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Thursday, October 20

  • Ends October 22nd 2016

  • The title of this show, which is borrowed from a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, is a testament to Rondinone’s affinity for German Romanticism’s blurred boundaries between reality and illusion and borderline worship of nature. Very much in this spirit, the Swiss artist’s latest sculptures featuring aluminum casts of weathered window frames are installed in front of the gallery’s actual windows. These ghostly and reflective silver blockades upend the cloistering aim of the exhibition space and turn the viewer’s perspective inside out.

    Ugo Rondinone Two Men Contemplating The Moon 1830

    Sep 16 - Oct 22, 2016

    Esther Schipper

    Schöneberger Ufer 65  / +4930374433133 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Casting herself in the role of the “Bad Dad” painter—a title she used to assess Sigmar Polke’s legacy in 2014—Jutta Koether challenges the troubling male gaze that lurks in the controversial paintings of artists such as Lucian Freud and Balthus. Her response to Freud’s nude portrait of his daughter, Naked Portrait on a Red Sofa, 1988–91, for example, shows a similarly recumbent figure (here male) who is naked but also faceless and transparent—completely vulnerable, penetrable, see-through, and powerless.

    Jutta Koether Zodiac Nudes

    Sep 16 - Oct 22, 2016

    Galerie Buchholz | Berlin

    Fasanenstraße 30  / +493088624056 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • The Welsh Conceptualist’s latest neon sculptures stem from his ongoing inquiry into nuanced relationships between language and perception. Written in ghostly, glowing white letters, Evans’s overlapping and interrupted words are intentionally difficult to parse—at once legible and unreadable.

    Cerith Wyn Evans

    Sep 9 - Oct 22, 2016

    Galerie Neu

    Linienstraße 119  / +49302857550 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends October 28th 2016

  • Part portraits, part documentation of past performances, Donna Huanca’s vivacious “Skin Paintings” describe the body as both a passive object and an active subject. Similarly concerned with figurative plasticity, several sculptures on view made from articles of clothing and other cultural artifacts address the reciprocal relationship between dress and identity.

    Donna Huanca Surrogate Painteen

    Sep 2 - Oct 28, 2016

    Peres Projects

    Karl-Marx-Allee 82  / +4930275950770 /
    Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm

  • Ends October 29th 2016

  • Known for his site-specific interventions, Mike Nelson integrated a raised platform into the architecture of an old music hall in Berlin’s Mitte district in 2012. Four years later, the artist is using salvaged pieces from this platform as rugged plinths for a selection of his own tools, used in various projects over the past thirty years, creating something akin to a retrospective of his labors.

    Mike Nelson tools that see (the possessions of a thief) 1986-2005

    Sep 16 - Oct 29, 2016


    Linienstraße 155  / +493028877277 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • The New York–based artist’s latest portraits are humorously disturbing, mundane, and remarkable. In her characteristic blend of abstraction and figuration, Schutz depicts benign scenes like a schoolboy entranced by bubbles (Boy with Bubble, 2015), as well as more anxiety-inducing ones. Included in the latter array is a home birth, a shooting captured on live TV, and, at her most fantastical in Crawling, 2016, a desert landscape in which two figures are attacked by monstrous insects.

    Dana Schutz Waiting for The Barbarians

    Sep 16 - Oct 29, 2016

    Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie (CFA) | Mitte

    Am Kupfergraben 10  / +49302887870 /
    Tue - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Consisting entirely of mobile sculptures from Ruby’s ongoing “Scales” series, which he began in 2013, this exhibition hangs precariously from the gallery’s ceiling. The dense installation of brightly colored monochrome cutouts made of painted wood, steel, and bronze joined with ephemera from the artist’s studio—including chains, steel fragments, buckets, and pipes—suggests a weightless cloud of space trash.

    Sterling Ruby The Jungle

    Sep 16 - Oct 29, 2016

    Sprüth Magers | Berlin

    Oranienburger Straße 18  / +493028884030 /
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends November 5th 2016

  • Exploring femininity in terms of personal identification and as a social construction, Birgit Jürgenssen, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding, and Francesca Woodman helped define a new wave of photography in the 1970s. Focusing on groundbreaking works from that decade, the selection of portraits and self-portraits shown here is an empowering dialogue between various selves.

    Jürgenssen, Sherman, Sieverding, Woodmann Die zu sein scheint, die bin ich

    Sep 16 - Nov 5, 2016

    Galerie Thomas Schulte

    Charlottenstrasse 24  / +493020608990 /
    Tue - Fri 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends November 12th 2016

  • Michael Smith’s atmospheric multimedia installation comes with a video projection and is further accessorized by a disco ball, a fog machine, and colored lights. Tracing back to 1951—the year the artist was born—Smith creates a moody, personal timeline that blurs the boundaries between himself and performative alter egos such as “Baby Ikki” and “Mike.”

    Michael Smith Timeline (1951 – 2016)

    Sep 17 - Nov 12, 2016

    Dan Gunn

    Schlesische Strasse 29, 3rd Floor  / +493069206540 /
    Tue - Sat 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends November 18th 2016

  • Among the works on view by French artist Sophie Calle are pieces from her well-known series “Prenez soin de vous” (Take Care of Yourself), 2007, a thorough analysis of a breakup e-mail the artist received in 2004. A less personal but no less affecting series combining text and photography, “Is It Better,” 2012, documents the reactions of Berliners who Calle stopped in front of the spot where the Palast der Republic—the GDR’s parliament—once stood to ask whether they find the now empty space “better.”

    Sophie Calle View of My Life

    Sep 30 - Nov 18, 2016


    Fasanenstrasse 28  / +493088713443 /
    Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 12pm to 6pm