Particularly eventful and exciting days ahead require some good planning. Choose your events wisely to make the best of the jubilee edition of the Gallery Weekend (02. - 04.05), or keep it simple with our top ten recommendations for the week.
19.00 Markus Manowski "Nothing Can Go Wrong" - finissage + performance @ L'Atelier-ksr
WHY: To celebrate the closing of "Nothing Can Go Wrong" - the first solo show by the artist and musician Markus Manowski, L'Atelier-ksr presents a musical performance by Bruno Pronsato, Yonatan Levi, and Markus Manowski. The three artists will perform an improvised composition of six motifs taken from Bruno Pronsato's upcoming album "The Bedroom Slant", produced under his alias Archangel.
L'atelier-ksr / Grossbeerenstr 34, 10965 Berlin, U Mehringdamm / free entry / more info
20.00 Kerstin Cmelka - If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right @ PRAXES
WHY: Against the backdrop of Falke Pisano’s "Rehearsal II: Heart Head Hold-up", the Berlin-based artist and occasional radio-host Kerstin Cmelka will perform a live DJ set and radio broadcast "If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right" , exploring female emotional desires and their attempts of expression in pop music.
PRAXES / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, 10969 Berlin, U8 Moritzplatz - U1 Prinzenstr. / free entry / more info
14.00 Month of Performance Art Opening Street Fiesta @ Naunynstrasse 51-54 / outdoor square
WHY: The opening of the Month of Performance Art 2014 will be conveniently celebrated in Kreuzberg on the craziest day of May, with over 40 international performance artists, public interventions, live music, DJs, fine food, and exotic drinks to quench your thirst and keep you moving well into the night.
Naunynstrasse 51-54 - outdoor square / free entry / more info
17.00 Alicja Kwade - Multiples @ Edition Block
WHY: This Friday Edition Block will reopen its doors in a new location, with an exhibition of works by Alicja Kwade. All her multiples from 2008 to 2014 will be shown, including installations, objects and photography.
Edition Block / Pragerstraße 5, 10779 Berlin, U Spichernstr. / ongoing until 26.07 / free entry / more info
18.00 Michael Sailstorfer - Antiherbst @ St. Agnes
WHY: St.Agnes will certainly be one of the hottest spots during the Gallery Weekend, and the visitors of Saistorfer's exhibition will supposedly be confronted with an "extraordinary scenic spectacle". For the primary space in St.Agnes, Sailstorfer has chosen a large-format projection surface, while in the former Lady Chapel, he is exhibiting, for the first time in Germany, one of his latest works "Reibungsverlust am Arbeitsplatz".
St. Agnes / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, 10969 Berlin, U8 Moritzplatz - U1 Prinzenstr. / ongoing until 07.05 / free entry / more info
18.00 David Ostrowski - Emotional Paintings @ Peres Projects
WHY: Some call him lazy, others call him genius, Scarlett Johannson calls him "the future of painting". The young up-and-coming artist's show is a must-see at least for the sake of the hype, and it should ideally generate some debate and new creative/ subversive solutions to the art-world problems (feel free to start from here).
Peres Projects / Karl Marx Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, U5 Weberwiese / ongoing until 21.06 / free entry / more info
19.00 Felix Kiessling - Ausdehnung @ alexander levy
WHY: Felix Kiessling will open a show on Friday dealing with impact on environment, ultimately implying that nothing is set in stone… Including stones - 3.5 tons of them removed by hand from the Elbe river in Hamburg and transported back to Berlin to create what will be the heaviest sculpture ever to be hung from the ceiling of alexander levy gallery. Find out more about the show from the pre-interview with the artist.
alexander levy / Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 26, 10969 Berlin, U6 Kochstr. / ongoing until 21.06 / free entry / more info
19.00 Stefan Rinck - A Sunny Place for Shady People @ Cruise & Callas
WHY: In his solo exhibition "A Sunny Place for Shady People" Stefan Rinck will show his interest in overcoming ontological, epistemological, and religious dualism through transcendency. He will combine black and white marble sculptures, a cactus out of wood with a 3D-projection, and abstract fresco paintings.
Cruise & Callas / Alexandrinenstr. 1, 10969 Berlin, U1 Prinzenstr. / ongoing until 14.05 / free entry / more info
19.00 Joe Biel - Short Stack @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: Joe Biel's work is a poetic clash between beauty and the brutal absurdities of the contemporary world. He frequently places his figurative drawings in a bottomless, negative space. As a result, his figures, torn away from any narrative surroundings, are isolated in their own being. Recurring pictorial themes in his works are humaneness, irony, contradictoriness, change, and transformation.
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstraße 158, 10115 Berlin, U8 Rosenthaler Platz - U6 Oranienburger Tor / ongoing until 14.06 / free entry / more info
17.30 Catherine Lorent - Relegation Delegation Doom Constellation @ L40
WHY: If you do not know Catherine Lorent, you probably remember the name from the 55th Venice Biennale as the name of that artist with a bunch of guitars at the Luxembourg Pavilion. Based on what we already know about the atist, we expect an extraordinary show.
L40 / Linienstrasse 40, 10178 Berlin, U2 Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz / ongoing until 31.05 / free entry / more info