Listen Up: Berlin’s Best Weekend Art Events

Artparasites: the Russians have arrived to Berlin in full force! With this weekend’s line-up, featuring a Pussyriot Benefit Exhibition at Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art and an exhibition with Russian photographers at Galerie pop/off/art, we hope you are prepared for the Russian art invasion. Other weekend highlights include the one-night pop up exhibition at the WYE, two exhibition openings at C/O Berlin, and the ever-fun Katerflohmarkt. Brace yourself for an art-infused weekend!

Thursday November 8, 2012

The Wye – One-Night Pop Up Exhibition – 7 pm

VAGE’s second pop up show will feature works by three self-taught graffiti artists from Bristol, UK, including 3DOM, who produces visuals “mixed with semiology and surrealism, something for children to enjoy and adults to dissect.” One-night exhibitions are a rarity in Berlin, so be sure to check out VAGE’s pop up at The Wye before it leaves as quickly as it came.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien – “FLYING” Exhibition Opening – 7-10 pm

Want to start off your weekend with flying colors? Then head over to Künstlerhaus Bethanien to experience the opening of the exhibition “FLYING.” To fight flying’s climate-killing tendencies, the gallery gave an open invitation to more than 60 artists to realize their artistic response. See if you agree that art has a role in raising awareness about environmental issues.

Circle Culture Gallery – “(I've Got You) Under My Skin” Opening – 6-9 pm

“Who has the harder job – a surgeon or a portrait painter?” Mull over this thought while examining the works of 21st century portrait painter Jonathan Yeo at the latest exhibition in Circle Culture Gallery. Known for his iconic depictions of Tony Blair, Dennis Hopper and Nicole Kidman, Yeo now takes on modern society’s quest for perfection in beauty by examining those who have undergone cosmetic enhancements. His works will definitely get under your skin.

Friday November 9, 2012

Galerie pop/off/art – “Der Klare Blick” Opening – 6 pm

Let the Russian invasion commence! galerie pop/off/art, a Berlin offshoot of the Moscow branch, will showcase the photographs of twelve international artists documenting Eastern Europe. Mostly from Russia, the photographers will try to present their version of a “Klare Blick,” or “clear view,” into the lives of Germany’s eastern neighbors.

Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art – Pussyriot Benefit-Exhibition Opening – 7-9 pm

The Russian art attack continues by way of a Pussyriot Benefit-Exhibition. Presenting the multi-media works of eleven artists, the exhibition seeks to draw more attention to the “Free Pussyriot” movement that has captured the world’s attention. This event is your opportunity to fight indifference and invoke your inner-activist.

C/O Berlin – Joel Sternfeld Retospective & Deutsche Börse Photography Prize Openings – 7 pm

C/O Berlin, a heavyweight in Berlin’s art scene, is busting out the big guns with two exhibition openings in one night. This Friday you can check Joel Sternfeld’s powerful photographic works subtly documenting the failed American utopias, in his first retrospective in Germany. The second exhibition will feature surrealist works by John Stezaker, the latest winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, as well as the other finalists.  

Saturday November 10, 2012

ArtConnect Berlin – Tips and Tricks in Arts & Cultural Grant Writing – 12-4:45 pm (€ 140 for 12 hours of workshop)

Enough party-talk, it’s time to get serious. This weekend is the start of a three-week workshop series offering you chance to learn the fundamentals of how to be successful in grant writing. Break the starving artist stereotype by investing in your future as an artist and attending this event.

KaterHolzig – KATERFLOHMARKT – 2-7 pm

It’s that time again: Katerflohmarkt! Come play in KaterHolzig’s urban jungle gym, which will be full of flea market goodies, music and drinks this Saturday afternoon. What a perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday among Berlin’s art-centered crowd.

Skalitzers Contemporary – “DWANE | Writing my Name Until it Matters” Opening – 7-10 pm

Meet DWANE, a Swedish-Hungarian-Polish artist who is famous for his “anti graffiti” pieces. His works consist of layering his artistic pseudonym to such an extent that they become illegible, thereby undoing the purpose of tagging. This Saturday, Skalitzers Contemporary will present his first solo exhibition and a chance for you to see these innovative works in person.

Article by Patricia Restrepo