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Wooden Melania Trump statue replaced with bronze after arson attack

Original carving near US first lady’s hometown in Slovenia was badly damaged in fireA bronze statue of the US first lady, Melania Trump, has been unveiled near her hometown in Slovenia, to replace a wooden carving of her that was burnt in an arson attack two months ago.The new work – like the original – is a collaboration between Brad Downey, a Berlin-based artist from Louisville, Kentucky, and a local craftsman, Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who have invited residents of Melania’s hometown of Sevnica to ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Berlin, US, World news, US news, Slovenia, Melania Trump, Louisville Kentucky, Melania, Sevnica, Brad Downey, Rozno

Marco Brambilla’s Free “The Four Temperaments” AR App Experience Starring Cate Blanchett

On view at Berlin’s Michael Fuchs Galerie, video installation artist Marco Brambilla’s The Four Temperaments exhibition and sound installation explores four sets of distinct character types as outlined by the Greek philosopher Galen: sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. Acclaimed actress Cate Blanchett embodies each opposing personality, drenched in correlating colors. Brambilla’s has also released the three-and-a-half-minute work for free on the Acute Art augmented reality …
Tags: Apps, Design, Berlin, Video Art, Culture, Augmented Reality, Cate Blanchett, Linkaboutit, Galen, Marco Brambilla, Acute Art, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Brambilla

Forbidden fruits: the festival images you (almost) didn't see – in pictures

Photo Basel was cancelled in June due to the pandemic – but here’s a fresh chance to see arresting shots of sweaty kisses and socialist villages which will be showing in Berlin instead Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Basel

Auf wiedersehen, techno: Berlin's banging Berghain club reborn as a gallery

With nightlife in limbo due to Covid-19, the legendary temple of techno has reinvented itself as art gallery – with works by Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and moreInside a disused power station in east Berlin, a red-and-white buoy is bobbing mid-air, swooping six metres up and six metres down in rhythm to imaginary waves. The artist who had the idea to hang it there, Julius von Bismarck, has connected an automated pulley system via sensors to a real buoy in the Atlantic Ocean, ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Installation, Exhibitions, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Atlantic Ocean, Berghain Berlin, Sound Art, Tacita Dean Olafur Eliasson Wolfgang Tillmans

Katharina Grosse turned this historic museum floor into a 3D painting

German artist Katharina Grosse has a current exhibition called "It Wasn't Us" that turned the Historic Hall of Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin into a giant colorful form that spills outside. Turn on CC for English subtitles. Via Art at Berlin: The artist's latest in situ painting disregards the boundaries of the museum space in a grand and colourful gesture: "I painted my way out of the building", said Grosse in relation to her work. Over the course of several weeks a va...
Tags: Art, Video, News, Berlin, Grosse, Katharina Grosse, Installation Wall, Historic Hall of Hamburger Bahnhof

‘I Do Not Envy Ms. Berg Her Position’ — New Director Of Jewish Museum Berlin Begins An All-Too-Sensitive Job

After thirty years at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, Hetty Berg is taking the helm of an institution which is, thanks to history, both highly visible and loaded with baggage. The museum’s situation is even more fraught than usual now because of two thorny issues in Germany: the return of anti-Semitism and the BDS movement, a controversy over which cost Berg’s predecessor his job. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Amsterdam, Issues, Bds, Berg, 08.26.20, Hetty Berg

Watch the Opening Credits of an Imaginary 70s Cop Show That Stars Samuel Beckett

: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, , and…gritty television detective? Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck. Some twenty five years after Beckett’s death, Thompson---whose credits include the Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in a Dustbin in Paris in an Envelope (Partially Burned) Labeled: Never to Be Performed. Never. Ever. Ever! Or I'll Sue! I'...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Berlin, Theatre, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Samuel Beckett, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Jean, Pat Williams, Danny Thompson, Ayun Halliday

Hollywood Movie Production Restarts (But Not In Hollywood)

Hollywood has been unable to restart production on its own soundstages in California because of surging infections in the state, plodding negotiations with unions over protocols and the time it takes to get test results. So big movie studios, under pressure to get their production assembly lines running again, have focused on overseas shooting. The “Avatar” sequels are filming again in New Zealand. Sony Pictures has “Uncharted,” its adaptation of a popular video game, going in Berlin. – The New...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, California, Berlin, New Zealand, Sony Pictures, 08.13.20

Berliners Worry About The Health Of The City’s Visual Arts

More than 5,000 visual artists from around the world are based here, according to statistics compiled by city authorities. Despite high-profile closures, there are still more than 300 galleries, and before Covid-19 restrictions, there were public art talks nearly every night. The postponed Berlin Biennial is going forward on Sept. 5, and Gallery Weekend, an event in which about 50 local galleries court international collectors, has moved to mid-September from its usual springtime slot. Many art...
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, 08.12.20

Berlin nightclub Berghain opens to all for lockdown art exhibition

Visitors can view work by likes of Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean and take guided tours of venueBerlin’s legendary Berghain nightclub will relax its notoriously strict door policy for art lovers from next month as the venue turns into a gallery while the German capital’s nightlife remains on hold because of the pandemic.Berghain, housed in an old power plant on the border between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts, will from 9 September show works produced during the Covid-19 lockdown b...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Tacita Dean, Kreuzberg, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Berghain, Friedrichshain, Olafur Eliasson Tacita Dean, Shirin Sabahi Christine Sun Kim, Sandra Mujinga

Berlin’s Art Scene: Are Reports of Its Death Exaggerated?

