Yayoi Kusama at Gropius Bau 2021, photo: Luca Girardini.
Once again, museums and cultural venues in Berlin have had to close their doors due to lockdown restrictions. However, there are still a few hidden gems around us to keep exploring the artistic side of the city and getting inspired in a safe way.
Gallery weekend was a few weeks ago and many participating galleries are still open to the public as long as you contact them in advance and have a negative COVID test. You can verify Gallery Weekend website for a full list of participating galleries and artists.
Additionally, we can expect larger exhibits which have unfortunately had to close for now, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out for when tickets will be available for purchase again.
Here’s a list of some fantastic exhibits – some you can check out right now, including the gallery weekend attendees, and more to visit in the near future (hopefully)!
“The Cast Whale Project” in St. Elizabeth-Kirche
This incredible art installation is located in the Saint Elizabeth-Kirche and all you have to do is present yourself with an FFP2 mask! No covid test required. “The Cast Whale Project” by Gil Shachar, organized by Semjon Contemporary, is an impressive life-size sculpture of a humpback whale created in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. With the ancient church as a backdrop, the stage tragic has a wonderful eerie atmosphere that will leave you thinking about its meaning. “The Cast Whale Project” is open to the public every day from 11am to 8pm until May 14th.
“MAY QUEEN” at PLATTE
A Gallery Weekend participant, TRAY is a newly opened interdisciplinary fashion house that currently houses an art installation by My Li. Promoting sustainable art and fashion, the ‘MAY QUEEN’ installation was created with production waste and made the space a statement on the fashion industry bursting with color. Visitors can view the exhibit through the venue’s large windows or can enter with an appointment and a negative COVID test until May 28.
“Bee’s Planetary Map” at Galerie Thomas Schulte
Another Gallery Weekend participant, Rebecca hornexhibition of Thomas Schulte Gallery is open to visitors with a negative COVID test and an appointment until June 26. Showcasing recent works as well as creations from the ’90s, Kinetic Artwork is sure to inspire and stimulate your senses. The 1994 installation “Der Turm der Namenlosen”, a complex exhibition of violins and scales, can also be viewed from the outside through the windows of the building.
“We had everything before us” at the Judin Gallery
If you’re looking for something that will make you think about the modern state of the world, you don’t want to miss “We had it all before us” by Adrian ghenie at Judin Gallery. On display until July 10, Ghenie’s art is a response to the endless flow of information in the internet age and integrates this modern feeling into the traditional medium of painting. Also, a participant of Gallery Weekend, the exhibition at Galerie Judin is currently open to the public with a negative COVID test and an appointment.
Dark Matter is an audiovisual exhibition by light artist Christopher Bauder and his design studio WHITEvoid. Inside the dark industrial halls are seven awe-inspiring installations that aim to transport you to another world with their kinetic lights and 3D sound systems. You can find out more in our article where we had the opportunity to interview the brain behind the vision. Unfortunately, the official opening date is currently unknown, but you can sign up for their newsletter here be informed of ticket sales.
Studio Berlin in Berghain
Berlin’s beloved Berghain has become the headquarters of Studio Berlin since the start of the pandemic. If you’ve always wanted the chance to enter Berghain, how about discovering the incredible collection of artwork that now lives there? Visitors can expect to find photographs, paintings, videos, music, and large installations that touch on a variety of themes, including commentary on the pandemic and the arts, using the halls and dance floors. of the club. Unfortunately, the exhibition is currently closed, but news of its opening and ticket sales will be posted on their website, so be sure to stay tuned.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen in Halle am Berghain
This summer, the Halle de Berghain will open its doors to art lovers and all those who have always wanted to see the halls of the famous club but have never done so inside. Have you ever wondered about the beginnings of the region that eventually grew into the bustling metropolis we call home? You can find out all about the mighty swamp that started it all in an upcoming exhibition which will be available for viewing in the Halle am Berghain from July 10, 2021 to September 26, 2021. The work is commissioned by the Berlin LAS foundation. The artist behind the installation, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, explores the smallest details of Berlin’s long-lost natural landscape to create an astonishing space. The installation with elements of virtual reality will be an immersive experience designed to bring viewers closer to the natural history of the region and highlight the intersections between prehistoric and current elements of the landscape.
“Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective” by Gropius Bau
Exposure to Gropius Bau presents the works of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama over 70 years old. Kusama’s otherworldly polka dot creations and its Infinity Mirror Rooms are an immersive experience that will certainly inspire you to view the world through a more creative lens. In addition to these more famous works, the exhibition also explores Kusama’s early paintings and lesser-known paintings. Gropius Bau is unfortunately closed until the museums in Berlin can officially open again, but in the meantime you can check out the digital opening of the exhibition on their website.
Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, Installation view, 2021, Gropius Bau, photo: Luca Girardini
“Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience” at Station-Berlin
Another immersive art exhibit to look forward to is that of “Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience.” I’m sure many of us are familiar with Van Gogh’s work, but this exhibition will fully encapsulate you in his world as beautiful paintings such as “The Starry Night” are projected on the walls of Station-Berlin. The magnificent exhibit uses awe-inspiring lighting technology while teaching you more about the life of the artist. Once museums and cultural events can reopen, this is one you surely won’t want to miss.
“The mystery of Banksy – A spirit of genius” at Station-Berlin
Also at Station-Berlin, “The mystery of Banksy – A brilliant mind” presents works reproduced from the most famous graffiti, photographs, videos, prints and installations of the anonymous artist. Celebrating Banksy’s work, visitors can take a closer look at his creations and learn about the story of the mysterious street artist and his impact on the art world. This is yet another exposure that we look forward to when lockdown restrictions ease again in the future.
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