Art and design events season is well and truly upon us. Milan’s Salone del Mobile has just wrapped, and in May we have Frieze New York and the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale to look forward to.
But first up, it’s Gallery Weekend in Berlin from today to Sunday. As the name suggests, it’s a weekend absolutely packed with exhibitions, with almost every gallery in the art-focused German capital taking part.
To help streamline your experience, we’ve rounded up the must-see exhibitions and events happening at Berlin Gallery Weekend, from Jerry Deller’s video art at The Store X, Mark Gonzales at HVW8, and Signe Pierce at EIGEN+ART Lab. Check out the six best highlights from Berlin Gallery Weekend 2019 below.
Although not strictly an art event, concept store ANDREAS MURKUDIS and Highsnobiety will be joining forces for two partnerships this Gallery Weekend. The first is a Rick Owens pop-up at the store’s first location, showcasing the designer’s latest ready-to-wear collection, his Birkenstock collaboration, and his furniture and homewares collection.
At ANDREAS MURKUDIS’ second location, visitors can 3D-print their own shoe soles at an ECCO pop-up and explore the work of 3D-tailoring brand DIEHM BESPOKE DESIGN.
The Rick Owens pop-up will be open until June 1, while the ECCO one finishes on April 30.
Rick Owens pop-up at ANDREAS MURKUDIS
Potsdamer Strasse 77
ECCO “Dimensions of Measurement” at ANDREAS MURKUDIS
Potsdamer Strasse 81
Signe Pierce at EIGEN+ART Lab
For her first solo show in Germany, American artist Signe Pierce has turned EIGEN+ART Lab into a reflective dreamscape. Called “Reflexxxions,” the exhibition brings together self-portraiture, light, and projections to create an immersive atmosphere that invites the viewer to become part of the work.
Describing herself as a “reality artist,” Pierce’s work questions our ideas of reality, gender, and online culture. “Reflexxxions” runs until June 15.
Mark Gonzales and Erin D. Garcia at HVW8
HVW8 always comes through with skate/art crossovers, and for Gallery Weekend, its Berlin outpost will be home to paintings by Mark “Gonz” Gonzales. Not only is Gonz a skateboarding legend, he’s also one of the most influential artists in streetwear. This series of work is inspired by “the disappointment he felt when his business partner ‘sold out’ in the early 1990s.”
The exhibition will also feature work by LA-based painter Erin D. Garcia alongside pieces from HVW8’s permanent collection, which includes Brian Lotti, Jerry Hsu, and Josep Maynou.
Marie Tomanova at EEP Berlin
With a cosign from Ryan McGinley, New York-based Czech artist Marie Tomanova is a photographer to have on your radar. Tomanova’s work explores the immigrant experience — she emigrated to the US in 2011 — while capturing what it’s like to be young in New York right now.
Her exhibition, “New York Calling: A Mini Retrospective,” will show her “Young American” series, which makes up her new book of the same name. As McGinley writes in the book’s introduction, “‘Young American’ asserts the hope for a better future as an antidote to an oppressive and intolerant social and political situation in the United States and, perhaps, globally.”
“New York Calling: A Mini Retrospective” runs until May 17.
Liegnitzer Strasse 34
Jeremy Deller, Wu Tsang, Jenn Nkiru, and Josh Blaaberg at The Store X
To celebrate 30 years since the Second Summer of Love, artists Jeremy Deller, Wu Tsang, Jenn Nkiru, and Josh Blaaberg have each made a film in collaboration with Frieze and Gucci exploring the cultural impact of acid house.
Each film takes on a different aspect of the genre. Deller’s work shows how the rise of acid house led to sociopolitical change in the UK, Tsang explores New York’s underground house scene through the lens of magical realism, Blaaberg speaks to the founders of Italo disco, and Nkiru pays homage to techno’s roots in Detroit’s black music scene.
“The Second Summer of Love” is open until Sunday, April 28.
The Store X
Piet Parra, Mark Jenkins, and Paa Joe at Funkhaus
Cologne- and Paris-based gallery Ruttkowski;68 is taking over Funkhaus Berlin for Gallery Weekend.
The exhibition is the fifth iteration of the galleries’ ongoing group exhibition project “MIXED PICKLES.” It includes 26 German and international artists, including Piet Parra, Mark Jenkins, and Paa Joe, all of whom will bring their signature sculptures to the open-plan warehouse.