GalleriesPeople 23-01-2017

Top four exhibitions to see in Berlin

Although Berlin Art Week is long behind us, and the city’s Gallery Weekend will not get underway until late April (clashing controversially with Art Cologne this year), there is plenty of contemporary art to be excited about in the German capital right now.

From Trump to “Tableaus,” geology to photography, these four Berlin exhibitions encompass a selection of engaging work by a diverse range of artists.


Marcius Galan, “Line Weight” at Galerija Gregor Podnar, January 21 - April 27 

Marcius Galan, Commom area, 2012, painted concrete, courtesy Galeria Luisa Strina

“Line Weight” is Marcius Galan’s first solo show in Berlin. In this exhibition, the Sao Paulo-based artist presents work themed around the idea of the line — both as a geometric form and as a reference to architectural drawings and dioramas. His concrete sculptures relate to this architectural significance of the line, and its function as the most simplified way of making constructions in space.

Galerija Gregor PodnarLindenstraße 35, 10969 Berlin, Allemagne



The Extended Moment” at carlier | gebauer, January 14 - February 25

Michel François, Now or Never (The speakers corner project), 2005, courtesy the artist and carlier | gebauer

carlier | gebauer’s group exhibition presents seven artists from across the globe: Sebastian Diaz Morales (Argentina), Michel François (Belgium), Paul Graham (England), Santu Mofokeng (South Africa), Andreas Mühe (Germany), Paul Pfeiffer (Hawaii) and Michael Wesely (Germany). The show explores the artists’ varying artistic strategies in the medium of photography, including François’s deliberate blurring of the line between reality and staged scenery in his Now or Never series, and Wesely’s use of a rare, analog technique that employs massively extended exposures to convey the passing of time.

carlier | gebauer, Markgrafenstraße 67, 10969 Berlin



“Wall Works” at Daniel Marzona, January 13 — March 11

Cécile Dupaquier, Tableaus, 2016, courtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona

Over the coming eight weeks, Daniel Marzona’s “Wall Works” show will present four solo exhibitions. The first of these turns the spotlight on French artist Cécile Dupaquier. Her elegant, minimalistic works, often crafted from shop-bought DIY materials such as Styrofoam sheets, acoustic insulation boards and plywood, draw attention to the sparse beauty of their materials. For this exhibition, Dupaquier presents what she calls her “Tableaus” — fine wooden boards which are carefully shaped to create gentle curves and waves in the material, then coated in matte white paint. Solo shows of Julian Fickler, Martina Wolf and Florian Schmidt will follow.

Daniel Marzona, Friedrichstraße 17, D–10969 Berlin



Christine Wang, “Actions speak louder than fonts” at Galerie Nagel Draxler, January 14 - March 4

Christine Wang, Horror Clown, 2017, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler

Christine Wang’s powerfully political works come to Galerie Nagel Draxler in this charged, topical show. Wang’s canvases, overlaid with bold black text, express her frustration with what she perceives as a lack of action from the Liberal Left. Her series of Trump paintings attempt to undermine the high-minded liberal scorn directed at the US-President during his campaign. Wang feels this “there’s no way he can win” attitude among the privileged Left contributed to Trump’s rise to power.

Galerie Nagel Draxler, Weydingerstraße 2-4, 10178 Berlin

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