Urban Spree and Hatje Cantz invite you to the indoor/outdoor photobook launch of Romeo Alaeff’s, “In der Fremde: Pictures from Home,” published by the esteemed German arthouse publisher, Hatje Cantz.
Romeo Alaeff is a Berlin-based artist from Brooklyn, NY. After moving to Berlin eight years ago, he began a long-term photographic series about migration, belonging, and the universal search for home. Through haunting, cinematic images of Berlin, he charts a new city topography in the context of a complex family history spanning from Yemen to USSR, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel/Palestine, and the United States.
The photobook « In der Fremde: Pictures from Home » is composed of eerie nightscapes and Kiezszene in familiar Berlin neighborhoods, but, as the oxymoronic title suggests, strangeness and unfamiliarity lurk in the shadows.
The nocturnal photographs are framed by inspiring essays from Romeo Alaeff, Yuval Noah Harari, Eva Hoffman, Joseph Kertes, Rory MacLean, Christian Rattemeyer, and Charles Simic.
The artist will present his new photobook at Urban Spree, which will unveil an outdoor exhibition consisting of three mural-size photographs (300 x 200 cm) and a series of medium format photos disseminated throughout the garden. The photographer will sign his book and engage with the audience in partnership with the publisher.
The exhibition will be on display in the garden until January 23, 2021.
For their last exhibition of the year, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French painter Orsten Groom to exhibit in Berlin his new incendiary series “CHROME DINETTE”. The solo show, his first exhibition in Germany, will open on Friday, October 23rd, 2020.
While being a radically independent artist, Orsten Groom has established himself in a few years as a key player in the young French painting scene, oscillating between alternative circles and museum institutions.
His first retrospective was presented this year at the ACMCM contemporary art centre in Perpignan (France) – at only 37 years old.
The Berlin exhibition brings together over 30 works, presented in two sections:
– the Large Ensemble of 17 paintings “CHROME DINETTE” (accompanied by its proverbial Divan), a danse macabre summoning Sigmund Freud, Moses and sick poodles – under the aegis of Frank Zappa;
– A retrospective selection of Orsten Groom’s emblematic large formats, a genuine «subconscious» journey with Parietal Sarcophagus allures.
Orsten Groom’s painting is presented as “Post-Historical Cave Art”.
The famous German artist Jonathan Meese said about him: “Orsten Groom comes from the caves and the Middle Ages and keeps history alive in today’s art. He comes from the future“.
Apocalyptic Frescoes, saturated with Creatures drawn from the Memory Styx by Demented Talmudic Investigations, Carnivalesque Recapitulation of History from the Flow of Origins and Art History – His Painting roars on Large Canvases populated with Figures entangled by Mythological and Grotesque Archetypes, Danses Macabres gleaned by a Language Detective, an Amnesiac Epileptic Archaeologist. Its Material is Dense, Volcanic, inhabited like the ancient Livers of a Divinatory Ritual.
«This turmoil is similar to the one I feel in the Grottos of Lascaux or Chauvet, in front of El Greco or Picasso paintings, or, in the 20th century, facing the essential work of Gérard Gasiorowski», writes Olivier Kaeppelin, former Director of the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence and curator of his recent Parisian Exhibition POMPEII MASTURBATOR.
Orsten Groom experienced in 2002 an aneurysm that left him amnesic and epileptic. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2009 and Le Fresnoy in 2011. He is the recipient of several awards: Prix l’art est vivant (2019), Prix de Peinture de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (2016) and Prix de Peinture Antoine Marin (2015). The reputed paint manufacturer Marin manufactures a colour to his name, the “Pink Groom”.
He is also a musician, author of collections of English cubist poems, filmmaker (2011 Jury Prize for his film BOBOK at the festival Côté-Court) and since 2012 author of the video cycle Les Ballets Russes.
He has collaborated with curators and authors Olivier Kaeppelin and Paul Ardenne, the filmmaker Guy Maddin, the translator and poet André Markowicz, as well as the writer Boris Wolowiec.
The Opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a concert by the POODLE MHUND ARKESTRA, formed for the occasion by Orsten Groom, the Magnificent Jimmy Trash & Big Daddy Mugglestone.
Ich bin der Dreck unter deinen Walzen / Ich bin dein geheimer Schmutz Und verlorenes Metallgeld / Ich bin deine Ritze und Schlitze / Ich bin der Autor aller Felgen Und Damast Paspeln / Ich bin Eier aller Arten / Ich bin alle Tage und Nächte / Ich bin der Chrome Dinette / Und du bist mein Sofa. – Frank Zappa
CHROME DINETTEis Burning Divan, Hypnotic Sphinx and Sick Tongue of the Unpronounceable God.
ORSTEN GROOM: CHROME DINETTE
“Divan, Divan, Weisst du, Wer Ich Bin?”
23.10.2020 – 23.01.2021
Vernissage: Friday, 23.10.2020 from 18:30 in presence of the artist
Concert of the POODLE MHUND ARKESTRA (Orsten Groom, The Magnificent Jimmy Trash & Big Daddy Mugglestone)
entrée: the right to enter or join a particular sphere or group.
*synonyms: means of entry, entrance, entry, ingress, opportunity to enter; route, path, avenue, way, key, passport; access, admission, admittance, acceptance, right of entry
dBs Berlin class of 2019 is here! We celebrate with a showcase of some of the finest from our students, tutors and alumni at Urban Spree, 26.09.2019.
// Live Emme
Half alien and half human, Emme is a composer of science fiction electronic music
With a UK-underground-influenced production style alongside jazz lilted vocals, Lamia creates an aura of accomplished musicality with a cinematic, low-fi edge. Orchestral trip-hop meets noughties film scores.
Ljósvaki combines electronic music and R’n’B with ethereal and quirky beats, woven together by the thread of his velvet voice. Dreamy, spacey and experimental, driven by groovy beats and catchy vocal hooks he touches on everything from heartbreak to the esoteric, dancing on the lines between the mainstream and mysterious.
// DJ sets Kemback
Kemback is a Berlin-based producer whose music is rooted in house and techno but often treads into the weird and wonderful worlds of jazz, soul, folk and blues.
Robin Koek is active as a composer, musician and designer of artistic systems. His works explore states wherein acoustic, digital and analog signals intertwine and merge into one body of sound.
Producer and craftsman of sound, Chlär shines through his unconventional approach to techno. Through a scientific and meticulous approach to sound he believes in the impact alternative sounds can have, with melancholic and powerful creations that are made to guide the crowd through an oppressive and exhilarating journey.
Entrance: €5, free for dBs Students & alumni (with ID)
Join On for the second European edition of Art Run at Urban Spree! For one exclusive evening, use the power of On running shoes to discover the best outdoor art pieces of Berlin and get prepared for a memorable after-party with live art, live music, streetfood and drinks.
Check in and bag drop @ % Arabica Berlin Kreuzberg- 5:30 to 6:30 PM
– Enjoy your % Arabica welcome juice
– Get your special edition race bib
– Lace up a pair of On’s demo shoes
– Prepare for an incredible community experience
The Run: 6KM – 6:30PM
– Discover the specific connection of art and running with our ambassador Laurent Petit, the founder of Urban Art Run
– Discover the specific connection of art and running
– Run by the hidden gems of Berlin’s worldwide’s art pieces
– Pause to capture that selfie with new friends
After-party – 7 to 9:30PM @ Join Urban Spree Gallery
– Food and drinks on us during the whole evening!
– Surprise art-focused performance
– Explore the art exhibition from Marina Zumi at Urban Spree Gallery
– Get your exclusive and personal screen print give away
– Celebrate with live music and shake your legs to the beat
– Sign-up early; space is limited
– Not intended to be a race or an official 6KM run. Instead, plan on a casual stroll with friends!
– 1 EUR per kilometre will be donated to Active Giving