Okay, I need to use this first sentence to make clear that the headline of this post was made for baiting-reasons only. This is not the best-of of abc – art berlin contemporary, the big art-fair-cum-exhibition that opens today at Gleisdreieck. This article is, in fact, showing you my personal favs, the pieces that stood out to me in an early viewing yesterday during setup. Which sadly means video works are (wrongfully) not included here, since the many screens I saw were still black. Please read this one as a teaser instead, a glimpse that shall inspire you to visit this big, most important show of contemporary art!
On Friday, May 1st, all 47 participating galleries will host vernissages for Gallery Weekend shows. All fourty-seven of them. How to survive that visual information overload, you ask? The connoisseurs of art and architecture tours Niche Berlin suggest you stick to the artists you truly wish to see, to the people you truly wish to support or to the places you truly wish to discover. Don’t get distracted! We have gathered tips for three extraordinary art locations that complement the official Gallery Weekend program and will make your weekend more memorable by with stunning views and atmospheres, guaranteed.
You know about Gonzales Haase’s work although you might have never heard their name before – but you’ve been in their interiors, like the stunning Andreas Murkudis shop, the Artek x Vitra store at Bikini Berlin, the MDC cosmetic store in Prenzlauer Berg, the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, the C/O Berlin photography gallery… and so on and on.
It seems as if the artist Paul Czerlitzki carefully tinted the walls with black chalk – a two-metre-high monochrome frieze runs around the walls of Johann König’s austere gallery space for Czerlitzki’s new show ANNA (on view until Feb 21st). Actually, the restrained yet striking work was created by applying black acrylic paint through canvas onto the walls, the results being depictions of the canvas structure with only a contingent influence by the artist.
I went to Vienna to sleep in an artist’s bed. Positioned inside of tba21, a beautiful former studio now exhibition space inside of the even more beautiful Augarten in the 2nd district of Vienna, the bed is part of an exhibition also including two aviaries with two finches each and combined by a big scale, a giant floating tank, light and mushroom installations as well as two video works by the artist, Carsten Höller.
Do you remember the exhibition in Hamburger Bahnhof where the giant hall was occupied with reindeers, even more finches, and a display of all shapes of fly agarics? And in the middle the giant bed? The Viennese version is a kind of re-installment of the Berlin exhibition, just a littler easier to digest for those staying over night. Like me.