Jutta Koether (31.08 @ PRAXES)
Prepare your artiest outfits for this week of one opening after another, and make sure you save the finest one for Saturday when Berlin art scene becomes richer for a great new project space.
19.00 Languageleaps @ Galeria Plan B
WHY: ‘Languageleaps’ is an investigation of how language is transposing through fiction and art, creating narratives within the gallery space. The opening night will include two readings / performances by John Holten and Hanne Lippard .The artists and writers whose works are going to be exhibited are John Holten, Hanne Lippard, Saskia Noor Van Imhoff, Calla Henkel and Max Pitergoff, Marius Engh, Lorenzo Sandoval and Matei Cioata.
Galeria Plan B / Potsdamer Strasse 77-87, 2. HH, Berlin 10785, U1 Kurfürstenstraße / show open through 31.08 / free entry / more info
19.00 Arte Postale @ Akademie der Künste
WHY: The exhibition displays illustrated letters, artist postcards and mail art from the Academy's art collection and archive and the Staeck collection. The Academy presents never-before-seen or rare treasures from its archives, including letters and cards by George Grosz, Else Lasker-Schüler, postal art by Hans Scharoun, watercolour messages by Sarah Kirsch, and illustrated letters by Einar Schleef. The Staeck collection primarily presents the numerous artist letters and postcards received from artists like Joseph Beuys, Jonathan Meese and others from the late 1960s onwards.
Akademie der Künste / Pariser Platz 4, Berlin 10117, U55 + S1,S2, S25 Brandenburger Tor /show open through 08.12 / free entry / more info
19.30 Future Shorts Film Festival @ Katerholzig
WHY: Future Shorts encompasses one of the world’s leading short film distribution labels, representing a catalogue of original, award-winning films from across the globe. Berlin Film Society will host the Summer edition of the world’s biggest pop-up film festival at Katerholzig, which is unfortunately soon to close its doors forever. This unique event will also be followed by Katerholzig Club Night that is generously included in the price.
Katerholzig / Michaelkirchstrasse 23, 10179 Berlin, U8 Heinrich-Heine-Strasse / €8 / rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org / more info
10.00 National Gallery Prize For Young Art 2013 @ Hamburger Bahnhof
WHY: The four nominated artists Kerstin Brätsch, Mariana Castillo Deball, Simon Denny and Haris Epaminonda will show selections of their work. The decision as to the 2013 winner will be announced at the award-ceremony on 19 September at the Hamburger Bahnhof. Since this year, the prize consists in a solo exhibition presented by the Nationalgalerie in one of it's six house, and this exhibition will take place for the first time in 2014. But this is not really WHY you should visit. All four of these artists have presented amazing works in the past and have a surprisingly rich CV- plus we heard there will be some protest side action...
Hamburger Bahnhof / Invalidenstraße 50-51, Berlin 10557, U6 Naturkundemuseum / show open through 12.01 / more info
18.00 Nika Radić & Annie Davey @ LoBe London Berlin
WHY: With no pretence of collaboration during their residency at LoBe, Annie and Nika decided to help each other in their own projects developed independently for the LoBe space. Annie Davey explored the historical and contemporary relationships between holidays and artist residencies, with their shared promise of reflection, immersion, escape and, sometimes, sex. Nika Radić questioned if the art is really in the eye of the beholder or in the creative process; if an artist can really determine what the viewer will see when looking at a finished artwork. She has invited Annie Davey to give her interpretation of the piece and has changed it according to the new interpretation.
LoBe / Schererstraße 7, 13347 Berlin, U9 Nauenerplatz / show open through 21.09 / free entry / more info
18.00 Trashing Utopia @ Feldbuschwiesner
WHY: Jenny Michel's ongoing fasciniation with the idea of paradise takes a turn to an investigation of its destructive side: Cast-off fragments from earlier sculptures are transformed into intricate new collages, visualizations of the neverendling accumulation of knowledge in contemporary society.
Feldbuschwiesner / Linienstrasse 155, 10115 Berlin, S Oranienburger Strasse - U Oranenburger Tor - U Rosenthaler Platz / show open through 05.10 / free entry / more info
19.00 Jörn Vanhöfen - Disturbia @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: Jörn Vanhöfen compels anyone observing his pictures not only to consume them, but to really read the images. He calls himself a “political landscape photographer,” whose minimalistic images achieve clarity, and whose landscapes “would like to portray the confrontation with cultural idiosyncrasies.”
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstraße 158, Berlin 10115, U6 Oranienburger Tor / U8 Rosentaler Platz / show open through 19.10 / free entry / more info
19.00 Gerard Byrne: Recent Works / Jutta Koether: Viktoria @ PRAXES
WHY: If you haven't already heard the news: an exciting new not-for-profit art venue Praxes is about to open in Kreuzberg this week. For the inaugural exhibition cycle Praxes will present two parallel strings of exhibitions by Gerard Byrne (Dublin/Copenhagen) and Jutta Koether (Berlin/New York). Join the opening reception to meet the founders and the artists and find out more about what's new in the Berlin art scene from this Saturday on. The festivities will continue through the night at St. Agnes with DJs, drinks and food.
Praxes / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, Berlin 10969, U Prinzenstrasse; Hallesches Tor / show open through 15.09 / free entry / more info