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20151102103202-photo_by_nicolas_buenaventura How to Get a Seat in Ai Weiwei's Coveted Class in Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/30/15

Ai Weiwei is now a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. So when you stop him for a selfie on the streets of the German capital—or when you spot him somewhere collecting Lego—be sure to holler “Professor Weiwei!” The Chinese artist spoke at a press conference this week confirming his guest teaching position, which starts November 1 and will run until 2018. He kicks off his Einstein Visiting Professorship with a public lecture which is open to the public and will be streamed live—even faculty work on weekends, it seems. Image: Nadja Sayej The artist s... [more]

20151014155421-png2015_presse_st_1 Uttering "Other": Across Berlin Slavs and Tatars Parse Language and Difference   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/14/15

Raised plastic titles display Arabic lettering. The text is slightly enlarged so that it imitates brail—raised to suggest that the shapes could be read with hands—turning texture into thought. A red exclamation point disrupts the script—a western interruption bordering on fusion. These are some of the constructed artifacts on display in the Preis der Nationalgalerie exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof by the collective Slavs and Tatars, who were nominated for this year’s award. Th... [more]

20150922143057-xenopolis02 Berlin's City-Themed Blockbuster Falls Short with a Pessimistic Look at Urban Living   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Laurence Bonvin, Loris Cecchini, Theo Eshetu, Mwangi Hutter, Anri Sala, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank September 16th - November 8th
Posted 9/22/15

The city is a cosmic place. It is home, playground, office, and dreamland all in one. Stadt/Bild: Image of a City is the second time four Berlin institutions have collaborated in their contemporary art program. The project, initiated and funded by the city of Berlin, is part of the city’s pursuit of prestige events that draw attention to Berlin Art Week and its commercial epicenter, the abc art fair. Two years ago, Painting Forever! was thought banal and unexciting but successful enough (i... [more]

20150914103031-xchange_main3_1024px Greater than the Sum: Berlin's Indie Project Spaces Share Ideas and Venues for XCHANGE Festival   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/14/15

Independent project spaces have an inherently tenuous nature. But don’t misinterpret that as an inadequacy. Often working within more confines than their established gallery and institutional counterparts, project spaces leverage their upstart spirit by converting restricted budget, resources, and square meters into an enticing enthusiasm that yields lively results. Project Space Festival is proof positive of this resourcefulness. Recently, it’s hit its stride in maximizing the potentia... [more]

20150914184627-png2015_presse_st_2 Nationalgalerie Preis Exhibition Focuses on Mediation and Interdisciplinary Practice   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Christian Falsnaes, Florian Hecker, Anne Imhof, Slavs and Tatars at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart September 11th - January 17th, 2016
Posted 9/14/15

The first edition of Germany’s Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2000 included three of today’s most well known Berlin-based artists: Olafur Eliasson, Katharina Grosse and Christian Jankowski. Strangely, the fourth nominee and that year’s winner, Dirk Skreber, has had less shows since 2000 than the four nominees for the 2015 Preis der Nationalgalerie. Museum award competitions give artists considerable amount of exposure in the media and tend to catapult the artists’ careers, their market... [more]

20150913175438-unnamed-2 Five Unmissable Shows During Berlin Art Week   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/13/15

Now in its fourth year, Berlin Art Week is fast becoming a fixture in the German capital’s art scene. While blockbuster exhibition Stadt/Bild is taking over four of the main art institutions, the week is also a moment for smaller galleries, project spaces, and non-profits to shine. And then, of course, there are the art fairs: Art Berlin Contemporary and platforms for emerging art, Positions and Liste. Ubiquitous at any major art event these days, there are also a vast number of talks, panel discussions and one-off tours, but it&rs... [more]

20150911222352-arena_berlin_badeschiff Berlin Art Week Preview: A Quick Guide   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/10/15

Berlin Art Week starts on Tuesday and features seven different locations around the city of Berlin. As always, it's a celebration of the diversity of spaces and artistic practices that the European artistic capital has become known for. If you need a hotel room for Berlin Art Week, visit On this website you will find a selection of affordable hotel rooms in stadtmitte Berlin. Below is a quick preview of the best events during Berlin Art Week: Neue Nationalgaler... [more]

20150909145007-somos The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 9/9/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. This summer, we're seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the fourth st... [more]

20150624090330-kw_fire_and_forget_photo_timo_ohler_03 Fire and Forget: Artists Respond to Modern Warfare   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Marina Abramovic, Ron Amir, Roy Brand, James Bridle, Luis Camnitzer, Mircea Cantor, Joan Castro, Marcelo Cidade, Jem Cohen, Martin Dammann, Chto Delat, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, FRANK&ROBBERT/ROBBERT&FRANK, Daniil Galkin, and Keren Yeala Golan, Rudolf Herz, Damien Hirst, Clara Ianni, Emily Jacir, Hunter Jonakin, Joachim Koester, Korpys/Löffler, Barbara Kruger, Armin Linke, Robert Longo, Jazmin Lopez, Kris Martin, Michael Müller, Timo Nasseri, NEOZOON, Katja Novitskova, Tal R, Pipilotti Rist, André ROBILLARD, Julian Röder, Henning Rogge, Martha Rosler, Hrair Sarkissian, Ori Scialom, Timur Si-Qin, Santiago Sierra, Javier Téllez, Ulay, Julius von Bismarck, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing, He Xiangyu, Amir Yatziv, Ala Younis at KW Institute for Contemporary Art June 14th - August 30th
Posted 6/24/15

