Scroll through our latest best-of in Berlin: we have some sweet exhibition openings and events lined up to get you through this short yet turbulent month gracefully.
17.00 Marc Desgrandchamps – "Standbilder" @ Galerie EIGEN + ART
WHY: Marc Desgrandchamps is a painter and engraver, as well as one of the most important representatives of contemporary French painting. For the last twenty years, Desgrandchamps' pictures have relied increasingly on photography and cinema. At their inception, his references were ancient and modern paintings from museums, from Poussin to Beckmann, right through to Malevich. Over these he superimposes film stills, photographs taken during his travels, and sometimes images clipped from the press.
Galerie EIGEN + ART / Auguststr. 26, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 07.04 / more info
18.00 Todd Reece Johnson – "Fossils" @ SomoS
WHY: The photographs in Todd Johnson's „Fossils“ series were taken around the urban landscape and later buried there. Distilled over lengthy durations, these film transparencies interact with minerals and humidity of the soil to decay, transform, and mutate over time. This material process is an attempt to collaborate with place by allowing elements of the landscape to more overtly steer the photographic inscription process. Through collaboration with the landscape, Fossils presents the inherent disorder, chaos, turmoil and beauty of nature.
SomoS / Kottbusser Damm 95, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / open through 24.02 / more info
18.00 "Casting the Rain Shadow" – Group Show @ HilbertRaum
WHY: The group show “Casting the Rain Shadow“ references the meteorological term Rain Shadow, which serves as a poetic point of departure for the four featured artists. Stefanie Loveday's photographs investigate material and forces of energy and time within them. Julie Beugin's paintings are plays of gesture and fluidity inspired by light play and architecture. Nam Nguyen investigates atmospheric effects in painting out of raw pigments, while Rocco Ruglio-Misurell works with debris and found objects to create airy images and sculptures.
HilbertRaum / Reuterstr. 31, 12047 Berlin, U Hermannplatz / open through 25.02 / more info
18.00 Diango Hernández – "Eras Imaginarias" @ Galerie Barbara Thumm
WHY: In his exhibition “Eras Imaginarias”, featuring works from 2015 to 2018, Diango Hernández dedicates himself to the dynamic power of the imagination that is inextricably linked to the perception of recorded events. Based on the historical developments in his home country Cuba, he investigates the possible readings of history, and how their static interpretations can be dissolved through poetry and visual metaphors, transforming them into individual memories.
Galerie Barbara Thumm / Markgrafenstr. 68, 10969 Berlin, U Stadtmitte / open through 21.04 / more info
18.00 Pan Daijing – "In Service of a Song" @ Eden Eden
WHY: Rooted in noise music, Pan Daijing's raw approach as a composer and performer takes many forms; primarily performance art, sound, dance and installation, hinging heavily on improvisation and acts of storytelling. One of the most uprising figures in the current avant-garde, who has showcased her work and performed in venues such as Palais de Tokyo and Berghain, is preparing a one-month exhibition and one-off performance night at Eden Eden. Be there on the opening night at 20h sharp for the live show.
Eden Eden / Bülowstr. 74, 10783 Berlin, U Bülowstr. / open through 17.03 / more info
19.00 Martin Skauen – "Small Talk" @ Frankfurt am Main
WHY: Martin Skauen is interested in the suspension of reason and the seeking of sense and meaning within the irrational. With his imaginative art world critique, absurd depictions of the creative artistic process, and casually deep and hilarious observations of modern life, Skauen’s work can be read in terms of the Surrealist strategy of rupture and discord; his subjects are located directly between ordinary experience and pure chaotic contingency.
Frankfurt am Main / Wildenbruch Str. 15, 12045 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukölln / open through 18.03 / more info
19.00 Artist Talk with Gülsün Karamustafa & Necmi Sönmez @ Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
WHY: Fahrelnissa Zeid had a strong impact on the development of Turkish Modernism. During her life she influenced younger generations of artists in Europe and the Middle East. What role does her art play today for the work of contemporary artists and their artistic emancipation? Gülsün Karamustafa talks with freelance curator Necmi Sönmez about artistic equality in today’s Turkish art scene, Zeid as a role model, and why these „bridge figures“ are important.
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle / Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin, U Französische Str. / more info
19.00 Madelon Hooykaas – "Virtual Walls / Real Walls" @ Scotty
WHY: Scotty presents a performance with audio/video projection and live drawing by the Dutch artist Madelon Hooykaas. The performance sequence started on September 2017 in Venice and continued in December in Amsterdam. „Virtual Walls“ is about the disrupted balance between the numbers of tourists and the residents of both cities. With „Real Walls“, the artist is questioning the function of walls nowadays – whether they serve to protect us from outside danger, or actually to stop our own aggression.
Scotty / Oranienstr. 46, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / more info