Spring Break, April 1st, Easter feast… In the next two weeks packed with leisure activities, try not to miss the first / last opportunity to visit some art spaces. While some wonderful galleries are closing, others are (re)opening. Even though it is partly sad news, the only way is to raise the glasses to all the lovely gallery people and their bright futures, and celebrate as it is.
17.00 Credits – Farewell exhibition @ Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
WHY: You have probably heard the news: the next exhibition at Galerie Christian Ehrentraut is going to be the last one. After 7 years on Friedrichstrasse 123, the gallery will be closing on 31.03. "Credits", a group exhibition with new works of many of the artists who worked with the gallery over the past years, will be on view from March 25 to 29. Furthermore, a small shop will open in the gallery basement with a variety of low priced prints and editions, catalogues, books and magazines available for sale.
Galerie Christian Ehrentraut / Friedrichstr. 123, 10117 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / free entry / more info
18.30 DEVOUR! Social Cannibalism, political redefinition and architecture @ ZK/U
WHY: Discussions and presentations at ZKU focus on recent global phenomena on the former East-West axis. The presentations explore concrete cases in which the disproportions and hypocrisia of political discourse after the fall of communism have potentiated the mutations that communist dictatorships have produced in cities in Romania, Serbia, or Croatia. After the talks and presentations music from 20h by Mietzsche. Mini-exhibition will be open on the 27th and 28th.
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik / Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin, U Birkenstr./ free entry / more info
19.00 Yinon Avior, Kolja Gollub & Christopher Wierling @ Galerie koal
WHY: Galerie koal is moving to a new space on Leipziger Strasse, which we dearly welcome, since we now became neighbors in this new it-street. Come check out the new space and its first exhibition. The gallery is preparing a strong first impression for the visitors by showing works by three talented young artists: Yinon Avior, Kolja Gollub, and Christopher Wierling.
Galerie koal / Leipziger Str. 47, 10117 Berin, U Stadtmitte / open through 25.04 / free entry / more info
20.00 Curse @ PRAXES
WHY: "Curse" is a musical performance by artists Jason Dodge, Chris Evans, and Morten Norbye Halvorsen, followed by a reading by poet Matthew Dickman. This event coincides with the opening of a two-week installation of "The Rock and The Judge" by Chris Evans at PRAXES. Following "A Needle Walks Into A Haystack", a ring created by a luxury jeweler in response to the Liverpool Biennial’s press release, "The Rock and The Judge" presents a drawing of a judge made by a policeman, confronted by a sculpture made by Evans.
PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, 10969 Berlin, U Prinzenstr. / free entry / more info
19.00 Koki Tanaka – "A Vulnerable Narrator" @ Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
WHY: The Japanese artist Koki Tanaka references the history of “art activism” and views his work as a gentle sustainable approach to this movement. His “Artist of the Year” exhibition “A Vulnerable Narrator” at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin is a laboratory of sorts, one that ties together a decade's worth of projects, ideas, and documents. It traces Tanaka's path from early experiments with mass-produced goods and materials, to his collaborative actions and performances. Talk with the artist and Hou Hanru takes place at the KunstHalle at 19h.
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle / Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin, U Franzozische Str. / open through 25.05 / more info
19.00 Grand Finale @ Lady Fitness
WHY: Lady Fitness has to wrap up her gear and move on, but not before one last celebration. And it looks like the Finale is going to be seriously Grand: with about 60 artists and an afterparty with an open end. This might be a sad occasion to celebrate, but the best way to say goodbye is to turn the frowns upside down, raise glasses and wish Lady Fitness team all the best in the challenges to come.
Lady Fitness / Stromstr. 11-17, 10551 Berlin, U Turmstr. / free entry / more info
19.00 Facets @ GSL Projekt
WHY: „Facets” is a group exhibition featuring Elisabeth Mladenov, Simon Mullan, Fresh White and Michaela Zimmer. The works in the exhibition draw attention to material processes and the worked surfaces that are their product. Processes, which however are not independent from the physicality and bodily presence of their production, or of the cultural spaces they inhabit and engage with.
GSL Projekt / Novalisstr. 7, 10117 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / show open through 18.04 / free entry / more info
19.00 Still, Moving, Materialized @ DAM Gallery
WHY: Eelco Brand uses different forms of representation; he is creating drawings, pictures and 3D animations. What they all have in common is their irritating and sometimes amusing nature. While looking at his animations, it becomes obvious that they are missing a narrative structure, they do not reveal more than they show, and nonetheless point to something else. The artist often deals with nature and ecology.
DAM Gallery / Neue Jakobstraße 6, 10179 Berlin, U Heinrich-Heine-Str. / open through 23.05 / free entry / more info
19.00 Better Luck Next Time @ Schur-Narula
WHY: Schur-Narula presents its inaugural exhibition „Better Luck Next Time“, with recent works by Luther Kroman and George Leo Sanders. In their works, both artists employ the visual language of athletics, surrounding these images of sports and games with a sort of wistful humor. Many pieces feature scenes that, in their reference to childhood, create a strong nostalgia; however, the works also succeed in pulling this world of games into the present, making them the scene of a dialogue about the ways in which we choose to spend our time.
Schur-Narula / Berthelsdorfer Str 8 (at Oh Pamela), 12043 Berlin, U Karl-Marx-Str. / open through 26.04 / free entry / more info