What Did I Miss/ What Did I Not Miss 09.05 - 11.05

What Did I Miss/ What Did I Not Miss 09.05 - 11.05

Jinran Kim's show, and especially its title, could not have been a better match for the weather on Friday. The paintings seemed washed-out, and made the picture complete with the visitors who looked like they just came in to hide from the sudden shower.
The other part of the show had a special bond with the location. With the zen level of a Kim Ki-duk movie, the almost empty Galerie im Körnerpark was the perfect place for the part of the show that recreated the artist's very personal world. It is basically as if you are stepping into someone's bedroom where everything is overly exposed.
If it was not the artist's intention to show everything, from her underwear to her monthly soap diary, it would feel plain voyeuristic. But it actually feels inviting; maybe a weird way to put it, but entering this world feels like that moment while reading a book, when fiction becomes your primary reality.
+12 for the soap diary
Friday, 9 May
Jinran Kim - After the Rain @ Galerie im Körnerpark
Schillerpalais presents an exhibition around the theme collage, with works by the seven artists - Dan Daughters, Rozenn Le Gall, Patrick Fürli, Christian Elixmann, Isabel Ride Meyer, Heike Weber and Stefan Schneider. Very fun and likeable show with some beautiful works on display, although the same tricks are repeated in most of the series of works (deconstructed women with dislocated body parts were a popular leitmotif).
Some minus points for the lack of remarkable originality, and some pluses for the show being enjoyable even as predictable as it is. With a constant flow of drinks and a safe choice of music, the opening kept people around the gallery for quite a long time, even in the rain.
And the most overlooked work in the show is...
Friday, 9 May
Cut Ups - A Collage Show @ Schillerpalais
Friday, 9 May
Papers @ Das Gift

"Papers" is a fun little group show with works by Stamatis Papazoglou, Nico Kraus, Stephen Kent, and Johannes Rodenacker. Unpretentious, unambitious, with a loose concept and probably put together based on the friendship of the artists.

Vincenz Sala was one of the rare galleries whose program was not affected by the Gallery Weekend, and the visitors of the opening on Saturday obviously could not care less that the Eurovision was happening while they were cheerfully chatting around the few artworks. It did not even feel like Berlin there - it was much more mature and...sober?
I am not sure if it is objectively the right word for the atmosphere there, because it could be related to the contrast that occured when I arrived hungover, looking opposite of representative, among the fresh crowd that just had their first glass of wine. Somehow it happens that this tiny gallery space, where you cannot go unnoticed, always sees me at my worst.
Anthony Salvador's opening was a good opportunity to check out Frankfurt am Main, the recently opened project space, and the first impressions are very good! Wondeful pittoresque location (Kreuzkölln, next to the canal) is in the perfect balance with decrepit interior, and the distressed-looking show amplifies the punkness of the space in an absolutely good way.
I saw the exhibition as a sneak peek into the apocalypse; it could be a sincerely worried and dystopian, or just subtly humorous and light comment on the technology, the present, and the future.

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