David Shrigley (Saturday 14.09 @ BQ)
Berlin Art Week? Are we there yet? Not quite, although the long list of openings tells us different. Consider it a warm-up for the real thing that starts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ...
19.00 DOKU.ARTS @ Zeughauskino
WHY: DOKU.ARTS — Second Hand Cinema is a three-week film series that shows creative documentaries and compilation films on art and artists. Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237 is the first in the row of 22 films that will be screened. It examines Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining from the point of view of five contrasting commentators who give us their subtly different take on the movie, and it's up to the spectator to decide whether they are reasonable or far-fetched.
Zeughauskino / Deutsches Historisches Museum / Unter den Linden 2, Berlin 10117, S Hackescher Markt - U2 Hausvogteiplatz - U6 Friedrichstraße / more info
18.00 Albano Alfonso - Anatomia da Luz @ invaliden1
WHY: invaliden1 presents new works by the brazilian artist Albano Afonso. With light as the centre of his interest and fascination, the artist created landscapes and tableaux with different materials to examine its anatomy. Not by chance, constellations, crystals, light bulbs and mirrors are constants in his vocabulary.
invaliden1 / Schönleinstraße 25, Berlin 10967, U8 Schönleinstraße / show open through 19.10 / free entry / more info
19.00 Episode 3: Cézanne beats Pollock @ insitu
WHY: The new group show at insitu reflects and discusses current mechanisms of the art market as well as the art system itself. The presented artworks, which deal with repercussions of the system on artistic production, should be taken seriously for the questions they raise, but in a bittersweet manner enjoyable for their humorous approach.
insitu / Kurfürstenstr. 21-22, 10875 Berlin, U1 Kurfürstenstrasse / show open through 24.10 / free entry / more info
21.00 Promote Diversity @ Berghain / Panorama Bar
WHY: There are several reasons to choose this party out of this week's clubbing offer. Besides for an amazing line-up, it is worth visiting for its noble cause - promoting human rights, equality and tolerance. The entire admission charge of the party will be donated to the globally active ALL OUT organization which conducts campaigns to support LGBT rights.
Berghain – Panorama Bar / Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, S Berlin Ostbahnhof / €10 minimum donation / more info
19.00 Jen Ray @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: In her first institutional solo exhibition, Jen Ray shows large-format colored drawings characterized by motifs from a variety of pop-culture sources. Women are the center of attention, celebrating their victory over patriarchy. This exhibition is also Marc Wellmann’s introduction to his programming as the new artistic director at Haus am Lützowplatz. Jen Ray‘s „critical worldliness“, as he calls it, represents a model for the future direction of Berlin’s oldest art society.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, Berlin 10785 / U1/U2/U3/U4 Nollendorfplatz / show open through 10.11 / free entry / more info
10.00 The End of the 20th Century. The Best is yet to Come @ Hamburger Bahnhof
WHY: The exhibition takes both its cue and its title from Joseph Beuys' sculpture "The End of the 20th Century". It is set to unfold within a series of ten sections which address, expand or contest Beuys' formulation of the future. The dialogue between representative works from the Marx Collection and a selection of internationally acclaimed artistic approaches revolves around the question of what our visions of the world tomorrow reveal about us and the world we live in today.
Hamburger Bahnhof / Invalidenstraße 50-51, Berlin 10557, U6 Naturkundemuseum / show open through 30.03 / more info
10.00 Wild New Territories @ Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
WHY: Wild New Territories - a group exhibition travelling from London to Vancouver to Berlin - presents a broad cross-section of award winning and emerging artists from a variety of backgrounds. It showcases new visual art, media and performance works that explore the interplay between the urban and the wild with outdoor installations and works presented in a gallery setting. Use the last rays of summer sunshine for a stroll in the wonderful botanic garden turned into an exhibition site.
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem / Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, Berlin 14195, S+U9 Rathaus Steglitz / show open through 17.11 / more info
18.00 David Shrigley - Big Shoes @ BQ
WHY: The king of badly drawn art is back in Berlin with a solo show in gallery BQ. This time he strikes with sculptural objects and a new series of works on papers. Even without any preview of what to expect, we're already giggling like schoolgirls. No risk here - David Shrigley's humor is probably still as irresistably charming and guarantees a fun show.
BQ / Weydingerstrasse 10, 10178 Berlin, U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / show open through 26.10 / free entry / more info
19.00 Aykan Safoglu - Off-White Tulips
WHY: In his first solo show in Berlin artist Aykan Safoglu presents his award-winning film Off-White Tulips, a tribute to James Baldwin. In this dense film essay based on old photographs and various images the artist links Baldwins exile in Turkey with own biographical details and an exploration of his native country.
Uqbar / Schwedenstr. 16, Berlin 13357, U8 Osloerstrasse, Pankstrasse / free entry / more info
19.00 Renaud Regnery - Viet Cong @ Klemm's
WHY: The surfaces of Renaud Regnery's images are sanded, burned, dissolved or defiled, and combined with silk-screened interpretations of their own motifs printed with materials like iridescent pigments, holographic foils, iron rust, copper powder, puffy paint and animal blood. Let these complex paintings with hardly anything on them 'painted' challenge your possibilities of recognition and association. And while at it, take a drink and take your time; it's going to be an open-ended evening.
Klemm's / Prinzessinnenstr. 29, Berlin 10969, U8 Moritzplatz / show open through 26.10 / free entry / more info
20.00 Stand Still and Promises @ L'atelier kunst(spiel)raum
WHY: To celebrate two years of artistic activities - exhibitions, performances, residencies, workshops and art fairs - L’Atelier presents its first inaugural group show featuring works from all of its represented artists. The show aims to capture a relationship between both the diversities and singularities of their wide researches. The opening will feature film screening by Benjamin Laurent Aman & Laura Gozlan at 20h and performance by Renata Har, Mandie O’ Connell and Anja Struck at 21h.
L'atelier Kunst Spielraum / Grossbeerenstr. 34, 10965 Berlin, U6/7 Mehringdamm / show open through 10.10 / free entry / more info