At the Artprojekt group, the focus lies not on simply adding art to buildings, but creating buildings with artists.
On May 1-2, 2015, more than 250 art, culture, and architecture enthusiasts came together at the second "Art + Architecture | Weekend Berlin". Kicking off the event was a reception at the future site of Palais Varnhagen, a project planned by David Chipperfield that is currently being built at Französische Straße 56-60 in the heart of Berlin. The guests, who hailed from the realms of business, media, art, and culture, were treated to an exclusive preview of an elaborate multimedia show produced by the artists at BuildingScape, a recently founded real-estate marketing firm.
Based on an initiative involving a number of artists, designers, and Artprojekt itself, the event also illustrated how new artistic spaces are emerging and how construction sites can be used to display works of art in public areas. This pilot project presented video works from various artists on both days of the weekend. Between 9:00 p.m. and midnight, they were played on a 20-minute loop that caught the eye of the media and many passers-by.
Created by one of Israel's most prominent concept artists, this video installation is a radical exploration of art, German history, architecture, space, and time. Amir Fattal's political, yet aesthetically subtle work deals with the various layers between resurrection and creation in the context of Germany's past. It incorporates elements of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (such as a reversed version of the "Liebestod" aria) and images from the Berlin Palace workshop.
In his speech as the host of "Art + Architecture | Weekend Berlin" 2015, Thomas Hölzel - founder and managing partner of the Artprojekt group - emphasized the particular statement the event will continue to make at the threshold of art and architecture during Gallery Weekend Berlin.
On May 2, the festivities then culminated in three tours that saw experts from David Chipperfield Architects guide participants (who were lucky to have registered early) through the Neues Museum with a thematic focus on the architecture found on Berlin's Museumsinsel.
We'd like to thank all of our friends, business partners, and the art and architecture enthusiasts who attended for an entertaining weekend. We look forward to seeing you soon - no later than at Art + Architecture | Weekend Berlin 2016!