Exhibition Highlights for March 2017


Exhibition Highlights for March 2017

Eh? March? Yes, ARTBerlin is rushing forward into spring (or is this wishful thinking?) and bringing you our art recommendations from the exiting to the intriguing.
Also we have have our team galavanting around New York at Volta and The Armory Fair to come back with fresh, sparkling news and inspirations from the global art scene!

Hanne Lippard, Flesh, installation view at KW, 2016:17

Hanne Lippard, Flesh, installation view at KW, 2016/17

KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Ian Wilson, Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton

On view until:

Hanne Lippard: 9th April 2017, Ian Wilson & Adam Pendleton: 14th May 2017

Having taken a break after the Berlin Bienale in September, the KW has reopened its doors to the public with a careful selection of conceptual artists, who share a fascination for language in its spoken and written forms, as well as the construction of meaning.

Ian Wilson, a South African artist, has been exploring the aesthetic potential of the spoken word since the late 1960’s, when language and meaning became the protagonists of postmodern thinking. None of Wilson’s works are recorded and although he started out as a painter initial tendencies towards abstraction have led him as far as to abandon the physical properties of the art work altogether. 

Inspired by Wilsons work, the artist Hanne Lippard has created an installation work entitled flesh. Visitors climb up this giant spiralling staircase accompanied by the mesmerising words spoken by Lippard. Arriving on the top floor the work of Adam Pendleton cuts the space in half with an erected wall, which is adorned with the opening words from the poem Albany by Ron Silliman, which served as point of departure for this exhibition. “If the function of writing is to ‘express the world“ is repeated sheer endlessly, while Pendletons own archival material in forms of posters, collages, sculptural objects function to complement the phrase. 

KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Auguststraße 69 , 10117 Berlin

Franz Marc, Der Turm der Blauen Pferde, 1913

Franz Marc, Der Turm der Blauen Pferde, 1913

Haus am Waldsee // VERMISST – Der Turm der Blauen Pferde

3rd March – 5th June 2017

One of the most mysterious stories of art history is the vanishing of Franz Marc’s Painting Der Turm der Blauen Pferde. It is generally regarded as a masterpiece of german expressionism, painted by the artist shortly before dying in the trenches at Verdun and becoming an icon of progressive values in the Weimarer Republik. For the Nazi-regime however the jagged blue horses set against a colourful cubist landscape did not coincide with their romantic ideal of a realist germanic art and it was subsequently kept locked up in the Haus am Waldsee, after being exhibited at the epoch-making exhibition degenerate art. Many rumours as to the paintings whereabouts have fortified its clandestine history, which now serves as topic for the exhibition at the place Marc’s painting was last seen. 

A list of well-known artists (Marcel van Eeden, Norbert Bisky, Arturo Herrera, Christian Jankowski, Tobias Rehberger,Rémy Markowitsch, Birgit Renner, Peter Rösel, Via Lewandowsky, Julia Franck and Martin Assig) were invited to produce new works that revolve around the missing painting and its history. Wether speculating upon the possible history of the painting, to appropriating it and re-enacting it as a romantic work, to exploring the concept of loss through negative space and dealing with the artists untimely death – the exhibition assembles works that deal with all possible aspects of the story of Der Turm der Blauen Pferde,  thus making the story three-dimensional.

Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin

Laurie Anderson

HKW // Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future

4th and 5th March 2017, 8-10pm

Concluding the Transmediale in its final weekend, Laurie Anderson, the legendary multi-media artist takes to the stage with a work from the series The Language of the Future. The performance combines sounds from spoken word, electronics and violins creating a kaleidoscopic narrative of the future. „Current runs through bodies and then it doesn’t.“ – this phrase from the performance displays the logic of the post-digital contemporary as an on-off relationship. Although her main focus is the future, she refers frequently to the past making the narrative enfold non-linearly so as to mimic our digitalised worlds in which „one thing instantly replaces another“.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

Rinus Van de Velde, once overheard him speaking to himself while working, 2016

Galerie König // Rinus van der Velde

17th March – xx March 2017

Drawings are the fundament of Belgian artist Rinus van der Veldes work, but more than a mere medium it seems to be the expressiveness of black and white sketching that gives his pictures its unique character. Within each work the artist opens up fictional narratives, guiding the viewer into the story by specific titles, often integrated into the work. We’ve been following his progress for some time and now Galerie König has rightfully snatched him up to present the solo exhibition opening on the 17th March in St. Agnes. 

Galerie König, Alexandrinenstraße 118-121, 10969 Berlin

Jerome Lagarrigue, VYACHESLAZ MOLOTOV, 2012

Jerome Lagarrigue, VYACHESLAZ MOLOTOV, 2012

LAZARIDES London // Jerome Lagarrigue: The Tipping Point

Just in case you are in London between the 3rd March and 13th April 2017, we recommend checking out the first solo exhibition of one of our favourite artists Jerome Lagarrigue at Lazarides London! Conflict, collision and contradiction form the foundation of „The Tipping Point“ a new series of large scale paintings from the New York-based artist.

 Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, London 


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Jeppe Hein: YOU ARE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW, 2012, Courtesy KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Foto : Photo: Studio Jeppe Hein



Did everyone survive Art Week? Good, because here come the next round of fantastic art exhibitions brightening up the dismal Berlin autumn.




Aside from the Art Week, which gets its own guide, Berlins collections and institutions have lots to offer as well!

Water lillies in one of the tropical green houses of the Botanical Gardens in Berlin



Once again ARTBerlin brings to you our best choices to see art this month. Our suggestion this time: Get out of the city and indulge in some nature and art in the lovely suburb of Zehlendorf!


Meet the artist 

Erik Kessels: Interview & Photos of his Berlin Exhibition

Erik Kessels, photographic curator, got the talent to fascinate with his book series IN ALMOST EVERY PICTURES that features right-in-the-face photo stories of changing times, fashions and technology. An interview about the #12 edition.

Still from Het Front, 2016 Screenplay by Beri Shalmashi; directed by Floris Parlevliet


Kurdish „Warrior-Divas“

The San Francisco-based writer and cultural theorist Shawna Vesco and the New York-based artist, writer and curator Anne Wheeler tackle an indeed easily confusing, yet fascinating phenomenon in their current exhibition „Un-Working the Icon: Kurdish „Warrior-Divas“. The exhibition is part of ap...



World Press Photo Exhibition & Interview with the winner.

The exhibition of the World Press Photo Award is opening tonight (June 8th) at Willy-Brand-Haus, showcasing the best press photos of 2011. We met the winner Samuel Aranda for an interview about beauty and private moments in revolution.