Monday, September 22, 2008

Berlin Trip

I'm back from a Trip to Berlin. My Aim was to see Art. I can say my mind and soul had this unique opportunity to visit what must be one of the most important centers of Art scene in the world and it is indeed overwhelming. Berlin offers what seems like endless galleries and museums and lots of good Art. I gathered here some of the Galleries and Museums I've visited and what stayed in my mind or in my heart as interesting, beautiful and breath taking. of curse, it is not as impressive as in real life. absorbing Art in real, almost touching it, moving around it, expands the sensations and reflection on it on life. the fahnemannprojects gallery present at it's main space the huge works of musician/artist Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt ink, pencil on paper {detail}

An unforgettable retrospective of Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Neuen Nationalgalerie (video) at the Hamburger Bahnhof

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Catherine of Aragon, 1999. Gelatin-silver print, 58 3/4 x 47 inches; Framed: 71 3/4 x 60 inches.

Vera Lutter photographies of Venice at the Max Hetzler gallery. Working with one of the earliest photographic devices, the camera obscura, Lutter creates large-scale black and white images that document her fascination for architectural and industrial superstructures. In her recent body of work, Lutter focuses on the extraordinary architecture of Venice.

Campo Santa Sofia, Venice, XXIX: December 21, 2007 Unique fiber based silver gelatin print, mounted on museum board and framed behind plexi glass254 x 284,5 cm in 2 panels

The Klosterfelde gallery presents Matt Mullican's exhibition Entitled "Subject Driven", the new show is at the same time a continuation of and an antipode to the last gallery exhibition "Learning from that Person`s Work" which was a labyrinthian installation of bed sheets covered with drawings and collages made in relationship to hypnosis, a kind of controlled schizophrenia leading through the artist`s alter ego`s Psycho mind. More didactic and self-disciplined, the new installation focuses on Mullican`s theory of the 5 "Worlds" or subjects that have formed the background for his diverse working strategies throughout the last 35 years.

Installation view / "Subject Driven" Klosterfelde, 2008

Esther Schipper gallery presented Ceal Floyer. Her audio installation and two works based on found objects that address the viewer!s perceptions and cognitive faculties. Floyer often develops her works out of serendipitous observations and situations, dealing in a slightly ironic way with phenomena of language and meaning.

No Positions Available, 2007, Installation view at Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2008

No Positions Available, 2007 (Detail)

At the aurelscheibler

Neil Gall 'Unable to separate their own identities', Cast and painted resin

Neil Gall’s paintings are the final stages of a layered working process: from modelling to assemblage, photography and painting. Gall starts by creating sculptures made from spheres of wrapped tape, fluffy balls, globs of plasticine and mangled wire. He then paints them in a photorealist style, blurring the definition of the depicted object, between found or created images.

Neil Gall 'And further on...'Oil on canvas 183 x 168 cm

The Contemporary Fine Arts gallery is an amazing 3 floors space, just near the museum islnad. and right now there is an exhibition by German artist

Uwe Henneken

Uwe Henneken "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose" 2008 oil paint on canvas 280.5 x 411 x 4.5 cm / 110 3/7 x 161 4/5 x 1 3/4 "

Uwe Henneken Installation photo

At The Deschler Gallery there was a duo exhibtion of two intersting artists.

little 'toy' like sculptures and paintings by Kehl



the second artist is the young Norwegian Lage Opedal who presented Oil on aluminium paintings:


Eigen-Art gallery, Art is not interesting right now, but they do represent the israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas.

at the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin Ayse Erkmen installation (video) the Joseph Beuys as well as the Andy Warhol exhibitions were closed :) Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin The Tropics Views from the Centre of the Globe a colaboration with the Goethe-Institut. The tropics have always been and still are a mirror in which the Europeans have watched themselves with horror and fascination. This large and complex exhibition capture all one's senses. only a little a glimpse of it can be seen in this video

Andreas Gursky C-Print 307 x w: 223.3 cm / h: 120.9 x w: 87.9 in

And nothing prepare you to the huge mental map by Franz Ackermann that was ordered for this exhibition and fullfill in it's hight and presence the large space

Franz Ackermann: Terminal Tropical.

Nothing can prepare you when entering the Jungle like room by Greta Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger (the photo was taken from a former installation, none current image was found)

Greta Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger Brainforest

many galleries and museums such as the KW sections were closed before grand opening at the begining of October, still some of the galeries were nice and have let me enter the gallery while they were in the middle of work, some were streching the canvases on the wood structures, i was wondering around with much joy.

such was the arndt-partner gallery

Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, The Flying, 2005, wool and flax, 200 x 285 cm / 78.74 x 112.2 inch, arndt-partner gallery

At the Huge industrial hall the Kai Hilgemann Gallery exhibited the first solo exhibition by Torsten Ruehle

Torsten Ruehle Inland Empire 170 x 220 cm, 2008, Öl + Pigmentstift auf Leinwand.

At the Bereznitsky Gallery they were hunging the paintings by Vlada Ralko

Vlada Ralko. Come Here, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2008

She, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2008

Nicole Eisenman Lady with Saggy Titties Foam and oil on wood h: 14 x 102.9 x 19 cm at the Barbara Weiss gallery.


visited also Alexej Meschtschanow at the klemms gallery


Marcus Wittmers at the gitteweise gallery


Paul Pfeiffer at carliergebauer gallery


David said...

I have been following your blog for a while now--it is excellent. Thank you for this post, particularly. As it turns out, I am headed to Berlin for a weekend in October--I will try to get by and see some of this work.

Anonymous said...

Neil Galls is the most interesting one, to me. I guess because, photorealism I see as a variation on traditional methods (painting, my favorite thing), yet he uses it to express totally non-traditional subjects. The subjects themselves being non-traditional art objects...? Did I understand correctly? If so, very intriguing.
Blurring the definitions, indeed.

Thank you very much, Moon. One is always richly rewarded by visits here. (A saving grace to those of us who don't travel like we'd like.;-)

Diane Dehler said...

Oh, Moon,
You have again dazzled. My mind, eyes and art are reverberating with the clarity, color, incisiveness of the installations and work you have presented. This post is nearly perfect except for two things. There are no photos of Moonriver before the work. I want to see your eyes viewing this work that touches you so. Also, I was not there to see it with you and well, a poet can dream.

Recently, I found AZART magazine in an indy book store near me and it has introduced me to some new art. This quiet, suburban living is not for me and I have transferred my library (no small undertaking) and will look for a living situation where I can get into the city.

Soon, perhaps I will be posting photos for you of the world of SF art. I hope so. I also want to see dance at the Yerba Buena Art Center.

My country is experiencing severe economic crisis and collapse of financial institutions.

The good news is that my little chrysanthemum plants have buds and will soon awaken into dazzling blooms. (or so I hope)

stephenrowepainter said...

Dear Moon, As a young man I spent nearly a year and a half in Germany. I was more impressed with the old art than the new. Still am, prude that I am. Smile!
Do miss you more than words can tell.
As ever be well,
Stephen Craig Roe

Diane Dehler said...

Where are you, Moon?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this beautiful post, I couldn't get passed Uwe Henneken's work, If I was lucky enough to see it up close and in person, I would probably have to be physically removed from it. It is so engrossing.

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