The news that three top collectors were leaving the city set off a string of negative headlines and prompted soul-searching from artists and administrators.
Tags: Art, News, Berlin, Flick, Thomas, Olbricht, Julia, Sprüth Magers, Klaus, Berghain, Berlin (Germany, Lederer, Stoschek, Friedrich Christian

Berlin Says Choirs There May Start Singing Together Again

“The Senate of the City of Berlin has announced a decision to allow choral singing in closed spaces to resume, under very strict and precise regulation.” (Very strict and precise, in fact.) – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Music, Senate, Berlin, 08.11.20

Has So Much Ever Been Made Of So Little? A Look At Erik Satie’s ‘Vexations’

David Patrick Stearns: “Only a minute or two long, but repeated 840 times, Vexations is alternately called minimalist, Dada-ist, or Outsider Art when it resurfaces every few years. … [Igor] Levit’s late May performance, streamed from Berlin, is perhaps the highest-profile outing for this ghostly wisp of a piece that was posthumously discovered among the composer’s personal effects. Considering that [it] could easily have been dismissed as some discarded sketch, Vexations has achieved a degree o...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Erik Satie, David Patrick Stearns, 07.07.20, Igor -RSB- Levit

Germany’s Largest Cultural Institution Is Dysfunctional And Should Be Dissolved: Commission

Never heard of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation? It’s the body that manages Berlin’s Museum Island complex and all the other state-run museums in the German capital, along with the Berlin State Library and archives. It is notoriously big, slow, cumbersome, and inflexible — and it can be stingy with building maintenance, too. A German federal government commission is now recommending that the Foundation be broken into four separate parts and its funding be overhauled. – Deutsche Welle ...
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Issues, Museum Island, Berlin State Library, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, 07.09.20

Humboldt Forum In Berlin Will Open Before Year’s End (They Swear!)

Well … “As long as there are no further pandemic-related hold-ups or lockdowns, the first parts of the complex will open on the ground floor and first floor in December, the Humboldt Forum’s leadership said in a statement. An exhibition on the history of the location and a Berlin city history exhibition will be among the first spaces to open to the public, along with an arcade of museums shops and a restaurant in the Schlüterhof courtyard. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, Humboldt Forum, 06.16.20

El Sistema Alum Will Be Next Chief Conductor Of Royal Liverpool Phil

Domingo Hindoyan will succeed Vasily Petrenko on the podium of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in September 2021. A former assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper in Berlin, Hindoyan began studying music in El Sistema in his native Caracas and went on to study violin and conducting in Geneva, where he now lives with his two children and his wife, soprano Sonya Yoncheva. – Gramophone
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Geneva, Daniel Barenboim, Caracas, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool Phil, El Sistema, Vasily Petrenko, Domingo Hindoyan, 06.09.20

An Introduction to the Sublime, Entrepreneurial Art of Christo & Jeanne-Claude (Courtesy of Alain de Botton’s School of Life)

Of all the work that made Christo and Jeanne-Claude the most famous installation artists of the past fifty years, none still exists. If you wanted to see the Reichstag wrapped in silver fabric, you'd have to have been in Berlin in the summer of 1995. If you wanted to see Central Park threaded with Shinto shrine-style gates, you'd have to have been in New York in the winter of 2005. If you wanted to see an enormous Mesopotamian mastaba made out of 7,506 oil barrels, you'd have to have bee...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, New York, London, College, Berlin, World, Paris, Seoul, Central Park, Christo, Facebook Twitter, School of Life, Colin Marshall, Beautiful San Francisco

Berlin’s First Post-Lockdown Opera Will Be ‘Rheingold’ On A Parking Deck

No, this isn’t some Regieoper conceit. This performance will take place on an actual parking deck — the one at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where, starting next Friday (June 12), music director Donald Runnicles will conduct Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the 90-minute chamber-opera arrangement by Jonathan Dove. – OperaWire
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Wagner, Donald Runnicles, 06.02.20

The Extraordinary Art Of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

What he and Jeanne-Claude, his wife and collaborator, achieved was so different from the work of anyone else, and on such a huge scale—seventy-five hundred saffron-colored nylon “gates,” in Central Park; the Reichstag, in Berlin, and the Pont Neuf, in Paris, transformed by their cloth wrappings into monumental and sensuous sculptures—that it’s hard to believe it was also ephemeral. Each spectacle drew huge crowds for two weeks and then vanished forever, without a trace. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Berlin, Paris, Central Park, Visual, Christo, Jeanne Claude, Pont Neuf, 06.02.20

Christo: 'His gorgeous abstractions made you gawp with disbelief'

