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 Adela Lovric, 29 Apr 2016
    Berlin's gallery olympics have just began. Overly excited from the nerve-wrecking choices I had to make (50 galleries in 5 hours...can't do...or?), I headed out with a list of 15 places I would visit even if the atrocious weather held us in like hostages. The Gallery Weekend Guide booklet brought to life this...
  • by Kristy Choi, 28 Apr 2016
    It is ironic that the one time in Berghain I am allowed and encouraged to take photos, the things that I am seeing, hearing, and feeling seem especially impossible to capture.  This is a testament to the success of Raster-Noton’s new audio-visual exhibit “white circle”, which opened yesterday in...
  • 50 Manga chiars by Nendo
    by Laura Bianchessi, 19 Apr 2016
    Last week the world of design flew to Milan for one of the most awaited events of its calendar: Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile.
  • by bpigs team, 15 Apr 2016
    Kasper König is dancing. It’s the evening of the preview day of  the 50th anniversary of Art Cologne, all exhibitors are invited to the traditional “Ausstellerabend” at the historic Gürzenich for dinner and drinks. The band is playing to a half-empty hall, it’s still early in the...
  • by bpigs team, 8 Apr 2016
    April 8–10 is a busy weekend in Milan. 154 galleries from 16 European countries and more than 60 curators gather at Fieramilanocity to present masterpieces, unique objects, contemporary design and young talents' creations. MiArt is the international fair of modern and contemporary art of Milan, organized by...
  • by Adela Lovric, 7 Apr 2016
    Since his game-changing decision to leave communication design and move on to experimenting with technology-based art, Nils Völker has been busy collecting the fame. Back then, an unsuspicious LEGO set instigated a complete change in his approach to creating. Having discovered particular fondness for...
  • by Maria Santos, 29 Feb 2016
    We can now officilly say that the art hangover was totally worth it. Our Madrid adventure probably turned out more intense (and wet) than expected, but we feel lucky to have been able to see a good deal of  galleries and artists from all over the world in many different formats.   Before Arcomadrid...
  • by Sarie Nijboer, 12 Feb 2016
    The art scene of Rotterdam has never been so vibrant before. From 11 till 14 February the city is filled with art fairs, exhibition openings and art related events because of Art Rotterdam, Hollands most important fair when it comes to contemporary art. Charl Landvreugd As a previous inhabitant of Rotterdam I...
  • by Maria Santos, 11 Feb 2016
    Bpigs is currently in Madrid, the capital of Spain, of pinchos de tortilla and beautiful, idyllic blue skies straight out from a Windows desktop. We have told you about the city's vibrant cultural scene before and we are going to keep doing it in the near future, since this month we've got a good number...
  • by Kristy Choi, 7 Feb 2016
    Beyoncé, Britney, Rihanna, Björk, Gaga: we all know who they are. The pop idols of today. We expect their perfection but we get twisted pleasure from witnessing human error: Ashlee Simpson lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live, Christina Aguilera flubbing the lyrics to the American national anthem at the...
  • by bpigs team, 5 Feb 2016
    The first night of the transmediale 2016 festival was splendidly closed by the architect Liam Young’s live cinema performance, “Hello, City!” – a brilliant take on the possible future of the city. As the curator Daphne Dragona explained, the program researches the power and the politics...
  • by bpigs team, 17 Dec 2015
    Cloaked in a monochrome of gray and cursed with sunlessness, Berlin this time of the year is a shadow of its summer sister.  No doubt there are those who appreciate the Berlin winter aesthetic, and one could argue this season of scantiness is intrinsic to the very essence (if such an essence could ever be...
  • Cee Cee Lessons with Bulleit - Lesson 1: Concrete by Accidental Concrete
    by Lisa Kosak, 3 Dec 2015
    To everyone’s greatest pleasure, your (second) favourite weekly newsletter has come to life last Saturday, in what was the first of a hopefully long series of lessons. The Bpigs team was invited to the First Cee Cee Lesson: Concrete by Accidental Concrete. We spent the whole day at ACUD, trying to tame this...
  • Balagan - Nordwind Festival 2015
    by Lisa Kosak, 16 Nov 2015
    Terrible mess, state of the world, glorious chaos… all these phrases convey the meaning of the Russian expression “Balagan”, title of the sixth edition of the Nordwind festival. The festival showcases a subtle mix of performances, dance, art and debate – all hailing from northern Europe,...
  • by bpigs team, 14 Nov 2015
    The 10th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, the city’s older art fair, debuted on Wednesday night at its traditional venue in central Istanbul, gathering all of the important names in Turkish art under one venue, from the youngest figures to the most established, alongside collectors, professionals, the press and...
  • by bpigs team, 4 Nov 2015
    Ah, how the mighty have fallen.  As I write this on the ever-dreary occasion that is Monday, I am enjoying a very typical midnight snack of Sternis and Paprika Crunchips, dreaming about the meal I had only a couple nights before… A campfire moment I started Thursday evening in the garden by a campfire...
  • by Adela Lovric, 23 Oct 2015
    All the credit cards flocked to Paris this week. FIAC, Officielle, Art Élysées, Paris Internationale, and a couple more art supermarkets readily welcomed visitors of all profiles: collectors, art dealers, gallerists, curators, artists, rich socialites, broke enthusiasts, all-attenders... As I...
  • by bpigs team, 20 Oct 2015
    I arrive a little late at Umspannwerk Kreuzberg to a full house. Seats are packed with 300 people bubbling in excitement for the Berlin premiere of Sean Baker’s Tangerine. The breakout hit of this year’s festival circuit, Tangerine is a hysterical and colorful piece about two transgender sex workers...

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