On 15 September 2015, from 6 – 10 pm Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will be opening a total of three exhibitions and a happening in public space. The project approaches the notion of “The City” as a thematic cluster from various perspectives. The institutional structure and work processes of museums will be examined, urban developments will be addressed, and social, aesthetic, and cultural aspects relating to “The city” will be explored.
Berlinische Galerie will be showing Brandlhuber+ Hertweck, Mayfried. The Dialogic City: Berlin becomes Berlin. In collaboration with designer Thomas Mayfried and architect Florian Hertweck, Arno Brandlhuber will be creating an on-site intervention in Berlinische Galerie’s first exhibition hall that addresses the Museum as an institution, the archive, and urban planning after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The point of departure of the exhibition Xenopolis at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle is the statement that in any large capital city, we are all strangers. Simon Njami, the curator, worked with six international artists, to conceive a « labyrinth of perceptions », so that the residents communicate with their city and thus alter its language. This is reflected in works by artists Laurence Bonvin, Loris Cecchini, Mwangi Hutter, Theo Eshetu, Anri Sala, and Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag.
The Nationalgalerie is proud to present Fluids. A Happening by Allan Kaprow, 1967/2015. Four Berlin-based artists or artist groups will present contemporary interpretations of Allan Kaprow’s Happening Fluids during Berlin Art Week at various public locations throughout Berlin. Additionally, a reconstruction of the original ice block structure will be erected at Neue Nationalgalerie. Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) invented a « happening », also coining the term, and continues to serve as a reference point for many artists today. There will be four large-scale reinventions of Fluids realized from: Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Assaf Gruber, Antje Majewski Agnieszka Polska, and Juliane Solmsdorf, as well as Ahmet Ögüt, Alexandra Pirici’s, and the Berlin artist collective Stadt im Regal.
The artists participating in Welcome to the Jungle at KW Institute for Contemporary Art are creating spatial fictions that address our notion of the “good” life. The works originate from the phantasm of the jungle, which we set against our standardized way of life as a place of pristine wildness. With works by Ute Adamczewski, Ulf Aminde, Awst & Walther, Nina Beier, Julius von Bismarck, Melanie Bonajo, Ulu Braun, Olaf Breuning, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Danica Dakić, Loretta Fahrenholz, Heike Gallmeier, Sven Johne, Tobias Madison, Peter Piller, Jon Rafman, Ariel Reichman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Roman Schramm, John Smith, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, Marianne Vlaschits, Klaus Weber, and Camilla Wills.
A combined ticket to the venues of Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art will be available at the price of 12 Euros. The ticket is valid for one entry to the exhibitions and can be purchased at the institutions. The project »Fluids. A Happening by Allan Kaprow, 1967 / 2015« of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is taking place during Berlin Art Week at various locations in the city with free admission.
STADT/BILD (Image of a City) is a cooperation of Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Opening within the Berlin Art Week. Initiated and funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.