One more night’s sleep and it’s back: the weekend! And if the week has been too busy to make any decent plans, here are five ideas to make the weekend a little more delicious, more interesting and more enjoyable. Tomorrow evening, for instance, with the opening of the summer: Lukas Städler’s first solo show “Ouvertüre” at Dittrich & Schlechtriem shows intimate images full of clear rawness yet without voyeurism. It will be predictably crowded and fun and the subsequent after-party in the Marmorbar, which will be thrown with KW, the Kunstwerke from Auguststraße, should remind you there is a reason why people are celebrating here: Jimmy De Sana, Paul P., Lukas Städler (even if the latter is still at the beginning of his career) the triad deliver on content and quality. So don’t forget the art for all the wine and spritzers! If you’re wandering through the city center, don’t miss Fashion Week. And where better to look at people and their clothes on a slow Saturday morning than at the Berliner Salon? This time, up-and-coming designs are presented particularly beautifully in the Bode Museum. At Platte around the corner, Next Gen is hosting a pop-up exhibiting up-and-coming fashion designers until 13.07.2024. Maybe you’ll find the perfect pieces for this hot girl summer.

If you’re thirsty for classic Spritz and sandwiches after all this innovation, you find it in the culinary Bermuda Triangle between Gitschinerstrasse, Lindenstrasse and Ritterstrasse. Bark Berlin have breathed new life into the restaurant of the Berlinische Galerie, Café Dix — it’s about time, as there are few places as urban yet quiet as the yellow-patterned museum forecourt and thus finally a reason to linger after visiting an exhibition (currently the fantastic Akinbode Akinbiyi). The art and culture follows through on Saturday as Meyer Riegger launches the photo book “Salvation” and “Quotations from Jimmy De Sana” by the moving photo artist at 17h at Lübbener Str. 14. Sundays are perfectly spent at Sofi, the bakery with the best cheese sandwiches in town (cheese, butter, nothing else). They’ll be hosting a small pop-up with writer and recipe developer Devan Grimsrud. From 13h, there will be two different Italo-American sandwiches, drinks and strawberry cake — Oh life couldn’t be better.

Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Lukas Staedler, Giulia Parisi & René Lohse / Credit: VG Bild, Kunst, Bonn, Germany

Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Linienstr.23, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Lukas Städler “Ouvertüre” until 10.08.2024. Opening 05.07. 17–21h with a performance by Franka Marlene Foth at 19h30

Marmorbar, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 3, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg, map
Afterparty with KW Institute for Contemporary Art from 21h

Berliner Salon, Bodemuseum, Am Kupfergraben, 10178 Berlin–Mitte, map
Until 07.07.2024

Next Gen Pop-up, Platte Concept Space, Memhardstr.8, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Until 13.07.2024

Café Dix in der Berlinischen Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124-128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map 

B Books, Lübbener Str.14, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg, map
Book Launch: Salvation and Quotations from Jimmy DeSana 06.07.2024 from 17h

Sofi x Devan Grimsrud Pop-up, Sophienstr.21, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map