We are pleased today to introduce Exhibitionary, our app that will guide you to the most interesting exhibitions internationally. While the app is being finished, we thought it would be a great opportunity to already start with our regular newsletter. What better reason than the Berlin Biennale, which opens this week here on our home turf.
We hope you enjoy Berlin and its Biennale as much as we surely will. Listed below are some events that definitely shouldn't be missed.
Wednesday, 1 June
Sarah M. Harrison, a Berlin-based writer/artist, presents her dystopian novella "All the Things" at Sandy Brown gallery. Arcadia Missa, the London based gallery that published the book, is behind some of the most sought after art publications – the sort that comes in annoyingly limited batches of 100 copies; 'hotcakes' doesn’t even come close. The text is very much about our contemporary moment (or maybe post-contemporary future which shapes the present moment). At the launch fashion designer Ebba Fransén Waldhör, artist / artistic director Imri Kahn (from After The Eclipse) and artist Hamishi Farah will perform a reading of the text.
7 pm, Sandy Brown on Goebenstrasse 7, Schöneberg
Thursday, 2 June
Video art is entering a second Golden Age. Even if it isn’t, the opening of the Julia Stoschek Collection shows the triumph of "digital art." Certainly, video is now in the expanded-field. It has come off the screen into real space and joined sculpture. The power-house collector focuses on all works "time-based media." The exhibition is titled Welt am Draht (World on a Wire) after a 1973 TV movie by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This blockbuster show features 38 works from the collection by 20 all-star international artists including heavyweights Ed Atkins, Frances Stark, Camille Henrot, Jon Rafman as well as local digital stars like Britta Thie. It is worth noting many of artists in the exhibition are also in the Berlin Biennale.
Julia Stoschek Collection, Leipziger Strasse 60, Mitte
11 am–8 pm, during Berlin Biennale opening days (2-5 June)
One of the most unmissable openings we look forward to attending this week is Goshka Macuga at Schinkel Pavillon. The artist/curator/collector/researcher/exhibition designer presents her exhibition titled "Now this, is this the end… the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?"
7 pm, Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstrasse 1, Mitte
Friday 3 June
To prevent burnout in the marathon of the Biennale, we recommend self-care. The pinnacle signifier of self-care is the vegan organic raw cold-pressed juice bar. So head over to the Akademie der Künste, where Mexico City born and Brooklyn based artist Debora Delmar Corp. is creating a juice bar, in collaboration with Bjuice a local cold press juice company. Her brand MINT is an economic term which stands for "Mexico Indonesia Nigeria Turkey" the newest "emerging financial markets." Like relational aesthetics, the interaction of the public makes up a large experience of the work, but in this case, everything is for sale. Instead of an institutional critique, it is a lifestyle critique. We will be lounging among the matcha and wheat grass sculptures.
11 am–8 pm, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten
The gallery openings are the main attraction for Friday night. Claire Fontaine opens at Galerie Neu; collectives are all the rage for good reason. Claire Fontaine is one of the most critical, prestigious and formalistically interesting artists around at the moment. They are a duo of two French artists based in Paris, who remain "under-visible" but deserve much more attention.
6–9 pm, Galerie Neu, Linienstrasse 119 ABC, Mitte
Ryan Gander opens at Esther Schipper; not much is left to be said about this conceptual polymath who breaks through all limits. Gander has been at nearly every major biennale in the last ten years. He is also one of the youngest artists in the gallery program.
6–9 pm, Esther Schipper, Schöneberger Ufer 65, Tiergarten
Friday evening makes the biggest party of the Biennale. Hosted by Mistervacation, there is a special guest appearance of performance artist Boychild. She is the toast of the art world, collaborating with the likes of Wu Tsang. She embodies the post-gender alien cyborg body. All female, all-butch, all post-human. Perfect mode of entry into the Biennale titled "The Present in Drag."
11:59 pm, Ballhaus Berlin, Chausseestrasse 102, Mitte
Saturday 4 June
The big event itself – the 9. Berlin Biennale opens to the public. It seemed only yesterday when KW Institute for Contemporary Art announced DIS to be the curators of the 9th Berlin Biennale. The New York quartet rose to prominence as super-editors of their online publication DIS Magazine, supporting an extended family of creative practitioners and writers digital natives such as Ryan Trecartin, Telfar, Timur Si-Qin and Hito Steyerl. In the past five years, DIS have through their on- and offline practice insisted on ambiguity as the ultimate conditions of contemporary culture. But beneath an exterior of overwhelming ubiquity, the four-part collective is interested in institutional, commercial and political critique. Keeping in tradition with the Biennale, the group has gone to great lengths to "take over" the city’s known and unknown urban fabric. Besides Auguststrasse’s KW, the main sites include a former bunker in Kreuzberg, the mall-like Akademie der Künste near the Brandenburger Tor, and a tourist riverboat on the Spree repurposed as an event space during the Biennale, designed by Korakrit Arunanondchai. As for the art, a heavy line-up of contemporary artists (and several non-artists), including Camille Henrot, Jon Rafman, Adrian Piper and Torbjørn Rødland. Still, all kept daringly secretive a few days before the opening – artists contributions come in the shape of stores, exhibitions, interiors, publications and even anthems. Will Berlin’s art institutions ever be the same? (Jeppe Ugelvig)
11 am–8 pm
* KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststrasse 69, Mitte
* ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Schlossplatz 1, Mitte
* Blue-Star, Märkisches Ufer 34, Mitte
* The Feuerle Collection, Hallesches Ufer 70, Kreuzberg
Another site of the Biennal is the Internet only exhibition titled Fear of Content. This includes a new video work every day of the Biennale by LA-based artist Puppies Puppies.
– Justin Polera