For the next week Berlin will be dominated by Design! Product design, functional design, social design, recycling and upcycling at venues across the city: from 26th May to 1st June 2014 it’s Berlin Design Week! From furniture and design stores to art galleries and museums, there are exhibitions, workshops and events everywhere in Berlin. And for an extra dose of design and creativity, there is the 12th DMY International Design Festival which takes place as part of the Design Week. Continue reading
Category Archives: Exhibitions
Tomorrow, 3rd April 2014, a spectacular new exhibition opens at Gropius-Bau museum: “Ai Weiwei – Evidence”. Ai Weiwei is arguably the most famous Chinese contemporary artist of the last decade – or rather, he is famous in the US and Europe. In his home country Ai Weiwei’s work has never been officially exhibited and the dissident artist is under constant surveillance by the government. In 2011 he was placed under house arrest and incarcerated. Continue reading
Here is my October article for Mintel: A reflection of beauty – a report about the exhibition “Bin ich schön?”/”Am I beautiful?” which was shown at Museum für Kommunikation here in Berlin. The exhibition just closed, as a matter of fact, but the next show is already waiting in the wings: Out of Control? Life in a World of Mass Surveillance will open on 21st March.
I just came back from a few days in Zürich, Switzerland. It’s a very pretty, historical city in a rich country, a European financial capital and one of the most expensive urban areas in the world; with a high density of rich individuals and minimal unemployment. The city centre is packed with luxury stores, property prices are unbelievable high and consumer goods, food and cosmetics are expensive. But there are some cool museums and galleries. Continue reading
Yesterday I went to see the new solo exhibition in Künstlerhaus Bethanien‘s Kottbusser Strasse showroom: Maki Na Kamura, the winner of this year’s Falkenrot Preis award. Different landscapes and cityscapes all folded together onto a single canvas, that was my impression of her paintings – full of details and yet open to interpretation; interesting and complex. Go and see it!
This Friday, 22nd November, Whiteconcepts gallery in Auguststrasse will open a new group exhibition: “Art With Money”. I’ve never been to Whiteconcepts so this is a good opportunity to finally visit the gallery. Also, Spanish artist duo PSJM (I interviewed them for globe-M last year) will be exhibiting there. The vernissage begins at 7pm.
Arts house The Wye has brought the Cyberfest new media art event over from Russia: five days of exciting art/sound installations, performances, workshops, lectures, screening and concerts – check out the programme!! Cyberfest 2013: Time & Place kicks off on Wednesday, 13th November, at 8pm – and all events are free (yay!).
And here is the globe-M article on Cyberfest 2013, freshly posted: Cyber//Art. I visited the exhibitions in The Wye on Wednesday and completely fell in love with “Aesthetics of Decay: Design for Dying Electronics”, a multimedia installation by Disney Nasa Borg which can be seen on The Wye’s ground floor. My favourites on the second floor exhibition room include “Movie Mincer” by Sergey Teterin – a metal meat mincer connected to a laptop and beamer; when you turn the handle you can screen a silent movie film clip (George Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon” from 1902!). When the handle pauses, the film stops. Continue reading
Museum für Kommunikation on Leipziger Straße in Mitte has just opened a new temporary exhibition: “Best Communication Design – Red Dot Winners Selection” presents the winners of the 2013 Red Dot Communication Design awards. Continue reading
The Museum for Communication has just opened its new exhibition: “Am I Beautiful?” looks at the cultural and biological ideals of beauty. Museum für Kommunikation is one of my favourite exhibition spaces in Mitte. It is located in a gorgeous building from 1898 directly on Leipziger Strasse. They have a well-structured and interactive permanent exhibition (a great place to visit if you have kids) and temporary exhibits dealing with trends, society, information, communication and interaction. Continue reading
Ifa gallery in Linienstraße has just opened a new exhibition: “The Space Between Us” – part of the Kulturtransfers exhibition series – showcases trans-African art. The exhibition reflects on the different artistic positions and cultural connections between African and African-German art. Continue reading