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CURATOR’S TOUR: INSIDE EILEEN GRAY’S MODERNIST WORLD AT AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE

CURATOR’S TOUR: INSIDE EILEEN GRAY’S MODERNIST WORLD AT AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE

Long considered an insider tip, architect Eileen Gray is celebrated today as a pioneer of modern art. At the Akademie der Künste you can testify to just how timeless her very first house feels, even 90 years after it was first devised. Together with students from the Austin School of Architecture, Professor Wilfried Wang reconstructed one of her bedrooms and offers one-hour tours to visitors through the tiny space in which not a single centimeter has been wasted. Gray herself conceptualized the furniture, a series of custom-made designs that are perfectly adapted to their context. Modernism has seldom proven to be so functional and captivating. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: © Andreas FranzXaver Süß, Akademie der Künste, 2019 & © WikiCommons 1910)

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Eileen Gray – E.1027 Master Bedroom, Mon–Sun 10–20h
Guided tour with curator Wilfried Wang: Sun 26.05.2019 12h, Fr 07.06.2019 18h, Sun 09.06.2019 12h bookable online

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FLUENTUM: SHOWCASING A NEW VIDEO ART COLLECTION IN AN HISTORIC SETTING

FLUENTUM: SHOWCASING A NEW VIDEO ART COLLECTION IN AN HISTORIC SETTING

Fluentum’s history is rich: In search of a place for his video art collection, software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer headed out to Dahlem. Along with Berlin architects Sauerbruch Hutton, he set out to redesign a building burdened by a turbulent history. What once had served as the barracks for the Luftwaffe during the Nazi-era became the headquarters of the U.S. army after the war. And while people live in the complex today, the most emblematic building stood long abandoned. No one dared to touch the dark, heritage-protected premises, which were occasionally used as the setting for films such as “Inglourious Basterds”. Nowadays, films are not shot but rather shown here: Hannebauer has turned a Nazi legacy set in stone into exhibition architecture. In the current show by artist Guido van der Werve, the black marble acts as a natural black box. There are works by other artists to come, including Hito Steyerl and Hiwa K. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: © Guido van der Werve & © Moritz Hirsch – Courtesy of Fluentum, Berlin)

Fluentum, Clayallee 174, 14195 Berlin–Dahlem; map
Sat 11–14h
“Guido van der Werve. Number eight, nine, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, seventeen”, running until 22.06.2019

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ART AT THE GATEHOUSE: THE PUDDLE ARCHIVE BY MIRJA BUSCH

ART AT THE GATEHOUSE: THE PUDDLE ARCHIVE BY MIRJA BUSCH

What may seem like a recently opened shop for biodynamic wines at Neukölln’s former freight yard is at second glance something completely different. The bottles on the shelves are filled with water collected from puddles across Berlin in 2014 by artist Mirja Busch. It is only a small slice of an archive comprising over 2,200 puddles, with some recorded with photographs taken in New York and Buenos Aires, and others sourced from local Berlin soil. She preserves something that would otherwise disappear, making visible what lingers in the air or on the ground. Some rainwater samples – infused with tar, nicotine and sand – appear murky; others are crystal clear. At times the water only half-fills a bottle, at other times Busch needs an entire arsenal of bottles to store a single puddle. Mirja’s work documents the transformation processes that shape life within urban landscapes. It is fitting, therefore, that the exhibition’s home is a small brick house outside the S-Bahn ring, transformed by Christof Zwiener into a temporary art space titled “when the image is new, the world is new”. Here artists are invited to engage with a historical site that – soon enough – will give way to a new construction project. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Christof Zwiener (when the image is new, the world is new), 2019, Courtesy Mirja Busch)

When the image is new, the world is new, Ringbahnstr.2, 12051 Berlin-Neukölln; map
#2: (Fragmente | ruins), Mirja Busch, running until 20.05.2019
#3: Verena Issel, opening 29.05.2019, 19-22h
Open by appointment: info@whentheimageisnew.de

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GALLERY WEEKEND — OUR TOP TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL THREE DAYS OF ART

