What Did I Miss/ What Did I Not Miss 12.06 - 15.06

What Did I Miss/ What Did I Not Miss 12.06 - 15.06

Thursday, 12 Jun
Marc Desgrandchamps - Solitudes @ Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin
For his first solo exhibition, Solitudes, Marc Desgrandchamps painted an entirely new body of work. The overwhelming use of blue made anyone wearing red shine bright like a diamond!
As for the works themselves, Desgrandchamps exposes seemingly typical beach scenes. For some reason they feel very French. Minimal gestures and loose brush strokes make up very aetherial scenes of life near the water. But they are not entirely what they seem, as there is a peculiarity which draws you in regarding the representation of his subject matter. Highly recommended.
The crowd of attendees was as a whole very lively and the wine was flowing. A perfect summer evening in Berlin. + 27 for Gerd Harry Lybke’s always perfect outfit choices!
(C.S.)
Friday, 13 Jun
Attilio Tono & Veronique Pozzi - Impermanence @ Das Gift
The only person at Giftraum before the opening was Attilio Tono, one half of the artist duo, ready and waiting for the rest to show up, so that he can give the work one final (and crucial) touch. It was the wine that was supposed to come into play with the artworks, and complete them by slowly colouring the plaster pieces in a way that is impossible to predict.
Besides the artist, the owner was at the bar, and a couple with intellectual glasses, who seemed happy to be there, but also confused. Slint album was on play for the older indie ears. Nothing very contemporary or trendy was to be seen or heard. Extremely refreshing.
Curious about the process in which wine leaves such beautiful traces, we went back to Das Gift next day to see the progress. The same artist was still there, making us worry if he ever left the bar, had a nap, and a meal that is not beer. He looked pretty sharp and sober though, even in the late Saturday night hour. We have to award such stamina with +50 points, and thank him for an interesting introduction to his work.
The artworks looked much beter this time, thanks to wine (and we are not talking about the effect of drinking on our perception of beauty). Foolishy enough, we thought that red wine leaves stains only on our livers and expensive blouses, and those are certainly not a pretty sight.
Saturday, 14 Jun
Berlin Art Prize @ Kühlhaus Berlin
Berlin LOVES big art events. Berlin Biennale two weeks ago, and now Berlin Art Prize, gathered such an impressive number of visitors. All types of based-in-Berliners, and not necessarily connected to the art world. It was evident last year already that the Berlin Art Prize is here to stay.
Speaking of last year, that venue seemed to suit the purpose better than Kühlhaus - at least for the opening. With so many people wanting to be there for the spectacle, the place was way too packed. Here is a a sneak peek at the impossibility of entering the backyard...
But the atmosphere is what counts, and it seemed that everyone was doing great and having fun. One of the people who delighted us was a girl who used Bpigs guides for guerilla marketing. If you happened to receive a card in your Bpigs guide - congrats! You're the lucky winner.
Otta-Esther Hungerbühler will be remembered for winning the hearts of the jury. Congratulations to her, and all of the awarded artists, as well as all of the nominees. Wise people say that it is important to participate, not to win.
Sunday, 15 Jun
Ines Kotarac - K wie Körper @ Suzie Fu
Suzie Fu is a lovely place with an interesting history, which you cannot find on the gallery map, because technically, it is actually a bar. Not really a groundbreaking concept (especially in Neukölln, where bars are galleries, and galleries are bars), but it serves multiple purposes quite well. Most of the time, that is.
We did not really expect the finissage to collide with the screeening of Tatort (apparently one of the most popular shows in Germany). Based on what we heard about the crazy fun opening, we were actually hoping to hear accordions and trumpets, and see some table dancing.
Instead, we had free screening (-5), free cookies (+15), and a great discussion with the artist, which turned into a wonderful evening of getting to know different people interested in photography, attracted by these soulful analog pictures of bodies.
It was not hard to guess who is the artist in the room. +33 for the sweet ladybug outfit, and cheers to the most cheerful artist we met this week!

Check out her work here: http://wherethelightwillfall.com/

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