Mashup alert! Daimler Contemporary goes contemporary by Johanna Thompson Josef Albers, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Krysten Cunningham, Gene Davis, Adolf Richard Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Marcia Hafif, Peter Halley, Frederick Hammersley, Michael Heizer, Al Held, Nic Hess, Alexander Liberman, Sylvan Lionni, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, David Novros, Amish People, Robert Ryman, Tom Sachs, Oli Sihvonen, John Tremblay, Larry Zox at Daimler Chrysler Collection: Daimler Contemporary
October 17th - March 16th, 2014
Despite its prime Potsdamer Platz location in one of the busiest and most central areas of Berlin, the Daimler Collection remains a bit of a secret, brilliantly hidden in plain sight. To find it one must avoid getting sucked into the nearby shopping mall, multiplex theatre, or one of the uncountable restaurants. Look for Haus Huth, the only remaining historical building at Potsdamer Platz. A doorman will let you in. Take the elevator to the top and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a quiet s... [more]
Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine
Mara Goldwyn on the new zine-makers of today
Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zi... [more]
Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zines.[i]
I smiled a bit haughtily; this somehow brought me back to my teens and early twenties, when I never quite... [more]
Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True
Mara Goldwyn on the recent resurgence in art- and self-publishing in the art world
Let me tell you about a dream I had.
It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode, words began to lose their meaning. The word “lunch,” for example, became “dinosaur,” and by the end of the day, there was s... [more]
The phenomenon of collecting loses its meaning as it loses its personal owner. –Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking my Library”
Every artist should have a cheap line. It keeps art ordinary. –John Baldessari
Let me tell you about a dream I had.
It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode... [more]
It’s been years since photographer Thomas Ruff has taken a picture in the traditional sense – set the aperture, press the shutter release, develop the film. For most of his career, Ruff’s work has consisted of altering images he’s dug up everywhere, from the archives of NASA to Internet porn sites. In his latest series, Ruff disregards the camera’s role in the photography process altogether.
In photograms, now on display at Johnen Galerie in Mitte, Ruff champions the... [more]
Berlin’s contemporary art scene induces a headiness not recommended for those lacking stamina. We’ve only recently moved on from the monstrously huge offerings of Berlin Art Week, Berliner Liste, and Preview Berlin. Meanwhile, with its constellation of galleries – from Prenzlauer Berg to Neukölln – it sometimes feels like Berlin bequeaths a cynical gaze of see all-seen all to the regular gallery visitor with cold curatorial formations framing the city’s famous r... [more]
Sibylla Dumke is showing for the third time in the gallery Cruise&Callas. For some time now her work has been quite intuitive having been inspired by the fragments of nature and products of civilization. At the current solo show she installed a scenario where the opposing elements are combined together. Collected branches are tinted by Japan Ink. Consequently, her objects are captured and held together by black colour.
The artist’s 'Mumifying’ has several layers of meaning which a... [more]
In a grey winter dressed in Berlin black, David Shrigley’s miniature exhibition at oftentimes collaborator BQ Berlin is a sweet treat, embodying a vibrancy and playfulness fitting for the new Turner Prize candidate. For the uninitiated, the Scotsman’s work targets the absurd in the mundane, exposing the hypocrisy or frivolity underlying everyday norms through blunt aphoristic phraseology, an OCD eye for the off-putting detail, and weird childish doodles. You can say that he acts the... [more]
Germane Mission by Bryndís Björnsdóttir Adel Abidin, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altindere, Fikret Atay, Maja Bajevic, Rosa Barba, Andrea Faciu & Florin Bobu, Claus Böhmler, Candice Breitz, Jae Eun Choi, Sunah Choi, Braco Dimitrijevic, Maria Eichhorn, Ayşe Erkmen, Johanna Adebäck & Merve Ertufan, Asta Gröting, Mona Hatoum, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Christian Jankowski, Annika Kahrs, Gulsun Karamustafa, Ali Kazma, Kimsooja, Jarosław Kozłowski, Alicja Kwade, Jonas Mekas, Olaf Metzel, Bjørn Nørgaard, Ahmet Ögüt, Sener Özmen, Dan Perjovschi, Sonja Rentsch, Mario Rizzi, Michael Sailstorfer, Anri Sala, Sarkis, Superflex, Cengiz Tekin, Hale Tenger, Rasa Todosijevic, Endre Tót, Thu Van Tran, Rosemarie Trockel, Nasan Tur, Lawrence Weiner, Maaria Wirkkala at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
September 8th - November 3rd
An unanswered question a day keeps the doctor away or something on those terms. The apple, if you will, of art seems to be the never-ending meditations on its existence, value, and purpose in the form of the unanswered question: What is art? Curator René Block hits us up with this query once again with The Unanswered Question. İskele2, a cooperative exhibition between TANAS and n.b.k. in Berlin. The exhibition serves as a farewell gesture to TANAS, a non-commercial project space, as it clos... [more]
BERLIN ART WEEK: AN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR
September in Berlin with Max Nesterak
Taken as a whole, Berlin Art Week – a week of art fairs, exhibition openings, special projects, and art events, now in its second year – is both self-referential and outward looking. Its large exhibitions, together, weave a narrative of art emerging from Berlin, affecting and being affected by constant multicultural discourse. This year, the implicit international scope comes to the fore... [more]
Taken as a whole, Berlin Art Week – a week of art fairs, exhibition openings, special projects, and art events, now in its second year – is both self-referential and outward looking. Its large exhibitions, together, weave a narrative of art emerging from Berlin, affecting and being affected by constant multicultural discourse. This year, the implicit international scope comes to the fore with a critical awareness of Berlin's position as a major international hub for cross-cultural a... [more]
This is an interview with French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot on the occasion of his exhibition Presences at Galerie Mario Mazzoli in Berlin, Germany. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a French artist and composer who creates acoustic installations. The exhibition Presences introduces the author’s innovative works relating to sound and object. Mark Gisbourne, the curator of the show, put together the exhibition from a variety of installations, oder and newer work. The centerpiece of t... [more]
Circus Act by Bryndís Björnsdóttir Mathieu K. Abonnenc, David Maljkovic, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Jan Verwoert, CAREY YOUNG, Katarina Zdjèlar at CIRCUS
August 24th - September 22nd
Run away and join the circus.
The common expression implies an act of removing oneself from the confinements of society's rules and prohibitions. Its connotations suggest the sort of outskirts-of-society feeling of the industrial environment in which Berlin’s Circus gallery is located. At the Outset, the gallery’s current exhibition, seems to have found its home. Conceived by the Rotterdam-based artist Katarina Zdjelar, the exhibition suggests the potential for the “reinvention and r... [more]
Knock on wood and you stave away bad luck. The saying entails a performative act: interact with an everyday object and you, the subject, are protected. The exhibition frm vs fnctn nd bck gn at neugerriemschneider gallery presents reflections on one's relation to the material world. Its point of departure is "the creative confrontation with everyday objects” and it features artists Ai Weiwei, Pawel Althamer, Olafur Eliasson, Isa Genzken, Sharon Lockhart, Renata Lucas, Jorge Pardo, Simon Starli... [more]
To mark the centenary of Meret Oppenheim’s birth in Berlin on October 6, 2013, the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin is dedicating a first major retrospective to the artist. Oppenheim became famous with her work “Le Déjeuner en fourrure” (1936), a teacup, saucer and spoon that the artist covered with fur. The Fur Cup is one of the masterpieces of Surrealist art and is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Meret Oppenheim created works that combined different materials in a playful and humorous way.
The exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau in... [more]