Sunday, May 3
Berlin’s Gallery Weekend is back for its eleventh year with forty-seven participating galleries opening new shows on May 1, 2015. Consistent with Berlin’s diverse arts scene, Gallery Weekend presents a wide range of perspectives and a mixed program of historical and contemporary exhibitions.
Zak Branicka presents a monumental installation of eighty-three life-size sculptures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz at St. Elisabeth Church. The work, which was previously exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’s Jardins du Palais Royal, and Madrid’s Reina Sofia, is Abakanowicz’s largest solo presentation in Berlin to date.
Brazilian artist Renata Lucas’s debut solo exhibition with this gallery continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of relationships between the individual and the urban environment. Presented in Neugerriemschneider’s courtyard, Lucas’s latest work is based on three fountains that are part of Berlin’s historic cityscape.
Renata Lucas fontes e sequestros
French artist Neil Beloufa has created a site-specific kinetic installation for the octagonal glass architecture of the Schinkel Pavillon. The sculptural component, which unfolds along a series of steel tracks, is accompanied by a video of various people discussing the merits of an unnamed utopian city.
Neïl Beloufa Hopes for the Best
Hot on the heels of the Guggenheim’s ZERO group show, this celebration of the movement features work by more than forty international artists (many of whom are also affiliated with other movements, including Nouveau Réalisme, Arte Povera, Minimalism, Op art, and kinetic art) whose ideas are in synch with those of ZERO founders Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker. In conjunction with this major museum show dedicated to artists who sought an absolute new beginning for art following World War II, Berlin’s ZERO foundation has organized an exhibition featuring 200 additional works.
Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Guenther Uecker, ... ZERO - The international art movement of the 50s and 60s
Italian-German artist Rosa Barba transforms this gallery into a giant projection room by showing her 2012 film shot in Texas on the space’s large street-facing window. Barba’s latest film will be previewed at this year’s Venice Biennale, coinciding with her debut solo exhibition at Meyer Riegger.
Johann König christens its new space in the St. Agnes Church with a solo show by Katharina Grosse. The German artist’s latest expansive and colorful paintings incorporating three-dimensional materials are in stark contrast to the venue’s Brutalist architecture.
Katharina Grosse The Smoking Kid
American artist Laura Owens presents five paintings in her first exhibition with this gallery. Owens’s new works reference various mediums from textile arts to printmaking.
Tracing the evolution of Joseph Beuys’s sculptures, this exhibition begins with early works influenced by Wilhelm Lehmbruck and Ewald Mataré. Many of the sculptures on view hail from Céline and Heiner Bastian’s own collection and are being shown at the gallery for the first time ever, following a long-term loan to the Hamburger Bahnhof.
Featuring work made during a residency at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios in 2013, Korean artist Haegue Yang’s fourth solo exhibition at Wien Lukatsch retells Victor Hugo’s social critique The Man Who Laughs (1869) across ten panels plastered with black-and-white photographs and text. Also on view are Yang’s sonic sculptures and a new sculptural series made with artificial straw.
Haegue Yang Temporary Permanent