Summer has arrived, and it doesn’t seem that art takes a break from it. We picked July’s finest exhibitions and events, perfect for a stroll through Berlin summer.
11.00 Rundgang 50Hertz, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin @ 50Hertz Netzquartier
WHY: For the second time, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with transmission systems operator 50Hertz, will present three thesis projects by recent graduates from art academies in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. A large-scale floor sculpture will be presented by Ana Belén Cantoni, graduated in 2017 from weißensee kunsthochschule berlin. Judith Dorothea Gerke, graduated as a ‘Meisterschülerin’ in 2017 from the Universität der Künste Berlin, present her installation of photographic objects, and Timo Hinze in his work examined identity-building aspects of architecture, with an emphasis on the design of work environments. The works will be on display in a flexible pavilion designed by Florian Stirnemann (raumlaborberlin).
50Hertz Netzquartier / Heidestrasse 2, 10557 Berlin, S/U Hauptbahnhof / open through 29.07 / more info
14.00 NO APOLOGIES: EXG SUMMER PARTY @ Exgirlfriend
WHY: Exgirlfriend is celebrating the release of their official t-shirt design for 2018 with unlimited beer and music sets from DJ friends of the gallery. No apologies is about not apologize for our presence or the spaces we insist on carving out for ourselves. The donation of the selling will go directly to RAICES, a fund to support legal services for detained separated parents and to get parents release. Entry is 5 euros, drinks for free until the keg is tapped.
Exgirlfriend / Holsteinischestr 18, 12161 Berlin, U7 Walther-Schreiber-Platz / more info
16.00 Nina Katchadourian - Der Krawall, Die Überraschung und das Seepferdchen, Part 2: Die Überraschung @ die raum
WHY: In the exhibition series “Der Krawall, Die Überraschung und das Seepferdchen”, the artist Nina Katchadourian challenges the grammatical complexities of the German language. Katchadourian has designed a “grammatical triptych” of sequential scenes, in which the title of each scene is a word with its corresponding der, die, or das article. Staged using only object that share the same article, Katchadourian invites the viewer to associate the objects in the room with another and learn the correct articles.
die raum / Oderbergerstrasse 56, 10435 Berlin U Eberswalder Strasse / open through 05.08 / more info
18.30 [insert title] @ Kleine Humboldt Galerie
WHY: Over the course of one month Kleine Humboldt Galerie functions as a studio and exhibition space in one. The exhibition project invites artists, visitors and curators to make the exhibition their own, and to discover the creative processes behind the works of art. [insert title] stands for a process-oriented project without a set theme, giving visitors the possibility of exploring the exhibition from different perspectives. Participating artists: Helena Hladilová, Anouk Kruithof, Britta Lumer und Zorka Wollny.
Kleine Humboldt Galerie / Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, S+U Friedrichstrasse / open through 25.07 / more info
18.00 Anonymous Drawings 2018 @ Galerie im Körnerpark Berlin
WHY: What started as an open call for drawing submissions turned into a exhibition featuring 600 drawings by 600 anonymous international artists. Anonymous Drawings is conceptual art and exhibition project all in one. The works are presented with no mention of authorship or title and offered for sale at a symbolic price of € 200. Hierarchies are entirely absent and no guidelines were given specifying content; the only requirement was that the drawings be no bigger than A3. The background, age, or gender of participants played no role in the final selection and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is sold.
Galerie im Körnerpark / Schierker Str. 8, 12051 Berlin, U Neukölln / open through 19.09 / more info
WEDNESDAY 18.07 / THURSDAY 19.07
Infinitesimal, a magazine of poetic journalism (German-Romanian Edition) @ Romanian Cultural Institute
WHY: The Infinitesimal Art Publishing and Poetic Journalism is a unique presence in the contemporary cultural press through unexpected text and images. The 12th issue of the journal will be bilingual (Romanian-German) and is a pretext for meeting with German culture at the point of articulation represented by the German avant-garde and humanism of the early nineteenth century. On the occasion of the launch of the publication, the stage designer Mihai Păcurar will perform a micro-exhibition in the ICR Berlin Gallery starting from cuts and text fragments from the previous issues of the magazine. July 18, 19.00 - Launch of the publication in the presence of the editors Sebastian Vlad Popa, Gavril Ţărmure and Iuliana Dumitru, followed by an improvised music concert offered by Antti Virtaranta, Tijana Stankovic and Rieko Okuda July 19, 19.00 - Round table on "The world is well done" with contributors to the Berlin, Bistrita and Bucharest magazines, followed by a solo violin concert offered by Tijana Stankovic
Romanian Cultural Institute / Reinhardtstr. 14, 10117 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / more info
A Grain Within a Cloud of Dust @ Galerie im Turm
WHY: Movement is a central motif in Gil Delindro‘s kinetic sculptures. The artist uses predominantly natural materials, working with them to render processes of change, touch and resonance acoustically perceptible. His works for A Grain Within a Cloud of Dust relate to his research at the Algerian-Moroccan border in the Sahara, where he used performative actions and experimental field recordings to approach a landscape that is extremely dry and inhospitable: reduced, and at the same time vast. A Grain Within a Cloud of Dust is about the particles within the whole, the individual among the mass, individuality and repetition.
Galerie im Turm / Frankfurter Tor 1, 10243 Berlin, U Frankfurter Tor / open through 02.09 / more info
18.00 Relieving Patterns, Henrique Neves @ TRACE Projects
WHY: Recently, the artist Henrique Neves inherited a group of architectural drawings and projects from his grandfather’s archive. Intrigued by the idea of working with these objects, the artist started a trial and error process of transferring these drawings onto metallic surfaces. The process became an exploration of architectural drawing, mediation with his grandfather’s practice, and, most of all, a transformation of the plans into something less rigid.
TRACE Projects / Mainzerstrasse 39, 12053 Berlin, U Boddinstraße / open through 29.07 / more info
18.00 Emerging Artists Vol. 3 @ BERLIN BLUE Art
WHY: The Emerging Artists Series provides a stage for up-and-coming artists of all ages. This year’s shortlisted artistic positions vary from large-scale dark atmospheric paintings by Jacob Hoff, over science fiction video explicitly featuring female heroines Nina E. Schönefeld to minimalistic anthropomorphically shaped sculptures Alexandra Searle and interventive installations making use of everyday objects Nicolas Vionnet.
BERLIN BLUE art / Köpenicker Str. 96, 10179 Berlin, U Heinrich Heine Strasse / open through 11.08 / more info
Welt ohne Außen - Immersive Spaces since the 1960s @ Gropius Bau
WHY: Ranging from the Light and Space Movement of the late 1960s, to works by contemporary artists like Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Cyprien Gaillard, and performances and workshops, this exhibition spans a panorama, featuring a great variety of immersive practices which dissolve categories of viewer and work and diminish the distance between subject and object. Curated by Thomas Oberender and Tino Sehgal, the exhibition traces a development from the pioneers of immersive installations to contemporary artistic practices, bringing together a wide range of art forms and disciplines.
Gropius Bau / Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, U+S Potsdamer Platz / open through 05.08 / more info
Großes Gesichtsfeld, Heiner Franzen @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: Haus am Lützowplatz presents the first institutional solo exhibition by the draftsman and video artist Heiner Franzen in Berlin. The artist transforms the upper gallery into a video environment in which all exhibition spaces are merged into a walk-in sculptural object through various installations. The spatial installation serves as a projection surface for a large number of mostly newly created cinematic works by the artist. These are multi-channel loops, in which found footage, real movie and animations were processed.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / open through 05.08 / more info