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WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY: A BERLIN GROUP SHOW

From 28.04 to 01.05, the Berlin-based art association THE ART UNION presents WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY, a group show featuring artworks by 58 Berlin based artists at the Urban Spree Galerie.

The title of the exhibition is a humorous reference to the official Gallery Weekend Berlin, which takes place at the same time. Urban contemporary art is one of Berlin’s defining characteristics, but will hardly be on display at the official Gallery Weekend whose official map doesn’t even cover the area where Urban Spree is located, albeit quite central. THE ART UNION aims to bridge this gap by presenting diverse artistic perspectives following the idea of ONE CITY – ONE WEEKEND – ONE GALLERY – 58 ARTISTS.

The exhibition WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY is thematically created along the lines of different subgenres and styles of this young genre of art in a non-representative way. The work of all the artists presented in this group show can be found in public spaces, as well as in galleries. Other binding elements are their global citizenship and their generational experience. While all the artists shown at WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY. are Berlin-based, not all of them are German. Some artists originate from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Japan and Canada, while others come from the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, the USA and the UK. Apart from a few exceptions, all were born after 1980. The exhibition aims to display the richness of urban contemporary art in Berlin. Female artists will not be marginalized, but are in fact a vital part of the group show WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY.

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44Flavours – ABOVE – Addison Karl – Alaniz – Andrea Wan – Anna Taut – BASE23 – Bene Rohlmann – Bert Van Wijk – Billy – Björn Heyn – BLO – Bruce – Christoph Rode – Dave the Chimp – Duncan Passmore – DXTR – Ed Bats – EMESS – Falk Land – Felix Gephart – Gogoplata – Herr von Bias – James Bullough – James Reka – JAW – Jim Avignon – Johannes Mundinger – Joseph Loughborough – Julia Benz – Kenan Kera – Klub7 – Lake – Look – Low Bros – Mario Mankey – Matthias Gephart – Mina – MKMX – MYMO – Niels de Jong – Nils Leimkühler – Pablo Benzo – PlusMinus3 – Polina Soloveichik – Quintessenz  – Rein Vyncke – Rylsee – Sandra Rummler – Stand der Dinge – Sokar Uno – TWOONE – Untune – Various & Gould – Vidam – Wesr – XOOOOX – ZEBU

 

About THE ART UNION

The non-profit association THE ART UNION is run by key players in the fields of art and culture with expertise in the communication of art, art funding and visual communication. Daily working practice has exemplified a gap between artists, their audience and the art market, which is difficult to overcome. THE ART UNION intends to build a bridge between these aspects and create formats to professionalize artists and initiate discourses within the scenes. The organization of exhibitions and participation in festivals are as much a vital part of the concept as are artist residencies, funding and exchange programmes.

THE ART UNION was founded in 2015 and will receive an entry in the National Register of Associations in the first half of 2016.

www.the-art-union.de

 

WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY

Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, April 28th, 19:00

Exhibition:

Friday, 29th of April: 12 -19 h

Sunday, 1st of May: 12 – 18 h

Free entry

 



WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY

The Art Union is proud to present WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY a group exhibition featuring artworks by 58 Berlin-based artists. 

ONE CITY – ONE WEEKEND – ONE GALLERY – 58 ARTISTS

44Flavours – ABOVE – Addison Karl – Alaniz – Andrea Wan – Anna Taut – BASE23 – Bene Rohlmann – Bert Van Wijk – Billy – Björn Heyn – BLO- Bruce – Christoph Rode – Dave the Chimp – Duncan Passmore – DXTR – Ed Bats – EMESS – Falk Land – Felix Gephart – Gogoplata – Herr von Bias – James Bullough – James Reka – JAW – Jim Avignon – Johannes Mundinger – Joseph Loughborough – Julia Benz – Kera – Kenan – Klub7 – Lake – Look – Low Bros – Mario Mankey – Matthias Gephart – Mina – MKMX – MYMO – Niels de Jong – Nils Leimkühler – Pablo Benzo – PlusMinus3 – Polina Soloveichik – Quintessenz – Rein Vyncke – Rylsee – Sandra Rummler – Stand der Dinge – Sokar Uno – TWOONE – Untune – Various & Gould – Vidam – Wesr – XOOOOX – ZEBU

THE ART UNION: WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY

– A Group Show at Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin –

Opening: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, from 19:00h

Exhibition: April 29th to May 1st, 2016

Open Friday to Saturday, 12:00 – 19:00h 

Sunday 12:00 – 18:00h



Urban Spree Arkaden Jam

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3 years ago, all the arcades with their reddish background, tropical style and weird portraits under Warschauer Brücke were fully repainted by our homies in 2 days of happy painting.

At that time, we didn’t know if the paintings would stay or be covered owing to some real estate development.

3 years after, the spot has seen numerous street artists painting arcades and leaving a mark at Urban Spree.

Our Tel Aviv homie Klone was the first to solo paint an arcade 3 years ago and this move triggered the first spontaneous Arkaden Jam a few days later.

3 years later, Klone is back to Berlin and altogether, we’ll paint all the arcades again.

Urban Spree’s Arkaden Jam will happen on Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th with live music provided by the Urban Spree Summer Sessions.

