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 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 will keep doing it in the near future, since this month we've got a good number of art...
  • 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...
  • by bpigs team, 15 Oct 2015
    This year Frieze London has attracted over 160 contemporary art galleries from all over globe. Situated in the ever impressive surroundings of Regents Park, the immense white space divided into a myriad of stands sees the welcome return of the sculpture garden.  This features the work of emerging artists such as...
  • by bpigs team, 18 Sep 2015
    Berlin’s beloved art show kicked off yesterday in the spacious halls of Berlin Station and Bpigs was there to bring you the highlights of this year’s edition. The “fair” (or to be more accurate: format, platform, initiative… you know what I mean) has gotten us used to a majority of...
  • 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...

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