The second year of the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin starts with the group show Scorpio’s Garden, curated by Berlin-based artist Kirstine Roepstorff. Selecting works and performances by more than thirty international artists, Roepstorff gives a subjective snapshot of the Berlin art scene.
In her own works, Roepstorff creates collages of media images that critically deal with the history of political ideas and their failure. In her at times exotic compositions, she visualizes existing power relations. She simultaneously reorders what exists and develops interrelations between themes such as loss, excess, progress, growth, and capitalism.
With Scorpio’s Garden, her first show as curator, Roepstorff metaphorically interprets Berlin as a garden, thus emphasizing the city’s role as a platform for intensive intellectual exchange and artistic production—as a place where images, ideas, and concepts find a favorable medium in which to grow, proliferate, and compete with each other. The garden in which plants are cultivated and displayed reflects humankind’s treatment of nature and thus also the value systems and world views on which it is based. Roepstorff places special importance on the zodiac sign of Scorpio, which stands for decline, disintegration, destruction, and dissolution in the year’s cycle of growth and decay: not only does Berlin’s official birthday fall under this sign (the first mention of the city in a document is October 28, 1237), but so does the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
The works compiled for Scorpio’s Garden take up motifs of development and growth as well as decline and decadence, and interpret them in a contrapuntal and occasionally dissonant dialog of images characterized by sustainability, control, sexuality, and spontaneity. In this manner, they reflect the artistic energy and the dynamic competition distinguishing the art scene in this city, which is still making an effort to work its way out of the ruins of a traumatic century. The show is neither a retrospective nor an outlook; instead, twenty years after the Wall came down, it reflects Berlin’s continuing appeal to artists from all over the world and their activities in this city.
The performances included in the show and additional events will take place on various Mondays during the course of the exhibition. The evenings will by rounded off by the already well known Montags Bar.