previews

  • “Stadt/Bild: Image of a City”

    Various Venues
    Berlin

    Curated by Ellen Blumenstein, Udo Kittelmann, Thomas Köhler, Simon Njami, Lisa Schmidt

    In 2008, the United Nations reported that by the end of that year, for the first time in history, more than half the world’s population would be concentrated in urban areas. By 2050, that proportion is expected to rise to two-thirds. To consider the city of the twenty-first century, then, is also to consider our collective future. So it’s hardly surprising that the metropolis is an increasingly popular subject among artists. This program—a collaboration between the Berlinische Galerie, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Nationalgalerie—will present everything from a restaging of Allan Kaprow’s 1967 urban Happening Fluids to a spatial intervention devised by architectural provocateur Arno Brandlhuber. These alternative perspectives are welcome in an era when architecture and urban planning often prioritize profit over place, but to truly seize the city’s potential, artists will need to address it not just as an image but as a site for active engagement.