Anish Kapoor- "Kapoor in Berlin" at Martin Gropius Bau 18.05-24.11.2013
This week we take you to a musical exhibition, a visual concert, a talk, a feast, an enigmatic event, an all-in-one event, a huge opening and some small but interesting ones. Take advantage of the friendly weather and our efforts to assemble the best to-do list.
19.00 Talk: Fred Meier-Menzel – From the Nude Portrait through to the Political Activist. Autonomous and Heteronomous Body Presentation of Women in Egypt @ Uqbar
WHY: Communication designer Fred Meier-Menzel will draw a multi facetted body-image of the female Egyptian while taking case studies from the fine arts, fashion design, politics, society, university education, work world and the private sphere. With a resourceful knowledge of the topic, she will take a look behind the pictures from different angles, also with a series of video interviews that she recently guided in Cairo.
Uqbar / Schwedenstr. 16, 13357 Berlin, U8/U9 Osloer Strasse / free entry / more info
20.00 Polymorphism #5: William Basinski, The Haxan Cloak, PRSZR @ Berghain - Panorama Bar
WHY: The posters aroud the city have been warning us for a while: the 5th edition of CTM’s Polymorphism series brings together sound artists William Basinski and The Haxan Cloak, along with PRSZR and Fearplay. Basinski has a long history of experimentation with various media at concerts, performances, installations and film projects; this concert will include visuals by his partner and filmmaker James Elaine. On Thursday Polymorphism continues with the 6th edition, presenting two pioneers of electronic music - Charanjit Singh and A Guy Called Gerald, who will give a rare 100% analog improvised live jam.
Berghain – Panorama Bar / Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, S Berlin Ostbahnhof / €19 / more info
17.00 Philip Grözinger - Sunny Side Up @ Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
WHY: Philip Grözinger cites motives of young adult adventure novels and trashy sci-fi movies in his post-apocalyptic landscape paintings. What you're about to see are martial little men and grotesque hybrid creatures with insatiable lust for destruction, zombie-esque figures with bared teeth and pink tentacles that grow out of the barren soil in sulfuric light. This might be especially interesting to the lighthearted opening-goers who seek a bit of bad-taste sunshine in the often too serious white cubes.
Galerie Christian Ehrentraut / Friedrichstrasse 123, U6 Oranienburger Tor / show open through 29.6. / free entry / more info
17.00 Street Food Thursday @ Markthalle Neun
WHY: You should really stop counting on free food and drinks at the openings. It's always a plus if there is some, but try to refrain from turning it into your means of nutrition. On the way between two events, we recommend you to visit a real feast at Markthalle Neun, and enjoy some artfully prepared sidewalk delicacies from around the world. You might even want to make it your regular Thursday thing.
Markthalle Neun / Eisenbahnstrasse 42, 10997 Berlin, U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof / every Thursday / free entry / more info
19.00 Connected for the Moment: @ Möhrenstrasse 11
WHY: Iman Rezai, the new enfant terrible of the Berlin art scene, known for art (or criminal?) actions such as hacking into email system of Neue Nationalgalerie and threatening to decapitate a sheep, participates in another project with a possibly controversial outcome. Without much informations on the event, a list of 26 participating artists is given along with their online contacts. The Wikipedia link to the history of the name of the street Möhrenstrasse, in which this 'inauguration' (as they called it in the flyer) takes place, might be taken as a hint. This seems to be the kind of event that everybody is going to talk about, so try not to miss it.
Möhrenstrasse 11, 10117 Berlin, U2 Möhrenstrasse / more info
21.00 Rue de Plaisance & Virassamy @ Zirkumflex
WHY: Zirkumflex has been working with Parisian label Rue de Plaisance since its inception two years ago, with Virassamy (founder of Zirkumflex) as their graphic designer and illustrator. In the occasion of Rue de Plaisance’s 10th release “Help” by Varoslav, Zirkumflex will be exhibiting the 10 original artworks drawn by Virassamy for each release created until now. For this celebration of happily married Graphics and Music, Zirkumflex will host sets from Rue de Plaisance newcomer Alan Doe (live), label founder Varoslav (Dj set) and some very special guests. As a continuation of this event, a special Rue de Plaisance label night will take place at Tresor on May 24th.
Zirkumflex / Fontanestr., 10249 Berlin, U8 Boddinstrasse / show open through 13.06. / free entry / more info
19.00 / 21.00 Musik in der Wolke @ Akademie der Künste
WHY: Musik in der Wolke is a project within the framework of the exhibition Kultur:Stadt, which reflects on the relations between art and culture on the one hand and city planning and design on the other. From a variety of related events happenning this month, we picked a diverse evening starting at 19h with a lecture 'Sound Atmospheres in Cities and Architecture' by Gernot Böhme, and continued at 21h by a concert with films, videos and works by Walter Ruttmann / Pierre Henry, Thomas Köner and Robert Lippok.
Akademie der Künste / Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, U9 Hansaplatz/S Berlin Bellevue / €10/€5 / more info
10.00 Anish Kapoor @ Martin-Gropius-Bau
WHY: We are pretty sure that we don't need to explain who Anish Kapoor is. One of the most eminent contemporary artists in the world has his first major exhibition in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau, where about 70 of his works will be on display for the next six months. He will use the whole of the ground floor including the atrium, with some of the works particularly designed for the venue, which might take some epic proportions in the spirit of his impressive large scale sculptures and installations.
Martin-Gropius-Bau / Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, U2 Potsdamer Platz / show open through 24.11. / €11/ €8 / more info