1 Esther Perbandt "Grotesque" ©Jan Rasmus Voss

All Tomorrow’s Parties: Quo Vadis Fashion Week? written by Helder Suffenplan

Helder Suffenplan, founder of the perfume platform SCENTURY (, about future prospects for the Berlin Fashion Week: After many big labels such as Hugo Boss, Rena Lange and Escada have stopped coming to Berlin to show their collections many wonder if this might mark the beginning of the end and cite the absence of celebrities as proof for their theory. Read more…

Stars of the future set to shine in Spain: Open Call for Performers from the Institute of Arts Barcelona in Berlin next week.

Institut de les Arts Barcelona © Javier Tles

Aspiring young performers will have the opportunity to launch their studies in Spain thanks to innovative courses being introduced by Barcelona’s Institute of the Arts this September. Don’t miss the auditions for the diploma course next Monday 24th of June from 14h to 17h at the Center of Dance in Berlin.

Inspired and supported by Sir Paul McCartney’s LIPA, The Institute of the Arts – Barcelona was founded by Giles Auckland-Lewis and Mark Lethem in February 2013. The Institute’s new Foundation Diploma will allow aspiring actors, dancers and musical theatre performers to develop their practical skills while learning about essential business aspects of a career in creative arts.

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K.H. Hödecke at Berlinische Galerie

For more than half a century, the work of K. H. Hödicke has been firmly associated with Berlin. Born in Nuremberg in 1938, the artist later made his home in this city, where he began producing his versatile, multi-genre œuvre in 1957. The Berlinische Galerie holds a large and representative cross-section of his paintings, sculptures, objects and prints. These provide the basis for the first all-round retrospective to be devoted to the artist in Berlin for twenty years. They will be complemented by loans of other major works.

With his openness to so many media, from new forms of painting and sculpture to objects and film, K. H. Hödicke has influenced countless young artists and made an enduring mark on the Berlin art scene. His creativity is governed by his very own cryptic sense of humour and an astonishing diversity which is never gratuitous. Inspired by the spontaneity and individuality of the informal, Hödicke has developed a personal form of art which manages both to capture contemporary moods like a seismograph and render historical details with precision. The Berlinische Galerie will show a selection of major groups of his work, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s.

For Hödicke “a picture is just a battlefield for handling colour”. He attaches pivotal importance to the materiality of colour as a quality of the image. Tarred and feathered images reinforce this impression and his conceptual approach. Equally, transparent materials like glass can be both the theme and substrate in Hödicke’s work: his famous “Passagen” – urban situations reflected in shop windows – are a case in point. Finally, by overstretching and twisting his canvas, the painter drives the potential of his medium to the limits. Movement is a key feature, appearing in his paintings through fuzzy dynamic structures and segueing into films and objects. “Kalter Fluss”, a suspended tar barrel from which bitumen takes months to pour and collect on the floor, is a sculpture moving at an infinitely slow pace. Its material properties are diametrically opposed to those of the glass objects. Hödicke even turns bits and pieces like bricks, postcards, bones, marbles, torches, bottle openers and matchboxes into artist’s materials, forging them together into little objects, poetic or witty, that acquire new meanings from unusual combinations.

Above all, we note a great curiosity and a desire to explore the urban environment of Berlin – the big city full of stimuli that challenge the artist. K. H. Hödicke, who studied under Fred Thieler at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK), co-founded Großgorschen 35 in 1964 as a self-help gallery for artists. In 1966/67 he spent a year in New York, an experience that was to have a lasting impact on his experimental films, and in 1968 he was awarded a bursary at the Villa Massimo in Rome. From 1974 to 2006 he followed in the footsteps of his former mentor Thieler, becoming a teacher at HdK in his own right. (press text)

Exhibition: 22 February to 27 May 2013 K. H. Hödicke. Painting, Sculpture, Film  at Berlinische Galerie




With no less than 91 artworks and nearly 65 artist we will celebrate Artconnect Berlin’s 1st Anniversary! We are extremely honored by all the love and support that we have received from our users and we are now hoping that you will get involved in the auction and help us just a bit more by bidding on these beautiful Berlin-made artworks.

Just so you know how this will work, here are some guidelines. Remember to bring some kind of Identification to register for the Auction, a good voice to shout “I offer more!!!” and some humor. We are looking forward to have a great evening with you, starting at 8pm (bitte bitte, be on time!!!) at Die Frühperle on Boddinstrasse 57A.

If you want to check out the artworks you can see them here or you can come by after Thursday at 19h. Maybe you want to know what else is happening during the weekend? Read the schedule!

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Show & Tell #1 with Voice, Matt Maaskant & Murr featuring Rosina

Matt Maaskant @ Loophole. Photo by ARTCONNECT BERLIN Voice @ Loophole. Photo by ARTCONNECT BERLIN Murr Featuring Rosina @ Loophole. Photo by ARTCONNECT BERLIN

This month of June, Voice, Matt Maaskant & Murr featuring Rosina are in Berlin. They have been playing in many venues and yesterday we visited them in Loophole – honestly: AMAZING SHOW!

Tonight, Saturday 23rd of June, they will be at our first Show & Tell at ARTCONNECT BERLIN HQ from 19h to 21h. Come and meet them, maybe dance a bit?

Listen to some music from Matt Maaskant – I must say I was very very impressed by his performance! Totally recommended!

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ARTCONNECT BERLIN @ STROKE ART FAIR – Join until the 12th of Oct!


DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE STROKE ART FAIR? Participate in our contest and win the great possibility to be part of the STROKE ART FAIR with us!

ARTCONNECT BERLIN wants to invite you to collaborate in the making of an Exquisite Corpse, interacting with other users of ARTCONNECT BERLIN from the 14th to the 16th of October 2011 in the STROKE ART FAIR.

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I must say: we are happy in Agora. Good mood, interesting, intelligent active people, co-working, a beautiful space, all kinds of facilities… honestly: a dream come true! And what else could now happen? Montenegro Music in is opening right here! Montenegro music is a place for playing, jamming, practicing and composing, you can find a piano, a desk and internet to create your music. We are celebrating it’s opening on Monday the 10th of October. Show up any time during this day: activities, workshops, meals and beers. The concert and talent show in collaboration with airBnB Berlin starts at 19h. It is open night to present your latest skat poem, or your progress in concentrated headstand art, or play the Sonata you thought you had forgot, or sing improvisationally for the first time, to belt you belly button back outie to the picking of a hillbilly’s banjo. Come discover Montenegro Music, Agora and ARTCONNECT BERLIN!