Berlin Art Bites

Berlin Art Bites Each week we present to you one inspiring art piece of an up-and-coming contemporary artist as well as an upcoming exhibition near you. Hi! We are Mar & Saskia.
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Our aim is to help you explore the who-is-who of the contemporary art scene. The idea is simple: each week we present to you one inspiring art piece of an up-and-coming contemporary artist. For those who want to explore further, we recommend one upcoming event or exhibition of that artist in or around Berlin.

IKEA for life 😄by @zhijunwang _________________Follow for more: @covidartmuseum
10/04/2020

IKEA for life 😄
by @zhijunwang
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Are you staying home? by @philiplueck _________________Follow for more: @covidartmuseum
10/04/2020

Are you staying home?
by @philiplueck
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10/04/2020

Art made in the quarantine, about the quarantine. By @pierre.brault
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Julian Charrière is deepdiving in contaminated waters - watch „As we used to float“ at Berlinische Galerie until April 8...
11/11/2018

Julian Charrière is deepdiving in contaminated waters - watch „As we used to float“ at Berlinische Galerie until April 8th ‘19.
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Julian Charrière is taking us to the Bikini Atoll, the archipelago that was depopulated in order to serve as atomic test site during the cold war.

At Berlinische Galerie he shows underwater video shots of ship wrecks and rotten architecture overgrown with algae. He pairs these with shots of the deserted island, where nothing but palm trees and brutalist concrete structures remained. The bunkers were used as gigantic covers protecting the camera equipment documenting the atomic tests.
The calm appearance of this forlorn paradise is misleading as it is still radioactive.

As a reminder of this coconuts from Bikini are placed on the gallery grounds coated with lead in order to keep the radiation inside.

Charrière’s photo series of kitschy island views with ominous white dots is another tribute to this. These spots were created by sand from the nuclear site that had been placed on the photo negatives during the development process leaving burn marks on the photo paper.

#juliancharriere #berlinischegalerie #asweusedtofloat #bikiniatoll #atomictests #radiatingart #videoart #photoart #berlinartbites #berlinart #berlincontemporary #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin

Gerhard Richter - the Master of „Abstraction“ on view at Museum Barberini in Potsdam until October 21st ___Gerhard Richt...
23/09/2018

Gerhard Richter - the Master of „Abstraction“ on view at Museum Barberini in Potsdam until October 21st
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Gerhard Richter a true trailblazer in contemporary and abstract art and one of the most expensive artists alive is not tired of reinventing himself.

A manifest of this is the show „Abstraction“ in Potsdam, guiding through different phases in Richter’s abstract oeuvre - one exhibition room at a time.

It starts with the early monochrome and all-grey paintings of the 60s, spanning to the famous colourful abstract paintings created by using a squeegee to scrape thick layers of paint from the canvas, thus adding an element of chance. Random selection also plays a role in Richter’s experiments with computer generated art, such as „Strip“ from 2011 - a digitally deconstructed version of an already abstract painting - or the luminous window at the Cologne Cathedral, a composition of pixel-like colored glass generated based on an algorithm.

#gerhardrichter #museumbarberini #abstraction #abstractart #contemporaryart #potsdam #contemporaryartberlin #berlinart #berlinartbites

Philippe Parrenos immersive exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau is a place for wonder and play - one that follows the rules...
17/07/2018

Philippe Parrenos immersive exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau is a place for wonder and play - one that follows the rules of a mysterious biochemical random generator. On view until August 5th.
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The neo-classical atrium awaits the visitor with a black pool, where concentric waves appear and disappear at irregular intervals. Next door we find no water but fish. A group of fish-shaped helium balloons floats on the ceiling, others dance through the room as if led by an invisible hand. Giggling kids and enchanted visitors are chasing the balloons for play and photos. In the next rooms we find a piano playing by itself, window blinds open and close without apparent reason, light flickers, films music starts and fades away.
The invisible maestro of this curious choreography is a bioreactor in a glass cube. It breads yeast in large flasks, whose growth patterns are translated into a mysterious computer algorithm that in turn controls the different elements and sounds of the exhibition.
The yeast as test object becomes the master. Experience is curated at random.
#philippeparreno #immersion #fish #martingropius #experienceart #bioreactor #randomgenerator #berlinart #berlinexhibitions #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin

