What Did I (Not) Miss: Berlin Art Week, Part 1

What Did I (Not) Miss: Berlin Art Week, Part 1

Wednesday, 17 Sep
Berlin Art Week opening / Vertigo of Reality @ Akademie der Künste
Tuesday night marked the beginning of Berlin Art Week at Akademie der Künste. People came out in droves to experience what proved to be a highly successful event. The venue for such a spectacle was a lot better suited than last year on Auguststraße in that it was somewhat contained to a single geographical point.
The energy was high and patience very low as the wait to get to the exhibition proved to be long. You have to be good at waiting in lines with these sorts of affairs. There was no such thing as personal space.
However, once upstairs, you were rewarded with a compelling, interactive, and highly entertaining exhibition.
Downstairs the party continued with DJ’s and dancing into the night, and for a Tuesday, most of us paid dearly for it.

+14 for the great selection of food
-27 for no shots available at the bar (come on!)
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Mike Bouchet – Power Lunch @ Peres Projects
The vibe was exciting at Peres Projects Wednesday for the opening of Mike Bouchet’s latest work. One thing is clear, Bouchet can paint.
His choice of aggressive Pop-culture references in the paintings coupled with the hybrid refuse sculptures on display made the show a treat to discover. You don’t have to be an expert on American Pop-culture to appreciate the allegorical delivery of Bouchet’s work.
Not to mention the BUNS food truck parked outside had everyone stuffing their faces and created a wafting aroma of burgers throughout the gallery that proved to be contextually effective. Bravo.
+ 14 for complimentary beverages.
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Corinne Wasmuht @ Johann König, Berlin
It’s good to see the life in the world of painting hasn’t gone on vacation. Connie Wasmuht’s large paintings at Johann König prove that development and progression in the medium of paint is completely possible and still entirely relevant.
These works are obviously the result of a painstaking studio practice. They are giant works with tiny gestures.
It’s always great to visit Johann König, Berlin per exhibition as the gallery is continuously redesigning the space. You never know how it will look, or which Johann König, Berlin you will get to walk into.
+ 14 for the lovely and pleasant gallery staff.
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Marc Camille Chaimowicz - Forty and Forty @ Galerie Neu
Berlin Art Week is an event special as a whole, but there are always few shows, or one particular, more special than the others. While doing the research on where to find the one that everyone will be talking about, I came up to the rumor that Galerie Neu will have birds released in the gallery space.
It was great to see it was not just a rumor, and a bit annoying to have to wait in the line to get in, only to be kicked out (quite rudely... more tact next time, dear gallery staff!) after taking a bit too much time inside to contemplate on the canaries and the vases, the pet shops and the Pet Shop Boys, animal rights and bird poop on the gallery walls.
There were so many thoughts going through my mind, frequently interrupted by "aww"-s and "ahh"-s while watching the birds flying over smily faces of the visitors. It was special, indeed. It is not rare to hear a bird song in Berlin, but seeing a show like this, a gallery turned into a huge bird nest, is something you will surely remember.
Thomas Scheibitz / Thomas Demand / Arte Povera and 'Multipli', Torino 1970 - 1975 @ Sprüth Magers
One of the easiest and most obvious picks on a busy gallery night when everything is going on at the same time is traditionally Sprüth Magers. For those who enjoy the kind of event that everybody will attend, including the likes of Eva & Adele and many other famous faces, this was the place to be, regardless of art on display.
But art was in fact very interesting, and with three powerful shows, you could have spend the entire evening there soaking up the witty and innovative history of Arte Povera, the dry humor of Thomas Demand's deceiving photographs, and the brilliant color schemes of the large-scale paintings by Thomas Scheibitz. Smartphones were working like crazy on every floor, in an effort to eternalize that moment of feeling amazed by it all.
Sprüth Magers is certainly a place to recommend at this year's Berlin Art Week, to admire great works of art and recharge your inspiration batteries.
Wednesday, 17 Sep
Open House @ Leipziger Strasse 60
After a long day of gallery hopping everyone needs a drink, and one of the better options for that was Open House opening party. An improptu exhibition slash party programme at Leipziger Strasse 60 had a relaxed DIY feel, but besides drinks, music, and interesting looking people, it offered some art on the walls and throughout the space - some of it quite good (Natacha Mankowski, for example) and/or funny (Dorit Bialer).
Funny always wins our hearts, and Dorit Bialer's genius Berliners In a Box (Prenzlauer Princess, Friedrichshain Punk, Starving Artist / Successful Artist, Underpaid Intern,...) are reason enough to go to Leipziger Strasse for a proper laugh.
As for the location - it is the space where Monopol magazine had their 10th birthday party during the Gallery Weekend. And here we are again - with a better DJ, and without free vodka cocktails, but some free samples of Monopol are still there (grab them around the entrance!).

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