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Gallery Weekend Berlin Special Edition: THE Gallery to Start Your Weekend, Artist Initiatives in Wedding   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/1/14

Themes & Variations: A Gallery Weekend Primer Get your Weekend started with a trio of shows whose themes echo throughout the city's exhibition programs. Guy Parker is on the scene. Gallery Weekend Berlin is back for its tenth anniversary with fifty galleries showing over sixty artists. Including the talks, peripheral events, and shows there’s a veritable tidal wave of art crashing over the Hauptstadt this weekend. Getting a piece of the action should be no problem, right? All that's req... [more]

20140430175736-the_gym Beyond the White Cube: The Thriving Arts Community in Wedding   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/30/14

Gallery Weekend offers an impressive lineup of some of the most successful and provocative artists represented by Berlin galleries. The exhibitions effectively target the international audience of curators and collectors who descend on the city for the three-day event. But the vibrancy of Berlin’s contemporary art scene is not concentrated solely in the Gallery Weekend’s official program. More than a commercial center for contemporary art, Berlin is also a vital site for its creation... [more]

20140429155026-fischli_weiss Themes and Variations: A Gallery Weekend Primer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Fischli, David Weiss at Sprüth Magers Berlin May 2nd - August 30th
Posted 4/29/14

Gallery Weekend Berlin is back for its tenth anniversary with fifty galleries showing over sixty artists. Including the talks, peripheral events, and shows there’s a veritable tidal wave of art crashing over the Hauptstadt this weekend. Getting a piece of the action should be no problem, right? All that's required in way of preparation is a good breakfast and a pair of overpriced sneakers for all that perambulation flitting between venues, soaking up as much culcha as you can manage. But... [more]

20140416105143-gordon_matta-clark_films_installation_views_galerie_thomas_schulte__berlin__april_5-may17__2014_4 Documenting Impermanence: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gordon Matta-Clark at Galerie Thomas Schulte April 5th - May 17th
Posted 4/16/14

“Why hang things on a wall when the wall itself is so much more a challenging medium?” —Gordon Matta-Clark With the term conceptual art so much a part of our everyday language these days it’s sometimes possible to forget what motivated the early conceptual artists to adopt it. One of the key objectives of conceptual art was to subvert the artwork as a singular unique object, a fetishized commodity suited to ownership and trade. A painted image can be owned, assigned val... [more]

20140411061423-tower7 Withdrawal Symptoms: Public Space, Capital, and Boycotting the Biennales   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alice Creischer, Oliver Marchart, Simon Sheikh, Sarah Vanhee, Joanna Warsza at HAU Hebbel am Ufer April 4th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 4/11/14

On Friday, April 4th, a conversation about Art in the Public Sphere was held at HAU, Berlin, between Alice Creischer, Oliver Marchart, Simon Sheikh, Sarah Vanhee, and Joanna Warsza, moderated by Helmut Draxler. The evening was a part of HAU's Phantasm and Politics series, and discussion revolved around the upcoming Manifesta in St Petersburg. Afterwards, we had our own conversation. RICHARD PETTIFER: Having to pay €8 for a discussion about public space is the perfect ironic summary of what was discussed on stage. Increasingly, what is “public&... [more]

20140402170522-richter_01_ghosts Were the Dadaists Time Travellers? and other questions I’d like to ask Hans Richter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hans Richter at Martin-Gropius-Bau March 27th - June 30th
Posted 4/2/14

The movie camera – that bastard son of a thousand alchemists, illusionists, inventors, and old showmen – could have been purpose built for the Dadaists and the Surrealists. If it had slipped into obscurity or been written off as gimmick after they had made use of it, its journey into existence could have been said to be worthwhile. It's as if their paths were always destined to cross. In the Hans Richter show Encounters – "From Dada till today" at Martin-Gropius-Bau you can se... [more]

20140319153955-04_harun_farocki_3dead AGITPROP: Harun Farocki's Serious Games   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Harun Farocki at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart February 6th - January 18th, 2015
Posted 3/19/14

In a darkened, hermetic wing of the Hamburger Bahnhof, images are being instrumentalized: software put to use by the U.S. Army to train ground troops in Afghanistan is recycled to de-traumatize those very same soldiers returning as veterans. Presenting this unlikely process in his 2009-2010 series Serious Games, German video artist Harun Farocki reveals a reality incapable of reconciling with itself. Serious Games takes the form of four video cycles comprising three two-channel and one single-ch... [more]

20140305044210-kw_echtegefuehle_edatkins_simonmartin_courtesy_theartist Moving Image: Film’s Emotional Metalanguage at the KW   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chantal Akerman, Ed Atkins, Sue de Beer, Harry Dodge, Loretta Fahrenholz, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, Stanya Kahn, Simon Martin, Peter Roehr, Roee Rosen, John Smith, Mark Wallinger at KW Institute for Contemporary Art February 23rd - April 27th
Posted 3/5/14

