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AN OASIS FOR ART IN A FORMER FILLING STATION — THE LITTLE GROSZ MUSEUM

AN OASIS FOR ART IN A FORMER FILLING STATION — THE LITTLE GROSZ MUSEUM

More than ten years ago, gallery owner Juerg Judin transformed a derelict 1950s Shell filling station into an urban oasis for living and working. Sited near an elevated metro track near Nollendorfplatz is an enchanted world where bamboo and pines sprout in the garden, ducks swim in the pond and the station roof acts as a giant sunshade. Now Judin is opening this architectural jewel to the public as a museum dedicated to the artist George Grosz. Das kleine Grosz Museum – complete with new annex – will open this Saturday (14.05.2022) with an exhibition that focuses on the early work of the Berlin caricaturist, painter and graphic artist. Works include drawings from Grosz’s youth as well as his cityscapes that gave a foretaste of Germany’s Golden Twenties.

Curation for the show is led by art historian Pay Matthis Karstens and Grosz estate custodian Ralph Jentsch. Working with collections and institutions worldwide, the pair identify and present aspects of the artist’s work that retrospectives have yet to touch on. Research and exchange are to be at the center of the project, which is initially scheduled to run for five years. After visiting the exhibition, you can sit in the cafe in the former filling station and see for yourself the idyll that has been created right in the midst of urban Berlin.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Hanna Seibel & Annette Kisling / Credit: Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, VG Bild-Kunst

Das kleine Grosz Museum, Bülowstr.18, 10783 Berlin–Schöneberg; map

Opening 14.05.2022, then Mon & Thu 11–18h, Fri 11–20h, Sat & Sun 11–18h. Tickets for €10 (€6 reduced) are available online.

The exhibition “Schreiben Sie doch bitte Grosz statt Gross” (“Please spell it ‘Grosz’ not ‘Gross’!”) runs until 30.09.2022

@daskleinegroszmuseum

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SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

SCHILLER MEETS BRITNEY SPEARS — THEATERTREFFEN BRINGS TWO WEEKS OF DRAMATIC (RE)INVENTION TO THE STAGE

Schiller and Britney Spears in the same line-up? It can only be Theatertreffen, which is back with another two weeks of boundary-pushing stage productions starting tomorrow (06.05.2022). Under the direction of Yvonne Büdenhölzer for the last time, the festival will set up camp at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele to showcase the 10 “most remarkable” German-language productions of the year. Under Büdenhölzer, the festival has never been a slave to classical theater, and this year is no different. The program kicks off with Das neue Leben – where do we go from here, a (very) loose adaptation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” by director and Theatertreffen regular Christopher Rüping. With entertaining results, Rüping blends the Italian poet’s words with pop melodies from Meat Loaf and, yes, Britney (06 & 07.05). The reinvention continues next week (09 & 10.05) with Die Jungfrau von Orleans, a feminst deconstruction of Schiller’s 1801 tragedy by Joanna Bednarczyk.

Director duo Soeren Voima’s Der Tartuffe oder Kapital und Ideologie (21 & 22.05) is also inspired by a historical play, namely Molière’s 1664 comedy. But this version also draws on the 2019 book “Capital and Ideology” by bestselling French economist Thomas Piketty, while the drama plays out not in 17th-century Paris, but a 1980s German flatshare. But Theatertreffen isn’t all about established names and German plays: the Stückemarkt presents theatrical works from all over the world, including Circle Hasu from performer and composer Aine Nakamura (12.05) and And I dreamt I was drowning from London playwright Amanda Wilkin (15.05). Also worth checking out are the Burning Issues talks on hot topics like AI and power imbalances in the theater sector. It’s a line-up that brings (re)invention to where it belongs: right at the front of the stage.

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Rebecca Rütten; Joerg Brueggemann, Ostkreuz; Christian Kleiner

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstr.24, 10719 Berlin–Wilmersdorf; map

Theatertreffen (06–22.05.2022) – tickets for the performances can be purchased on the website. A number of the productions will also be streamed online – check the program for details.

@berlinerfestspiele

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LABORATOIRE KONTEMPO — A FESTIVAL OF SOUND AND DISCOURSE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

LABORATOIRE KONTEMPO — A FESTIVAL OF SOUND AND DISCOURSE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

The creative and arts scene of the Democratic Republic of Congo has much to discover, and thanks to Acud Macht Neu you can dive into it right here in Berlin. The cultural collective is welcoming artists, academics and musicians from the DRC for Laboratoire Kontempo, a program of concerts, talks and exhibitions with some of the capital Kinshasa’s most innovative creators. Events continue tonight (05.05.2022) with an evening of talks offering an insight into the Kinshasa art scene, including “Partagisme” – a collective way of creating art found in the city. Meanwhile, this Saturday (07.05) Acud’s club and courtyard will host a lecture and performance about the colonial pasts of both Kinshasa and Berlin, plus some Congolese cuisine to try. Critical perspectives feature throughout the program, such as the concert and talk from pianist-songwriter David Shongo, who deals with the topic of the importation of second-hand electronics from Europe to the DRC (17.05). The music continues on 20.05 with Balade Musicale, a concert that dives into the history of Congolese music through the genre of hip-hop. You can view the full program – which also includes exhibitions at Haus der Statistik – online.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ephraim Baku, James Bantone & Nyangombe

Acud Macht Neu, Veteranenstr.21, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Laboratoire Kontempo runs until 25.06.2022. For the full program visit the website.

