Exhibition Highlights for December 2016


Exhibition Highlights for December 2016

Brightening up the darkest time of the year we bring to you Berlins finest artists and events!

Mia Florentine Weiss in her booth

Mia Florentine Weiss in her booth

Mia Florentine Weiss // CONTEXT Art Miami 2016

No, not in Berlin. Shock, horror! This time round we have decided to include a Berlin-based artist, whose work is being introduced to the US American audience at CONTEXT Art Miami this weekend. Mia Florentine Weiss is a german performance and conceptual artist, staging spectacular and socio-critical events and documenting them in equally spectacular photographs. So even if you are, like us, not in the US at the moment, you can check out her work here and here. Because if there is a time for staying in bed while enjoying art then its december, am I right?

So this year the west berlin gallery Friedman-Hahn showcases Weiss‘ work around her latest conceptual sculpture „Love“. It is inspired by the iconic Pop Art sculpture of the same name in central park New York, whose author, Robert Indiana called it a „sculpture poem“ or „one-word-poem“. Yet Weiss‘ sculpture, though based on the same letters L-O-V-E, also spells the complete opposite when turned around: H-A-T-E. The work reveals truths about the human condition – there can be no hate without love,  an equally strong emotion, they coexist  – just as life and death. A valuable artistic position considering the hate fuelled rage we have witnessed this past year. 

Olafur Eliasson The presence of absence © Olafur Eliasson courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Olafur Eliasson
The presence of absence, 2016 © Olafur Eliasson, courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Neugeriemschneider // Olafur Eliasson: The presence of Absence

December 10th, 2016 – January 14th, 2017, opening: December 9th, 6pm – 9pm

Last year in November the breakthrough UN climate conference was held in Paris and ratified by most influential industrial nations. Upon stepping out of the conference centre a gigantic installation made out of melting ice blocks would have greeted the discussion-tired politicians and scientists. 12 steles, drilled out of Greenland glaciers and transported to the middle of Paris, had been arranged as a clock by the artist Olafur Eliasson. Over the course of the conference the sculpture melted away – a monumental warning about the consequences of global warming: a time-bomb.

For his next solo-exhibition with Neugeriemschneider Eliasson has again worked with this politically charged frosty material. This time the ice blocks were covered with concrete and left to melt, transforming the concrete and leaving behind an art work sculpted by an absent sculptor. Organic forms have been carved into the sterile and industrial concrete cubes. Accompanying these name-giving works are further works springing from Eliassons interest in mirrors, reflections, lights and shadows. 

Neugeriemschneider, Linienstraße 155, 10115 Berlin

Works by Raul Walch in the exhibition of Berlin Art prize © Anastasia Muna, Berlin Art Prize 2016

Works by Raul Walch in the exhibition of Berlin Art prize © Anastasia Muna, Berlin Art Prize 2016

Berlin Art Prize 2016 // prize ceremony

current – December 10th 2016, ceremony and party (!): 7pm – 7am

Before the exhibition of the nine shortlisted artists nominated for the Berlin Art Prize ends on 10th December with the announcement of this years winner, take a look and judge for yourself! Spanning media such as sculpture, installation, photography, performance and conceptual art, the Art Prize has also hosted a number of workshops, events and presentations by the participating artists. Highlights were the performative workshops by Stine Marie Jacobsen and the presentation of flying kite sculptures by Raul Walch, who has recently been awarded the prestigious IBB Prize for Photography. 

Going out with a bang, the Berlin Art Prize after party promises a „superstar line-up“ and celebrating through night. Not to be missed!

Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin

Abdourahman Waberi. photo credit: Gilles Vidal

Abdourahman Waberi photo credit: Gilles Vidal

SAVVY Contemporary // Abdourahman Waberi meets Bonaventure Ndikung: WHAT IF… 

6th December 2016, 7pm – 11pm 

What if…
Africa would be the rising continent – its wealth and quietness only threatened by the flow of refugees coming from the impoverished regions of Europe and America? Or – a cat would tell the fictitious biography of Gil Scott Heron or a man would return to his homeland Djibouti haunted by the ghosts of his family?

Opening up speculative scenarios the artist Abdourahman Waberi invites us to question perceived certainties. The current guest professor Waberi will read passages of his most recent works and discuss them with with Bonaventure Ndikung, founder and curator of SAVVY Contemporary.

Plantagenstraße 31, 13347 Wedding, Berlin

Candida Höfer © Sophie von Stockhausen 2014

Candida Höfer © Sophie von Stockhausen 2014

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein // Candida Höfer: Nach Berlin

3rd December 2016 – 29th January 2017, opening: 2nd December, 7pm
Candida Höfer has been one of the most well-known german photographers for many years, now the NBK is presenting her newest works and projections titled „Nach Berlin“. In the exhibition she reworks older photographs into projections to create a new work. Along the wall her newer photographs are poised on the border between the figurative and abstract. The exhibition shows how she works as an artists, how she develops new forms and themes and is the point of departure for her further career: Wohin nach Berlin? Where to after Berlin?
A special highlight of the exhibition will be the panel discussion on the „Photographic view“, which Candida Höfer helped to shape and reshape since the 70s. 
Panel discussion: 8th December 2016, 7pm
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestrasse 128/129, 10115 Berlin