Hippity Hop: Berlin’s Best Weekend Art Events

It’s Easter and you’ve decided to forego the long trip back home to enjoy a Sunday eating ham with your family. Ain’t no shame in that. So let us find the company you need for this holiday weekend in Berlin. There won’t be many rabbits but, trust us, this weekend has a lot of special hidden Easter eggs!

Thursday March 28th 2013

ArtConnect – Workshop: “Berlin Art Scene: Who, Where & What” – 6-8pm

Hosted by ArtConnect, this informational meeting is just in time for your summertime friends visiting in the coming months. If you still feel like you haven’t really mastered the complex matrix of Berlin’s art scene, this would be the perfect event for you. Instructed by former gallerist and independent  curator Maud Piquion, this promises to give “artists the tools they need to drive future careers”. And in case you happen to miss this, there will be a second one held next month on the 18th of April. PS: make reservations because slots may be running low!

St. Georg Kreuzberg – Urban Art Clash – 8pm

Tonight marks the beginning of a three-day event featuring live painting, concerts and overall a great party devoted to the blues, jazz and hip-hop! Entitled “Soulfood & Secret Gallery,” the doors will open at 8pm in preparation for a concert at 9:30pm.  The programming also includes interactive jam sessions, DJs and a world renowned beatboxer that’s sure to get you into the groove like Madonna. Best part: the closing time is open ended! 

Friday, March 29th 2013

Motto – “New Stationery Department” Opening – 7pm

The last few openings before Easter break begin at a bookshop. Motto, an internationally renowned retailer of artist zines, books and miscellanea, presents a solo exhibition by English artist Sara Mackillop. Working in a variety of media, you’ll find that her work is both challenging yet humorous. She will also be debuting a new book at the reception! 

Import Projects – “(performance/ART) 002: Common Revilings” by La Mission & Knuckle Cartel – 8-10pm

Out in West Berlin at Import Projects, the new media prone gallery, a performance night is planned involving artists Beaner and Mandi O’Connell otherwise known as La Mission. They’ve vaguely explained their work as situationist, at times a record label, or perhaps it was a magazine/experimental theater. To be honest you can expect anything form this two night performance – check out its video teaser HERE.

Mindpirates – Subkultur / Berlin 80 – Bar – 8pm

We brought you to Mindpirates last weekend and this Friday we’re encouraging you to stop and visit once more. This Friday there will be a temporary pop-up bar for your enjoyment as well as screening of never before seen footage of rare Berlin concerts from the eighties. It’ll be a great place to take a first date or an old friend – definitely something to talk about!

Saturday, March 30th 2013

Marzia Frozen – “Mission To Mars” Opening – 2-6pm

Prepare yourself for an exhibition that’s out of this world. Marzia Frozen presents  “Mission to Mars,” a group show curated by Javier Ramirez featuring a wide array of international artists. With a proposed Mars expedition in 2018, it’s only appropriate that curators start creating exhibitions that react to what may potentially be our next home. I mean, we already have the first artist going to space next year, might as well start expanding the frontiers where art is possible. 

Kreuzberg Pavillion – “The Cucumber Piece” by Sven Åke Johansson – 8pm

At this unique space located in the heart of Berlin, you will find a nice exhibition Saturday night.  The artist Sven Åke Johansson will be performing his work “The Cucumber Piece,” which promises to be a combination of a comedy of errors and music. Born in 1943 in Sweden, this veteran of performance art will surely make a show that will encompass all of your senses!

Article by James Michael Shaeffer