Berlin’s Top Art Shows This Week:Herlinde Koelbl to Additive Addicted

A host of art events and exhibitions will be on view in Berlin during the week of August 10-16. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of these must-visit art shows.

Recently Opened:

“Thessaloniki. Looking at time through moments: photographs 1900-2017” at MEK

August 9 through September 9

The 15th “European Culture Days” project at Museum Europaischer Kulturen(MEK) explores the visuals of Thessaloniki, bringing together a selection of photographs from and of the northern Greek city, on view at the museum starting August 9.The city of Thessaloniki is also the subject of a photo exhibition at the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, on which the “European Culture Days” at the MEK is based. Curated by the Greek museum’s director, Hercules Papaioannou, the show includes works borrowed from various museums and private individuals.“It stands for a common European cultural history as well as for historical and contemporary migration,” says the Museum Europaischer Kulturen about Thessaloniki. “Their multiculturalism and lively, committed social life is a particular source of excitement.”

Also on View:

“The Matter in Harmony” at Galerie Thomas Schulte

Through September 15

The show brings together works by artists including Richard Deacon, Angela de la Cruz, Julian Irlinger, Idris Khan, Jonathan Lasker, Fabian Marcaccio, Allan McCollum and Michael Muller, alongside a large wall drawing by Albrecht Schnider. As a part of this exhibition, the artist Jonas Weichsel will also present one of his new works, before his first solo show of abstract paintings at the gallery in September.

“Margiana: A Kingdom of the Bronze Age in Turkmenistan” at Neues Museum

Through October 7

Margiana is a historical region in eastern Turkmenistan that was home to an exceptional example of Bronze Age civilization about 4,000 years ago, but it remained largely unknown to the Western world, unlike the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. In January 2018, the photographer Herlinde Koelbl was commissioned by the Museum of Prehistoric Archeology to photograph the archaeological sites, landscapes, people and exhibits at the site of the ancient metropolis of GonurDepe. The findings from these excavations along with Koelbl’s photographs are being presented for the first time outside Turkmenistan.

Photographs from the Collection of Carla Sozzani at Museum furFotografie

Through November 18

For the past 28 years, Carla Sozzani has presented a number of photography exhibitions at her Milan gallery, featuring artists such as Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, David Bailey, Hiro, and David LaChapelle. The former editor-in-chief of the Italian Elle and Vogue magazines has been collecting photographs for many years and has worked closely with Helmut Newton for several exhibitions. “Between Art & Fashion” at Museum fur Fotografie, “not only presents numerous icons, it also contains plenty of surprises,” the museum says.  Photographs on view are not only limited to fashion pictures, but also include experimental photography, portraits, as well as still lifes. The diverse collection was created over the course of many years, and with its focus on classic black-and-white photography offers a look back into a bygone era. Some of the featured photographers are represented through a single work, while others are represented through several works. “The selection is naturally not about completeness, but authenticity and visualization,” thematically adapted to the specific exhibition venue, the museum says.

Senga Nengudi at Spruth Magers

Through September 8

The Colorado-based artist Senga Nengudi (born 1943, Chicago) has been challenging conventions of sculpture, photography and performance throughout her career, and she was a member of the African-American avant-garde in Los Angeles and New York in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition, marking the debut solo show by the artist in Germany, brings together four recent sculptures from her “R.S.V.P” series. She started working on this series in the late 1970s, inspired by the transformation brought on by her pregnancy. She created “delicate, webbed and knotted forms” of sculptures, the gallery says, using nylon stockings, sand and metal objects. Stretched across walls to floors, these decidedly abstract sculptures assume the stances and proportions of bodies.

Last Chance to See:

“Additive Addicted: Alchymia Digitalis” at the Kunstgewerbemuseum

On view through August 15

As the seventh chapter of the exhibition series “Design Views” by Kunstgewerbemuseum and the International Design Center Berlin, presents works by the design collective Additive “Alchymia Digitalis.” The collective — formed by the product designer and art historian Babette Wiezorek and the interaction designer Dawei Yang in 2017 — presents a symbiosis of digital production technologies and one of the oldest design materials — porcelain. In order to highlight the qualities of these elements, Additive “develops parametric and generative strategies by means of which the movements of a 3D ceramic printer are programmed and controlled,” says the museum. “This creates objects with filigree, highly complex structures that are reminiscent of textiles.”

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.              

Founder: Louise Blouin


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