Tuesday night I had a rather pleasant kind of evening :-)
As most people who live in a big city already know, September is always a month of cultural happenings. True to this statement, this week is the time Berlin Art Week is held and different exhibitions, openings, and street food trucks galore are creeping up all over town. I enjoyed Tuesday night in particular because I had the treat of hopping around three different venues for their exhibition openings, and observe some top-notch artworks with a glass of wine in my hand.
First I hopped to Studio Picknick to check out the sensational Aluminium Garden by Toshihiko Mitsuya (my favourite of the night). As the name suggests, this is an incredible reproduction of a wide series of garden plants constructed out of aluminium. As the show’s curator Celina Basra indicates, the piece aims to “test the boundaries of the material, which can develop immense strength, while appearing fragile and delicate” (read more of the press release here).
Two shots of Aluminium Garden during the opening @ Studio Picknick
Then, I skipped on to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle for the opening of Xenopolis, a section of Stadt/Bild a collaboration between different art venues in the city. Xenopolis as a show focuses on the idea of the city as a “living organism that does not belong to anyone in particular” (read more here). Two of my favourite pieces in the show were Italian artist Loris Cecchini’s transparent and spiked-up urban campers and Albanian artist Anri Sala’s video “Long Sorrow”, which was filmed on the top floor of a high-rise building in the Märkisches Viertel of Berlin, and presents free jazz musician Jemeel Moondoc playing at vertiginous heights.
Cecchini's urban camper vans and a video installation from artist Laurence Bonvin's work "Blikkiesdorp"
My last destination, (after scoffing down a delicious Reuben sandwich @ Mogg & Melzer across the road- and I don’t have a photo because I was too greedy), was the KW Institute. KW was hosting the opening of Welcome to the Jungle, another section of Stadt/Bild consisting of a second group exhibition. Welcome to the Jungle is named after the famous Guns n’ Roses hit, and is centred on the idea of the jungle as a real or imaginary space we set as a binary opposite to our standardised way of life (read more from show’s press release here). In my opinion, the piece that stole this particular show was Klaus Weber’s golden sand fountain (see photo), but there were many other interesting works which would be worthy of mention if only I could fit them in ;-)
Weber's golden sand fountain and artist Marianne Vlaschit's installation "Malibu Sunrise".
These exhibitions will most likely be on for a while longer, so if you happen to be in Berlin (or walking nearby for the lazy ones), you should really take a look and experience the works first hand :-)