GALLERY WEEKEND — OUR TOP TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL THREE DAYS OF ART

Starting on Friday 26.04.2019, the Gallery Weekend will one again transform the city into one big exhibition. In addition to the 45 galleries officially taking part, numerous museums and off-spaces are also opening their doors with new exhibitions. The Berlinische Galerie will be throwing a spotlight on the architecture studio Realities:United, while at Alte Münze young artists will be exhibiting at The Show. The first stop on our gallery tour will be in Kreuzberg at ChertLüdde, where Sol Calero is using her grandmother’s artistic practice as the starting point for her own work. A few streets further on, at the Barbara Weiss Gallery, painter Frieda Toranzo Jaeger is deconstructing the image of the car as a male power fantasy. Meanwhile at the Alexander Levy gallery, Fabian Knecht will deal with moments of rupture with his performative installations that strikingly demonstrate the instability of our world order. Head to the Tanya Leighton gallery for Math Bass, whose paintings show you a completely unique image system: cartoon-like crocodiles and smoldering cigarettes form abstract pictograms. In the immediate vicinity, Ryan Gander approaches the concept of enlightenment in sculptures, installations and videos at the Esther Schipper exhibition space. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Fabian Knecht, Mauer auf Eis, Courtesy Alexander Levy; Math Bass, Newz!, Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton; Ryan Gander, Monkey See, Monkey Do, Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Photo by Studio Gander)

Gallery Weekend Berlin, at various locations across the city

26.04.2019, 18–21h, 27.–28.04.2019, 11–19h; Program

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124–128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Wed–Mon 10–18h

Realities:united 27.04.–19.08.2019

Opening, 26.04, from 19h

Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin–Mitte; map

The show 26.04.–28.04.2019; Program

ChertLüdde, Ritterstr.2A, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Tue–Sat, 12–18h

Archivos Olvidados, Opening 26.04.2019, 18–21h

Galerie Barbara Weiss, Kohlfurter Str.41–43, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

During Gallery Weekend 11–19h, then Tue–Sat 11–18h

Deep Adaptation, 27.04.–15.06.2019

Opening, 26.04.2019, 18–21h

Alexander Levy, Rudi-Dutschke-Str.26, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

During Gallery Weekend 11–19h, then Tue–Sat 11–18h

Bruch, 26.04.–22.06.2019

Opening 26.04.2019, 18–21h

Tanya Leighton, Kurfürstenstr.25, 10785 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map

Tue–Sat 11–18h

To Name A Few, 27.04.–22.06.2019

Opening, 26.04.2019, 19–21h

Esther Schipper Potsdamer Str.81e, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten;map

During Gallery Weekend 27.–28.04.2019, 11–19h, then Tue–Sat, 11–18h

Some Other Life, 26.04.–15.06.2019

Opening, 26.04.2019, 18–21h

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OPEN ARTIST STUDIOS IN THE FORMERLY ABANDONED VILLA HEIKE

OPEN ARTIST STUDIOS IN THE FORMERLY ABANDONED VILLA HEIKE

The Villa Heike is little–known in Berlin given its enigmatic history. It was first built as the private home of German industrialist Richard Heike and headquarters to his meat production facilities. Following Heike’s murder in 1945 and the GDR take-over of the building in 1951, it became a secret storage facility for the Stasi, accumulating over 11km worth of files. The building closed after German reunification in 1990 and remained abandoned for 25 years until Architect Christof Schubert realized its potential. The entire villa has been renovated – while preserving the original architectural elements – as artists’ studios and a gallery. Two of its first tenants, French–German artist couple Johanna Dumet and Manuel Wroblewski, have transformed the penthouse into a captivating playhousefor Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019. She a painter and he a sculptor, their space is filled with large scale colorful art objects. Stop by their open studio exhibition, entitled Fire, and enjoy one of the first public looks into the Villa Heike in over 25 years. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Johanna Dumet, Manuel Wroblewski & Christof Schubert)

Villa Heike, Freienwalder Str.17, 13055 Berlin–Lichtenberg; map
Fire exhibition opening hours: Fri 26.04.2019, 18–21h, Sat & Sun 27.–28.04.2019, 15–19h

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