Planetariums take us to unknown, mysterious places – usually distant stars or foreign planets. But what about the infinite vastness of art and fantasy here on earth? From 11.–13.09.2020 the Zeiss Planetarium is being transformed into a gallery of the future, showing video and sound installations within its giant dome for the Berliner Festspiele’s “The New Infinity” as part of the Immersion series. What might a VR simulation of a psychedelic experience look like? And what is the nature of human existence? Works by artists including Jan Kounen, Caterina Barbieri and Ruben Spini provide answers for this by focusing on “visual music”, where musical structures are translated into visual images. Starting things off is a reimagining of light artist Thomas Wilfred’s meditative symphonies of color which connect art and technology. Meanwhile David OReilly’s new work “The End of Stories” deals with personal accounts of people during the lockdown. Topping things off are full-dome audio-visual performances by Agnieszka Polska, Robert Lippok and Lucas Gutierrez. (Text: Olga Potschernina / Kunst: Makusu Matsutake, Robert Lippok, Lucas Gutierrez & David Oreilly / Fotos: Michael Nast)
With Berlin Art Week and more, this coming week is packed full of art openings and events – here are some tips for your calendar. For the first time, C/O Berlin is hosting a retrospective by Agentur Ostkreuz co-founder Harald Hauswald, featuring 250 of his photos capturing GDR life (opening 12.09.2020). Meanwhile, in another first, resident artists of the red-brick Werkhof L.57 in Moabit are opening up their studios for a group show including works by Konstantin Grcic and Katharina Grosse (11.–13.09). Over at Galerie Tanja Wagner, a new solo exhibition by painter Grit Richter explores the concept of collective memory through highly-textured abstract works (opening 11.09 18h). Taking care of the culinary side of things, currently-closed KW Institute is joining forces with the Slavs and Tatars collective to open the Pickle Bar, a Slavic take on an apéritivo bar where guests are offered drinks and fermented foods during three evening rituals (11.–13.09). In Friedrichshain, “Palm Down”, the new solo show by artist and noted Instagrammer Andy Kassier is opening at Hanz.Studio (09.–13.09), while for Gallery Weekend Berlin (11.–13.09) the group exhibition K60 will see Reinickendorf’s Wilhelm Hallen open to the public for the first time (from 06.09. 12h). See you there! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Tanja Wagner, Andy Kassier & Felicity Hammond)
Some events require registration and tickets – check the relevant gallery websites or for Berlin Art Week the online program.
What is it like to be a gallerist or a collector? If Art Week has got you curious about how the art world works, let Office Impart give you an insider glimpse. Founded by Johanna Neuschäffer and Anne Schwanz in 2018, this “gallery 2.0” isn’t a physical space with regular exhibitions, but rather an initiator of networks and collaborations amongst artists, venues and collectors. Their latest partnership is an exclusive invite-only gallery tour (12.09.2020) in partnership with Berlin Art Week featuring insights into how to begin an art collection. Part of the Good to Talk discourse series, the tour meets at Galerie Tanja Wagner and ends up at the giant industrial hall of Berlin Decks in Moabit for a collectors talk. But there’s more: within the hall you will also find Office Impart’s very own exhibition, Zugunsten der Gegend (6.–20.09.), bringing together works by Christian August, Susanne Bonowicz, Lena Marie Emrich and Moritz Neuhoff plus an outdoor installation from the Klub7 collective. Each artist presents ideas about cities both as built structures and social spaces – the perfect end to a day of artistic discovery. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Otto Felber, Office Impart)
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Office Impart at Berlin Decks, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 16–21, 13353 Berlin–Moabit; map
The exhibition Zugunsten der Gegend runs 6.–20.09.2020 at Berlin Decks. For visiting times check the event page.
German-Jewish history is complex, often painful, and always emotionally charged. The task of telling it and depicting Jewish life as it is lived today in Berlin and throughout Germany is equally challenging and essential, especially given the rising levels of anti-Semitic and racist violence. The Jewish Museum in Berlin, the largest in Europe, has always been aware of this responsibility. Like the building by the US architect Daniel Libeskind himself, the museum is a place of fragmentation, where memory and future find their equal place. The new permanent exhibition achieves the balancing act between history, tradition, and the present: the historical tour describes the journey of the Jewish community from its first geographical location in Germany to the everyday life of German Jews today. Jewish traditions become not only tangible but also accessible: A veil of colorful chain links separates Jewish everyday life from the holy Shabbat. Well-known Jewish personalities such as “colorful pop stars” present themselves in the Hall of Fame, including publicist Hannah Arendt, ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss and women’s rights activist Bertha Pappenheim. The new exhibition manages to do justice to the complexity of Jewish life by bringing together different historical aspects and giving the present the space it deserves. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Credits: Jüdisches Museum Berlin / Photos: Maerz, Sucksdorff)
Core Exhibition: Jewish Life in Germany: Past & Present
Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstr.9–14, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Time for a culture holiday? Why not head to Zehlendorf, where Haus am Waldsee is dedicating the exhibition Barkow Leibinger – Revolutions of Choice to the American-German architecture firm founded by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger. On arrival at the beautiful 1920s villa you are guided in between two concrete walls to the exhibition’s center in the sculpture park, where you find the pavilion that was first built in 2016 as a “Summer House” for London’s Serpentine Gallery. In the lower part of the house, the diversity of the duo’s sculptural and often experimental concepts becomes apparent, the result of more than 20 years of collaboration. Since founding their Berlin office in 1993, the two architects have realized numerous projects around the world, including the Biosphere in Potsdam and the Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago. Barkow Leibinger are part of a generation that continually question the norms of architecture through artistic approaches and the development of new materials. On 29.08.2020 you can join Barkow Leibinger for a symposium & artist dinner where the pair will discuss their approach to materials and experimental building. (Text & Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin–Zehlendorf; map
Barkow Leibinger – Revolutions of Choice runs until 04.10.2020.
Event: full-day symposium (Saturday 29.08.2020, 11–18h) with Barkow Leibinger including dinner with the artists at 19h. Register by email.