Nevin Aladağ, Social Fabric, cosmos, 2018. Carpet pieces on wood, 174 x 114 x 5 cm
And Berlin Will Always Need You sheds light on the contemporary art scene in Berlin. The thematic framework is the Gropius Bau itself, which opened in 1881 as the first Museum of Decorative Arts in Germany and established itself as a teaching, production and exhibition venue. The group exhibition invites over 20 Berlin-based artists such as Chiharu Shiota, Dorothy Iannone, Nevin Aladağ and Theo Eshetu to show existing and newly commissioned installations and works that engage with craftsmanship, décor, materiality and artefacts. The works provide insight into an expanded understanding of crafts and artistic techniques used within contemporary cycles of production, as well as into the construct of the institution as an exhibition house with its displays, interpretative sovereignty and power structures.
With works by Nevin Aladağ, Leonor Antunes, Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann, Mariechen Danz, Haris Epaminonda, Theo Eshetu, Olaf Holzapfel, Dorothy Iannone, Antje Majewski and Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Willem de Rooij, Chiharu Shiota and others.
(Photo by Trevor Good. Courtesy the artist, Wentrup, Berlin.)