Reviews

How does text function as part of visual language? What is the value of criticism? We're not cynics and we like to believe criticism is a practice in critical thinking that leads to a voicing of opinions, constructive suggestions, a few punches on the shoulder, and/or much needed recognition. See which exhibitions and events were worth dwelling on.

  • by Cyrus Smith, 30 Aug 2015
    Another Project Space Festival has come and gone, gracing Berlin with yet another reason to love these wonderful outlets for creative experimentation. The very nature of these venues is what makes this event so unique, with the added feature of somewhat boundless exhibition models; the artists involved are free to...
  • PSF 2015
    by Lisa Kosak, 13 Aug 2015
    For its second year running, the Project Space Festival returns to Berlin giving the participating spaces, artists, and visitors an opportunity to partake in a very unique experience. With performances, pool tournaments, panel discussions, pop-up shops and many more, the Festival provides the chance to see certain...
  • Picture by Gabriella Seeman
    by Lisa Kosak, 27 Jun 2015
    What better way to start your usual Saturday morning, but by a B_Tour around the Plattenbauten of bleak Lichtenberg ? Our guide for this urban Ausflug was Bram Esser, a philosopher who defines himself as an explorer of the everyday – a fact which was verified quickly enough.   B_Tours is a...
  • Gallery Weekend
    by Lisa Kosak, 5 May 2015
        Marguerite Humeau @ Duve Berlin Arriving at Marguerite Humeau’s show Echoes at Duve made one feel a little apprehentious when confronted at the door with a sign that tells you of the inclusion of ‘deadly Black Mamba venom’ in the wall and floor paint. You are given...
  • Installation view, 2015 It’s oh so cute Charlotte Dualé, Nora Arrieta, Keiyona C. Stumpf, Marianne Thörmer, Eric Winkler EIGEN + ART Lab Photo: Otto Felber
    by Lisa Kosak, 18 Feb 2015
    It must be so complicated to choose what the first exhibition of a new space will be… You want it to be special, unexpected. And most importantly, you don't want to put a label on your space and have it stuck to you. But we think Anne and Johanna's choice is quite surprising and daring. Indeed...
  • Nancy Reagan & Mister T - Christmas 1983
    by bpigs team, 24 Dec 2014
    Dear Santa, socks are cool, but if we could choose one thing we want to see under the Christmas tree, it would be an unaffordable piece of art, of course. This year we saw way more of those than we could even remember, but some are still haunting us in our sweetest daydreams. So here you go. From the top of our...
  • Maike Cruse at abc
    by Lisa Kosak, 19 Sep 2014
    The seventh edition of abc art berlin contemporary kicked off yesterday morning. And it's all about art. To such an extent that even the press conference with Maike Cruse, director of abc now for the second time, took place surrounded by an artwork by Julian Göthe. 3 halls, 21 countries, 111 galleries and 115...
  • by Cyrus Smith, 12 Aug 2014
    While the other galleries have closed for summer holiday, there remain a few die-hards that have opted to stay open during these beautiful Berlin summer days in order to deliver the goods! Here are a few worth your time. Beat the heat by enjoying cool art. Hortus Semper Virens – Christiane Möbus und Ihre...
  • by Adela Lovric, 5 Jun 2014
    If you are not familiar with Arne Schreiber and his work, and you are trying to find out something about the artist by googling his name, all you will see are stripes in many variations - a basic, but overpowering element of his oeuvre.  Well, it is no wonder. If black is the new black - and it always will be...
  • by Adela Lovric, 29 May 2014
    A week after seeing the "David Bowie" exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau, I was still mumbling refrains from Bowie's "Starman", "Space Oddity", and "Man Who Sold the World". My flatmate gently warned me about it, commenting how I must have been deeply impressed by the show. I...
  • by Adela Lovric, 27 May 2014
    All hail to the wonders of technology! You will hardly ever hear that from me, but I do admit if something leaves me thinking: why did nobody come up with this before? How did we manage to live without this for so long? Let me introduce you to one of such seemingly simple inventions that make life as smooth as David...
  • by Adela Lovric, 15 May 2014
    Berlin's regular partygoers probably know Markus Manowski as Daze Maxim, the Berlin-based musician, producer, and performer in the field of electronic music. You can often see this name on the pages of Resident Advisor, in the line-ups of various club nights. Recently it became more likely for Markus' name to...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 6 May 2014
    I had heard about Berlin’s Gallery Weekend through my art classes pretty early on in my trip, and had collected multiple gold-foiled advertisements I had seen lying on the desks of galleries, so I was always aware that it would be something I would get to experience during my time here. I figured it would...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 5 May 2014
    On Friday May 2nd, KIK opened its second show, “An die Freunde”, curated by Anna Erickson. We met with the creators to discuss the KIK 2 project and a lively conversation ensued, covering everything from the difficulties brought on by stiletto heels and co-curator diva moments, to the past, present, and...
  • by Sarah Brophy, 2 May 2014
    Complete with installation, wall painting, sculpture, and even performance, Christopher Kline’s show O.K. takes a multimedia look at the history and culture of his hometown Kinderhook, New York. Kinderhook is rich with folklore and cultural history, staking its claim as the site of origin for The Legend of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 1 May 2014
    Gallery Weekend just turned ten! I will not try to hide the excitement and enormous expectations I had at the yesterday's press converence and the gallery tour. The organisation (this year with Maike Cruse in charge) made it more fancy and intimate, inviting relevant press to Pauly Saal. No lunchboxes, no...
  • by Cyrus Smith, 29 Mar 2014
    One thing is certain when you walk into "The Disappearance" at Galerie Judin. Alisa Margolis can clearly paint. This is definitely a painting show for painters. But her works delve deeper than the lusciously colorful surfaces of explosive paint. They appear to say a lot in their silence.  At...
  • by Adela Lovric, 13 Mar 2014
    „This Sweetness Outside of Time. Objects, Books and Films from 1959 to 2014“ is an extensive retrospective addressing all aspects of Dorothy Iannone’s opus, focusing on one of the most unusual women artists of the 20th/21st century. It is an overview of her multimedia work, from the fifties when she...

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