By all means, it is getting hot in here. Says the weather forecast, your average instagram feed & the eternal battle of hot dogs vs legs, but also our art calender - the hottest topics of the next two weeks are passion, lust & love. Welcome back, Summer. We missed you.
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18.00 Corraxoma @ Galerie koal
WHY: Guest curator Arne Reimann shows two artistic positions that interact with the gallery space, the first on a sculptural level, the second on a pictorial one. Whilst the two artists’ approach to their respective subject matter differs greatly at first sight, one senses a shared interest in blurring formal and iconographic information in their work. Despite their abstract appearance, the starting point for both Thomas Musehold’s and Markus Saile’s drawings, sculptures and paintings remains the figure.
Galerie koal / Leipziger Strasse 47, 10117 Berlin, U Spittelmarkt / open through 08.08 / free entry / more info
19.00 Lisa Stertz - "Love." - Performance Series @ Somos
WHY: Love cannot be rationalised. Over and over again it is contextualised by society where one is implored towards romance but also warned against it. One is made aware that the process of love is inexplicable and extraordinary, and yet, the only way to grasp it is to intellectualise it. The exhibition, held over three days, constitutes an amorphous and reflexive approach to this elusive subject through a progressive body of performance. At the same time it is an ever-changing installation, which traces the inevitable process of cocooning and uncluttering, deconstructing and unbinding.
Somos / Kottbusser Damm 95, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / ongoing until 03.07 / more info
18.00 My Lonely Days Are Gone / Part 2 @ Arratia Beer
WHY: In 2010 ,"My Lonely Days Are Gone" brought together ten contemporary artists to explore the potential of a given physical space to generate wall works that commented on the role of abstraction. Part 2 continues to explore the connection among edge to edge images and the ready-made architectural set-up of the space. The non-permanent, site specific pieces juxtapose, at times, several techniques to probe the impact of specific interventions interacting with each other and within the space. Featured works by Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Claudia Comte, Tatjana Doll, Friederike Feldmann, Caroline Kryzecki, Matt Mullican, Christine Streuli, and Lily van der Stokker.
Arratia Beer / Potsdamer Str. 87, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstr. / open through 01.08 / free entry / more info
19.00 Love and Lyric are Purposeless @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: In her artworks, Galli presents the experiences of everyday life as mythological, weird, magical scenes. Her works tell of the struggle with the daily banalities, puzzling moments of sexuality and desire, frustration and longing. “Love and Lyric are Purposeless” gathers a selection of her artist books, flashcards, notebooks, works on paper and canvas. It is a comprehensive exhibition by one of the most prominent artists in Berlin in the 1970s, whose works still speak with intensity, originality, and wonderful wit.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / open through 30.08 / free entry / more info
17.00 Porn Porn Porn @ EIGEN + ART Lab
WHY: Although conceived as a 'corny, porny show', a provocative play with the stereotype of summer nights in Berlin, "Porn Porn Porn" evolved into a pertinent subject for discussion. It brings together Armin Boehm, Birgit Brenner, Martin Eder, Amelie Grözinger, Philip Grözinger, Julia Holzberger, Lou Hoyer, Alex Lebus, Stu Mead, Andreas Mühe, Hanna Putz and Ulrike Theusner, whose works are showing us how art and pornography are incrementally merging. A commonality for the exhibited works, which are diverse in medium and scale - from photography, drawing, painting, sound and collage - is the mediation of pornography as inspiration and subject for the artist.
EIGEN + ART Lab / Torstr. 220, 10115 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / open through 31.07 / free entry / more info
19.00 We Are All Prostitutes / Post Identity Art @ Burnrate
WHY: Burnrate is a new art space located physically in Charlottenburg, stylistically in the 1980s. A commercial space which seeks to be both a store for postmodern artefacts, and a project space. It is also a statement of the two artists who stand behind the project: they claim the beginning of the post contemporary art era. With Burnrate's debut show, they pose questions such as: why does the Persian artist born in Germany HAVE to work with rugs? Why does the gay artist HAVE to use pink and/ or leather? Why does the Jewish artist HAVE to make art out of bagels? Why is that white people CAN‘T dance?! The inaugural performance evening brings up the fact that many artists are personally offended by the imposed “imperative” to embody their Identity.
Burnrate / Hohenzollerndamm 201, 10717 Berlin, U Hohenzollernplatz / ongoing until 05.07 / free entry / more info
19.00 Mario Asef – Statements @ Maniére Noire
WHY: Mario Asef’s work detains both language and reality (the cultural engine that produces it) with a minimal intervention that modifies their landscape. He respects the structural elements of language or cultural situations, and then introduces a slight modification that provokes a twist, a bristle that detains some elements of our cultural structure in an unexpected angle. Finally, he puts them back to roll into the structure, now affected and changed, and, most of all, exposed to our perception.
Maniére Noire / Waldenserstraße 7a, 10551 Berlin, U Turmstr. / open through 22.07 / free entry / more info
19.30 Annual Report: LOVELACE :: Performative Interventions by Alex Turgeon, Lindsay Lawson & Jenna Sutela @ Import Projects
WHY: In the frame of "Annual report: LOVELACE", a presentation of the Scandinavian artist collective and project space TOVES, Alex Turgeon will perform "Some Faggot Poems"; Lindsay Lawson will give an extract from the script to her upcoming feature film "The Smiling Rock" – a quasi-narrative constructed around a woman who falls in love with a rock listed on eBay; and Jenna Sutela will read her text "Noise Tribe Speaking-Out-of-Control", exploring language as a virus and encryption as poetry. The interventions will take place at Import Projects coinciding with the opening of Iain Ball’s solo exhibition at Future Gallery. Sommerfest and DJ until 22h.
Import Projects / Keithstr. 10, 10787 Berlin, U Wittenbergplatz / free entry / more info
19.00 Passion. Fan-Behaviour and Art @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien
WHY: Rock music takes centre stage in the exhibition “Passion. Fan-Behaviour and Art”. Before Internet and social networks existed, music fans wrote each other letters, exchanged photos, designed posters or published magazines, music cassettes were tape-recorded and their covers decorated ornamentally. The artists reflect on how the fans' flow of passion is articulated, what objects of desire exist, and how the mass media and popular culture respond to the expression of fandom. They voice personal rock music interests and show the power of the analogue message with their works.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kottbusser Str. 10, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / open through 09.08 / free entry / more info
12.00 Photo-Poetics: An Anthology @ Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
WHY: “Photo-Poetics” documents a development in art of the past decade. It is conceived as an anthology, a vehicle to individually showcase each artist’s influential contemporary practice. The ten featured artists contemplate the nature, traditions, and magic of photography at a moment characterized by its rapid digital transformation. They rematerialize the medium through meticulous printing, using film and other disappearing photo technologies, and by creating photo-sculptures, installations, and artist’s books. Theirs is a sort of “photo poetics,” an art that self-consciously investigates the laws of photography and the nature of photographic representation, reproduction, and the photographic object.
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle / Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin, U Franzözische Str. / open through 30.08 / more info