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Every Splash is a Death

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The Artist Jan Scheirs with the Editor in Chief Fanny Zschau (c) Bernd Althans

During a long gone afternoon, the Belgian artist Jan Scheirs watches another series of the famous nature-documentaries by Sir David Attenborough. Subject is observing the mini cosmos around an ordinary pond somewhere in the beautiful landscapes of England. It is a hot summer day; nothing seems to happen. Just a few dragonflies circle gracefully above the silent surface of the water. Suddenly a splash – a fish jumped out of the water and caught the insect. Attenborough comments with his typical voice: Every splash is a death. Every innocent sound within this calmness could be a deadly end for some living being. Jan Scheirs was deeply inspired by the power of this phrase. Now, many years later, his cabinet exhibition in the gallery Garten 114  – run by our friends Florian Filtzinger and Mayk Blattgerste –– is based on this quote. Jan invites his viewers to join him and his invetigations – his critical, sometimes fatalistic view – upon the evolution of global society. Does anyone still see the Big Fish underneath the surface – watching and observing us – ready to attack when time is right? For the artist it is a very personal exhibition – he started the shown works after a Thailand trip where he could not dive without seeing plastic backs and waste in the water – destroying our beautiful nature and killing not only the big fish. With these works Jan Scheirs wants to awaken our modern societey and will be glad to discuss his works with you during the artist Matinee Sunday from 12–2pm or on Monday night for the finissage. Enjoy your Gallery Weekend and just drop by for a drink to meet us at this small but great exhibition.

Every Splash is a Death, Garten 114, exhibition 19–29th of April 2019 
Meet us at the finissage 29th of April 7–10pm, Gartenstr. 114, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Or contact the curator Bernd Althans for a personal appointment althans@servicewerk.com

 

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019

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The Gallery Weekend Berlin is one of the leading events for contemporary art in Germany and attracts art fans and collectors from all over the world. For three days and nights more than 50 galleries throughout Berlin open their doors. Here you can discover art in gallery spaces, explore a diversity of archirectures and gain insight into the contexts of art production––while talking to the artistst, their gallerstst, friends and collectorsAside well known galleries many new and experimental working galleries participate on the event. The presented artists are well selected, all focusing on contemporary art. On the Gallery Weekend regularly about 25.000 visitors from all over the world come to Berlin to expierence the capital's creative scene. Started in 2004 as a private initative of Berlin galleries, the event has established as an event of international relevance 15 years after. If you are in town, you better make sure not to miss this.

Gallery Weekend Berlin, 26–28 of April 2019. Various locations throughout Berlin
www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de

Galerie MAMOO

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Foto: Galerie MAMOO

My friend Stefan took me here and I spent a whole afternoon in the Galerie MAMOO with two cosmopolitan power women – Ute Gumz, a former filmmaker and her daughter MOMO, who both traveled in between Berlin and La Paz before they opened up their multilingual mother-daughter project in Graefekiez. While Ute is selling out her immense Alpaca collection, MOMO has set up her Fine Art Gallery and Photo Studio here. Her current exhibition FILAMENTOS shows a fiber, an annealing or dusting thread. MOMO is not only a filmmaker and photographer but is currently undergoing training as a female shaman. With her knowledge of ancient Indians, she is curious, how our cosmos and life is connected through a radiant band of energy and light that forces us to act or interact with one another. This luminous vision is the guiding principle for the design of her lighting figures.

Next to MOMOS radiant art, this place is certainly the greatest Alpaca paradise in Europe: Alpacas live in the Andes at an altitude of 4000–5000 meters, where they are only protected by their natural fibers – they are able to exist in a climate which changes up to 60 degrees Celsius within 24 hours of one day. There is more limited Alpaca than Cashmere available in the world; the animals are carefully shorn every one or two years. The luxury fleece woven from one animal is just enough for one pullover. The fine light Alpaca hair is hollow inside, their air chambers, which react immediately to temperature changes, form a highly effective thermal insulation. Designers from all over the world make their finest clothing from Alpaca and you can find a tremendous collection of their works at Gallery MAMOO. I couldn’t resist and bought myself a scarf and cape yesterday – and since Ute was involved in the Alpaca wholesale, you won't find prices like here anywhere. Be sure not to miss the SALE, going on until mid-March and have the chance for a monthly drawing of an Alpaca model worth up to 150 Euros.

Galerie MAMOO I ALPACA STORE |
FINE ART GALLERY | PHOTO STUDIO
Graefestraße 8, D-10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Opening hours Tue–Sat 1–6 pm
www.facebook.com/GALERIE.MAMOO
www.facebook.com/momopool.berlin/

Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers

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Photos: Cindy Sherman and Timo Ohler

A thirty-five year career in photography has established Cindy Sherman as one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Since the 1970s, she has created photographic portraits that are predicated on themes of identity, gender and role-play. Parodying the representation of women in film and television, fashion magazines, advertising, and online, she adopts limitless guises that illuminate the performative nature of subjectivity and sexuality. Sherman’s exhibition at Sprüth Magers in Berlin marks over three decades and sixteen exhibitions with the gallery. On view is her most recent body of work, created in 2016, and presented here as a complete series for the very first time in Europe. In the large-scale colour portraits, the artist imagines herself as a cast of Divas from the Golden Age of 1920s Hollywood cinema. Who wants to join in to see Cindy Shermans solo show, coming along with A Selection of Works from the Betty and Monte Factor Family Collection by Edward and Nancy Kienholz the coming weeks? The opening was yesterday – thanks for the reminder, Jochen!

