previews

  • Olafur Eliasson, Speigeltunnel, 2009, mirror, dimensions variable.

    Olafur Eliasson, Speigeltunnel, 2009, mirror, dimensions variable.

    Olafur Eliasson: Innen Stadt Außen (Inner City Out)

    Gropius Bau
    Niederkirchnerstraße 7
    April 28–August 9, 2010

    Curated by Daniel Birnbaum

    Lately, the streets of Berlin have been accumulating driftwood. This isn’t the residue of receding floodwaters but the overture to Olafur Eliasson’s largest European survey to date. It’s also his first solo show in a Berlin institution— a somewhat surprising fact given that he’s lived and worked in the city for the past fifteen years. But then again, Eliasson’s expansive, research-oriented studio has become a Berlin institution in its own right: one that specializes in spurring complex reflexive meditations on the various machineries in which we find ourselves. Taking the museum as gateway to a new urban optics, Eliasson will install more pieces in public spaces while also drawing the city into the museum, filling the Martin-Gropius- Bau with mostly new works. To quote Birnbaum, this exhibition just may “bring you outward to your innermost exterior.”

  • 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

    Alte Nationalgalerie
    Bodestraße 1-3
    June 11–August 8, 2010

    Curated by Kathrin Rhomberg

    The sixth edition of the Berlin Biennale has moved not only from spring to summer but, once again, locations. Besides its usual KW headquarters in the city’s center, the 2010 iteration will concentrate activity in Kreuzberg, a former West German borough. Nearly three hundred works from an international roster of fifty artists—including Phil Collins, Cameron Jamie, and Danh Vo—are intended to interrogate how and where art and reality intersect. To contextualize that interesting if broad thesis, curator Kathrin Rhomberg has invited art historian Michael Fried to curate a special exhibition of mid-nineteenth-century realist drawings by Berlin native Adolph Menzel in the venerable rooms of the Alte Nationalgalerie. New writing on the artist by Fried appears in an accompanying publication, while the biennial catalogue features conversations with Hito Steyerl and Artur Żmijewski, among others.