abc Berlin – Berlin Art Week 2014: Part 1
It is mid September again and as the international art world descends upon Berlin for the annual Berlin Art Week. For abc – art berlin contemporary art fair, 111 participating galleries from around the world commence installing their booths. Aside from the official fair program many of Berlin’s galleries are opening their doors for extended viewing hours with some of their best shows of the year.
Even the most dedicated art lovers will agree, there is no shortage of contemporary art in Berlin this week. To help negotiate the art crowd chaos FvF have curated a shortlist of some of the best openings and events to attend.
On Wednesday the 17th of September Sprüth Magers will open a solo exhibition by art world heavyweight Thomas Demand at 6pm in Mitte. Not far away on Linienstr. also from 6pm, Neugerriemschneider will present a solo exhibition by acclaimed Chinese political artist Ai Weiwei. Within the Museums Island, Galerie Neu will also present a new exhibition by the multi-disciplinary artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz.
We also suggest heading over to Chert gallery on Skalitzerstr in Kreuzberg for their exhibition opening with German artist Heike Kabisch and Alexander Levy’s solo presentation of Spanish artist Vicky Uslé. On Thursday evening we of course recommend heading to abc for its official opening from 4pm until 9pm.
Spotlight on: Villa Sarabhai by Le Corbusier
Villa Sarabhai is the house that Le Corbusier completed for Madame Manorama in Ahmedabad, India, in 1955.
The architect’s technical response to the climatic conditions of India is brilliant in multiple ways, for example the roof is covered with earth to become a garden with a lawn and charming flowers.
However, a particularly beautiful detail is its external slide and stair combination. Made of concrete as a single entity, the slide goes from the first floor terrace straight into the swimming pool while the stair is an extracted zigzag to its side. Find more pictures here.
The House With Open Doors: Andrew Trotter & Mari Luz Vidal in Barcelona
Inside their shared home and studio for Openhouse magazine, they show us their siesta conservatory, indoor plant paradise and the space where the lines between gallery, shop and home are blurred.
Let a bit of their warm hospitality rub off on you by hearing what they’ve got to say on Freunde von Freunden.