Smile Like Ya Mean It: Berlin’s Best Weekend Art Events

We’ve seen you out there with your summer shirts and spring jackets, so we know that you are just as excited that it’s spring as we are. While the weather isn’t as promising this weekend as it was earlier this week, Berlin’s nightlife is still partying like there’s a heat wave. Here are the city’s best art and party events this weekend!


Thursday, April 18th, 2013


Let Them Eat Cake – “Broken Line” Group Exhibition – 6-10pm 

Start your weekend off with a little bit of intellectual stimulation at this investigation of the “ways in which we navigate ourselves through time and space” at Let Them Eat Cake. “Broken Line” features artists Callum Ross, Camille YvertJared O’Sullivan and a sound installation and music by Kenny Lump and Harmony Molina. Make sure you stay until 8 to see the music show commence!


Motto Berlin – “Powerpaola + libros de Colombia” Book launch – 7-11pm 

Powerpaola, the Argentine artist well-known for her playful illustrations, will present her books, along with a few publications gathered during the Moto Móvil project in Bogotá, at Motto Bookshop. Other works available include those by Matera, La Silueta, Galeria Casas Riegner and more.


Idrawalot – “Solo Exhibition with Mariana, a miserável” – 7-11:30pm

Mariana Santos, known as “Mariana, a miserável” (the miserable one), has been upset for several years. As legend has it, when she was young she wanted to be a florist, yet soon her life took a turn to “misery, cesspit and rock’n’roll.”  At Idrawalot this melancholic Portuguese will be presenting some of her latest works including illustrations, posters, zines and more.


Friday, April 19th, 2013


Daimler Contemporary – “Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today II” Opening – 6pm

If you’ve seen a lot of minimal and conceptual work by young artists lately and you feel that they may be grave robbing titans from the 20th century, stop by Daimler Contemporary to see if your theory proves true. In an exhibition entitled “Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today II,” the curators combine old with the new to examine how these nearly 50 year-old theories are still intact today.


Things That Make You Go Ooohhh – Group Exhibition Opening – 8-10pm

Bringing in an international array of artists as well as some Berlin favorites, Things That Make You Go Ooohh should make you say “oooooh yeah!”. Exploring how contemporary art tends to fetishize the artistic objects and materials, this show at Das Gift may be the right kind of medicine you need for this projected cloudy Friday.


What Club – Say What?? Dance Party – 11pm-10am [€8]

It’s finally time to loosen up and celebrate that it’s spring. Say What?! is the dance partyyou’ve been waiting for all week––expect several DJ’s, a lot of confetti, body painting and the time of your life at a club called What?!. Don’t expect to leave until it’s early the next morning, but make sure your hydrated because we’ve got an early appointment for you Saturday morning!


Saturday, April 20th, 2013


Artconnect Berlin – Networking Brunch with berlin art-parasites – 12pm-4pm

Come and meet us IRL as our very own Patricia Restrepo, along with ikonoTV artist scout Jack Pam, speaks at Artconnect HQ. Here we will be discussing our online magazine, the Berlin art scene and more! Tickets are €8.5 in advance and €12 at the door, but make reservations online quick because seats are going fast!


Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin – “Urban Art Clash” – 3-6pm

Stop by the Platoon Kunsthalle for another afternoon event that’ll make your Saturday great. Featuring over 50 international artists, this exhibition curated by Alesh One/Dissizit is one part of a six-week investigation into the current state of contemporary art. Stick around as the sun sets because at 10pm there will be live performances.


Dada Post – “Dutch Threat” Opening – 7pm

It seems that the Dutch are a bit upset that they have not been getting enough representation here in Berlin. Because of this, curator Geeske Bijker has called on artists from the Netherlands to show our city what they can do. So take the trip up to Dada Postfor a show featuring over twenty artists from the nation to the west. 


Article by James Shaeffer