Entering Fire and Forget. On Violence, the viewer passes through two of the four rotating gates in Daniil Galkin’s installation Tourniquet. Beyond this eerie passage, a provocative text speculates on the impact of technology on modern warfare. Its thesis can be characterized as follows: since modern technology has largely emancipated warriors from a traditional active sense of duty—allowing them to literally fire and forget—does this change in confrontation halt the production and inev... [more]

20150601125617-02_elaine_sturtevant_lichtenstein_laughing_cat The Prescient Plagiarist: Sturtevant’s Works on Paper   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Elaine Sturtevant at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart May 30th - August 23rd
Posted 6/1/15

It’s often said that originality is simply undetected plagiarism. In the past couple of years, several major art institutions and museums have revisited the work of American artist Elaine Frances Sturtevant (1924–2014), known simply as Sturtevant, who was both as original as they come, but also a well-known plagiarist. Recent exhibitions include Double Trouble at the MoMA, New York City, and MOCA, Los Angeles (2014–2015), Leaps Jumps and Bumps at the Serpentine Gallery (2013), and Image O... [more]

20150523134830-dsc_0839__1024x687___1_ Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez Receive Amnesty International Honor   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/23/15

For the first time, Amnesty International awarded their annual Ambassador of Conscience Award to a visual artist. Ai Weiwei received the international honor, which was presented at an award ceremony Thursday night at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, in absentia. The artist can’t leave China, being under government surveillance and having his passport revoked. In place, he designated London’s Tate Modern curator Chris Dercon to accept the award on his behalf. The award is devoted to... [more]

20150429160659-mg_3634_mirza_butler_-_unreliable_narrator_-_waterside_contemporary Gallery Weekend Berlin Preview: The Unreliable Narrator at Campagne Première   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler at Campagne Première Berlin May 2nd - June 27th
Posted 4/29/15

Truth is complicated. We live in a world bombarded by coded messages that urge us to perk up, pay attention, take sides, and weed out those that are trustworthy from those that are less so. In film, television, print, and online we are in a constant state of self-definition: this is us, that is them. We define ourselves against a backdrop of trusted leaders, voices, guides, and influencers. But ultimately, how can you tell the truth? How can you tell the truth? As part of this year’s Gallery... [more]

20150402101039-ks_and_jb Kill Your Gallerist! Art for All!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Joseph Beuys, Dieter Hacker, Nam June Paik, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, Group Show, Klaus Staeck at Akademie der Künste - Hanseatenweg March 18th - June 7th
Posted 4/2/15

Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Rosemarie Trockel, and Christo are just some of the artists included in the exhibition at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste in under the slogan Kunst Für Alle (“Art for All”). The comprehensive show encompasses over 300 works by more than 150 artists from the Klaus Staeck collection. Stefan Wewerka, Homburger, 1970. ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015. Photo: Roman März Lawyer, graphic artist, political rabble-rouser, artwork publisher a... [more]

20150217131214-michelberger The Freelance Cafe Guide: Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/17/15

You know who I'm talking about: sipping the dregs of an hour-cold flat white, hidden amidst a fortress of MacBooks and Moleskines, using a public cafe as their own personal workspace. Yeah, you've see them—you may even be one of them. And I confess to you: I too am one of those people. It wasn't always like this. I used to rent a studio space. It was cold, smelled of fish (from the market below) and the WiFi was more selective than the bouncers at Berghain. More and more often, I found myself... [more]

20150204181831-groupshow_4a If the films are the walls, what are the windows?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Ozlem Atlin, Lynda Benglis, Peter Coffin, Richard Hawkins, André Kertész, Manuela Leinhoß, Ann Lislegaard, Henrik Olesen, Harry Sanderson at carlier | gebauer January 31st - March 14th
Posted 2/4/15

It’s laid out like an obstacle course of sensory imagination—works mindfully scattered throughout the space, hung on walls, towering like disembodied limbs amidst the void, protruding from their designated places threatening to shape shift. In conjunction with the German premiere of British filmmaker Emily Wardill’s When You Fall into a Trance at carlier | gebauer, the artist has curated an adjacent group show in conversation with curator Jesi Khadivi, who joined carlier | ge... [more]

20150202123223-16394932031_4b205182f1_k Transmediale Festival's 2015 Exhibitions Bring Artist Labor and Bodies into Focus   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Haus der Kulturen der Welt January 28th - February 1st
Posted 2/2/15

“There is a lot of freedom to being a freelancer,” once said journalist Don Gibb. “You get to work any 13 hours of the day you like.” The same can be said for any self-employed entrepreneur—including artists. Much is to be learned from this year’s “Capture All" edition of Transmediale, the annual digital art festival famous for its screenings, performances, exhibitions, and conference that hash out media art every year in Berlin. This year the festival's ma... [more]

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