Art

Lawrence

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Freeartus Lawrence
Photo: Freeartus

Just home from the grand opening of Lawrence right across the street from the Jewish Synagogue and still impressed how fast the 490 squaremeter space turned into a Syrian restaurant with a stage for live music, a gallery plus coworking spaces. The former Monbijou phamacy was still a big contruction site last week when we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a cup of fresh mint tea and delicous Baklava, while inside many helping hands were building up the furniture. This weekend the organization Freeartus – artist and refugees united for freedom, who runs the place – surpassed itself: On Friday more than 250 people showed up, started with the current exhibition, featuring works from Osamah Abousor, Dani Hasrouni, Anas Homsi and Bahila Hijaziis curated by Petra Rietz. Then the most amazing buffet filled the tables, and liters of cocktails and Lebanese wine were served, while a happy crowd was dancing to the live music until 2pm. Today was a little slower and more time for relaxed talks – we tried to eat and drink the menu from top to bottom and were listening to another great live act by program director Anas Maghrebi and his friends. Thanks to the whole team – Lawrence will certainly become our favorite playground for many activities and a milestone for manifesting more international friedships and a better unterstanding for Arabic culture.

Lawrence, Oranienburger Strasse 69, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hous daily from 8–midnight, check out the FB page for events:
www.facebook.com/pg/law.berlin

Between Bridges

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Between Bridges Helga Paris
Photo: Helga Paris

Between Bridges opens up Berlin, an exhibition of Helga Paris photographs taken between 1969 and 1982. Since the late 1950s, Helga Paris has lived in Berlin, residing in Prenzlauer Berg in the 1960s, where she lives until today. Committing to photography in 1967, the self-taught Paris devoted a major part of her attention to her immediate surroundings: East Berlin. On display at Between Bridges is Berlin, 1972–1982 / Mappe 3, one of seven portfolios collectively entitled Das Mappenwerk, which Paris compiled from her own photographs in 2010. The 17 silver gelatin prints of Mappe 3 are accompanied by one further, additional work, Mädchen mit Kohl, 1969. Assembled by the artist into standardised frames, the prints themselves, sometimes paired, are held in place with simple, transparent photo corners.

Central to Paris' oeuvre is the portrayal of people. For 'Berlin', Paris brings together images of her friends, family and neighbours, pictured within their shared environment: at work, at home, during social events. We see familiar scenes including group family shots, young boys and girls, adults drinking as well as innocuous Berlin street views, and a dog in the snow. With an acutely personal and often intimate sensibility, Helga Paris chronicles the quotidian activity of a now bygone Germany. Paris has exhibited widely at venues including Akademie der Künste and Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Kunsthalle Malmö, among many others. In 2004 she was awarded the Hannah-Höch-Preis. We sure will be there.

Between Bridges, Keithstr. 15, 10787 Berlin 27. April–17. June
Opening Wednesday, April 26th, 7–9pm
Wed–Sat 12–6pm, Opening hours during Berlin Gallery Weekend,
April 28, 12–7pm, April 29 / 30, 11am–7pm
www.betweenbridges.net

Galerie MAMOO

Fanny Zschau Digital Diva Deluxe Galerie Mamoo
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

Fanny Digital Diva Deluxe Sprüth Magers Berlin Art Cindy Sherman
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