Each year over a weekend in late spring Berlin turns into a hotspot for art enthusiasts, artists, gallerists and collectors . For two days and nights about 50 galleries throughout the city open their doors with special exhibitions.
Following successes of previous years, Gallery Weekend Berlin is now about to stage its 11th edition – with various locations all around town attracting an international flock of collectors, curators and art lovers to enjoy events and exhibitions at galleries, project spaces and art institutions. Started in 2004 as a private initiative of Berlin galleries, Gallery Weekend has established itself as one of the leading events for contemporary art in Germany.
Aside well known and established galleries new and experimental art spaces participate in the event. Presented artists are always a healthy and refreshing mix of big names and new talent all focusing on contemporary art in a broad range of various media.
Some picks for this year’s weekend are Wentrup Gallery showing Georg Hildebrand with installations proposing encounters that testify to what might be called an artist branded nostalgia and fascination with storehouses of discarded sounds and images. The visitor faces canvases composed of hundreds of rectangles in earthy colors – the image initially appears to be a mosaic interspersed with fields of midnight blue and gray. But the artistic material used is the little scrap of felt that presses the cassette tape against the recording head in audiotape cassette recorders and literally hundreds of these tiny pieces have been brought together in an abstract pattern. Other objects on display fascinate by exploring issues of transformation and translation of the quotidian into artistic poetry.
Carlier Gebauer Gallery presents Maria Taniguchi knwon for her iconic large-scale “bric” paintings and impressive statments in other media of her choice. In her untitled paintings thousands of assiduously painted bricks are sealed flat by its medium and merge into a form of presence whose weight is put to canvas. Taniguchi uses painting as a conceptual tool in a constellation of work that includes also sculpture, drawing, video and photography.
Johann König Gallery at St. Agnes opens his new gallery space at former church St. Agnes with Jeppe Hein “Bear the Consequences” and Katharina Grosse “The smoking kid?” a conversation of painting and sculpture. Danish artist Jeppe Hein‘s work may be best described with a good mix of technology, elements of surprise and humour. His interactive sculptures playfully remind viewers of their vital part in activating art’s communicative potential. At first glance it’s all uncomplicated, formally simple and nodding to 1970s conceptual art and minimalism, but then there is the special twist while approaching these works: they react to human presence.
Supportico Lopez says “Rancho Rat-King-Cougar” – and offers a site specific contribution by London based Canadian artist Athena Papadopoulos. She includes photo, performance, painting and sculpture in her approaches and densely composed layered works. Her dreamlike designs are often conceived as cartoonish expressions of an exaggerated world with a language and imagery pointing to the more sinister aspects of our lives.
The featured image of this article shows „Figure Study“ an installation by Maria Taniguchi, courtesy of the artist.