During an early investigation into the language of film it was Christian Metz who observed that “film is difficult to explain because it is so easy to understand.” According to Metz, in film—in contrast to written text or the spoken word—the distance between sign and meaning was too narrow to withstand established codes of semiotic analysis. That distance, whatever its breadth, is central to themes explored in the exhibition Real Emotions: Thinking in Film, currently at K... [more]

20140227041042-jwa_bad_director_s_chair_smb_2014_04 Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Waters at Sprüth Magers Berlin February 7th - April 12th
Posted 2/27/14

The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Aliv... [more]

20140224061152-picture-_twitter__transfield__boycotttransfield__19bos__refugees_source-_twitter Artists and Gentrification: Don't Let Action Dissolve into Discourse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/24/14

Whether you’re “poor but sexy” in Berlin, or “rich but sexy” in Hamburg[1], creativity brings people together, attracts tourists, and keeps investor money flowing into the real estate market. How do artists, cultural producers and activists deal with their complicity in the production and marketing of the city? In the Berlin project space am Flutgraben 3, concerned members of Berlin's independent art scene recently met with their Hamburg counterparts to sit down and compare... [more]

20140220131517-eshetu_final1 Monument Man: Theo Eshetu’s The Return of the Axum Obelisk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Theo Eshetu at daadgalerie February 1st - March 15th
Posted 2/20/14

Given the media’s recent fascination with the Cornelius Gurlitt case in Munich, and the blockbuster fanfare surrounding the premiere of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, the world seems abuzz with the thorny issue of repatriation. The daadgalerie in Berlin brings an interesting voice to this conversation with their presentation of Theo Eshetu’s 2009 work The Return of the Axum Obelisk, on view through March 15th. Eshetu’s video installation follows the 2005 repatriation of the Axum Ob... [more]

20140212141557-fritz_klemm View Finder: the world according to an artist’s photojournalist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Barbara Klemm at Martin-Gropius-Bau November 16th, 2013 - March 9th
Posted 2/12/14

With cameras as commonplace as body parts, what constitutes photojournalism? How does one present images that now seem easily replicated in purpose, content, and style by the average citizen? That seems to be the question implicitly asked in Martin-Gropius-Bau’s retrospective Barbara Klemm: Photographs 1968–2013. Gathering fifty years in some three hundred photos – including political journalism, travel snapshots, scenic visions, and celebrity portraits – the exhibition clearly... [more]

20140209113338-l [VIDEO] Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus / Kunstsaele Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Dammann at Kunstsaele January 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/9/14

In this report we focus on the work Schilderwälder (sign forests) from World War II by Martin Dammann exhibited at the Kunstsaele in Berlin. Six large-format banner prints are a precise selection from a total of 700 images, acquired by Martin Dammann from a militaria-trader for a private photo archive. We attend the opening reception of the exhibition Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus, and Laura Jung (Manager of Kunstsaele Berlin) provides us with an introduction to the Kunstsaele... [more]

20140122105116-versuchsanlage The infinite potential of everything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Roman Signer at Galerie Barbara Weiss December 14th, 2013 - February 15th
Posted 1/22/14

Berlin in January is a dark and cold place. There is no better time to stay indoors and look at some art. And even though some of the current exhibitions exacerbate the feeling of gloom by combining the Winter theme with a site-specific post-war historical touch, there are also a few that can counteract the melancholy. Topping the list of feel-good shows is the Roman Signer exhibition at Barbara Weiss. This show presents six new objects by the Swiss artist that transform the gallery into a place of... [more]

20140108082458-african_twin_towers Will be televised   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art December 1st, 2013 - January 19th
Posted 1/8/14

King of schlock and shock, the late Christoph Schlingensief is widely considered one of the most eminent artists to emerge out of Germany in the last fifty years. Beginning as a filmmaker, he later incorporated theater, sculpture, installation, performance, and even literature into his practice before his untimely death at the age of fifty. Appropriating pop culture iconography for social activism, his democratic version of the post-Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) sought to integrate the publi... [more]

20131225141903-east_side_gallery Avoiding the Pomeranian Stampede: Berlin in Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/25/13

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming: the end of year review. I approach this time of year with a mix of dread and depressed resignation with our current mediascape. My Facebook feed currently includes such reflective gems as “The 40 Most Influential Poms of 2013” and “35 Most Important Texts of 2013.” (Spoiler alert: they’re neither important nor deserving of the title “text.” Also, “Poms” is short for “Pomeranians,” in case... [more]


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