Art Guide: BLESS x Artek at Berlin Gallery Weekend

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If you find yourself in the German capital, the inescapable event of the weekend is Berlin Gallery Weekend — an annual event organized by the city’s sprawling art community marking the beginning of the summer. Over 50 galleries and exhibition spaces, from market heavy-weights like Sprüth Magers (showing the dreamy collage-works of Andro Wekua) to independent spaces like PS120 (showing a group exhibition of new and emerging artists, co-curated by DANSK editor Jeppe Ugelvig), there’s enough art and free alcohol to accompany it for a middle-sized town in Bavaria. We suggest an initial consultation of the map of events, followed by dressing up in your most impressionistic art world minimalist chic meets Berlin raver malaise get-up, to properly blend in with the anticipating crowd. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to stand out in the wrong way over the weekend, as Berlin is known for its fierce access policies. Our strongest tip of shows goes to the doyennes of Berlin’s art/design scene, BLESS, who since the mid 1990s have pioneered radical form of fashion business and presentation from the heart of the city’s cultural milieu. For Gallery Weekend, the duo partners with fashionable concept store Artek, located on Budapesterstraße near Zoologischer Garten. Here, BLESS will display their recent 60th collection, entitled Lobby Conquerors. This home collection consists of hand-crafted stools, chairs, and chaiselongs executed in up-cycled furs, home-made tapestries, and other genre-defying materials. The collection was first shown at the Chicago Architecture Biennial last year, and later made their way to NYC-based Mathew Gallery. At Artek, the interior works of are are up for sale as much as adoration, so bring your Amex should you happen to be tempted by their idiosyncratic design universe. Open till Sunday!

For more information, see Artek

Images courtesy of Mathew Gallery

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