A Short Guide to: Gallery Weekend

People with art: In front of Roman Ondák's "Zone" at Berlin Bienale 2010.

We’re restarting the season of activity (versus winter) with a weekend full of art. Gallery Weekend is coming up, the annual gallery feast where every art-related location and project is opening its doors for the interested audiences. But there’s only so much one can see and so we’ll all need a little guidance. I asked Caro Würfel, art writer and dear friend, to present me her personal favorites that she’s looking forward to the most.

An almost forgotten Dada Spirit, that once determined not only Berlin, hovers over Henri Chopins typewriter poems at Supportico Lopez. Exhibited only once before, the manuscript with the lovely title: “La Crevette Amoureuse” is not only a must-see but a true privilege.

Exhibitions at Sassa Trülzsch’ gallery are known to be exceptional in terms of aesthetics, modes of presentation and art historical discourse. So is this one: Sassa Trülzsch will show vintage prints by Roswitha Hecke from the 1970s – A portrait of the Zurich artist muse and prostitute Irene.

Valie Export is an icon – she played a pioneering and decisive role in the development of performance art, feminism, action art, as well as conceptual photography and film. „Images of Contingence“ highlights the artist’s groundbreaking expressions of physical contact. To be seen at ŻAK | BRANICKA.

Charles Asprey, known as the publisher of the quarterly journal PICPUS always returns to Berlin to enjoy its vibrant art scene. Now the Michel Majerus Estate has invited Charles to assemble a presentation of Majerus’ work (who died 2002 in a plane crash) in his former atelier at Knaackstraße 12 in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. The result is very unusual and shouldn’t be missed!

When it comes to artist books and books about contemporary art one has to go to Wien Lukatsch. Their expertise and dedication procured them a worldwide fan community. For Gallery Weekend they will show “Bücher | Books”, by long-time gallery friend and more than well-known artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. The art speaks for itself.

His art is not as immature as his last name suggests: Billy Childish, quite a character, presents paintings outlining his complex universe of personal and literary references at Neugerriemschneider’s temporary exhibition space on Münzstraße 23 in Berlin-Mitte.

You can, no, you should start Gallery Weekend madness with some dancing – join Niche Berlin for a preview party with yours truly (which is, me & Florian Duijsens under the DJ name of James Falco) playing very fine 90s tunes at King Size.


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