Now that the weather has officially turned, it’s truly time to put favorite outdoor Berliner pastimes behind us, which will ultimately free up some space in your social calendar. What better way to fill the idle time than perusing the city’s best gallery spaces for a tour of these outstanding exhibitions? Here’s a handpicked list of our favorites this month.
Engel mit Sphinx Gesichten (October 3 – November 9)
Michal Martychowiec & Bublitz’s Engel mit Sphinx Gesichten is an imaginative exhibition taking place at MMS2 from October 3 through November 9. It is organized around four variables: (A) the studio, (B) the project space, (C) the landscape, and their ‘shadow’, and (D) the spectator. Mind bending and original, the show is an exploration of the ways that environmental factors impact the spectator’s very depth of existence. The artists are interested in highlighting the connection between belief and liberty as spectators view the art at hand. Turning the notion of artistic exhibition on its head, they intend to incorporate the viewer into the show to create a dynamic experience.
Claudiusstraße 6, 10557 Berlin
The English Years (October 5 – February 27)
Titled, The English Years, the Bauhaus Archiv Museum of Design will be hosting this curated show of works and information by the renowned Lucia Moholy as part of the European Month of Photography. This female photographer is celebrated for her work in documenting elements of the Bauhaus movement. This show, however, will be focusing on the lesser known period of her career, between the time when she emigrated from Germany to England in 1934. Thus, the exhibition will feature rare works including English landscapes and period architecture as well as portraits taken on her travels throughout Europe and beyond.
Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin, +03 025 400 20
Lucia Moholy, Cambridge, 1936 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin | © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn
OTHERWISE (October 7 – November 6)
Lorella Paleni’s latest exhibition at Magic Beans Gallery is comprised of paintings that utilize contrast of color and texture to present a discussion of the interface between the human and the animalistic. Indeed, the images are striking and alluring, as Paleni transposes different motifs and aesthetics from nature and civilization in a thought-provoking way. She also invites the viewer to interpret that what features we recognize as animalistic are often the same way we interpret social ‘others’ within society. The paintings offer people the chance to examine their responses to those things that appear unfamiliar and unpredictable, ultimately pointing to the fact that the lines we think separate us from them are a farce.
Auguststraße 86, 10117 Berlin, +03 025 766 055
© Milk of Amnesia by Lorella Paleni | Courtesy of Magic Beans Gallery
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real (October 8 – 29)
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real (October 8 – 29)
Put on by ESMOD Berlin, the International University of Art for Fashion in conjunction with Swedish Institute & hessnatur Stiftung, Everything You Can Imagine Is Real will be showing at Bikini Berlin. The show is comprised of paper costumes by Bea Szenfeld that are as extravagant as they are intricate. The costumes are tailored to their models with the same care as any other designer garment, yet they have the aesthetic intrigue of a fine work of origami. Szenfeld has even crafted outfits for the likes of Lady Gaga and performers in the Swedish Royal Opera.
Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin, +03 055 496 455
a r e a (October 8 – November 5)
Claude Horstmann’s solo exhibition, a r e a at Laura Mars Gallery, is meant to deconstruct our assumptions about place and terrain. The show is comprised of photos that focus on the empty, negative spaces to be found in urban landscapes, with particular focus, in this case, placed on the city of Marseilles. The artist’s hope is to create a platform for reflecting on the ways that the configuration of space in everyday environments impacts all people. The compilation of photographs, with some drawings interspersed throughout, is intriguing in itself, as viewers have the chance to decide for themselves how it all fits together within this singular gallery space.
Bülowstraße 52, 10783 Berlin, +03 061 074 630
Courtesy of Laura Mars Gallery
Germany – Memories of a Nation (October 8 – January 29)
The British View will be presenting Germany – Memories of a Nation at Martin-Gropius-Bau starting on October 8th. The show features a compilation of 200 objects curated to offer a retrospective about the different motifs and collective memories that are fundamental to uniting the German culture and binding members of this nation together, despite periods of war, destruction, and division in its recent history. The exhibition provides a reflection about the achievements and transgressions that have arisen from Germany society and the ways that these different factors have shaped it over the last 600 years, taking visitors on a tour that both begins and ends in 1989.
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, +03 025 4860
The Red Gaze (October 11 – December 23)
This group show, curated by A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, will be showing at the Zilberman Gallery beginning on October 11th. Composed of multiple categories, including artistic objects derived from a variety of different mediums, The Red Gaze is meant to challenge those who stand by as eyewitnesses in times of war and bigotry. In particular, the artists intend to answer these questions for themselves as artists. On select times and dates the show will be accompanied with musical performances and discussions.
Goethestraße 82, 10623 Berlin, +03 031 809 900
Nova Scotia (October 13 – November 6)
Nova Scotia is a group show of Scottish artists that will be running at HilbertRaum in Neukölln beginning on October 13th. The show will feature exquisite and enticing sculptural works by Bernie Reid, Jessica Harrison, Alex Hare, and Francesca Nobilucci. Their craftsmanship and attention to traditional modes of sculpture shows through while the pieces themselves are utterly daring and avant-garde. Many of the works are simultaneously artistic and functional, which adds another element for examination on the part of the spectator.
Reuterstraße 31, 12047 Berlin
Hortus Convulsus (October 14 – November 12)
German painter Bodo Rott’s exhibition, Hortus Convulus, is a show that focuses on encounters of all kinds: those between different people, the ones with ourselves, and with the past. With this theme as the focus, the work on display stands on the line between the real and the surreal, taking viewers on a visceral and evocative emotional journey from start to finish. His work is bright and colorful, with many artistic allusions and images superimposed with childhood aesthetics, usually embedded on black matte canvas. Each work is cacophonous and captivating. Find it at Galerie Villa Köppe until November 12th.
Knausstraße 19, 14193 Berlin, +03 082 554 43
Courtesy of Galerie Villa Köppe