Music folks from abroad just left the city and film lovers are already taking their airbnb-ed spots to celebrate the art of the moving image. Besides the most obvious tip for the upcoming week, which is of course Berlinale (and the other, less exposed one worthy of your attention - the Berlin Independent Film Festival) here we prepared a list of events which you won't regret bringing your date to, or simply going by yourself and appreciating art on display.
19.30 Peaches Does Sherman @ me Collectors Room Berlin
WHY: Numerous parallels run through work of Cindy Sherman and Peaches; both focus on the use of their own bodies in uncompromising, extreme, erotic, and sometimes humourous ways. On the occasion of the exhibition "Cindy Sherman – Works from the Olbricht Collection" in me Collectors Room Berlin, Peaches will join writer Florian Werner in a conversation on her fascination with Sherman’s work, the relationship between Peaches’ own art and Sherman’s photographs, as well as her new album „Rub“.
me Collectors Room Berlin / Auguststr. 68, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info
20.00 Lecture - Philip Rylands: Painter And Patron - Jackson Pollock And Peggy Guggenheim @ Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle
WHY: Peggy Guggenheim’s support of Jackson Pollock in the 1940s was of crucial importance to Pollock’s career, and was her most palpable contribution to the history of 20th century art. Her patronage included four one-man shows, the commissioning of his largest ever painting and his debut in Europe at the Venice Biennale in 1948. Dr. Philip Rylands, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, talks about the extraordinary collector and her commitment to art.
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle / Unter den Linden 13-15, 10117 Berlin, U Französische Str. / more info
18.00 1 Year @ HilbertRaum
WHY: One year, 31 exhibitions and events, 127 artists. HilbertRaum celebrates its 1st anniversary. On this occasion, the gallery organises a group exhibition with works from Feriel Bendjama, David Benforado, Ellen DeElaine, Kuno Ebert, Niina Lehtonen Braun, Sandra Schlipkoeter, Tobias Sternberg, Nat Tafelmacher-Magnat, Hannah van Ginkel and Daniel Wiesenfeld. At the same time the works of the new HilbertRaum artists Juan Arata, Eli Cornejo, Mathias Deutsch, Lena von Gödeke and Clemens Wilhelm will be presented.
HilbertRaum / Reuterstr. 31, 12047 Berlin, U Hermannplatz / open through 14.02 / free entry / more info
19.00 Philipp Herfeldt - "Learning by Doing" @ Burnrate
WHY: Philipp Herfeldt was once told that learning by doing is the way to deal with life. He has been around for decades and influenced millions of internet users with various creations and video art. His pieces made with LEGO bricks now found their way to a gallery space. The show at Burnrate is his first solo show, and a part of an ongoing series leading towards the artist's lifetime retrospective.
Burnrate / Hohenzollerndamm 201, 10717 Berlin, U Hohenzollernplatz / open through 06.03 / free entry / more info
19.00 Manifesto @ Grimmuseum
WHY: Through a close and lucid examination, Adalberto Abbate and Mario Consiglio deal with the topic of the power of the images: they show celebrities and icons of the contemporary age, encompassing international chronicles to national interferences, to take us to a personal non-place, full of memories of domestic moments, that will never come back again. The exhibited works reflect the waste, the excess, the commodities and visual stimulants that charge our minds with tensions, energies and synergies with virtually no real value.
Grimmuseum / Fichtestr. 2, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / open through 05.03 / more info
19.00 Karl Holmqvist – "#ESLOHNTSICH" @ Galerie Neu
WHY: The Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Karl Holmqvist is one of Sweden’s most prominent artists, firmly established on the international art scene. The artist is primarily known for his text-based works, poetry, and readings. He uses a variety of media to highlight specific elements of language; processing text published in various periodicals into posters, readings, videos, wall drawings, and installations. Highbrow and lowbrow, popular music, poetry, politics, literary quotations, references to art history and letters of the alphabet all blend.
Galerie Neu / Linienstrasse 119, 10115 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / ongoing until 12.03 / more info
13.00 Private View @ Blain|Southern
WHY: Blain|Southern Berlin opened in 2011 with a site specific installation created by celebrated British artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster. The gallery now represents an international roster of contemporary artists: Jonas Burgert, Lynn Chadwick, Francesco Clemente, Douglas Gordon, Abdoulaye Konaté, Jannis Kounellis, François Morellet, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Nasan Tur, Lawrence Weiner and Wim Wenders. "Private View" is a group show featuring every artist who has exhibited at the gallery since its inauguration.
Blain|Southern / Potsdamer Straße 77–87, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstr. / ongoing until 16.04 / more info
17.00 "Secret Surface. Where Meaning Materializes" @ KW Institute for Contemporary Art
WHY: Through our permanent reference to a “beyond” (be it the horizon, the universe, or the ultimate “beyond” death), an opositition is set up in which these depths are regarded as the ordinary’s other, which provide direction to our existence, and which devalue the surface. People and things are considered superficial if they lack complexity and intensity. The group show "Secret Surface" turns this logic upside down, and presents contemporary artworks that conceive of the surface as the location of experience itself, both in terms of subjectivity and towards the outer world.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art / Auguststrasse 69, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / ongoing until 05.02 / more info
18.00 Melike Kara - "In Your Presence" @ Peres Projects
WHY: In her work, Melike Kara allows the being to emerge without any evaluation. She questions the notion of duality between form and formlessness, incurrence and dissolution, focusing on the correspondence between groups and singular figures. Attitude, gesture and facial expression visualize social constellation, transmitting undefined content without ever being specific. The colour is deliberately selected to provide a form and frame to the painting's inner life.
Peres Projects / Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, U Weberwiese / open through 06.02 / more info