Daniel Boese

Klara Hobza

February 2012

In daylight, Klara Hobza’s installation Prequel, 2011, didn’t look like much: just a rectangle of slats, four of which were placed horizontally and provided a base for forty-eight lightbulbs, which were connected to three heavy switches—a … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2012 [TOC]

Meng Huang

December 2010

The Chinese painter Meng Huang is on an exploratory path. In his recent “Flyover” series, 2008–, he approaches the human form in five stages, almost as if crossing a mountain, first painting the whole figure from below, then moving in to show… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2010 [TOC]

Friederike Brandenburg

November 2010

What remains after humans disappear and nature takes over? The photographs of Friederike Brandenburg take up this question. One of the dozen images in this show (all Untitled, and from the series “Zurückgelassen” [Left Behind], 2007–), shows… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2010 [TOC]

Don’t Look Back

The 6th Berlin Biennial

June 2010 BERLIN

A STRANGE MIX of nostalgia and anticipation accompanied the opening of the Sixth Berlin Biennial. Last Tuesday night, artists Wolfgang Ganter and Kaj Aune raised a giant heap of trash on a small forklift in a parking lot in front of Vittorio… READ ON


Anne Tismer

June 2010

What would Hitler say? This question has recently gone from being posed ironically in Germany to a global musing. YouTube now has more than 140 mash-ups of the movie Der Untergang (The Downfall) (2004), which answer the question by using … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2010 [TOC]

“New Life Copenhagen”

April 2010

Joseph Beuys famously began planting seven thousand oaks for Kassel during Documenta 7 in 1982. Last December, the art collective Wooloo provided three thousand beds in Copenhagen for visitors to the UN climate summit. The project, “New Life… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2010 [TOC]

Attila Csörgö

November 2009

The beauty of mathematics is not something one often considers when walking through Berlin’s galleries. Attila Csörgö’s show “Magnet Spring” was an exception. The Hungarian artist, born in 1965, visualizes physical forces in settings resembling… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2009 [TOC]

Bild to Last

Openings in Berlin

October 2009 BERLIN

“HOW GERMAN IS IT?” asked Udo Kittelmann on a recent Wednesday at the opening of Thomas Demand’s “Nationalgalerie,” fittingly installed at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Nearly three and a half miles of curtain had been used to transform the Mies… READ ON



June 2009

Sometimes it is hard to see the crisis that you are in. Everybody in Berlin seems to be worrying about how many of the city’s 450 galleries will be closing and which big players will go. Meanwhile, at one of the smaller and fairly new spaces,… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2009 [TOC]

Working for the Weekend

Gallery Weekend Berlin

May 2009 BERLIN

AS IT SO HAPPENED, Berlin’s third Gallery Weekend coincided with the summit of the Hedonist International. This meant that the usual series of previews, dinners, openings, and parties went toe-to-toe with a slew of hedonistic Mayday protests.… READ ON