For the 5th consecutive year, Urban Spree welcomes the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy for a 1-week group show from May 2nd to May 6th, 2018, on the occasion of the 14th Pictoplasma Festival.
The vernissage will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, between 16:00 and 19:00.
The Academy All Stars Group Show is the highlight show of the 14. Pictoplasma Festival, with works and installations by the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2017.
Challenged by renowned illustrators, artists, animation filmmakers, and sculptors, participants explored and developed their personal, character-driven projects. The Academy All Stars group show presents their diverse talents and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, and a multitude of new character worlds.
This is 1 of 17 exhibitions of Pictoplasma’s Character Walk 2018 (but it’s important): Expose yourself to the best in contemporary Character Art and Design!
2018 Pictoplasma Character Walk exhibitions and group shows:
01 | Verwalterhaus, Prenzlauer Allee 1:
Ged Sia & Jogo (LT) – Deadly Seduction
Victor Castillo (CHI) – Jungle Boogie
Moki (DE) – Swamp Land
02 | Bold Room Berlin, Torstraße 68:
Moomin (FIN) – Moomins on the Riviera
03 | Instituto Cervantes, Rosenstraße 18/19:
Alberto Vázquez (ES) – Antifable
Tartaruga Feliz (BRA) – Over the Cloud
04 | Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstraße 12:
Réka Bucsi (HU) – Retrospective
05 | Neurotitan, Rosenthaler Straße 39, 2nd backyard:
James Curran (UK) – Gifathon Live
Kévin Gemin (FR) – Expressions
Jim Stoten (UK) – My Important Drawings
Cachetejack (ES) – Think Twice Before…
06 | Freedom, Gormannstraße 12 (basement):
Matt Jones aka Lunartik (UK) – Lunartik Open Studio
08 | Kunsthaus Kule, Auguststraße 10:
Benjamin Vedrenne/GLKT (FR) – Playful Randomness
10 | 2 Agenten, Schröderstraße 3:
Charlotte Mei (UK) – Make Up
11 | Gallery pavlov’s dog, Bergstraße 19:
Otros Yo Collective – Espectro
12 | MFI—Ministerium für Illustration, Chausseestraße 110:
Edel Rodriguez (USA) – Freedumb.
13 | Rainbow Unicorn, Anklamer Straße 50:
Alex Norris (UK) – Oh No: A Webcomic Name Collection
14 | Volume, Brunnenstraße 2:
Smithe (MX) – Automat
15 | imago fotokunst, Veteranenstraße 20:
Tiny Hands Collective – Tiny Creatures
16 | KLUB7 cube, Veteranenstraße 14a
(on the corner of Fehrbelliner Straße)
KLUB7 (DE) – All That Jazz
17 | Urban Spree, Revaler Straße 99:
The Pictoplasma Academy 2017 Alumni – Academy All Stars
More information on all exhibitions and a map with all locations >
Main Pictoplasma locations:
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
(Animation Screenings, Conference Lectures)
Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
(Character Lab Workshop, Immersive Media Lab, Festival Performance Night)
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
(Academy Group Show + Post Pictoplasma Party)
More information on the conference and animation screenings >
PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS
May 02-06, 2018
Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
Saturday: 12:00-22:00. Nocturne for the Club Character Party
Vernissage on Wednesday, May 2nd, 16:00-19:00
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.
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.
WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY
Urban Spree Galerie
Vernissage: Thursday, April 28th, 19:00
Friday, 29th of April: 12 -19 h
Sunday, 1st of May: 12 – 18 h
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
Dubl Trubl is the first photozine of the Dubl Trubl project, 96 pages of photos surrounding the Berlin show at Urban Spree in a slick black edition of 150 copies, with a unique back cover hand painted by Reka, Dscreet and Kirpy.
The gritty photozine shows the genesis of the Berlin chapter of Dubl trubl, and is full of outdoor action, lifestyle & funny moments, images of the show & strange stuff.
The book is the official companion to the Dubl Trubl show « Ich bin in Berlin », an ambitious collaborative show with 90 street and graffiti artists mainly from the London scene, curated by Dscreet and exhibited at the Urban Spree Galerie from September 18th to October 30th, 2014.
Get your own copy in our Berlin store (Warschauer x Revaler) or online here.
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.
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.
The 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).
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.
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.