Anna-Catharina Gebbers’ Guide to: Gallery Weekend 2015

Michael Beutler: Moby Dick, 2015. Ansicht Ausstellungsaufbau (Exhibition setup at) Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Thomas Bruns

So much art, so little time… The upcoming Gallery Weekend’s schedule is overflowing with openings, special programs, and events (yes, parties) filling the days between Thursday and Sunday. However, there’s no such thing as mental overload if you got the right guide. Following Niche Berlin’s tips on the best locations are Anna-Catharina Gebbers’ tips for the best exhibitions, special tours and events int he next days. Gebbers is curator at Hamburger Bahnhof, currently planning the exhibition for the “Preis der Nationalgalerie” opening in September, besides she’s hosting exhibitions at her own space called “Bibliothekswohnung” in Mitte, and co-curated the Christoph Schlingensief retrospective at KW-Berlin. Follow Anna-Catharina Gebbers to the best exhibitions of Gallery Weekend Berlin:

Schinkel Pavillon
Definitely do not miss the current Schinkel Pavillon program: Neïl Beloufa has set up his work Superlatives and Resolution, People Passion, Movement and Life (2014) here. He complemented it with a couple of smaller objects which he made in Berlin for this show. The adorable Schinkel Pavillon curators Nina Pohl and Eva Wilson had the striking idea to combine his work with the piece Total Recall (1987) by the late Gretchen Bender – the most far-seeing yet overlooked figure of her generation. It’s stunning how these two outstanding artists from different generations revolve around the (very filmic!) idea of a soon to be past future, fact and fiction, and the state of image saturation in a saturated society.

Thursday 11:00–19:00, Friday 11:00–21:00, Sat & Sun 11:00–19:00
Schinkelpavillon, Oberwallstraße 1, 10117 Berlin Mitte

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
I’m very much looking forward to the project Ape Culture at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The exhibition and the accompanying program will revolve around the relationship between humans and other primates. Put together by one of my favorite curators in Berlin, Anselm Franke together with Hila Peleg, in collaboration with the two primate researchers Cord Riechelmann and Christophe Boesch, the program promises to be thought-provoking and revolving with wit around perspectives on the current debate on Inhuman/Post-Human.

Opening Wednesday 18:00
Wednesday–Monday 11:00–19:00
HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin Tiergarten

Johnen Galerie

Of course I would like to see as many gallery exhibitions as possible during the Gallery Weekend, e.g. Johnen Galerie, who are presenting Tino Sehgal and Roman Ondák. It is inherent to the work of Tino Sehgal that the gallery does not provide any press information about his work, because the artist doesn’t allow any documentation at all. Thus I don’t know what will be on view, but I guess that it will be one of his famous “constructed situations”. These “situations” are not really performances, because they are much more inclusive: shared moments which enable a genuine exchange between performers and visitors. Roman Ondák will show pieces that relate to performative situations und interpersonal actions. I think with this wonderful combination of two artists Johnen Galerie provides a thought provoking contribution to the current discussion of Performance Art.

Opening Friday 1 May, 18:00–21:00
Exhibition till June 20th 2015
Johnen Galerie, Marienstraße 10, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Hamburger Bahnhof
And of course the Hamburger Bahnhof is an absolute Must-Do. The focus of this year’s program lies on process-related forms of art: Und weg mit den Minuten. Dieter Roth und die Musik (And away with the minutes. Dieter Roth and music, curated by Gabriele Knapstein) presents a huge amount of Roth’s hilarious, music-related projects together with selected works by Annika Kahrs, Markus Sixay, Die Tödliche Doris, and records from the Archiv Broken Music a.o. Also included is Ragnar Kjartansson who will perform his Symphonie No. 2 together with Alterazioni Video at HAU 2 on the 2nd and 3rd of May.
Curator Melanie Roumiguière placed Michael Beutler’s vast and ongoing installation project Moby Dick in the historic hall of Hamburger Bahnhof. Furthermore, my colleague Lisa Marei Schmidt has implemented an unfurling curatorial approach to the conceptual art collection of Egidio Marzona with A-Z (education and public program by Daniela Bystron). Another unusual curatorial move is the combination of the two important American abstract painters Mary Heilmann and David Reed: It was a true pleasure to watch these two installing their works and being surprised how well the dialogue works out (Two by Two, curated by Udo Kittelmann and co-curated by Sophie Mattheus).

Tuesdays–Sundays 11:00–18:00
Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin Mitte

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
One half of artist collective AIDS-3D, Daniel Keller, will exhibit a work based on his current focus of research on speculative notions of progress, technological disruption and reaction from the perspective of a post-studio ‘prosumer imagineer’ artist operating within the global networked economy. The gallery is located in a completely unremarkable office building at Alexanderplatz and the presented artists always seem to complement this juxtaposition.

Opening Friday, 18:00–21:00
Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29, 4th Floor, 10178 Berlin Mitte

Bar Babette
Like every year, Bar Babette will host the in-official Gallery Weekend Berlin “after-show-party” on Friday, May 1st – it’s the place to be, if you want to meet Berlin’s artists.
On Saturday, May 2nd, they’ll present a musical performance by SCHOCKGLATZE. SCHOCKGLATZE is the Noise act of visual artists Nik Nowak and Moritz Stumm. I will not miss this edition of their notorious multimedia performance combining sound, sculpture and visuals.

Schockglatze, Saturday, 21:00
Bar Babette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin Friedrichshain

Galerie Nagel Draxler
And I can’t wait to see what Kader Attia will show at Galerie Nagel Draxler. His exhibition is called Scarification, Self Skin’s Architecture, and I hope that it will present an insight into his latest researches about adobe architecture, Le Corbusier, modernity, colonialism, and self-scarification plus the endless possibilities of repair.

Opening Friday 19:00–22:00
Exhibition till June 20th
Galerie Nagel Draxler, Weydingerstraße 2/4, 10178 Berlin

Salon Dahlmann
During Gallery Weekend Berlin the finissage of the exhibition Poetic Minimalism will take place at Salon Dahlmann. It was conceived by the bright art critic Gesine Borcherdt who is also the current guest curator of the project space Capri in Düsseldorf. I’ll try to make it to the guided tour she’s hosting in her exhibition on Sunday, 3rd at 1am, which will be followed by a catalogue launch and drinks at MABU bar.

Finissage Sunday 11:00–15:00
Friday – Sunday 11:00–18:00
Salon Dahlmann, Marburger Strasse 3, 10789 Berlin Charlottenburg

2015’s Theatertreffen will also start on May 1st with Die Schutzbefohlenen (The Supplicants, written by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by and stage design by Nicolaus Stemann) – a production of the Thalia Theater from my birthplace Hamburg. My Sunday night will be spent at the Fassbinder TV-Room and Susanne Kennedy’s work Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Mr R. Run Amok?, based on the homonymous film by Michael Fengler in collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder) from Munich’s Kammerspiele. Kennedy is a brilliant theater maker and will also be part of Chris Dercon’s team at Volksbühne.

Theatertreffen, 01.05.–17.05.2015


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