Saturday, October 1, 2011

L'Atelier - Kunst(Spiel)Raum, Kreuzberg

Another opening - this time at L'Atelier - Kunst(Spiel)Raum – rough translation to The Studio – Art (Play) Room in Kreuzberg of a solo show by Spanish artist Bruno Olle

L’Atelier describes itself as an artist run initiative run by Italian curator Stefania Angelini, and shows the work of emerging international artists. It’s a pretty schmick space – after going to many grungy stinky graffiti riddled art spaces full of hipsters and pretenders where the art is secondary to the scene (which of course has its place and can be fun), it is nice to finally see a professional space showing some good work by emerging artists. The exhibition consisted of an immersive installation - a sea of plastic rubbish bags in the lower half of the gallery with which the audience interacts, a video work, and a series of pencil drawings displayed on make shift shelving intersecting the gallery in an obtrusive maze like fashion.

The thing I am finding most interesting about art spaces in Berlin is the variety of models that exists, unlike in Australia which seems fairly….homogenized – in a way that is understandable, accessible and professional – in Berlin there are so many models in operation. For example despite that fact L'Atelier operates as an ARI – it doesn’t have open access in that it calls for applications for proposals from artists; it’s programmed by a curator. Angelini will also be curating a series of one night events of art called Kunst(SHOT) – the first of which is happening this week….

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