BERLIN ART WEEK: 5 SHOWS NOT TO MISS
17 sep 2014 by Ludovica Capobianco
5 Unbeatable Shows During Berlin Art Week 2014
It’s not new that Berlin is overtaking New York and London as new capital for contemporary art. And what a better reminder for that than kicking off the new season with a crowded art week and two fairs? As Berlin Art Week starts on the 16th of September and ABC and Position open doors on the 18th, here is a selection of what you shouldn’t miss!
Vertigo of reality at Akademie der Kunste
Investigating the construction and deconstruction of reality through artistic production, and singling out for this an entourage of artists including Marina Abramović, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Harun Farocki, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Tino Sehgal, Akademie der Kunste lets the dance begin on the 16th with a program full of performances and concerts throughout the entire week.
Until December 14th
Ryan Trecartin and Kate Cooper at KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Same media, different styles at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
Ryan Trecartin’s videos stand between biting lampoon and bitter realism, while Kate Cooper’s pieces analyze the aesthetical references and the process below the creation of feminine artificial images and how it influences and is influenced by stereotypes. Trecartin’s unconventional aesthetic and psychedelic plots recall a digital Mike Kelley, and his surreal characters reflect reality so staunchly to leave the viewer with a bittersweet smile, whereas Cooper’s digital models move on the slick background of an advertising campaign, posing in perfect fashion.
Until January 11th
Ryan Trecartin, Image courtesy KW
Stanze/Rooms, Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection at Olbricht Foundation
As they say, Italians do it better. So the Turin based foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo temporary moves part of its incredible collection to merge with the well-known Olbricht’s one in his space in the heart of Mitte. Stanze/Rooms aims to recreate the environment and feeling of what once was the poet’s or the writer’s studio, the “room for reflection”, where to connect the outer and the inner world.
The artworks on show approach this concept on different levels, as can be guessed by the variety of artists involved, like Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, Giuseppe Gabellone, Sharon Lockhart, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Ragnar Kjartannson and Sarah Lucas, among many others.
Until September 21st
Giuseppe Gabellone, Image courtesy Olbricht Foundation
Sharon Lockhart, Image courtesy Olbricht Foundation
Luca Vitone and Katharina Grosse at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Luca Vitone and Katharina Grosse engage with sculpture and painting in a literally ground-breaking way. Vitone fills up the room not only with the sculptural presence of his pieces, but also with their smell, creating a multi-sensorial visual experience, while Grosse’s paintings break the boundaries of the canvas to encroach on walls and floors and remodel the space around them.
Each of the pieces is conceived as a site specific installation, pointing to how “classical” media can still be whimsical.
Luca Vitone “Imperium” open until November 9th
Katharina Grosse open until November 7th
The Boros Collection has a strong focus on contemporary art, comprising mostly artworks from the 1990 to nowadays. Highlights include, Ai Weiwei, Cosima Von Bonin, Klara Lidén, Thomas Ruff, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wolfgang Tillmans and Danh Vo.
The diamond point is the exceptional location, a 3000 sqm converted bunker, which can be visited only by appointment and for which the waiting list can easily exceed the ten days.
But happy go lucky, during Berlin Art Week the reservation won’t be needed.
Permanent Collection www.sammlung-boros.de
Klara Liden, Image courtesy Boros Collection
Thomas Ruff, Image courtesy Boros Collection