Berlin’s Berghain Nightclub Transformed Into an Eerie, Immersive 3D Swamp

It feels familiar and alien at the same time. Many Berliners have stepped inside the towering walls of Berghain, the most famous nightclub in Germany, but it is different this summer. Its halls are not yet again filled with strobing lights and beating techno music. Instead, filling its empty dance floors is a glimmering, two-story art installation featuring an unusual soundscape of flora and fauna. The club has been re-wilded. View this post on Instagram A post shared by LAS (@lightartspace) Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s ambitious installation, Berl-Berl, which opened this month, delicately transforms the notorious nightclub into a swampy 3D ecosystem using innovative technologies and gaming software. The artist, who is based in Berlin, stitched together masses of archival and

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Yayoi Kusama’s New Berlin Retrospective

There are only a handful of living artists as well known as Yayoi Kusama. The 92-year-old’s colorful hair and stern gaze in photos is as recognizable as her mirrored funhouses and spot-covered installations, which have made her one of the most in-demand artists in the world. But a major new retrospective at Gropius Bau in Berlin looks beyond that span of famous work. “A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe,” which opened today (but will temporarily close again due to a new lockdown), has recreated eight exhibitions that mark less-recognized turning points in the Japanese artist’s career. The indexical approach sheds light on the enduring complexities that hide in plain sight in Kusama’s obsessively painted and warping world. Though

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A Guide to Berlin Art Week Assembled By 9 of the City’s Most Plugged-In Curators

This year’s annual Berlin Art Week is ready to open around the German capital. In a year marred by cancelations, the decentralized event is one of the few dates on the art calendar that has not been moved or erased completely. With a truly wide-ranging schedule of shows that occur at small project spaces, private collections, and even a nightclub, it can sometimes be hard to know where to head first. That’s why we decided to ask those who probably know best. Below, nine talented Berlin-based curators tell us which exhibition they are most looking forward to seeing next week and why it’s worth a look. Övül Ö. Durmusoglu and Joanna Warsza, Autostrada Biennale co-curators PICK: “Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne” at Haus der Kulturen

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Berlin Re-opens!

If you can’t keep yourself at home anymore and Berlin is on your travel to-do list (bearing in mind the precautions you will have to take), here is a list of what is open in Berlin. Current openings and postponements (as of July 9th) Tegel Airport will remain open until November. The travel warning for tourists from Germany for 23 of the 26 other EU states has been lifted and changed to travel advice. Museums and galleries, parks and gardens are open again. Shops were officially allowed to open their doors since 9 May. Restaurants, bars and pubs in Berlin may open from 2 June, subject to conditions. Hotels and guesthouses are open for guests since 25 May. Sightseeing tours

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André Butzer – A Colorful Ode to the Energy of His Adopted Home

As galleries around the world begin to slowly reopen, we are focusing on exhibitions at spaces that are now receiving public visitors. Check out this show at a newly reopened gallery below. “André Butzer” Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin What the gallery says: “Since 2018, André Butzer resides in California and continues his elementary explorations of color, light, and pictorial scale. Yet, everything seems to be ‘seen anew.’ His paintings virtually reinvent themselves. Some of them are now even titled again, often in the form of basic words such as ‘Pistachios,’ ‘Barber Shop,’ and ‘Lunch.’ Everyday things, places and activities from which the mosaic of an American experience gradually forms itself.” Why it’s worth a look: The Berlin- and London-based gallery is reopening in

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A Genre-Defying Exhibition at Peres Projects

As galleries around the world begin to slowly reopen, we are focusing on exhibitions at spaces that are now open to public visitors. Check out this show at a newly reopened gallery below. “Richard Kennedy: Street Prophecy” Through June 12 at Peres Projects, Berlin What the gallery says: “The group of new soft sculptures, paintings, and busts in this show depict an opera deconstructed into its various parts. The term ‘opera,’ borrowed from the Italian word for ‘work,’ implies a Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork) incorporating diverse media, collaboration, virtuosity, and drama. Kennedy appropriates and redefines multimedia modes of production as well as the dramatic tropes of the ‘highest art form’ of the European tradition to embody a black queer experience. The works in the

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30th Anniversary of the Fall of Berlin Wall

Standing at the edge of Alexanderplatz, I watch Berlin pass by. A young man with dreadlocks whirls his bike around an elderly couple walking arm in arm, while across the street, a man selling balloons counts out change in the warm summer air. It’s 3 p.m., and we have been on a quest. My friend TJ has promised us curry wurst. Not just any curry wurst, but some of the city’s best. The sausages served with spicy tomato sauce are a favorite here in Berlin, so my husband, Ben, and I have followed our friend’s eager pace to the heart of the city. But the sight of the crowd-filled square, filled with white tent vendors and brightly-covered advertising, stops me in

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