Top 5 Exhibitions May 2018


Top 5 Exhibitions May 2018

From future or in future? Time and it´s changing nature will be your companion through spring, alongside a mix of photography, sculpture and installation to keep your perception satisfied. Talking about time, the open-air season has started with full force. Have fun!

Vogue Magazine, late 60s. Courtesy Galerie 36 & Bert Stern Trust © Bert Stern Trust

Galerie 36 // Bert Stern: Shapes & Symbols – Early Advertising Works 1953 – 1970

Until 21st July

If you think that advertising photography is just “advertising” and not art, it is time to visit “Shapes & Symbols”. The exhibition presents a selection of iconic images from the 50’s and 60’s made by the American photographer Bert Stern. If before him advertising photos were pretty much an illustration for a text, after him images started to be much more seductive and communicative to consumers. Stern began his career as an assistant at Flair. In 1946, while working at Look, he met and befriended Stanley Kubrick, for whom he would later shoot the iconic images of Sue Lyon as Lolita. After serving in the US Army, Stern returned to New York and began working on advertising campaigns Many of the photos displayed at Galerie 36 were never showcased as artwork, only printed in magazines.

Galerie 36, Chausseestraße 36, 1011, Berlin

Heiner Franzen | Großes Gesichtsfeld | Haus am Lützowplatz | Photography ©Jan Windszus

Haus am Lützowplatz // Heiner Franzen – Großes Gesichtsfeld

Until 5th August

For his first institutional solo exhibition in Berlin, Heiner Franzen transformed the Haus am Lützowplatz into a walk-in movie projector. “Großes Gesichtsfeld” (“Great Range of Vision” in English) is an all over the house installation in a soft pink coloured carpet. The artist, who is known for procedural drawings, sculptures, ground covering installations and video art, will take you on a journey without beginning nor end. Every image is the reflection of another, drawings turning into films and films turning into pictures. An in your face intense experience!

Haus am Lützowplatz: Lützowplatz. 9, 10785, Berlin


EVA & ADELE, MEDIAPLASTIC-CACTUSBLOSSOM, No.115, 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 240 cm © EVA & ADELE und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

me Collectors Room // Eva & Adele – L’Amour du Risque

Until 27th August

In the 90’s Berlin was still recovering and rebuilding itself after the fall of the wall when Eva & Adele came from the future to be part of our time. Lucky us! In the last 25 years, the duo is doing their “future”, an art concept and existence “over the boundaries of gender”, and smiling to the world. Now, me Collectors Room showcases a retrospective “L’Amour du Risque” with the best of their transgressive work, which includes performance, videos (like WINGS I, II, III from 1997 and 1998), photos, drawings, sculpture, installations and clothing. Plus: for the first time it is possible to see their costume logbooks (more than 160 sheets!). For this exhibitions, they also created a bottle of perfume from Grasse, France, a wristwatch Swatch and handbags by PB 0110, a label by Philipp Bree.

me Collectors Room: Auguststraße 68, 10117 Berlin


Mater Natura, LCPR Skawager, Liste 2016

Luisa Catucci Gallery  // Mater Natura

Until 27th May

At “Mater Natura” the Belgian duo SKAWAGER mixes catholic iconographies with animal’s organs and bones in a kind of relic from a cabinet of curiosities. The fact that the show is in the basement of Luisa Catucci Gallery, a space called Project Room,  brings even more excitement. But don’t get it wrong. Although their combination of taxidermy, painting and sculpture can be compared with a Wunderkammer, here the aim is also to awaken the thinking about ecological and environmental issues (critical: the animals used in their compositions are death for natural causes). Also takes place in the gallery the exhibition “Spielen mit Geistern” by the Italian painter Andrea Mariconti. Extra tip: in front of Luisa’s gallery is Gordon, a café and records shop with a delicious Shakshuka, give it a try!

Luisa Catucci: Allerstraße 38, 12049, Berlin

Variations on Time Kapwani Kiwanga, Subduction Study #1, 2017

Variations on Time, Kapwani Kiwanga, Subduction Study #1, 2017

ACUD Galerie // Variations on Time – Kapwani Kiwanga and Susanne M.Winterling

Until 27th May

Time patterns, narratives and co-existence. It is that kind of reflection that the visitor will find at the exhibition “Variations on Time”. Kapwani Kiwanga, the winner of the 2018 Frieze Artist Award, presents his series Subduction Studies (2015-2017). Inspired by the theory of Pangaea Ultima, a possibility of a supercontinent occurring again, Kiwanga took photos at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris of rock specimens from the Northern coast of Africa and Spain and folded the images together. The result suggests Europe and Africa connected in a new geopolitical perspective. Works of Susanne Winterling complete the show. The visitor is put face to face with images of dinoflagellates, microscopic marine plankton organisms, which are bioluminescent when mechanically activated. Suspended and enlarged, they advocate an alternative way to imagine communication and community in the future.

ACUD Galerie: Veteranenstraße 21, 10119, Berlin

Author: Maíra Goldschmidt

Header Photo: EVA & ADELE, WINGS I / II / III, 1997/1998, 3-Kanal-Video (WINGS III, Videostill) © EVA & ADELE und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018