Fries and public pools are tightly connected in Berlin – when you’re spending a day at one of the city’s pools, it’s inevitable to eat fries at one point during the day. It’s a Berlin summer ritual. And one that one of my closest friends, Nele Heinevetter, has been following meticulously for years, until she had the opportunity to become the master of the ritual herself and take over the Imbiss at the pool inside of Humboldthain park, where she now serves fries with a side of contemporary art.
I don’t write about art often enough, but I do need to write about this one, although plenty of articles about it are already out and the exhibition is constantly filled with people. However, you also need to see it: Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto installation at Hamburger Bahnhof.
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.