I first encountered the German artist Maximilian Magnus’s large-scale paintings during Frieze Week at the exhibition What’s Up 2.0 curated by Lawrence Van Hagen. A few weeks later I arrived at the artist’s Berlin studio to see the beautiful space where his abstract-expressionistic paintings are created. Maximilian is known for being the young painter invited to live and work in Willem de Kooning’s East Hampton studio.
To coincide with the American artist Olivia Steele's Faux Real exhibition at the Culture Circle Gallery on Potsdamer Straßem, Berlin our contributor Lara Monro interviews the contemporary visual artist who works between Berlin and Mexico challenging the traditional preconceptions that we are often presented with in modern culture.
In June the Culture Circle Gallery hosted a private view of the American artist Olivia Steele’s (b. 1985) new body of work Faux Real. Born in Nashville, Tennessee the contemporary visual artist lives and works between Berlin and Mexico. Olivia's artistic style is distinctive as she employs the commercial medium of neon glass.
Following their glamorous re-opening, the C/O gallery have bounced back with the Magnum Photographic Agency’s contact sheet exhibition. The delayed final photograph and contact sheets give an intimate insight into the photographer’s creative process, exposing all of the imperfections, smudges and blurs. The comments scribbled down the margins add a sense of intimacy.
Start your morning at Mauerpark Flea Market and then head over to the Jewish Museum. As a result of the architecture and the curation, upon entering, you instantly face full immersion into the suffering and injustice of the Jewish population. Designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, the concept is ‘between the lines’, which you soon sense as you step across his vertigo-inducing floor plan.
If you pass by Bridget Bardot jumping beneath her villa La Madrague, 1955, you will soon find yourself immersed in Will McBride’s delectable retrospective on the second floor of the C/O gallery. Known for pouring himself into his art, McBride captures the poignancy of the social context in which he works. He describes his photography as more of a moral venture than voyeurism, because of the responsibility he feels for his audience.
Of course you can't miss Museum Island with the Berliner Dom and the Neue Wache Memorial, but head back to Kreuzberg to explore their concept shops. If you wander down Oranienstrasse you will eventually stumble upon this fine establishment’s subtle signage. Voo Store's entrance is unassuming given that it’s squeezed into an abandoned locksmith’s...
The Prinzenstraße community gardens are a beautiful way to start the day. Then, the Museum of Things is the definition of quirky. It feels more like you’re exploring a flea market than a museum when you absorb the wildly eclectic selection. The focus is the Werkbund alliance of artists and industrialists who sought to modernize the aesthetic values of life in the early 20th century Germany.