This week's schedule is particularly busy on Valentine's day even in the anti-conventional world of art. From "One Night Stand" to a three-day (af)fair, there will be plenty of special happenings for every (art) lover's taste. To the more adventurous ones who want to make it really memorable this year, we heartily recommend an exciting last minute trip to Stockholm's loveable art fair SUPERMARKET.
19.00 ONE NIGHT STAND #01/NOTE ON „CRAMPOGRAPHIES“ @ KW Institute for Contemporary Art
WHY: At the first evening of the planned ONE NIGHT STAND series, the project space NOTE ON will present "Crampographies", a critical performance and video program which reflects and stimulates the corporeal knowledge as well as the chaotic energy of the (world-)physical cramp from a queer-feminist perspective.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art / Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin / U6 Oranienburger Tor – S Oranienburger Strasse – U8 Rosenthaler Platz / 3€ / more info
18.00 Sara-Lena Maierhofer – Dear Clark @ Feldbuschwiesner
WHY: Sara-Lena Maierhofer discovered the story of Christian Gerhartsreiter through a newspaper article: born in a Bavarian village in 1961, he went to the US as an exchange student and continuously created new identities, until he was finally found out and convicted as Clark Rockefeller. In the visual study, which comprises about seventy photographs and documents, the artist mixes facts and fiction and uncovers the subjectivity of our regard and memory as well as the fragility of perception and identity.
Feldbuschwiesner / Linienstrasse 155, 10115 Berlin, U8 Rosenthaler Platz – S Oranienburger Strasse / show open through 15.03 / free entry / more info
18.00 Lisa Lapinski / Annette Kelm @ Johann König, Berlin
WHY: In her third exhibition at Johann König, Berlin, Lisa Lapinski will present new works, including sculptures, photographs, and a sound piece. The gallery is concurrently presenting a solo exhibition by Annette Kelm.
Johann König, Berlin / Dessauer Strasse 6-7, 10963 Berlin, S+U Potsdamer Platz / shows open through 22.03 / free entry / more info: Lisa Lapinski / Annette Kelm
18.00 Richard Wright - Nine Chains To The Moon @ BQ
WHY: During this extended year-long exhibition, Richard Wright will have the opportunity to visualise the process of his creative work in the form of an exhibition. With the different alterations, such as working over, adding, reducing or deleting, the procedural character and the significance of time as a material in Richard Wright’s works is highlighted. The exhibition is made up of three parts, each of which will be based on what remains of the previous one. “Nine Chains To The Moon” is the first chapter and it picks up the title of a book written in 1938 by R. Buckminster Fuller.
BQ / Weydingerstrasse 10, 10178 Berlin, U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / show open through 14.02.2015 / free entry / more info
20.00 Stargaze Presents @ Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
WHY: Stargaze is an initiative that links international pop artists and bands with ensembles, choirs, and contemporary classical composers. The line-up of this three-day event includes world premieres and new collaborations between ensembles from Berlin and artists from Germany, England and the USA. Each evening is a compilation of three concerts ranging from classical string quartets to minimalist approaches, from punk to choirs to electronic music. Terry Riley's composition “In C““ will be reinterpreted by selected artists such as Nils Frahm, Pantha du Prince, Mouse on Mars, Tyondai Braxton, Owen Pallet and others.
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / Linienstrasse 227, 10178 Berlin, U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info
20.00 Super Valentine's Event: Catalogue Release - "Die lustige Grube" @ Das Gift
WHY: After the exhibition project "Die lustige Grube" in Leipziger Straße 31 closed its gates, a print version of the exhibitions that took place between June and September 2013 was released, which will be conveniently celebrated this Friday with a Valentine's Day Special.
Das Gift / Donaustrasse 119, 12043 Berlin, U7 Rathaus Neukölln / free entry / more info
SUPERMARKET @ Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
WHY: Despite its name, Scandinavia’s largest art fair is not a supermarket. It is a platform for the newest, most vital and innovative international art. With over 80 exhibitors from 30 countries worldwide it is the single largest international art event in Scandinavia. The theme for this year's fair will be Difference(s), with a focus on diversity: geographic, economic, artistic and interpretive differences and similarities. In addition to the exhibition, the event includes a seminar programme, a performance art stage and a meeting programme for networking.
14–16 February @ Kulturhuset Stadsteatern / 3rd & 5th floor, Sergels torg, 103 27 Stockholm / one day entrance SEK 120, weekend pass (3 day) including catalogue/magazine SEK 240 / opening hours: Friday 11 - 22, Saturday–Sunday 11 - 20 / more info
18.00 Yinka Shonibare MBE – Making Eden @ Blain|Southern
WHY: Bringing together a body of entirely new work across two floors of the gallery, Making Eden explores the theme of revolution, drawing a stark contrast between the utopian ideals inherent in anarchic action and the darker realities of its consequences. Particularly pertinent in today’s global climate of social and political disillusionment, Shonibare explores both historical and contemporary cycles of revolution, seeking to demonstrate the destructive patterns of human behaviour that repeat themselves across time.
Blain|Southern / Potsdamer Straße 77–87, 10785 Berlin, U2 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park / show open through 19.04 / free entry / more info
12.00 A Sign in the Northwest Passage @ insitu
WHY: Within the framework of "Episode 5: in the beginning", insitu hosts Kevin Schmidt's presentation "A Sign in the Northwest Passage". Schmidt will introduce the audience to the journey of a large sign that displays ominous texts from the Book of Revelations, placed by the artist in the ice of Tuktoyaktuk, Canada in 2011. Describing in vivid detail the decimation of the earth and of humankind, the sculpture broadcasts a warning that it seems no one is actually present to receive. For a good start to the day insitu will have coffee, tea and croissants ready for the guests.
insitu / Kurfürstenstraße 21-22, 10785 Berlin, U1 Kurfürstenstraße / free entry / more info