Participating artists for the 2015 edition include:

Zero Cents * Wurstbande * Vidam * Steffen Mischke * Rylsee * Patu * Pablo Benzo * Otto Baum * Nils Leimkühler * Mik Shida * Mafia-Tabak * Lorio * Look * Knarf * Klone * Kidcash * Johannes Mundinger * Fresh Max * Dxtr * Christoph Rode * Caro Pepe *  Boing * Andrea Wan * Addison Karl * Above * 44flavours



Urban Spree Arkaden Jam

arkadenjam-4

3 years ago, all the arcades with their reddish background, tropical style and weird portraits under Warschauer Brücke were fully repainted by our homies in 2 days of happy painting.

At that time, we didn’t know if the paintings would stay or be covered owing to some real estate development.

3 years after, the spot has seen numerous street artists painting arcades and leaving a mark at Urban Spree.

Our Tel Aviv homie Klone was the first to solo paint an arcade 3 years ago and this move triggered the first spontaneous Arkaden Jam a few days later.

3 years after, Klone is back to Berlin and altogether, we’ll paint all the arcades again.

Urban Spree’s Arkaden Jam will happen on Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th with live music provided by the Urban Spree Summer Sessions.

Participating artists for the 2015 edition include:

Zero Cents * Wesr * Vidam * Steffen Mischke * Rylsee * Patu * Pablo Benzo * Otto Baum * Nils Leimkühler * Mik Shida * Mafia-Tabak * Low Bros * Lorio * Look * Knarf * Klone * Kidcash * Johannes Mundinger * Fresh Max * Falkland * Dxtr * Christoph Rode * Caro Pepe * Book * Boing * Billo * Andrea Wan * Addison Karl * Above * 44flavours



The Teufelsberg Series

The Teufelsberg Series was engineered as a spin-off  project from the Dubl Trubl collaborative group exhibition at Urban Spree (18 September 2014 – 30 October 2014), which gathered the works of 90 artists, but only artworks resulting from a collaboration with another artist, therefore excluding solo pieces and blurring the lines of style and hierarchy.

The print series stems from the same collaborative spirit, however in a different way: this time, it consists of individual hand painted variations but on the same support, i.e. a hand pulled screen print of a drawing designed by german artist and illustrator Chrisse Kunst and printed in the Mother Drucker Ateliers at Urban Spree. 

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The black-and-white print was offered as a common playground for each artist, with ample white space (blank space has been widened on purpose during the print process and accounts for about 50% of the print), in order for each artist to have enough space to project their universe and vision with minimal existing constraints.

imag0252The project was launched just before the vernissage of the show and all 19 over-painted prints have been collected over time and eventually displayed in the gallery for the finissage of the show on October 30th.

Among the different drawings of Chrisse Kunst, Teufelsberg retained our attention owing to its incredible and multi-layered story: this iconic West Berlin dreamscape starts in 1945 when the US Army decided to destroy with explosives the foundations of a nazi Technical University in the Grunewald Forest, west of Berlin, near the ominously-named Teufelssee (The Devil’s Lake).

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 However, the walls were so thick (8 meters of reinforced concrete) that it proved impossible to blow away. In order to erase the remnants of this nazi symbol, the Americans decided to use the site as a wasteland and piled up the rubble of 25.000 destroyed houses from Berlin, resulting in a 120-meter high, all artificial hill, actually the highest “natural” elevation of the city. The name “Teufelsberg” (Devil’s Mountain), derives from the name of the nearby lake and cast an ominous and mysterious glow on that area.

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Furthermore, in the 1960s, the NSA built on top of the plateau a hearing station to spy on the Soviets and East German administration . These are the buildings portrayed in the print, nowadays abandoned and decayed, and known as a famous graffiti spot, which is the present-day connection to our story.

A million thanks to our crew of Teufelberg warriors who participated in the project:

1UP/One United Power Crew | 44flavours | Andrew Gillman Aeon & Billy | Ben Thé | Dave the Chimp | Dscreet | Ebot |Eoin | Malarky | Mark McClure | NTDC (Nothing To Do Crew) | Paul Insect |Pure Evil | Rylsee | Reka | Thierry Noir & Christiaan Nagel | Timba Smits | Twoone

The artworks of the series are available in Urban Spree Berlin or on our website here.

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DUBL TRUBL >> Closing Party | Zine, Video & Print Release

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Curated by Dscreet, the DUBL TRUBL exhibition at Urban Spree gathered 90 street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis.

The outcome is a vivid, free-spirited, and grassroots street art show where most artists have displayed a more graffiti-oriented vision, both on the walls painted outside or in the works shown in the gallery. “Back to the roots of street art” in a way, this spirit being also embodied in the DUBL TRUBL dark humored series of videos.

For the closing evening & party on October 30th, a special DUBL TRUBL zine and a series of fresh videos are currently in the making to document the adventure and spirit of the show. Both will be released during the party.

We will also celebrate the launch of Chrisse Kunst’s Print collaboration with Dave The Chimp, Billy & Alex, RekaThierry Noir, Aeon, Christiaan Nagel, Pure Evil, EBOT, 44flavours, Base23 and more. ..

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Street Art Group Show
DUBL TRUBL >> Ich bin in Berlin
Exhibition | September 19th – October 30th 2014
Thursday – Sunday | 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance
Closing Party | Thursday, October 30th | 18:00

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