THE STREETS AS A GALLERY — COUNTERING LOCKDOWN BLUES WITH OUTDOOR ART ALL ACROSS BERLIN

THE STREETS AS A GALLERY — COUNTERING LOCKDOWN BLUES WITH OUTDOOR ART ALL ACROSS BERLIN

With museums closed and this year’s Gallery Weekend taking place partly online, more and more artists are bringing their works into public spaces. First up, Bjørn Melhus has created an intervention to counter Corona blues: from Friday to Sunday, he will send an SOS light signal into the night sky from the north tower of Frankfurter Tor between 21 and 22h, with neighbors invited to show their solidarity and send Morse code back. Meanwhile, the project space Open in Wedding is showing a video and sound installation from Mischa Leinkauf focusing on the welcome idea of the light at the end of the tunnel by transforming a shop window into a screen every evening between 20h and0h. Over in Prenzlauer Berg 40 artists have transformed their windows and balconies into temporary exhibition spaces from Friday to Sunday. Back this year for its second round, the initiative not only encourages people to take a walk, but asks them to rethink the history and image of Berlin’s northern neighborhood. Meanwhile, artists Nicole Janze and Andreas Uehlein are highlighting the plight of both art spaces and the hospitality sector: for their “Geisterkiez” piece the pair have created a scenic installation in the window of the Uebereck pub.

Head over to Kreuzberg and you can transport yourself to the skies above Brazil with the billboard works by Ana Hupe, Barbara Marcel and Matheus Rocha Pitta that are visible on the platform of the U1 station at Kottbusser Tor. The trio’s Südstellium series of pictures use the sky as a device for exploring colonialism, exploitation and environmental damage. Also offering commentary on man’s destruction of nature is artist Gil Shachar, who has made a cast of a 14-meter-long humpback whale that was stranded on a beach in South Africa in 2018 and displayed it inside the St. Elisabeth in Mitte. Over at the inner courtyard of KW, a short sound-based tribute to German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg can be heard daily at 12 noon. And finally, artist Anne-Lise Coste’s visual poetry is on show at the exhibition room of the Institut français in Charlottenburg and offers a little bit of hope with the words “Nous danserons” – “we will dance”. Let’s hope we will be…

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: Gil Shachar “The Cast Whale Project”, St. Elisabeth; Melhus 2021 “Tower to the People SOS”; Project space by Amélie Esterházy “Open Berlin” / Photos: Artland Sarah Kivi, Courtesy of Semjon Contemporary

LOQI Tower, Frankfurter Tor, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Bjørn Melhus, Tower to the People: SOS – Save Our Souls, 30.4.–2.05.2021, daily 21–22h.

Open, Prinzenallee 35, 13359 Berlin–Wedding; map
Mischa Leinkauf, Down is Up, Inside is Outside, until 30.05.2021, 20–24h.

Various balconies and windows in Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
The Balconies 2 – Scratching the Surface, 30.04.–2.05.2021, Fri 16–19h, Sat + Sun 12–19h

Uebereck, Prenzlauer Allee 47, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Geisterkiez: a scenic installation at Uebereck, 30.04.2021, 20h30

U1 Kottbusser Tor, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Südstellium, until 20.05.2021, 24h

St. Elisabeth, Invalidenstr.3, Berlin–Mitte; map
Gil Shachar, Cast Whale Project, until 14.05.2021, daily 11–20h

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Susan Philipsz, Rosa, 2002/2021, daily 12h

Institut français, Kurfürstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Anne-Lise Coste, Nous Danserons, at Les Vitrines, until 11.07.2021, 24h

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