Raise The Roof: Berlin’s Best Weekend Art Events

Welcome back Berlin! Finally artists, curators, and everyone that makes this city special returns to action this week. After a long winter break galleries are opening their doors again for the start of 2013. Follow our guide to the best openings and art events Berlin has to offer this weekend!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien – Curator Talk on “Gebbärde Zeichen Kunstdedicated” – 7pm
The international diversity behind those speaking at the curator talk (An Paenhusen, Wolfgang Müller and Stephane Bauer) is appropriate for the exhibition dedicated to communicating through art despite differing backgrounds. This event may be the best way to being your night, as it will surely be a conversation starter during the next few openings.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt – “The Anthropocene Project” Opening – Opens at 9.30am with talks/workshops all day
They’ve been blasting Berlin with posters for this three-day exhibition since before Christmas break, so unless you’ve been living under a rock in Treptower Park there’s no reason why you don’t know about this exciting event. Friday evening is the inaugeral kickoff  for a weekend dedicated to discussions on shifts in scientific advances and new models for culture, politics and life featuring works by Kodwo Eshun, Renée Green, Rem Koolhaas, raumlaborberlin, Xavier Le Roy, smudge studio, Michael Tausig, and Paulo Taveres.

Exile – Artie Vierkant’s “Configure” Opening – 7-10pm 
This quant gallery located in Kruezberg on the mighty Skalitzer Straße will host the rising American artist Artie Vierkant. The show promises to have minimal work but a maximum attendance, so bring your party dress. If you miss the opening, the exhibition runs until 23.2.2013.

Follow our Thursday tour here.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Arratia, Beer – Omer Fast Exhibiton opening – 6pm
Omer Fast recently got into some trouble with the Americans not too long ago, but somehow he managed to escape and make it here to Berlin for a solo exhibition. Definitely a must see for those of you who missed his amazing video work at Documenta last summer.

Supportico Lopez – Case Mod, Natalie Häusler Exhibition Opening – 6.30pm
Off the Kurfürstenstraße stop on the U1 is the Italian duo ran gallery Supportico Lopez. Feel free to grab a few drinks and look at some good work, as the Berlin-based artist Natalie Häusler will be giving a talk the next day at Motto. Consider this your first date!

BQ – “Dirk Bell’s Schön und Gut” Exhibition Opening – 6-9pm
Dirk Bell is an amazingly talented Berlin-based artist originally hailing from Munich. If you’re interested in gritty, colorful, and expressive wor,k this is a show you don’t want to miss.

Follow our Friday tour here.

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Kwadrat – Curator talk with Ursual Ströbele – 6pm
If you caught our article on Martin Kwade’s exciting gallery KWADRAT in December, than you’ll know how awesome this curatorial talk may be. If you DIDN’T read our article… well brush up on your Berlin gallery knowledge before you head over to this charming space off Kotbusser Tor.

Motto Berlin – Watercolors: a presentation with Natalie Näusler and David Horvitz. – 8pm
A pleasant walk away you can find yourself at Motto Berlin, one of my favorite places to visit. At this world-renowned bookshop artist Natalie Näusler (who opened at Supportico Lopez the night prior) and David Horvitz (Brooklyn-based writer/painter) will present their project Watercolors. With the intimate atmosphere that Motto presents this is a great chance to get up close and personal with the artists.

Club Midnight – Santiago Tacetti’s “Bear Tries to Beat Heat” Exhibition Opening – 6pm
End your night at one of the youngest and most exciting galleries in Berlin: Club Midnight. Santiago Tacetti is a Brazilian artist based in Berlin who specializes in a diverse range of media including performance, video, and sculpture. Located in the burgeoning district of Schoneberg, this bijou gallery hosts new media friendly art – so in other words something new and exciting; what Berlin is all about!

Follow our Saturday tour here.

Article by James Shaeffer