First, I have to tell you that you won’t actually be able to visit this location just anytime. I’m still telling you about it, because I want you to know about this place and be aware of how good it is just so next time they open, you’ll be the first to get there. It’s the studio of artist Michel Majerus, who died in 2002 in the Luxembourg plane crash, and left a stunning oeuvre telling a lot of stories about Berlin, the 90ies and even today.
I visited the studio during Gallery Weekend, when the space was opened for the public for the first time with an exhibition of works selected by Charles Asprey, publisher of Picpus magazine. Majerus intense and colorful works are presented in an all-white studio space in the ground-floor of a Prenzlauer Berg building. An area which today is more known for it’s well working kindergardens and organic family-markets, but was once a district full of young and hopeful artists.
His paintings are packed with references from and to pop culture, pop art, conceptual art and abstract art. His work reflects the new and developing art scene in Berlin’s 90ies, a place so similar to today’s Berlin, yet so different.
Michel Majerus Estate is managed by his gallery Neugerriemschneider, and will hopefully again be opened for the public in the future.