17/07/2018

Philippe Parrenos immersive exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau is a place for wonder and play - one that follows the rules of a mysterious biochemical random generator. On view until August 5th.
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The neo-classical atrium awaits the visitor with a black pool, where concentric waves appear and disappear at irregular intervals. Next door we find no water but fish. A group of fish-shaped helium balloons floats on the ceiling, others dance through the room as if led by an invisible hand. Giggling kids and enchanted visitors are chasing the balloons for play and photos. In the next rooms we find a piano playing by itself, window blinds open and close without apparent reason, light flickers, films music starts and fades away.
The invisible maestro of this curious choreography is a bioreactor in a glass cube. It breads yeast in large flasks, whose growth patterns are translated into a mysterious computer algorithm that in turn controls the different elements and sounds of the exhibition.
The yeast as test object becomes the master. Experience is curated at random.
#philippeparreno #immersion #fish #martingropius #experienceart #bioreactor #randomgenerator #berlinart #berlinexhibitions #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin

Philippe Parreno’s immersive exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau is a place for wonder and play - one that follows the rule...
17/07/2018

Philippe Parreno’s immersive exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau is a place for wonder and play - one that follows the rules of a mysterious biochemical random generator. On view until August 5th.
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The neo-classical atrium awaits the visitor with a black pool, where concentric waves appear and disappear at irregular intervals. Next door we find no water but fish. A group of fish-shaped helium balloons floats on the ceiling, others dance through the room as if led by an invisible hand. Giggling kids and enchanted visitors are chasing the balloons for play and photos. In the next rooms we find a piano playing by itself, window blinds open and close without apparent reason, light flickers, films music starts and fades away.

The invisible maestro of this curious choreography is a bioreactor in a glass cube. It breads yeast in large flasks, whose growth patterns are translated into a mysterious computer algorithm that in turn controls the different elements and sounds of the exhibition.
The yeast as test object becomes the master. Experience is curated at random.
#philippeparreno #immersion #fish #martingropius #experienceart #bioreactor #randomgenerator #berlinart #berlinexhibitions #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin

Personal encounters with “Greed Fear Love” by Loredana Nemes at Berlinische Galerie - until October 15th.___What happens...
25/06/2018

Personal encounters with “Greed Fear Love” by Loredana Nemes at Berlinische Galerie - until October 15th.
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What happens in those Turkish and Arab cafes, where Muslim men sit behind tinted glass and embroidered curtains? Artist Loredana Nemesh shot a series of storefront photographs in Berlin, titled “Beyond”. We see the buildings from a distance - as if passing by on our nightly stroll through Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Wedding.

It took Nemes several months to cautiously sneak up and photograph the men from the outside. Obscured by the frosted glass. She refers to them as “veiled men”. Their faces seem so close, but remain disguised.

With “Beyond” Nemes confronts us with the foreign and unfamiliar - and the apparent barrier of language and understanding. A “dead-end encounter”. What awaits beyond the storefronts? It remains a mystery.

#LoredanaNemes #beyond #greadfearlove #photography #BerlinischeGalerie
#femaleartist #femaleart #berlinart #artberlin #berlinartbites #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin

“DELPHI Rationale” by Philipp Lachenmann - see the short film at the Schering Stiftung by June 24th.The film invites us ...
08/06/2018

“DELPHI Rationale” by Philipp Lachenmann - see the short film at the Schering Stiftung by June 24th.

The film invites us to the CERN laboratory in Geneva. Here, physicists and engineers study particles to learn about the fundamental structure of the universe.

A man walks up to a colossal particle detector, removes his shoes, and sits. There is a sarod in front of him, and with it he starts improvising classical Indian music.

The particle detector, with it’s many cables and hardware, surround the man like a sun. It seems to react to the music by turning different colors as the mood changes. We feel a range of emotions tied to the music and dramatic color shifts throughout the film.

