Refik Anadol, König Galerie.
With venues currently cutting back on their events and clubs canceling their parties due to the current rise in infections, there is enough fear that we are heading into another long and boring winter with little to do. But before you book your flight to get out of the looming disaster, listen to me: Berlin still has a lot to do. There are still plenty of theater shows and exhibitions in December that you should definitely not miss.
With our latest guide, we want to shed light on some current highlights from the contemporary art world that can be enjoyed here in Berlin. We’ve taken a look at some of our favorite museums and galleries and found a plethora of amazing exhibits that we want to share with you here. The iconic St. Agnes aka König Galerie is of course part of it – as usual since it is our favorite gallery – but also the nearby Berlinische Galerie, the KINDL brewery in Neukölln as well as the magnificent Schinkelpavillon in Mitte. Expect bizarre alien sculptures, digital art from the world of NFTs, American Horror Story-style latex suits, and a portrait show challenging masculinity.
RH GIGER & MIRE LEE
“The Schinkel Pavilion brings together the worlds of the late Swiss visionary HR Giger (1940-2014) [who is the designer of the Xenomorph from the iconic Alien movie franchise – Ed.] and South Korean artist Mire Lee (b.1988), transforming itself into a site for exploring the darkest aisles of the human body and psyche. This equally alluring and dystopian scenario is the first institutional exhibition of Giger’s work in Germany, as well as the first major presentation of Lee’s work here. – Schinkel Pavilion
September 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Schinkel Pavilion, Oberwallstraße 32, 10117 Berlin
View of the exhibition “HR Giger & Mire Lee”, photo: Frank Sperling
Alicja Kwade. At Abwesenheit
“The work of Alicja Kwade (* 1979) is inspired by philosophical, scientific and social research. By exploring the patterns and constructions that shape our perception of time, space and matter, his large-scale installations challenge the possibilities of objective and subjective knowledge. For this exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, the artist begins by focusing on herself. “In Abwesenheit” (In Absence) focuses on recent works by Alicja Kwade which could, in a broad sense, be read as self-portraits. Kwade seeks ways to describe a person and their physical presence in space: with a heartbeat, an individual DNA code, or a combination of chemical elements. “- Berlinische Galerie
September 18, 2021 – April 4, 2022
Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin
View of the exhibition “Alicja Kwade. In Abwesenheit ”, photo: Roman März
Refik Anadol. Mechanical hallucination: dreams of nature
“The KÖNIG GALERIE presents the second large-scale solo exhibition of Refik Anadol in Germany. MACHINE HALLUCINATIONS: NATURE DREAMS, designed specifically for KÖNIG GALERIE, includes three new aesthetic approaches to a vast body of nature photographic data: a giant data sculpture displaying dynamic pigments of nature generated by a machine titled NATURE DREAMS, four new series of data paintings WINDS OF BERLIN, an in situ public art projection on the tower of ST. AGNES which will be created from real-time environmental data collected from the city. Anadol is pioneering the world of rare digital art and crypto collectibles, creating the first fully immersive NFT digital artwork in September 2021. ”- König Galerie
November 6 – December 17, 2021
St. Agnes, Alexandrinenstraße 118-121, 10969 Berlin
View of the exhibition “Machine Hallucination: Nature Dreams”, photo: König Galerie
Marc Martin. Handsome Liar
“After unveiling the history of public toilets as meeting points for the gay community in his previous exhibition, the French
Artist and photographer Marc Martin unveils his new project: “Beau Menteur”. With “Beau Menteur” (“Handsome Liar” or
“Lying Beau”), Martin explores the diversity of masculinity today. Her project is an attempt to put masculinity in its true light after freeing it from heteronormativity and aggression. Ambient heteronormativity is the main reason men are generally presumed to be heterosexual. Challenging this assumption is Marc Martin’s main motivation for looking behind the scenes at today’s masculinity. And to confront the clichés still associated with supposedly weak and feminine “queers”. The project is currently on display at the Prinz Eisenherz in Schöneberg and is also available as a book.
November 4, 2021 – January 6, 2022
Prinz Eisenherz, Motzstraße 23, 10777 Berlin
From “Beau Menteur”, photo: Marc Martin
ALEXANDRA BIRCKEN. Fair game
“A central theme in Alexandra Bircken’s work is the seashell. She examines the skin, clothing, containers and architecture in relation to their interior: invisible organs, bones and functions. The artist creates sculptures and assemblages from various materials in which she explores the relationships between space, body and shell, exposing the interior and examining our notions of corporeality, machines and human beings. Alexandra Bircken Fair Game (2021) in situ installation in the Kesselhaus of KINDL opens up various reference spaces ranging from hunting scenarios to battle paintings, and from political violence to laboratories and clubs, activating a wide variety of associations among visitors. – KINDL
September 19, 2021 – May 15, 2022
KINDL, Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin
View of the exhibition “Alexanra Bircken. Fair Game ”, photo: Jens HAU
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