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VIDEO ART OPEN AIR OR ARTIST TALK IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM? EXPERIENCE BOTH AT THE FOOTBALL CULTURE SUMMER: JONAS WEBER HERRERA’S VIDEO ESSAYS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

VIDEO ART OPEN AIR OR ARTIST TALK IN FRONT OF THE MUSEUM? EXPERIENCE BOTH AT THE FOOTBALL CULTURE SUMMER: JONAS WEBER HERRERA’S VIDEO ESSAYS AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

Few art formats are as beautiful as the summer open-air video art screenings at the Berlinische Galerie, which have been taking place for several years in collaboration with “Mobile Kino” on the yellow field of letters under the starry Kreuzberg sky. With soccer fever having broken out in Germany, Berlin in particular, it’s hardly surprising that this year’s video works have been influenced by it, and are being organized as part of the “Fußballkultursommer” program in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin. As always, the event will be presented by Jung und Artig, the Berlinische Galerie’s young friends. The new screening season will open on 26.06.2024 with works and an artist talk by Jonas Weber Herrera, who holds a doctorate in media art. “Torso As A Principle” and “Vacío (Void)” are the titles of the works shown after an artist talk with director Thomas Köhler.

While “Vacío” delves into family biography on a small scale and the political history of Colombia on a large scale, touching on disappeared opposition members, state terror, soccer, and protest — and thus addressing far more than sport, “Torso As A Principle” shifts the focus to the medium of film and the historical concept of the production of physical completeness. In his subtle video essays, Weber Herrera draws on found footage, which is given new contexts through montage, comments, statements, and critical observations, thereby developing his unique visual language. The evening starts at 19h30 with drinks, is free, and is open to all — in other words, the perfect utopia for art, soccer, and summer in the city. There will also be a screening on 30.08.: Open Air Video Art & Artist Talk with Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photo: Pauline Ruther / Film Stills: Jonas Weber Herrera

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

Open Air Video Art & Artist Talk with Jonas Weber Herrera 26.06.2024 19h30–23h 

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@berlinischegalerie
@jonasweberherrera
@fussballkultursommer.berlin

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VENTURING THROUGH CITIES: AKINBODE AKINBIYI AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

VENTURING THROUGH CITIES: AKINBODE AKINBIYI AT BERLINISCHE GALERIE

Akinbode Akinbiyi wanted to become a writer. He studied literature in England and Germany. But today, he writes with his camera. His photographs flow out of him like words when he captures unfiltered, everyday life on the streets — from Berlin to Brasília to Bamako. In front of Akinbiyi’s Rolleiflex, all people and motifs are equally important and worth capturing. He does not look for grand monuments or gestures, he does not stage them. He sees the city through the eyes of everyday people, not the 1%. Between the curb and the front of the building, between the marketplace and the crosswalk, he finds what makes you look ahead. Akinbiyi is a pedestrian among pedestrians who pulls you along with him. Having grown up between London and Lagos, Akinbiyi has called Berlin his home since 1991. The time has come for the city to exhibit him in his first solo exhibition in Germany — and the Berlinische Galerie is doing just that as part of its award of the Hannah-Höch-Prize 2024.

The museum is showing 120 photographs from various series, some of which span several decades. Follow Akinbiyi through urban canyons and along sidewalks, immersing yourself in familiar and distant areas. In “Lagos: All Roads”, he traces the development of the growing metropolis in the 1980s, while in “Black Spirituality” he examines the significance of religion for the Brazilian diaspora. The smells of dusty asphalt, street parties, and subway shafts emanate from his pictures, which he captures predominantly in black and white. They are poetic images that have political undertones, as in his series on the African Quarter in Wedding. The photos can be read like stories, full of metaphors and criticism of colonialism and racism.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Wilton

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

Akinbode Akinbiyi: Being, Seeing, Wandering – Hannah-Höch-Prize 2024, until 14.10.2024.

@akinbodeakinbiyi
@berlinischegalerie

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RAP WORKSHOPS, THEMED TOURS, VR AND ARABIC FOOD — OPEN DAY AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE

RAP WORKSHOPS, THEMED TOURS, VR AND ARABIC FOOD — OPEN DAY AT THE DOCUMENTATION CENTRE

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history – at least that’s what Hegel once said. If you need convincing that the philosopher was wrong, you’ll find ample evidence at the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation near Potsdamer Platz. This exhibition space on 20th and 21st century forced migrations is living proof that we can, when we put our minds to it, draw lessons from the past. In case you aren’t looking to make a philosophical point but just want a fun and good day out, may we recommend the Centre’s open day next Sunday (23.06.2024) where rap workshops, guided tours, VR experiences and other cool things await. The packed program – free to attend – has been curated in partnership with the United Nations Refugee Agency and incorporates the Centre’s 1500 square meter permanent exhibit of objects, documents and photographs covering the migrations of the first and second world wars plus more recent upheavals like Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s and Syria today. Special open day tours of the collection include “Strong and Vulnerable – Women in Displacement” and “Moving Images – Photographs of Displacement and Expulsion”. Younger visitors are also catered for, with kids guided walkarounds and workshops like “Body Percussion” and “Rap connects!”, register at gruppen@f-v-v.de). Once you’ve had your fill of fun, head down to the Centre‘s foyer where restaurant Kreuzberger Himmel will be serving up Arabic goodies. Check out the full program and start unearthing the many lessons from history – the unprecedented times that we are living through require nothing less…

