Haus am Lützowplatz, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., C/O Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art: They all participate in this year’s edition of Berlin Art Week. And they all just opened remarkable solo or group exhibitions. Please find a brief overview below before Berlin's art season is starting in fall.
C/O Berlin presents Austrian born photographer Elfie Semotan with "photos that have the look of film stills; visual compositions and figural arrangements that tell stories extending beyond what is shown", are of primary importance (C/O Berlin). Semotan, who started her career as a fashion model, captivates us with her photography of imperfect beauty and elegance.“Today, people listen to me because I have something to say. People used to listen to me because they liked to look at me.” (Elfie Semotan)
Another remarkable female artist is Anna Daučíková, the recipient of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2018. Daučíková was born in Bratislava, and works with techniques like painting, photography, collage, film, and sculpture.with an extraordinary sensibility and "combines reflections on the role and meaning of modernism in Eastern European societies with identity issues (…) that subverts stereotypical ideas and images" as the art award jury argued. Anna Daučíková’s solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art shows her work from the past four decades.
The group exhibition Mostly Happy – Finnish Art Today at Haus am Lützowplatz presents the diversity and quality of the Finnish contemporary art scene. Finnland has been ranked the happiest country in the world second time in a row. They topped the 2019 and 2018 'World Happiness Report'. But is all that glitters in fact gold? What about self- perception and how one is perceived by others in relation to each other? These questions discuss 10 Finnish artists, which show the fractures and disruptions of complex, contemporary experiences.
Neuer Berliner Kunstvverein n.b.k. showcases John Bock, one of the most important contemporary performance and video artists. Bock developed his solo show im 'AntliTZ des SchädelapparaTZ' with installations, films, and performances for nbk. They are centered around "lectures" as the artist calls them, which serve as an action space for four dancers and one actor, and which will express itself on a linguistic level by means of neologisms, repetitions, onomatopoeia, and surprising language combinations.
ELFIE SEMOTAN. CONTRADICTION
8 JUN—7 SEP 2019
Opening 7 JUN, 7 pm
C/O Berlin Foundation
Mon—Sun 11—8 pm
SCHERING STIFTUNG ART AWARD 2018. ANNA DAUČIKOVÁ
7 JUN—18 AUG 2019
Opening 6 JUN, 7 pm
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Wed–Mon 11–7 pm
Thu 11–9 pm
Submission 8,- Euro (reduced 6,-)
MOSTLY HAPPY. FINNISH ART TODAY
7 JUN—11 AUG 2019
Opening 6 JUN, 7 pm
Haus am Lützowplatz
Mon—Fr 11—6 pm
JOHN BOCK. IM ANTLITZ DES SCHÄDELAPPARATZ
15 JUN—28 JUL 2019
Opening 14 JUL, 7 pm
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k.
Tue—Sun, noon—6 pm
Thu noon—8 pm