The holiday season can leave us feeling exhausted. One way to take care of yourself is to submerge in culture.
Photo by: The Cool and Cold, exhibition view
As much as we all look forward to having time off and being with family, balancing holiday decisions, gift expectations, meal preparations, and having many people around can be tiring. Best coping solution? Going to see some art. Visit these outstanding exhibitions before they close in the next weeks.
This exhibition brings together works held by the Ludwig Collection from six international museums, and a great last-minute escape to a postwar history lesson, as much as to an art exhibition. The Cool and the Cold shows some big-names US and Soviet painters of the period, and for the first time the Cold War art has been deliberately put together, showing striking overlaps and shared themes.
The selection features approximately 125 works by over 80 artists, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Ilya Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Jo Baer, Lee Lozano, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Viktor Pivovarov, Natalya Nesterova and Ivan Čujkov, as well as works by lesser-known artists. Check out the astonishing triptych by Aleksandr Ishin of the village fest and the Jury Korolyov’s Cosmonauts.
If you haven’t yet visited this Potsdam-based exhibition, this is your last call. This spectacular show studies the works of artists, like Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kazimir Malevich, who considered themselves Impressionists before founding the Russian avant-garde movement. The exhibition includes over 80 loans from various institutions, such as BA Gallery in New York, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, as well as from private collections. While visiting Paris, artists, such as Ilia Repin, Konstantin Korovin, and Valentin Serov, were very much inspired by French Impressionism and took this new painting style to a whole new level back home, making landscapes popular.
With a series of dance performances, world-renowned choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar bring the best from their repertoire to Berlin, “plunging the audience into a world of intense emotions, expressive movement and immersive techno-beats.” Sharon and Gai have been working together since 2005 and founded their dance company in 2013, which has proven to become a success story, converging movement, light, music, fashion, and technology, making it impossible to imitate. The duo’s work is influenced by a classical ballet education, but together they were able to develop a signature style. As a viewer, you become part of the dancers’ intense emotional state witnessing a very special physical expressiveness and rampant passion. Hypnotic beats of Ori Lichtik, who accompanied Eyal and Behar musically for a long time, add to the power of this magnificent dance act.
A pioneer of Light and Space, a movement related to Minimalism and characterized by industrial materials and a hard-edge, geometric aesthetic that originated in Southern California in the 1960s, U.S. artist Robert Irwin is one of the most prolific artists to have emerged from that scene. On display is a monumental 16x16 meter wall with 240 white fluorescent tubes on the front and 240 blue fluorescent tubes on the back. Apart from being the largest work of its kind in Europe, this installation for the first time combines two colors of tubes. Irwin’s ability to transform a space is unmatchable. Kraftwerk’s brutalist architecture adds to the viewer’s immersive experience, extending our perception beyond the work of art itself, and challenging the notion of, as the artist puts it: “To be an artist is not about making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is out state of consciousness and the shape of our perceptions.”