25 September 2018

The Berlin Art Week has begun. We present week‘s highlights, including one or the other drink after a full day.

By Elisabeth Pallentin

TUESDAY

In the evening
Miete Strom Instagram, from 5 PM

Before the official start of the Berlin Art Week, things are kicked off by the action “Miete Strom Instagram” (rent electricity Instagram). Initiated by artists Raul Walch and Erik Winkler, the group exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the current living and working conditions of Berlin-based artists. With a changing program, including a panel discussion with Ahmet Ögüt on September 30 at 6 PM.

Miete Strom Instagram, Image via www.facebook.com

WEDNESDAY

During the day
SYMPOSIUM: WE ARE NOT YOUR DEMOISELLES, KW Berlin, 10 AM – 5 PM

Candice Breitz, Melissa Gira Grant, Änne Söll and Nosipho Vidima talk about the stigmatization of sex work in the context of the exhibition CANDICE BREITZ: SEX WORK (Salon Berlin of Museum Frieda Burda). Moderated by Monopol editor-in-chief Elke Buhr, the symposium includes a visit to the exhibition and an introduction to the work of Candice Breitz by the artist herself.

In the evening
JULIAN CHARRIÈRE, “AS WE USED TO FLOAT“, Berlinische Galerie, 6 – 11 PM

Julian Charrière, whose work is also featured in the upcoming exhibition WILDERNESS at the SCHIRN, has won the GASAG art prize. He has developed a multimedia spatial installation for Berlinische Galerie that takes viewers under the surface of the Pacific Ocean. At Berghain he presents his film “An Invitation to Disappear” at a late hour, followed by the release party of the accompanying album by producer Inland (alias Ed Davenport).

Candice Breitz TLDR, 2017, Filmstill © KOW (Berlin), Photo: Sydelle Willow Smith, Image via www.berlinartweek.de

AN INVITATION TO DISAPPEAR

Teaser to the film by Julian Charrière & Inland 

BEATRICE GIBSON, KW PRODUCTION SERIES, Julia Stoschek Collection, 7 – 10 PM

The Berlin branch of Julia Stoschek Collection is located not far from Berlinische Galerie. Beatrice Gibson’s new film “I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead” (16mm, 20 min.) is being shown here in the context of the KW Production Series. The British artist was featured as a Double Feature guest just last year – her new work is bound to be exciting.

ROBERT LONGO, “EVERYTHING FALLS APART“, CAPITAIN PETZEL, 6 – 8.30 PM

Capitain Petzel kicks off with a hero of the pictures generation before most of the other galleries in Berlin open their exhibitions on Friday. While Robert Longo’s first exhibition at the gallery was the highlight of Gallery Weekend 2012, his new show promises to be gigantic.

SHOTSPOTTER 2 - BLURRY BOUNDARIES, BAR BABETTE, from 8 PM

Very practical: Bar Babette is located directly opposite Capitain Petzel, making it almost impossible to miss the last exhibition at the former beauty salon. Sadly, at the end of September the operators have to vacate the venue that has been so important for the Berlin art scene. Even better, then, that the last group show held here includes artists from Frankfurt.

Beatrice Gibson, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead, 2018 © Beatrice Gibson, Image via www.jsc.berlin

Robert Longo, Everything Falls Apart, 2018, Image via www.capitainpetzel.de

THURSDAY

During the day
AGNIESZKA POLSKA, “THE DEMON’S BRAIN“, HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

Those who didn’t make it to the opening of Agnieszka Polska’s exhibition in the context of the 9th Preis der Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof the previous day should catch up and see the Polish artist’s new multi-channel video installation in the Historical Hall. Two of her works were also on view at the Schirn last year as part of the PEACE exhibition.

MICHEL MAJERUS: HOME VIDEOS, SELECTED BY JORDAN WOLFSON, Michel Majerus Estate

In the former studio of Michel Majerus, who died far too young at 35, his estate presents a video compiled by artist Jordan Wolfson. It features Michel Majerus’ personal archive and provides insights into the visionary’s influences.

Special opening times for the Berlin Art Week: September 26 – 30, 2018, 11 AM – 6 PM, Tours (booking required): September 26 – 30, 2018, 11 AM and 2 PM

In the evening
ART BERLIN - FAIR FOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, opening 4 – 8 PM

Especially exciting this year: The abc, now renamed ART BERLIN, has found a new partner in Art Cologne and a new location at Berlin Tempelhof Airport. After the opening the fair will be hosting a BBQ. September 27 – 30, 2018.

