Berlin Gallery Weekend: the Must-See Shows

Gallery Weekend is a de-centralized response to the classic art-fair model. If you took Frieze, mixed it in a mortal and pestle, and sprinkled it over a city, it would look a lot like this – 72 chaotic hours of shows, performances, events, and afterparties, in which Berlin’s many, many galleries co-ordinate openings.

Ahead of this weekend’s frenzy, 032c has selected 10 events we’re most curious about, in chronological order. To use a Google Map of the choices CLICK HERE, or read the list below.

Schinkel Pavillon: Adam Linder, Shahryar Nahst / Schinkel Klause: Hannah Weinberger

The Schinkel Pavillon is focussing on collaborative practices with their yearlong series of exhibitions and performances Porzellan und Vulkan, a mix of everything art can be, in dialogue with one another. Shahryar Nashat and Adam Linder join forces for their performance installation, which features choreography by ex-ballet dancer Linder activating a sculpture, paired with a video by Nashat.

At the neighbouring space Schinkel Klause, Hannah Weinberger invites a group of concert, street, and amateur musicians to create an improvised piece. Under the atmospheric direction of Weinberger, the street-cast musicians create a collective interpretation through their respective styles.

Adam Linder, “Service No. 4: Some Strands of Support,” Shahryar Nashat, “Hard Up for Support,” Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstraße 1, April 28 – May 15 (opening: April 27 6pm) & Hannah Weinberger, “PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE,” Schinkel Klause at Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstraße 1, April 28 – May 1 (opening: April 27 6pm).

Lars Friedrich: Nolan Simon

One of the few young artists known to readers of both Contemporary Art Daily and Skype’s blog, Detroit-born New York artist Nolan Simon last year raised money for a gallery in his home town by painting people who video-called him on his laptop. What would have been gimmicky in the hands of an artist less smart or interesting, was the latest in a long line of incisive explorations of image promiscuity online, through the affectionate medium of oil paint. On show here will be paintings from Tahiti and Joshua Tree, drawings, and a mix of daily social media imagery, like the screenshot below.

Nolan Simon: “Okok”, Lars Friedrich, Kantstrasse 154a, April 29 – May 28 (opening: April 28, 6pm).

Buchholz: Wolfgang Tillmanns and Between Bridges: Wolfgang Tillmanns

Throw us to the wolves!

Isa Genzken and Wolfgang Tillmans are the Romulus and Remus of post-Wall Berlin art (and the Galerie Buchholz stable). It therefore felt inevitable that Genzken’s big opening two weeks ago at Martin Gropius Bau would be followed by an equally Instagram-friendly Tillmans show at Buchholz.  For “Studio,” Tillmans presents a photographic meditation on his own workspace—a subject that feels equally yet oppositely self-referential as his famous photograms. Tillmans’s studio was also the location for many music and art events, a practice for the artist that eventually formed into Between Bridges, his independent exhibition space. This gallery weekend, Between Bridges continues its event series “Meeting Place,” which addresses European reactions to the influx of refugees into the continent. April 28’s event features a talk by Timo Reinfrank, a consultant who promotes social initiatives against extreme right wing groups. 

Wolfgang Tillmans, “Studio,” Galerie Buchholz, Fasanenstrasse 30, April 30 – June 4 (opening: April 29, 6pm) & “Meeting Place,” Between Bridges, Keithstrasse 15, April 28, 7pm.

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler: Rachel Harrison

“All exercise programs have an inherent danger, serious injury may occur,” reads a notice foretelling Rachel Harrison’s upcoming exhibition “Depth Jump to Second Box.” It goes on to enumerate the precautions one must take while using a yoga ball. Ideas of outdated futurism—as represented by ‘ergonomic solutions’ such as giant plastic balls, selfie sticks, and dry-erase boards—appear to be the subject of Harrison’s exhibition, which uses the office building setting of Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler as a departure point. The show promises to be a rainforest of late capitalist icons and readymades. 

Rachel Harrison, “Depth Jump to Second Box,” Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 29, April 30 – June 25 (opening: April 29, 6pm).

Galerie Neu: Anne Collier

New York based artist Anne Collier will premier a series of new work titled Women Crying at Galerie Neu’s Mitte location. Her images of tearful women,cropped and enlarged appropriations from 1970s and 80s record covers, turn crude ideas of womanhood and fragility on their head as Collier runs them through the filter of her female gaze. The works on view are less of an exercise in sentimentality, and more of an autopsy of an antiquated, gendered binary of tough and soft.

Anne Collier, “Women Crying,” Galerie Neu, Linienstrasse 119, April 30 – May 28 (opening: April 29, 6-9 pm). 

Galerie Crone: Hanne Darboven

Honoring Hanne Darboven, who would have turned 75 on the day of this Gallery Weekend’s opening, Galerie Crone is showing her monumental work Evolution LeibnizDarboven’s numerical, linear drawings catapulted her into Sol LeWitt’s minimal-art-circle in 60s New York. Her works are reminiscent of a physic’s obsessive fascination with logic, but rather than a new theosophical pondering being the endgame of the meticulous markings, Darboven’s drawings have found their pinnacle in plywood models. Five of these are on display at Crone, accompanied by large-scale screen-prints and penciled graph paper. 

Hanne Darboven, “Evolution Leibniz,” Galerie Crone, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, April 30 – June 18 (opening: April 29 6pm).

Sprüth MagersThea Djordjadze

Berlin’s Thea Djordjadze has always turned buildings inside out, with installations that look like somewhere between shipwrecks washed ashore and bright strips of material left out by the builders. Her recent work, however, has turned this up a notch by tuning down the color, critically excavating the white cube’s church-y expanse by assembling found materials and sculptures that reference the folk-art of her native Georgia. This Sprüth Magers show is one of Gallery Weekend’s blockbusters, and is a great chance to see her work on home turf, after last year’s critically acclaimed show at the South London Gallery.
Thea Djordjadze, Sprüth Magers Berlin, Oranienburger Str. 18, April 30 – June 25 (opening: April 29, 6-9 pm).

Micky Schubert: Ketuta Alexi-Meskheshvili

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili’s exhibition at Micky Schubert takes its title from Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. Its narrator, G.H., crushes a cockroach in the door of a wardrobe and goes on to describe the calamity that ensues as a result. Allusion to death, perversion and possession often loom beneath the bright surfaces Alexi-Meskhshvili’s photography. Her new work promises to lead further down this path.
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, “I Move Forward, I Protozoan, Pure Protein,” Micky Schubert, Genthiner Straße 36, April 30 – June 25 (opening: April 29, 6 pm). 

Sandy Brown: New Noveta performance

After New Noveta’s opening night performance in March, the smell of raw fish, wet bamboo, tapioca balls and a vague sense of danger lingered in the air at Sandy Brown. What the hell just happened? This Saturday Keira Fox and Ellen Freed provide a second chance to take in the captivating madness of their performances, and another look at their stunning costumes made by Louis Backhouse.
New Noveta, “Zene Zemlje,” Sandy Brown, Goebenstrasse 7 (performance: April 30, 7pm).

Société Berlin: Petra Cortright

Cortright will be returning to the scene of the crime this weekend, showing work at the Berlin gallery which hosted her gear-shifting retrospective “All The Things She Said” the year before last. That show covered the self-shot video work which made her famous, but this month, she is showing new works: two videos, and a set of paintings.

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