Monday, 19 May
David Bowie @ Martin-Gropius-Bau
I do not know what to say about the show that was not already said. Yes, it is spectacular, and yes, it is overwhelming in a way that only the internet generation can grasp, and those super-sensitive audio-guides were amazing, indeed.
I really do not want to be a party pooper, but hey, Bowie is still only a human (ok, maybe a little bit of an Übermensch...), and this growing cult of personality is simply annoying.
For 14 euros that you would pay the ticket, I recommend you to buy a bottle of vodka, invite some fun people, play Bowie on Youtube and have a great karaoke time. Hardcore Bowie fans, forgive me and ignore everything I just said.
One part of the show was truly heartwarming and I cannot deny it. It was, of course, his life and art in Berlin, where he apparently felt freer than ever. Us too, Bowie, us too.
Thursday, 22 May
True Lab @ EIGEN + ART Lab
A student show in a building that used to be a school could not escape the atmosphere of a student show. This feeling of visiting a school already started outside at the entrance, where the youngsters were sitting on the steps, smoking and getting tipsy from all those free drinks.
The show itself was also along that line. Not the works, but the way they were put together. Aside from that, "True Lab" shows creativity and lightness in the most positive way.
Friday, 23 May
Arne Schreiber - folgen @ Galerie koal
The best and the worst thing about Galerie koal is that you cannot just walk in and out as you wish. Well, you can, but you need to ring and wait until somebody lets you into this secluded art space disguised as a private flat.
At least it is super easy to meet the gallerist, the artist, or Katharina Grosse, who is lately so popular that my mind reacted to bumping into her as if I saw a celebrity - I did not know if I should say hi, or immediately shower her with compliments, or ask for a photo with her. Finally, I only took one shy paparazzo photo from the other corner of the room, with Arne Schreiber and the other gentleman discussing Arne's show.
The show was simple and beautiful. Stripes always do the trick, but the trunk-halves in the middle of the room were that element of surprise that made it so genuinely interesting, and connected the room into something that felt complete.
Friday, 23 May
Maansi Jain - In sickness and in health, may you glisten with perspiration @ Das Gift
Glittery, shiny, whimsical and funny - Maansi Jain's work is as lovely as an American indie movie about wonderfully eccentric kids growing up.
I can imagine the artist as a protagonist in one of those sugary stories - the quirky young genious fighting all things ordinary with sequins and plastic dinosaurs.
+ 10 for the haiku-ish titles ("City biking gives me anxiety / i do it sometimes anyway")
Friday, 23 May
Giving Contours to Shadows @ Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Summer in the City should have been the soundtrack to this opening, where everybody was outside on the street, wearing clothes for summer vacation in Spain, drinking and cheerfully chatting until the unexpectedly late hour of the evening (these long days can be very misleading).
The gallery was almost empty, which was great in case anybody came there to see the show.