Lachenmann plays with contrasts: art (music and digital painting) and science; soul and mind; ancient culture and contemporary methods.

The Schering Stiftung promotes projects in the intersection of innovative science and art. The “DELPHI Rationale” is a perfect and powerful hybrid of the two fields. We highly recommend enjoying this piece.

#philipplachenmann #berlinartbites #delphirationale #cern #scheringstiftung #berlin #contemporaryart #contemporaryartberlin #berlinart #artberlin #technicolor #filmart

Eva und Adele are back from the future - catch their show "L'Amour du Risque" at the me Collectors Room before August 27...
14/05/2018

Eva und Adele are back from the future - catch their show "L'Amour du Risque" at the me Collectors Room before August 27th.
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Eva & Adele are a living form of art. They call it "Futuring" and claim a time machine has beamed them right into today's society. The official birthplace of "EVA & ADELE" however was Berlin's Metropolis exhibition in 1991. Back then they anticipated same sex marriage with their performance as two brides in white gowns.

Since then they have been dressing up in sensational, often pink costumes with heavy makeup on their iconic bald heads. You may have seen them at the Venice Biennale, the Documenta or any art opening of relevance. They will even stay in character when going to the grocery store.

Eva & Adele are leaving the boundaries of gender behind, finding freedom in form and inventing a new identity for themselves, both as a couple and as artists.

Their life is a performance without beginning or end. Clothes become sculptures, makeup becomes paintings. Their true identity however stays a secret and is never revealed. Instead of a CV or a date of birth, expect to find their body measurements instead.

The exhibition at me collectors room shows a best-off of their sculptural costumes, as well as tedious costume plans, that depict the exact outfit-accessory combination for each art happening. Eva & Adele do not only embody art, but are artists themselves. Several of their photos and video pieces are on display as well as a series of "meta" paintings called "Mediaplastics", which are based on pictures of the couple that they find circulating in the media.

"The Empty House" at Schinkel Pavillon shows some of the late works of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most successful arti...
23/04/2018

"The Empty House" at Schinkel Pavillon shows some of the late works of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most successful artists of all time. A fascinating exhibit revolving around the female form and the many facets of pain - open until 29th of July.
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Louise Bourgeois shows the female body in all its aspects: in its beauty and in decay, sexuality, childbirth, both cherishing and revolting.

The Paris-born artist processes her troubled childhood through her work, investigating the pain she felt due to the neglection of her father, who betrayed her mother in a 10 year-affair with an English nanny. Her beloved mother was her place of comfort and refuge from her father’s tyranny.

Her most famous work, the "Mamans", are large-sized metal spiders that are dedicated to her mother - not a negative symbol, but a reference to her mother's profession as a weaver.

In the Schinkel exhibition several mixed media pieces are at view representing her late works, amongst them the "sac forms". These bulky linen sacks, some firmly filled, others sagging, are seen as an analogy both to architecture as well as body parts and genitalia.

The upper glass pavilion exhibits one of 60 "Cells", large-sized installations, Louise Bourgeois created in the 90s and 2000s. These are cages, made from wood, glass or steel, showcasing sculptures, furniture and pieces of clothing. As Louise describes it, the “Cells” represent “different types of pain […] each cell is concerned with the pleasure of the voyeur, with the attraction of seeing and being seen.”

Dip into some California Dreaming with Marius Bercea at BlainSouthern until April 14th.___Are you in need of a winter br...
16/03/2018

Dip into some California Dreaming with Marius Bercea at BlainSouthern until April 14th.
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Are you in need of a winter break - dreaming of an escape to sunny California? Then this exhibition may be for you.

Urban jungle meets the gallery space: enter through an assembly of cacti and take a seat on a white plastic chair. Within this scenery BlainSouthern presents “Time Can Space” a range of large-scale and miniature paintings alike, featuring thick oil paint and vivid colors.

The resemblance to California is not by chance, as the sunshine state has become a second home to artist Marius Bercea, who has been deeply influenced by the transition of his home country Romania from communism to early-capitalism.

Here Bercea depicts architecture, blending the indoors and the outdoors, with proliferating greens, and the occasional human being relaxing at a swimming pool.

