Prinzessinnenstr.29, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Soft Cruelties at Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz; Linienstr.40, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map

Resonances im Chaussee36, Chausseestr.36, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map

grandhotel abgrund vollpension at Kunstraum Potsdam, Schiffbauergasse 6, 14467 Potsdam; map