Agnieszka Polska, The Demon's Brain, 2018, © Agnieszka Polska, Courtesy ŻAK, BRANICKA, Berlin and OVERDUIN & CO., LA, Image via smb.museum

Michel Majerus, Home Videos, Selected by Jordan Wolfson, 2018, Photo: Jens Ziehe © Michel Majerus Estate, courtesy of the Michel Majerus Estate and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Image via michelmajerus.com

FRIDAY

During the day
THOMAS SCHEIBITZ, “PLATEAU MIT HALBFIGUR,” KINDL – CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART GMBH

The weekend gets off to a relaxed start with a trip to Neukölln, where Thomas Scheibitz has created a 20-meter-high sculpture for the boiler house at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art. Café Babette, the sister of Bar Babette, offers suitable refreshments.

LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN, “WALLED UNWALLED,” DAADGALERIE

Lebanese artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan brings together auditory and political elements. His new video “Walled Unwalled” shows recordings of the former sound studio of East German radio station DDR-Rundfunk at Funkhaus Berlin. Last year he received a scholarship from the Berlin artists program of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, a platform with great cultural-political significance for Berlin.

Thomas Scheibitz, Plateau mit Halbfigur, exhibition view KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art © Thomas Scheibitz / VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn, 2018, Photo: Jens Ziehe, Image via squarespace.com

In the Evening
GALLERY OPENINGS AND BERLIN ART PRIZE CEREMONY

A good start to the openings tour is Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler in Kreuzberg. The gallery is showing paintings by Alexander Carver, Pieter Schoolwerth and Avery Singer. Afterwards you can visit Galerie Thomas Schulte showing paintings by Frankfurt-based artist Jonas Weichsel. And a group show with works by Alicja Kwade, Ahmet Ögüt and Katharina Sieverding and others opens at Kunstraum PS120. Those who manage to make their way back to Kreuzberg shouldn’t miss the Berlin Art Prize award ceremony being held at midnight and the party afterwards.

Alexander Carver, Pieter Schoolwerth, Avery Singer, “Call Out Tools,” Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Kohlfurter Str. 41/43, 6 – 9 PM.

Jonas Weichsel, “Echo Box,” Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstrasse 24, 7 – 9 PM.

PS120, “The Way Things Run. Part III: Wage,” 7 – 11 PM. PS120, Potsdamer Strasse 120

BERLIN ART PRIZE CEREMONY at midnight, The Shelf, Prinzenstrasse 34

Jonas Weichsel, Flagge II, 2018, Image via www.galeriethomasschulte.de

SATURDAY

During the day
BOROS COLLECTION

Visitors now have the opportunity to check out the third presentation of artworks from the collection at the Boros Bunker without booking in advance. Works from the 1990s and 2000s will be on view alongside newly acquired and site-specific works. Special opening times for the Berlin Art Week: September 29, 2018, 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m., September 30, 2018, 3 – 7 p.m.   

ARCHIVIO CONZ AND “BETWEEN POINTS” BOAT TOUR

A trip to Charlottenburg is worth twice this day. After visiting Archivio Conz, which houses the Fluxus collection of Italian publisher Francesco Conz, the archive and the gallery Supportico Lopez give their visitors a lift back into town by way of a boat tour with a performance program. Departure: Reederei Wolff 6.30 PM, arrival: Märkischen Museum. 8.30 PM.

In the evening
REBECCA HORN, “GLOWING CORE,” ST. HEDWIG’S CATHEDRAL, FROM SUNDOWN – 11 PM

You can engage in the simultaneous enjoyment of art and sightseeing after sundown at Bebelplatz, not far from the pier of “Between Points.” Rebecca Horn emptied the historical St. Hedwig’s Cathedral completely for the installation of her large-scale piece “Glowing Core.”

Katja Novitskova, Photo: © NOSHE
Rebecca Horn, Glowing Core, 2006 (detail) © Rebecca Horn

Image via squarespace.com

SUNDAY

During the day
AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE: TOURS OF ADRIAN PIPER AND THE PICTURE CELLAR

Akademie der Künste is opening its Picture Cellar for the first time, which houses evidence of a young, oppositional East Berlin painting movement. The murals from the 1950s can only be visited in the context of the hourly tours offered. There will be a curator’s tour of the exhibition “Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2018: Adrian Piper” at 3 PM.

From the afternoon to evening
ELIF SAYDAM & VERA PALME: COLT JONNER’S DESECRATION OF DESCENT, BROKEN DIMANCHE PRESS. MARATHON BOOK READING AND BBQ, 2 – 8 PM.

The publishing house and project space “Broken Dimanche Press” presents the project “Colt Jonner’s Desecration of Descent” by Städel alumni Elif Saydam and Vera Palme. To conclude Berlin Art Week, the space will host a marathon book reading and a BBQ on Sunday.

Akademie der Künste, Picture Cellar, Photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß, Image via netdna-ssl.com