New year has barely begun, and we are already popping new bottles of champagne: daadgalerie invites for a housewarming party to the new home in Kreuzberg and KW reopens its renovated chambers for its 25th birthday. Meanwhile art's birthday is celebrated worldwide and the Fashion Week makes a round in Berlin. Cheers to all!
15.00 Uncertain States – Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency @ Akademie der Künste
WHY: The ongoing exhibition project „Uncertain States“ combines an experiential space created from objects found in the Academy’s archives with an exhibition of contemporary art, and thinking space (Denkraum) for scholars, activists and artists. Last few days of the project offer a rich program of discussions and lectures – from a pop-up office on Thursday with FLEX and KW, where a group of artists from Germany is advising and supporting refugees who are cultural practitioners, to the finissage with curators' talk on Sunday at 16h.
Akademie der Künste / Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, S Bellevue, U Hansaplatz / ongoing until 15.01 / more info
18.30 Opening of the new daadgalerie @ Oranienstr. 161
WHY: The positive marking of a place, the identification with a location and its negative counterpart, places of anxiety, as well as the space of digital isolation where bonds between people vanish, are guiding themes of a series of events presented by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program on the occasion of the opening of its new venue on Oranienstraße in Kreuzberg. The opening program continues until January 22 with exhibition, concerts, readings, films, and performances.
daadgalerie / Oranienstr. 161, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / ongoing until 22.01 / more info
18.00 Walid Siti – „The Black Tower“ @ Zilberman Gallery – Berlin
WHY: Walid Siti’s oeuvre draws heavily on his lived experience of exile and loss, yet at first glance that is not apparent from his abstract landscapes and geometric and architectural structures. His work is characterised by subtle poetics and politics of form. Zilberman Gallery – Berlin presents his first solo exhibition in Germany, „The Black Tower“, curated by Nat Muller. The exhibiton premieres new works by the London-based Iraqi-Kurdish artist, including works that are site-specific to the gallery space on Goethestrasse.
Zilberman Gallery – Berlin / Goethestr. 82, 10623 Berlin, U ernst-Reuter-Platz / open through 25.02 / more info
19.00 Silence (Stille) @ Group Global 3000 e.V.
WHY: In the group exhibition revolving around „silence“, 18 artists will show their positions with objects, photography, painting, graphics, video, sound, and performance. The opening will feature musical improvisation by Whathappensnext Ensemble. On several Fridays throughout the duration of the show there will be artists talks, lectures, and performances to accompany the show.
Group Global 3000 e.V. / Leuschnerdamm 19, 10999 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 10.03 / more info
18.30 Never Shown on Purpose @ Circle1 - Platform for Art & Culture
WHY: Within the artistic process works emerge that don't seem to fit into the artist's practice. For this show, 15 artists have been invited to propose a work they have never shown before for various reasons; some were never accepted as finished because they failed, looked overdrawn, or simply appeared not good enough, while others seemed too personal or intimate to show. Saturday is the last day to view the show, with the performance by Chryssa Tsampazi.
Circle1 - Platform for Art & Culture / Mittenwalder Str. 47, 10961 Berlin, U Gneisenaustr. / open through 14.01 / more info
16.00 Kaltblut´s Conceptual Collections by Nico Sutor-Leaf-Perlensäue @ Blogfabrik
WHY: The Berlin Fashion Week returns to rescue us from the winter blues. From January 17 to 20, numerous venues across the city will be all about fashion, including our lovely office Blogfabrik, which teams up with KALTBLUT Magazine to present Conceptual Collections by Nico Sutor – Leaf – Perlensäue. Press and bloggers are welcome from 16h, everyone else from 16h30 (rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org till 16.01.2017).
Blogfabrik / Oranienstr. 185, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info
17.00 Akos Birkas – „Im Wandel“ @ Galerie EIGEN + ART
WHY: Galerie EIGEN + ART presents solo exhibition of paintings by Akos Birkas, one of the most significant Hungarian artists since the 1970s. Very characteristic for his work are the large-size and the expressive colour structure. The paintings open up the viewer electric atmosphere, carefully arranged scenes, where everyday situations, out of political events are treated.
Galerie EIGEN + ART / Auguststr. 26, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 25.02 / more info
19.00 René Wirths – „Das Was Bleibt“ @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: René Wirths is known for a novel form of still life. The carefully selected objects, which he takes as "models" in his studio, are transformed into pictures on large-scale canvases. In the exhibition titled „Das Was Bleibt“, René Wirths can also be experienced as a portraitist. Both genres supplement and penetrate each other in his work in a variety of ways, and are based on a deeply socially understood humanism and his own body as a medium of perception.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / open through / more info
19.00 Opening Weekend @ KW Institute for Contemporary Art
WHY: After the first period of renovation, KW announces its new artistic program and celebrates its 25th anniversary with exhibitions by Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman, reflecting on the work of Ian Wilson. Additionally a program of performances, concerts, lectures, and screenings titled „The Weekends“ will take place at KW and throughout the city until May. Weekend #1 presents pieces by Guy de Cointet, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and Miet Warlop.
KW / Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info
18.00 SMALL – an exploration of miniature @ Sexauer Gallery
WHY: The miniature is an experimental space and a projecting surface, which creates a sensual tension between recognition and alienation. In the exhibition SMALL, more than forty artists will be showing their perspective on the miniature through forms of reduction, compression or references in different media from painting to video. The artist Jay Gard will design the exhibition architecture.
Sexauer Gallery / Streustr. 90, 13086 Berlin, Station Friesickestraße Straßenbahn 12 & M13 / open through 11.02 / free entry / more info