Berlin Excursion with An Paenhuysen
August 5, 2017
Meeting Place: in front of Capitain Petzel Gallery at Karl-Marx-Allee 45 at 11 am on Saturday, August 5. It’s near U6 Schillingstrasse.
We go for a day-long trip through Berlin’s vibrant art scene, visiting both galleries, art centers and independent project spaces. For the galleries we go for those places that are worth a visit because of iconic architecture and good exhibition making. On the road we will discuss the workings of the Berlin art scene. We start in the Karl-Marx-Allee, which was the parade street in the communist era, with a visit to the Sarah Moris exhibition at Capitain Petzel. On the other side of the street Peres Projects features Donna Huanca, Ce Jian, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Ad Minoliti in a group show titled “The Second Self.” This will be followed up by a visit to Galerie Nagel Draxler, which shows Martin Kippenberger with “Gib mir das Sommerloch” (Give me the summer break), which is based on an exhibition of one of the legendary German artists of the 80s and 90s. Since a few years the Potsdamer Strasse has turned into a hubbub of art galleries. There we will visit the new location of Esther Schipper to see the Liam Gillick show “Were people this dumb before TV? Grafische Arbeit 1990-2016” and Ari Benjamin Meyers’ “Solo for Ayumi”.
In the late afternoon we visit KINDL - Centre for Contemporay Art. KINDL opened in October 2016 as a new art institute in a former brewery. Running at the moment is a group show that I curated on subculture and high culture and which I would love to show you.
August is quiet month gallery-wise but the independent art scene is actually thriving in the summer. Berlin has over 200 project spaces that focus on artistic experimentation and nurture local art communities. In the evening we visit the Project Space Festival, which changes its location each day from August 1 - 31. The program of the festival involves both performances, one-day-only exhibitions and culinary get-togethers.