From a curtain across Colorado to the wrapping up of everything from the Sydney coast to the Berlin Reichstag, his grandiose art caused wonder all over the worldHow we made the Wrapped ReichstagObituaryA life in picturesHe changed cityscapes, landscapes, buildings, coastlines, lakes and islands, making us look afresh at our surroundings. At its most daring and spectacular, Christo’s work entered the collective consciousness, overturning our sense of scale and place in the world. At its best, his...
Tags: Art, Colorado, Berlin, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Sydney, Installation, Christo

Christo, artist who wrapped the Reichstag, dies aged 84

Bulgarian creator of large-scale public artworks worked in collaboration with wife Jeanne-Claude The artist Christo, known for wrapping buildings including Berlin’s Reichstag, and also swathing areas of coast and entire islands in fabric, has died aged 84. The news was confirmed on his official Facebook page, which said that he died of natural causes at his home in New York.Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria, Christo studied in Sofia and then defected to the west in 1957, stowing away...
Tags: Art, Berlin, UK News, Culture, Prague, Vienna, Art and design, Installation, Bulgaria, Christo, Sofia, Jeanne Claude, Jeanne Claude Denat de Guillebon, New York Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff

VIDEO: Berlin Theatre Plans to Reopen With Socially-Distanced Seating Plan

One theatre in Berlin is planning to reopen with a new socially-distanced seating plan, allowing audience members to stay a safe distance apart. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Berlin, Theatre, BWW News Desk

Extra legroom and no interval: Germany plans for post-lockdown theatre

Berliner Ensemble unveils auditorium with most chairs ripped out, but some left in pairs, for a socially distanced audience who can visit the toilet during the playGoing to the theatre after the coronavirus lockdown could be not just a novel but a more pleasant experience, if the plans of Germany’s leading theatres are anything to go by. There will be generous legroom for spectators and a more casual attitude to toilet breaks.As Germany continues to relax social distancing restrictions imposed t...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Arts funding, Berliner Ensemble, Schaubühne, Coronavirus outbreak

Billionaire Art Collectors Are Moving Art Out Of Berlin. Why?

Der Tagesspiegel, a local newspaper, saw the departure of the Flick collection as “further proof of Berlin’s gradual metamorphosis from a creative hub into a stronghold for property speculators”. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, Der Tagesspiegel, 05.18.20

Berlin's cultural capital in peril from exodus of billionaire art collectors

Thousands of works will disappear from galleries as rent rises and a stand-off with city government take their tollHome to some 400 galleries and an estimated 8,000 artists, Berlin has long aspired to be what its politicians call the cultural capital of Europe.Yet in the coming year, thousands of works by artists including Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman and Gerhard Richter are set to vanish from its galleries, as the city debates what lengths it should go to to protect art collecto...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys Louise Bourgeois Bruce Nauman

Opening Of Berlin’s Humboldt Forum Postponed For The Umpteenth Time

As if the cost overruns, scheduling snafus and controversy over its holdings weren’t enough (not to mention last month’s tar fire), the opening of the city’s $700 million ethnographic museum has now been put off from September to an undetermined date because the coronavirus epidemic has stopped foreign construction workers from returning to finish the building. (The restaurant and gift shop might open sometime this year, though.) – Artnet
Tags: Art, Berlin, Visual, 05.12.20

First Guidelines For How Full Orchestras Can Perform Under Social Distancing Rules

“Scientists at the Charité in Berlin have issued a 13-page paper, at the request of seven Berlin orchestras [including the Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle], advising the distances to be observed in rehearsal and performance for the foreseeable future, and suggesting that orchestras might be able to meet again under the following conditions.” – The Strad
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin, Charité, 05.08.20

Slowly, Carefully, Berlin Starts Reopening Its Museums To Public

“Berlin State Museums, an umbrella group overseeing 17 museums in the city, … decided to start small, reopening just four of the institutions under its control on Tuesday. Christine Haak, the organization’s deputy director general, said in a phone interview that she wanted to observe how visitors behave in the spaces before deciding about the rest.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Berlin, Audience, Visual, 05.12.20, Christine Haak

Self-taught artist Jiab Prachakul wins BP portrait award

Award for Thailand-born artist comes as National Portrait Gallery comes under growing pressure to drop BP as sponsor A delicate portrait of friends interacting in a Berlin bar by a self-taught artist has won the 2020 BP portrait award, amid intensifying scrutiny of the oil company’s continued sponsorship of one of the most prestigious prizes in the art world.Jiab Prachakul’s Night Talk was picked as the winner by the judging panel, which, for the first time since 1997, had no representative from...
Tags: Art, Berlin, Culture, Thailand, Art and design, Awards and prizes, Bp, Turner prize, National Portrait Gallery, Jiab Prachakul

The Berlin Phil Tests A Path Out For Orchestras

The concert hall was empty; the musicians were greatly reduced in number and sitting far from each other; they wore masks backstage and were tested before the event. “Though the seating arrangement was strange — and it was momentarily odd to see a conductor and concertmaster bow to each other rather than shake hands — it was also inspiring to see musicians trying to find some way, however awkward, to keep making live art.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Berlin, 05.01.20

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