@acudmachtneu
@laboratoire.kontempo

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GALLERY WEEKEND — CEE CEE’S TIPS FOR THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ART CALENDAR

GALLERY WEEKEND — CEE CEE’S TIPS FOR THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ART CALENDAR

After two downsized versions due to the pandemic, Gallery Weekend (29.04–01.05.2022) is once again transforming Berlin into a meeting place for the international art scene. Time to jump on your bike and join collectors, curators and artists for a journey full of openings and museum-quality exhibitions. A total of 52 Berlin galleries are part of the official program, whose highlights include the visual worlds of artist and poet Ser Serpas (born in 1995) at the Galerie Barbara Weiss in Kreuzberg. Or there’s Conny Maier’s paintings at Société in Charlottenburg, or painter El Hadji Sy from Dakar at Barbara Thumm in Kreuzberg. Next door, Carlier | Gebaueris presenting a group exhibition with works by Nida Sinnokrot, whose art deals with colonial heritage. The two galleries are neighbors and will co-host a Block Party tomorrow (29.04) with a barbecue and music.

Over in Charlottenburg, Kicken has joined up with the Haubrok Collection at Lichtenberg’s Fahrbereitschaft to present works by 1970s artist Klaus Rinke. Ebensperger in Wedding is well worth a visit: there you’ll find drawings from the multi-talented Lea Draeger. If you want to put together your own tour of the city, have a look through the festival’s journal. And don’t forget: even places that aren’t part of the official program are taking advantage of the weekend’s momentum. The online art association Super Super Markt is hosting a temporary exhibition at Purgal Delicatessen in Mitte, curated by artist Rebecca Ackroyd.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Dusty Kessler & Stefan Korte / Credit: Mehdi Chouakri Gallery, Peter Roehr, Untitled (OB-122), 1966; Soy Capitán Gallery, Rachel Youn, Gather (detail), 2020, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Galerie Neu, Joseph Winston McCarthy, Ruler.

Gallery Weekend
29.04.2022 18–21h, 30.04 & 01.05.2022 11–19h

Galerie Barbara Weiss, Kohlfurter Str.41/43, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Serpas: Head Banger Boogie, until 25.06.2022

Société, Wielandstr.26, 10707 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Conny Maier: Feels like rabies, 29.04–03.06.2022

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Markgrafenstr.68, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
El Hadji Sy: Silhouettes Critiques, 29.04–30.07.2022
Block Party, 29.04.2022 18–22h

Carlier | Gebauer, Markgrafenstr.67, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Looking Through the Threshold, until 29.04–11.06.2022
Block Party, 29.04.2022 18–22h

Kicken Berlin, Kaiserdamm 118, 14057 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Klaus Rinke: Projects (MoMA 1973 et al.), 29.04–17.06.2022

Haubrok Foundation at the Fahrbereitschaft, Herzbergstr.40–43, 10365 Berlin–Lichtenberg; map
Klaus Rinke: Wasserwerk Rinke, 29.04–26.06.2022

Ebensperger, Plantagenstr.30, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Lea Draeger: Ökonomische Päpstinnen und Päpste, 29.04–19.06.2022

Super Super Markt at Purgal Delicatessen, Brunnenstr.162, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
The other side of the door, until 01.05.2022, opening 28.04.2022 18–21h

@galleryweekendberlin
@galeriebarbaraweiss
@societeberlin
@galerie_barbara_thumm
@carliergebauer
@kickenberlin
@ebensperger_
@supersupermarkt

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DRAWING WITH LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN PAWSON AT BASTIAN GALLERY — RECOMMENDED BY IDA STEFFEN

DRAWING WITH LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN PAWSON AT BASTIAN GALLERY — RECOMMENDED BY IDA STEFFEN

If you want to swap the hustle and bustle of inner city Berlin for some quietly captivating photography, then let yourself drift down to Dahlem this weekend. There, at a new location in the south-western suburb, Bastian Gallery is showing 16 photographic works by British architect John Pawson. The gallery building is itself the work of Pawson, who also carved the Feuerle Collection’s underground space out of a wartime bunker. Pawson is a master of minimalism and staging, with a way of seeing that makes you perceive the medium of light anew. John Pawson – Looking for Light shows photographs taken between 2019 and 2021 at the artist’s family home in rural Oxfordshire. Pawson deliberately reduces the spatial character of the photographs, leaving light at the forefront and turning materials and surfaces into media themselves. Charged with the power of the light, you perceive the narratives directly. Art, architecture, place and picture all merge into a compositional exhibition that captures both the permanent and the passing. It’s an experience that makes you forget the confines of the inner city and move into the far distance. 

Text: Ida Steffen / Photos: Max Gleeson / Credit: John Pawson – Looking for Light (2022) Courtesy: BASTIAN Berlin/London

Ida Steffen found her way to architecture via the performing and visual arts and is inspired by the common ground they share. She moved to Berlin nine years ago and lives in Prenzlauer Berg. 

Bastian Gallery, Taylorstr.1, 14195 Berlin–Dahlem; map 

John Pawson – Looking for Light, until 01.05.2022 11–18h by appointment (limited slots).

@bastian.gallery
@johnpawson

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