It is officially holiday season, and whatever is normally your favorite weekend fun, it is probably by now replaced with gallons of Glühwein and wasting money Christmas-drunk at gazillions of markets. Even the art spaces are trying to blend in with the bling by adding some to their events. We fully support it, and we think you should too -- now is really the best time to bring on all your guilty pleasures.
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17.00 Kunst Späti - Affordable Art Market #1 @ tête
WHY: The project space tête presents the first edition of Kunst Späti - Affordable Art Market, which will take place in the weeks before Christmas. Although it is a whole parallel universe out there made solely of Christmas markets, this one caught our eye with a long list of artists whose works are featured for sale - and apparently for affordable price. You can also expect music, soup, cake, hot toddies, coffee... We said enough, right?
Tête / Schönhauser Allee 161a, 10435 Berlin, U Senefelder Platz / free entry / more info
18.00 TAG @ DZIALDOV
WHY: TAG is an exhibition by Tal Regev, Anne Bean and Gioia Meller Marcovicz. TAG - Tal Anne Gioia, Three Artists Gather, The Art Gallery ... The connections are endless. The paintings of Tal Regev, which explore the twilight zones of sensibilities and experiences, are connected to the uncatchable, layered reflections of Gioia Meller Marcovicz’s suspended glass sculptures, and to Anne Bean’s unfurling incantations piling up words into entwined random order. At the opening of TAG, starting at 19h, Anne Bean will unfurl an action. Its sculptural tracks will remain in the space for the duration of the show.
DZIALDOV / Maybachufer 43, 12047 Berlin / open through 31.12 / free entry / more info
18.00 Superposition @ Sexauer Gallery
WHY: In the drawings by Caroline Kryzecki, lines flicker in front of viewers' eyes, allowing them to perceive spatial depth. The artist is is not interested in the optic confusion, and instead occupies herself with mathematic-geometric constructions evolved from her process. Her new series of works reveal the enormous potential of this process, with an output full of tension and expression that would not have resulted from an errorless, computer-generated grid.
Sexauer Gallery / Streustr. 90, 13086 Berlin, Friesickestraße Straßenbahn 12, M13 / free entry / more info
19.00 Community Clash @ SomoS
WHY: For this sixth edition of “Community Clash!”, a bimonthly group art exhibition featuring a selection of Berlin-based artists from within the Artconnect Berlin network, SomoS Art House will exhibit work by Robert Bartholot and Hara Katsiki, two individually outstanding artists who have also collaborated on projects. Witness the two creative world clashing! And while at it, seize the day and find your own purpose in all that networking business.
SomoS / Kottbusser Damm 95, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / open through 11.12 / free entry / more info
14.00 Art on St. Nicholas Day around Torstrasse @ Galerie Pavlova / Martin Mertens / Michael Reid / janinebeangallery
WHY: Four galleries from the Torstrasse district celebrate St. Nicholas: contemporary art of three continents will be served this year together with pre-Christmas specialities and sounds. The tour starts in Galerie Pavlova featuring photographies from Australia and New Zealand, followed by stops at gallery Martin Mertens (“Five Lines” by Antja Blumenstein), Gallery Michael Reid (paintings by Lucy Vader), and janinebeangallery where the opening reception (“Little Wonderland”) takes place.
Galerie Pavlova / Linienstraße 116, 10115 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / free entry / more info
18.00 Chicks on Speed – Datastravaganza @ 401contemporary
WHY: Provocative, subversive and interactive – Chicks on Speed are avant-garde artists merging the boundaries of art, music, poetry, new media and politics. By combining artistic and scientific experiments, they present new sets of data at their exhibition “Datastravaganza”, combining hi-tech/no-tech, slow craft processes, painting, patchwork, rapid prototyping, ‘objectinstruments’, wearable computing and e-textiles.
401contemporary / Potsdamer Strasse 81 B, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstr. / open through 28.02 / free entry / more info
18.00 Francis Zeischegg – Targets @ Vincenz Sala Berlin
WHY: Francis Zeischegg moves in the fields between installation, architecture and conceptual art, practicing basic research of the relationship between human and space. The central theme of Zeischegg's art is the analysis of perceptual processes, essentially the study of the human view and their perspective; about standard and custom made, camouflage and deception. Vincenz Sala seems to us as a very challenging factor in this show, when the artist's constructs are considered difficult even for a classical gallery space. This already fires up our imagination, and the popular "go-see-for-yourself" advice is the one that comes to our mind.
Vincenz Sala Berlin / Helmstedter Str.8, 10717 Berlin, U Berliner Str. / open through 03.01 / free entry / more info
15.00 Berlin Design Market: Heiliger Bimbam! Weihnachtsmarkt @ Neue Heimat
WHY: Neue Heimat turns regularly into Berlin Design Market - insanely adorable, always directed to a particular topic, always new and different. In December, it is all about a festive twist, Christmas sweets, stylish and handmade presents to give away or treat yourself.
Neue Heimat / Revaler Str. 99 (Ecke Dirschauer Str.), 10245 Berlin, S+U Warschuer Str. / open through 21.12 / more info
19.00 Winter Collage @ Meinblau Projektraum
WHY: Musterzimmer presents “Winter Collage” - an exhibition with ten international artists, coming together for the first time to explore the art of collage. The opening night will include a one-time performance by dancer Simo Vassinen, in collaboration with choreographer Vincent Bozek. Berlin-based electronic artist Islaja will follow with an exclusive site-specific concert, and Dj Antti Hiljá will take over the turntables.
MEINBLAU Projektraum / Christinenstrasse 18-19, 10119 Berlin, U Senefelder Platz / open through 21.12 / free entry / more info
19.00 Matt Mullican performance @ Praxes
WHY: The second part of Matt Mullican’s Cycle at PRAXES centers on a string of live lectures and performances, turning to Mullican’s current investigation into the implications of the “you” in his practice. At the very end of the Cycle, Mullican will treat us with a premiere of his new performance. Our kind of holiday spirit! Consider it an early Christmas present.
PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, 10969 Berlin, U Prinzenstr. / free entry / more info
11.00 Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin @ Café Moskau
WHY: Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin is Europe’s premier festival for contemporary artists’ books and periodicals by artists and art publishers featuring 100+ exhibitors and a series of public programmes: discussions, readings, presentations, performances, and artists’ interventions that explore the perimeters of art publishing today.
Cafe Moskau / Karl-Marx-Allee 34, 10178 Berlin, U Schillingstr. / open through 14.12 / more info
12.00 GÜTERMARKT #3a @ ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
WHY: Instead of forcing another useless present onto your relatives, you can take existing goods and put them back to life at ZK/U Gütermarkt – fleamarket, craftsmarket, DIY market, or simply: Christmas extravaganza. Solve all your problems right there: buy, sell, pack, participate in blind present exchange, and of course don't expect to avoid Glühwein, drinks of all sorts, waffles, soups, live music and further unsurprising surprises – all for the sake of holiday spirit.
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik / Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin, S Beusselstrasse / free entry / more info