Art + Architecture | Weekend Berlin 2015

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.

ATARA, a video installation by Amir Fattal

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!