Cindy Sherman at Sprüth Magers Berlin
Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm
www.spruethmagers.com

The Feuerle Collection

Photo: The Feuerle Collection

As the well known Boros Collection too, the Feuerle Collection is housed in a World War II-era bunker. This one was used for telecommunication, first opened for the Gallery Weekend in April 2016 and refurbished for almost three years by the renowned British architect John Pawson. On about 6000 squaremeters Désiré Feuerle brings together international contemporary art, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture, Chinese wood and stone Scholar furniture from the Han to the Quing Dynasty, from 200 BC to the 18th century and Khmer sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century. Feuerle – who lives in Asia most of the time – comes from a contemporary art background, bought his first Chinese sculpture as a child in Hongkong and owned a gallery in Cologne in the 90ties, where he pioneered juxtaposing ancient art with contemporary and to re-look at antiques from a todays perspective. The master of meditation wants the visitors to excape into a differnt world and offers not only a lake room and one for burning scenting woods but also works by Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi or James Lee Byars. Dive into it and experience one of the most impressive exhibitions we have seen in a long time.

The Feuerle Collection, only on prior registration,
suitable only for adults and children over 16.
Hallesches Ufer 70, D-10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
www.thefeuerlecollection.org

Hamburger Bahnhof

Photo: Hamburger Bahnhof

The museum’s name Hamburger Bahnhof refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. It opened as the terminus of the railway line between Hamburg and Berlin in December 1846. The reconstruction and conversion of the  neo-renaissance building by architect Josef Paul Kleihus resulted in the re-opening of the Hamburger Bahnhof on 2 November, 1996 with a 13,000 squaremeter exhibition surface after four years of extensive renovation. Since then Hamburger Bahnhof has consistently consolidated its reputation as one of the world’s most highly-regarded contemporary art museums. In 2004 the prestigious Friedrich Christian Flick collection encompassing around 2,000 works by 150 artists was housed in the refurbished former freight depots of the Lehrter Banhof which became the converted Hall, or East wing, known as Rieckhallen. As a long-term loan it will remain on display until 2011.

In 2002 the collection was again enlarged by the acquisition of Egidio Marzona’s collection of Conceptual Art and Arte Povera. The core elements of the museum’s collection stem from the legacy of Berlin collector Dr. Erich Marx who assembled some of the greatest masterpieces of the mid 20th century - works from contemporary giants such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly or Andy Warhol. Conceived as a showcase for the multi-media dimension of contemporary international art the scope of the museums’ exhibits encompasses other contemporary art forms such as film, video, design and photography with installation work from Nam June Paik and experimental work from artists such as Marchel Duchamp and Sigmar Polke. This weekend Hamburger Bahnhof parties its 20th birthday – with free entry for all. Join on in.

Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50
D-10557 Berlin-Mitte,
www.facebook.com/hamburgerbahnhof
www.smb.museum/en

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

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After being a 15 years old soldier in World War II, the Berliner Robert Lebeck became one of the worlds most famous photo reporters, working for magazines like Kristall, Revue and Stern. From 1978–1979 he was also editor in chief of GEO Magazin. His famous KIOSK collection includes 30,000 exhibits on the history of photoreporting from 1839 to 1973 – from the first daguerreotype to the last edition of the legendary Life magazine. In May 2011, a sponsor and supporters club was constituted to implement the idea of ​​a Deutsches Pressemuseum. The initiator of the museum project is the journalist and cultural manager Holger Wettingfeld.

The founding members include, among others, Robert Lebeck himself, who died in 2014, the writer Sten Nadolny, the managing director of Willy Brandt-Haus Gisela Kayser as well as the theater director and Ullstein grandson Geoffrey Layton. The museum wants to digitize the collection, open up to scientific research and show it in exhibitions. Until the end of the year it can be seen in the former restaurant of Ullsteinhaus, which was sold to the Samwer brothers in 2015. We spent hours there – enjoying the great room, exploring the exponents and watch one of Lebecks dreams come true. The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi, Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie. Congratulations to the whole team and their amazing project, which is very worth a visit and can still need your support.

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus e. V.
KIOSK Sammlung Robert Lebeck, Ullsteinhaus in Berlin
Mariendorfer Damm 1, D-12099 Berlin-Tempelhof
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 12–6pm, Wednesday until 9pm
www.dpmu.de

Neu West Berlin

Photos: Neu West Berlin

Neu West Berlin – short NWB – is a creative collective, which gives working insights into international art, experiments, film, food, history, music, technology, theatre, science and hosts events, exhibitions and workshops on a non-profit basis. Founded in 1989, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the name refers to the then finished era of West Berlin as a socio-political and cultural experimental ground during the Cold War. Until today NBW is holding the biggest collection of artifacts of the former Cold War sectors border: The T- and L-shaped Berlin Wall pieces are symbols of a sustainable peaceful transformation process and confront spectators worldwide with historical reality and encourage cultural exchange. So far the NWB collective replaced original Berlin Wall artifacts in over 40 countries, including Iceland, Jamaica, South Africa, Singapore, USA and the Vatican.

This physical network of historical Berlin Wall pieces spreading from the german capital into the world, instigates a global and constantly growing cultural exchange. Ever since the NWB collective is working in a procedural dialogue with international partners to commemorate, mediate and alter the unique political and socio-cultural layout of Berlin. They also offer working spaces and promote community participation all over the world. After Köpeniker and Yorkstraße the creative collective now found a new space right next to the station Kurfürstenstraße in the middle of Berlins red light district. The opening party not only showed two works of our favourite artist and programmer of the upcoming Digital Diva Deluxe website Malte Kebbel right in the glass window front but also made us dance to our old friend Helmut aka DJ Hell. Thanks for inviting us over NWB and have a great start at the new location!

Neu West Berlin, Kurfürstenstraße 145, D-10785 Berlin
neuwestberlin.com
www.facebook.de/neuwestberlin