One can literally feel Berlin’s excitement rising in the air, as not only Gallery Weekend but also the 1st of May approach. As of tomorrow, with a couple of early birds starting their art viewings and celebrations already tonight, the city will transform into a single exhibition space, as galleries, museums and private collections will open their doors to the heterogeneous more or less art-savvy crowd that will be flocking into the city and roaming its streets in search of inspiration, learning - and primarily, fun.
#tbt to when Galerie Sprüth Magers presented Joseph Kosuth at the Gallery Weekend 2013
Since also our minds are already catapulted into the weekend, we could not help but make a little neon-driven guide that will smooth your way from the exhibitions right into the clubs, where the parties will be lasting until Monday night’s early hours.
Warren Neidich, The Statisticon Neon - Colour of Politics
Neidich’s Statisticon Neon is dedicated to Joseph Beuys’ work Das Kapital Raum and it puts itself into relation with it through neon attached to randomly displayed black bases that echo Beuys’ installation. His neon looks at the relationship between art and society some forty years later taking into account the role of the internet and its effect on labor and capital (just in time for 1st of May).
Das Kapital Raum was first shown at the Venice Biennale in 1980 and is currently to be seen at Berlin’s Neue National Galerie, meaning you will have a chance to see both works this weekend!
Donna Huanca, Epithelial Echo
Another must this weekend will be the Julia Stoscheck Collection, where the show Jaguars and Electric Eels is going on, which according to the collection’s character is entirely made up of time-based media. Plus, if you visit the exhibition you will also have a chance to see the amazing neon installation we made for them!
On Saturday evening they will be hosting the performance Epithelial Echo, by Donna Huanca.
Tatsuo Miyajima, Flower Dance
Since we did not want to be too biased towards neon, let us mention this pretty cool exhibition that will be taking place in Kreuzberg. The presented pieces by Tatsuo Miyajima are made of reflective panels on which numeric displays are made to appear in the fashion of falling Sakura tree petals, through a complex algorithm.
Anselm Reyle, Eight Miles High | Michaela Meise, Holle-Vanderbilt | Jose Dávila, The Stone that the Builder Refused
Now, returning to neon: Anselm Reyle will be holding his first exhibition at König Galerie. Since he has designed a special, unreleased, installation for the nave of St Agnes church, we cannot actually say how much neon will be present, though we are keen to find out! The list goes on with two more great artists: St Agnes’ chapel will be hosting works by Michaela Meise, while the exhibition space at Dessauer Straße 6 will be showing Jose Dávila.
You can also check out this other 'Europa' neon while you're at it!