Though half the city might be away on holiday and most art galleries are also on summer break, there are of course still plenty of scrumptious things to see for the insatiable Berliner art-caterpillar. Thank awesomeness that ARTBerlin is here to serve you the delicacies of this month before we muscle up for Berlin Art Week in September!


f.l.t.r.: Hiwa K, My Father’s Color Period, 2012; What the Barbarians did not do, did the Barberini, 2012/2017, Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017, Photo: Frank Sperling

KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Hiwa K.: Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet

2nd June – 13th August 2017

The Iraqi artist Hiwa K. , who has been living in Berlin since fleeing from his home country 16 years ago, is something of a shooting star. After having received the prestigious Bode Prize in 2016, 2017 saw him exhibiting twice at the Documenta and at the KW in Berlin. On show here are a collection of his most popular works alongside a new film produced in cooperation with the Schering Stiftung, who awarded him their annual art prize. In this film the artist deals with his treacherous flight from the Iraq, the insecurity and anxiety he experienced. Balancing a precarious steel rod construction equipped with mirrors on the bridge of his nose, he again passes all the stations between the Middle East, through Greece and into Western Europe. Meanwhile always peering into the mirrors to see where his feet are taking him. Confusing? I guess thats the point.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Auguststraße 69 , 10117 Berlin


Installation view at Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Künstlerhaus Bethanien // Andreas Schmitten

7th July – 17th August 2017

Andreas Schmitten explores the shiny surfaces of contemporary consumer culture, which is not just an amazing alliteration (again!), but a cool oxymoron: By exposing the superficiality of consumer culture in his sleek, sexy and useless objects, he is actually digging deep into the underlying structures of neoliberal capitalism. His sculptures look like things you would find in any  dutiful consumer household, with the exception that they have no discernible function. This leaves the dutiful consumer somewhat irritated, as everything in his world is oriented toward use, functionality at maximum effectivity. 

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kottbusser Str. 10, 10999 Berlin

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Jennifer Burtchen, SEASCAPES „Armadale, Atlantic Ocean“ 2017, acrylic on linen, 130x100cm

GREEN | GONZALEZ // Seascapes

11th August – 19th August 2017

The curatorial collective of Barbara Green and Wayra Durán Gonzalez are dedicating their next exhibition to the classic motif of the ocean. In „Seascapes“ they have invited Jennifer Burtchen and Tilman Brembs from Berlin, Delaney Allen from USA and Sophie Rowley from Mumbai  who are showing paintings, drawings, photographes. The works in various disciplines show different views of water thus exploring the idea of the sublime in nature and art. A soothing and beautiful groupshow, perfectly suited for hot summer days in the City.

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 16, 10178 Berlin


Author: Anna Simon-Stickley