The paintings don’t necessarily feel glamorous - amongst the chicken mesh and the plastic chairs - we take a peek into a space that feels carefree, almost naive. We can’t help but wonder, what kind of world awaits behind the potted plants and garden fence?

Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger’s “Double Bodies” at KOWOn view until March 17thIn the late Middle Ages, the king ...
09/03/2018

Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger’s “Double Bodies” at KOW
On view until March 17th

In the late Middle Ages, the king was seen simultaneously as two bodies: one was natural and mortal, and the other an immortal, sacred representation of the people they ruled. This idea gave rise to absolutism–the ruler had supreme authority and was not restricted by any written laws, legislature, or customs.

Material objects were created as physical representations that glorified the ruler as the embodiment of the nation-as-subject. When the king died, things became more complex: “his ideal body needed to be kept unblemished [...] to safeguard the continuity of the collective body and its organs of state.” Moser and Schwinger explore this topic by recreating a lush black velvet catafalque– a decorated wooden framework that is used to support the coffin of an aristocratic or public figure for public tribute before it is buried or cremated.

Moser and Schwinger also explore symbolic objects in the civic dimension. Two Japanese kimonos whose cut, color, and patterns reflect the social class and role of the wearer. A ruffled collar, fashionable in the sixteenth century, adorned the necks of nobility and high-powered public officials. These objects are full of symbolism which associate to the authority of the wearer and could further mirror corresponding legislative functions.

“Double Bodies” theatrically seeks to uncover how those with power continually change disguises as their forms of power transform. The artists highlight that we live in an order of double bodies: mortal and immortal, yet at the same time imaginary.

"A Series of utterly improbable, yet extraordinary renditions" by Arthur Jafa - a politically charged exhibition about b...
22/02/2018

"A Series of utterly improbable, yet extraordinary renditions" by Arthur Jafa - a politically charged exhibition about black US culture - at the Julia Stoschek Collection until November 25th.

Hundreds of images flicker over the movie screen in an otherwise pitch-black room: photos of indigenous tribes, Sci-Fi movie stills, black pop idols, microscope images, crime scenes, Mickey Mouse. The images flip through in a seemingly random order on the relentless beat of German techno from the 90s. The eight minute video APEX leaves a slightly dark and disturbing impression.

This juxtaposition is typical for filmmaker and artist Arthur Jafa. Rather than creating original work, he often sources images - may it be from black pop culture or historical events - and places them in a different context to challenge assumptions about identity and race. His theme is what he calls ‘black potention’- a combination of 'potential' and 'tension'.

The root of the Missisippi-born artist's work is music. This holds true both for his artistic as well as commercial oevre. The Guardian points him out as "the go-to video artist for Jay-Z and the Knowles sisters". Jafa desires to create a cinema that “replicates the power, beauty, and alienation of black music”.

The Julia Stoschek Collection shows a mix of photography, film and social media elements from Arthur Jafa, also featuring Ming Smith, Firda Orupabo and Missylanyus.

“Skalar - Reflections on Light and Sound” by Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray at Kraftwerk Berlin. Art exhibition (an...
08/02/2018

“Skalar - Reflections on Light and Sound” by Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray at Kraftwerk Berlin. Art exhibition (and 4 live performances) until February 25th.

The audience stands under a lattice of circular mirrors in an impressive pitch-black industrial venue. A historical one in fact: it’s the former power plant of East Berlin. The show begins.

“Skalar” is an immersive large-scale installation that begins with laser-like rays of white lights that criss cross throughout the room, dancing with each other, and eventually meeting the mirrors to create sharp angular shapes in the dark void.

As the lights, colors, and music change, the mood is dramatically altered. Parts of the performance are calm and peaceful, meditative even. Other parts feel exactly like being in a techno club.

Light artist Christopher Bauder (founder of WHITEvoid) is the Berlin-based mastermind behind “Skalar”. His work focuses on how technology translates into our environment, and vice-versa. Complimented by Kangding Ray’s music, this installation is unlike anything we’ve seen. Highly recommended!

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