Berlin Gallery Weekend 2013

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If you should believe the popular mockery going around Berlin these days then this nine year-old event is nothing more than a posh assembly of mediocre artist putting up a nice show-off. The glam is on but the concept is allegedly missing. We hear you, critics. The exorbitant funds galleries invested into a two-day venue could be allocated into more long-term projects of even higher quality aiming to attract wider audiences. However, we also agree with the galerist Tim Neuger that the weekend’s main objective remains to introduce 51 emerging artist on an international platform of Berlin, creating an an enviroment where the artist’s body of work, an exhibition place and a spectator merge in one. Admittedly, there is art that does not fit the gallery space whether by accident or design but that is not a reason to not enjoy the event for what it is and simply be a consumer. Here the highlights!

‘It’s the rules and conventions that hold us a prisoner’, she once said. ‘I wanted to make it them invisible’. So, a couple of years ago Eva Kotatkova turned her grandmothers’ aparment, a leftover from a socialist era, into a personal cave. She boarded herself in a corner, installed a false floor with tight openings in which she resided. She shot the whole process on camera. As a result, a person feels confined in a space and its movements are limited. When she presented her work as a part of ‘Using Own Language’ exhibition she built a tunnel – the only way to enter her exhibiton was to squeeze through the unstable construction. This time, this awarded Czech artist, introduces her paintings, collages and sculptures in the Meyer Riegger Gallery.

Barbara Weiss Gallery in Kreuzberg invites you to see works of Ayse Erkmen. Ever fleeting, avoiding the timeless, relying simply on flexibility of time and place and the reality of then versus now, the Instabul born artist reconstructs old sculptures and steers away from longing for the new. In 1994, walking down Oranienstraße you may have noticed a string of black words painted on a facade of one of its houses. Harking back to her heritage, these words were no real words they were verb endings. Verb endings used in Turkish language describing a story from a perspective of the others. Split between two cultures, she rarely interprets her art. It does seem like it tells a story of its own. Or you do?

First woman to ever win the Grand Austrian State Prize, Maria Lassnig made the Capitain Petzel her temporary weekend getaway. Focusing on body awarness, this pioneer of Austrian art scene, accentuates the striking world of human emotions. Her work as seen in Karl Marx Straße, has never before been exhibited outside her own studio. Don’t miss it!

The Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery has certainly hit the jackpot with Oscar Murillo. This young painter, a graduate of London Royal College of Art cerainly won’t dissapoint. He’s been known as constantly crossing the line of ideal concepts of the ‘Making Of’. He often works with video and participatory installations. A manifestation of body in transit, Murillo defies the traditional way of making art within the walls of one’s studio as a potential for functionalism and liberation. He sees these aspects within a community, out on a street or at parties and they posses the same importance and stimulation as the aformentioned.

Certainly, the Gallery Weekend could use less glam and more modesty but when splurge why don’t do it in style? ‘Special about weekend is the fact that we invite the art public to visit our galleries. It should not be anything special, really but the more marketed the art is the more it moves away from its point of origin and that is our goal – to bring back the art to places where it is truly presented and exhibited’. So much from the gallerist herself, Joanna Kamm. Keep your eyes and minds open and you may be surprised what this upcoming weekend may bring!

What: Berlin Gallery Weekend

Where: overall Berlin

When: 26-28.4.2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictoplasma Berlin 2013

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All of you aspring artists, illustrators and designers out there, perk up. There is no better way escape from grating Easter winterland than to take part in world’s leading contemporary character festival taking place in Berlin.  Pictoplasma presents year after year an astounding mixture of art dialogue, fascinating conference lectures and animation  screenings. Presented by more than dozen artists and accompanied by 25 character walk exhibitions, this event becomes more than just your typical weekend getaway. Pictoplasma not only connects but educates and creates unique characters on a new level.

The Conference

You’ve been a doodler ever since they invented school desks? Then the container of Platton Kunsthalle promises to gather the best of the best for an out of this world doodling sessions – just drop in on the Character Lab. You might find yourself performing next to the imaginary Sound Creatures of David Kamp. Pass by the Platoon Bar to meet new enthusiastics and bond over great coffee or over cold beer. This years’ highlights on this vivid creative platform include Sue Doeckson, whose love for scissors, glue and paper seems to be infectious and monster knitting sensation from the US – Anna Hrachovec.

Animation Festival

Divided into four different categories – Characters in Rythm, Motion, Narration and Psychadelic Midnight Mix, the Babylon screen brings to life new born characters in a large selection of short films, motion graphics and experimental jobs. There is also something for the youngsters – Mini Plasma is dedicated to them.

Character Walk Exhibitions 2013

Character Walk Exhibitions takes in 2013 a huge leap. More and more Berlin neighborhoods tend to open up to art these days and so this years’ Walk  caters not only to Mitte art fans but invites the emerging scene of Kreuzberg and Neukoelln to tag along for the ride. This year’s tour is made of more than twenty galleries, art venues placed at various spots in the city. This part of the festival bustles with creative energy as it boasts a number of installations and sculptures both in limited festival editions.

WhatFESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE OF
CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART

Where: BABYLON am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz,
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE Berlin,
AND 20+ ART SPACES

When: 10 – 14 APRIL 2013