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Juliane Eichler, Markus Gröteke / SFVV

Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation, Stresemannstr.90, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

The Open Day takes place 23.06.2024, 11–18h30 (no ticket required)

@flverver

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A PRUSSIAN CASTLE, AN ENGLISH GARDEN AND ENDLESS CULTURE — IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SUMMER PROGRAM AT CASTLE NEUHARDENBERG

A PRUSSIAN CASTLE, AN ENGLISH GARDEN AND ENDLESS CULTURE — IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SUMMER PROGRAM AT CASTLE NEUHARDENBERG

Leaving Berlin from time to time is always a good idea, especially in summer. If you travel in a north-easterly direction, you’ll eventually arrive at the Castle Neuhardenberg. The Prussian-classical ensemble lies contently in the sun, a few grasshoppers chirp nearby, it smells of freshly cut grass. The palace building, side wings, orangery, distillery and Schinkel church spread across the grounds, held together by one of Brandenburg’s most beautiful English-style gardens. Now in the hands of a foundation, the rooms house a hotel, various restaurants, an informative exhibition on the location’s history, and plenty of space for culture. For example, the group exhibition for the 21st Brandenburg Art Prize will open in the exhibition hall on 16.06.2024 and the “Ins Freie” festival attracts visitors to stylish open-air events. And what events they are! Whether it’s a reading of the Yasmina Reza classic “God of Carnage” performed by four actors (with the haunting voice of Maria Schrader and gentle tone of Samuel Finzi), a concert by former small change princess Dota Kehr and the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, or the veteran of German political song, Konstantin Wecker, the program is exciting, high-quality and varied. One of the highlights is the evening “Cinema meets Cuisine” curated by former Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick, which combines dinner, concert, talk and film.

It’s all about enjoyment and sensuality. The movie “The Taste of Things” by Vietnamese-born French director Trần Anh Hùng starring Juliette Binoche, chansons performed by the great Burghart Klaußner and French specialties in the rose garden will take center stage. Preceded by celebrity chefs Eckart Witzigmann and Stephan Hentschel discussing French cuisine. And when the sun has set, the last glass of champagne has been emptied and Berlin simply seems far too far away, you’ll be lucky to find a fresh hotel bed just a few steps away.

Text: Alina Herbel / Photos: Fotokraftwerk, Toma Babovic, movie still “The Taste of Things”

Schloss Neuhardenberg, Schinkelplatz 1–8, 15320 Neuhardenberg; map
Find the full program here.

@schlossneuhardenberg

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HANS BALUSCHEK AT THE BRÖHAN MUSEUM: BERLIN BETWEEN SPIRITUALISM AND SOCIAL CRITICISM

HANS BALUSCHEK AT THE BRÖHAN MUSEUM: BERLIN BETWEEN SPIRITUALISM AND SOCIAL CRITICISM

The painter Hans Baluschek was known for his critical view of Berlin’s society around 1900. He kept to the fringes of society and portrayed city dwellers, workers and the poor who were scarred by life. The staunch social democrat never showed off his models. Almost lovingly, he let the shady street corners and the figures who inhabited them shine in the light of street lamps and cigarette burns. The Bröhan Museum is now showing a side of Baluschek that has remained in the dark, until now. In the unembellished scenes of Berlin’s working class, enigmatic details repeatedly appear that move beyond the typical realism of the time. The exhibition shows that, although Baluschek painted truthfully on the surface, he alluded to spiritualism and witchcraft between the layers of paint. Following the curators’ line of interpretation, there is a second world behind the harsh reality and misery.

At first glance, his painting “Families can make coffee here” may seem like a familiar excursion scene from back then. The title of the painting is a reference to an old Berlin custom that appealed to guests from the working class and petit bourgeoisie. They brought their ground coffee and food and only paid for borrowed crockery, milk and hot water. However, if you know about Baluschek’s interest in the occult, you cannot help but see the scene in a new light. Aren’t the ladies a little reminiscent of witches mixing potions and tinctures? Or is this even a case of fortune-telling from the coffee grounds? Baluschek has left many hints and conspicuous features in his work. The exhibition offers new possibilities for interpretation and thus achieves something remarkable: it exhibits a familiar painter in an entirely new light.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Martin Adam / Credit: Hans Baluschek, Bröhan-Museum, Berlin

Bröhan-Museum, Schloßstr.1a., 14059 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Secret Codes. Hans Baluschek’s Painting Re-Read! until 01.09.2024

@broehan_museum

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