Bus tour or deckchair?

Tony Cragg, Chromosomes, 2005. Courtesy der Künstler, Foto: Michael Richter, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

»What’s up today?«, we ask a number of prominent figures from the city’s culture scene about their Berlin Art Week plans. Haus am Waldsee’s Katja Blomberg reveals her picks for 19 SEP, the last day of Berlin Art Week.

The final round begins on Sunday after four intense days of art. And we’ve got some wonderful options here: You can start by banishing your inner couch potato with 9 am morning exercises at BAW Garten, which is situated on the Kindl—Centre for Contemporary Art grounds. Once you’ve got your blood moving, why not duck into a 10 am, Gropius Bau-mediator-led workshop for a chance to get creative yourself? The workshops are also at BAW Garten, which was designed by artist Sol Calero. Calero was a 2017 Preis der Nationalgalerie nominee, and participating in one of these workshops is another opportunity to engage with her conceptual approach. There’s a group lunch there at midday, so you can simply hang out until the afternoon.

But then it’s decision time: The first option is an afternoon bus tour to the south-western outskirts of Berlin, to the Brücke-Museum for a look at work by this year’s ›ars viva‹ prizewinners, Tony Cragg’s show ›Drawing as Continuum‹ at Haus am Waldsee, and the Fluentum exhibition ›Time Without End‹. In that case the bus takes you from venue to venue, so you can first enjoy a dialogue between emerging positions in sculpture and expressionist painting, then see three decades of drawing merging science and art, followed by a plunge into the history of a building—from the Nazi era through the Cold War to the present day—with six video and film artists.

Sol Calero, El barco de barro/The Clay Ship, Copenhagen Contemporary. Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin and Crevecoeur Galerie, Paris; Photo: David Stjernholm

Or you can just park yourself in a deckchair at BAW Garten and enjoy ›Date with …‹, a very interesting series of talks organised by the Berlin Art Week team along with the performance group Gob Squad. Of the three artists speaking on Sunday, my favourite is Su Yu Hsin, a Taiwanese artist, filmmaker, and curator who now lives in Berlin after studying animation, communication, and media in Taipei, London, and Leipzig. She considers ecology and technology to be natural partners on the path to a humane future on this planet.

Tony Cragg—Drawing as Continuum
17 SEP 2021—9 JAN 2022
Opening 16 SEP, 7.30pm