Our “What to do this weekend in Berlin” guide is back! There are exhibition openings, Valentines Day for lovers and non-lovers, concerts from classical music to hip-hop, techno parties and a special “save the date” for upcoming sought after events that you will not have excuses to miss them!
Xenia Hausner – This will have been another day.
The title of the exhibition “This will have been another happy day!” is taken from Samuel Beckett’s drama Happy Days. With this headline, Hausner, anticipates the future and thereby conveys an optimistic present, setting in motion the human apparatus of dreams and hopes. By choosing Beckett’s depiction of existential absurdity as a reference, the artist does not let the hope for a successful life fade and shows in her pictures fragments of a larger story that tell of our present world yet elude a clear reading.
Until 2, March, 2020. PalaisPopulaire. Unter den Linden, 5, Mitte
Body Performance: The focus is on man and his body. It is about nudity, about vulnerability, about showing what gets under the skin. In this group exhibition, contemporary photo sequences are shown for the first time. With Vanessa Beecroft, Yang Fudong, Inez & Vinoodh, Jürgen Klauke, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Barbara Probst, Viviane Sassen, Cindy Sherman, Bernd Uhlig, and Erwin Wurm.
Until 10, May, 2020. Helmut Newton Foundation. Jebensstrasse 2
The Eternal Network
The Transmediale’s The Eternal Network is a group exhibition about the persistence of networks, with a focus on their potentials and limits in response to current social and technological changes.
Until 1, March, 2020. Mon-Sun, 12:00 – 19:00. Thu, 12:00 – 22:00.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt. John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
Thursday, 13th Feb
Birgit Kleber. augen | blicke
For over twenty years photographer Birgit Kleber has been making portraits of German and international film stars at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale): Monica Bellucci and Chloë Sevigny, Willem Dafoe and shooting star Franz Rogowski, director Wim Wenders and producer Artur Brauner, to name just a few. They’re always in the same posture, always in the same setting – and she’s always searching for that special moment. “I want the proverbial five minutes.” Enough time for surprisingly personal things to surface: people’s life stories, feelings and all their vulnerabilities.
Opening: 13, February. 18-20:00. Until 29.03.2020. Museum für Fotografie. Jebensstrasse 2
DISCOnstruction is a photographic group exhibition by Victor Luque, Rafael Medina and Spyros Rennt. Curated by Vassilia Kaga. Featuring a performance by Catalin Jugravu.
Vernissage: 13, February, 19:00 – 22:00. Projektraum 145. Invalidenstraße 145
African Beats & Pieces
African Beats & Pieces is a regular event series in Berlin dedicated since 2017 to the music made in Africa and throughout its diaspora. This year they’ll use the eve of Valentine’s Day as just another excuse to dance our hearts off to rare & fun African music!
13, February, 21-3:00. Monarch Berlin. Skalitzer Strasse, 134 / 1. Stock.
Berlin Underground Music Show: sesperisi.
Tonight “sesperisi” brings your synth-punk and french house comes together with electro clash. It will be a mix of music, opera, stage show, dance, extravagant self designed costumes and performance together in post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic atmosphere. The night has live performance and conversation alternate, and the audience is also involved in a playful way.
13, February, 20:00 – 23:00. Stammtisch. Wesertrasse, 159/160, Neulkön
The Hot 8 Brass Band
The Hot 8 Brass Band blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass since 1995. They’re bringing their noise to Gretchen’s stage this Thursday.
13, February at 20:00. GRETCHEN, Obentrautstr. 19-21, Kreuzberg.
Kirill Petrenko: Strawinsky – Zimmermann – Rachmaninow
The music of the 20th century is often considered inaccessible. Kirill Petrenko shows how wrong this prejudice is with three works written between 1940 and 1950 which differently convey sensuousness and energy. We experience rhythmic power in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, the combination of innovation and Brazilian Flair in Zimmermann’s Alagoana and finally, the voluptuous melancholy of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
13-15th February. 20-22:00. Philharmonie Berlin. Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, Berlin.
Friday, 14th Feb
Tropez Valentine’s Night: QT UR EA
If valentine is too normative for you but it has yet room for love, then meet TROPEZ VALENTINE’S NIGHT. You are going to find performances by artists whose unconventional sounds and stage characters defy all norms. The French harpist and producer Ange Halliwell brings takes from his first album “The Wheel Of Time”. The dark-web based electro band Nastia 6.9. appears for the first time in the flesh – or so. Swiss DJ and artist Jan Vorisek performs under R.A.T. . Urami, artist from the internet, escort and DJ, stages a psychodelic journey and DJ Kikelomo brings the night to climax with her high energy set from grime to kuduro and baile funk.
14, February. 20:00 – 4:00. Trauma Bar und Kino. Heidestrasse, 50.
VEGAN Valentines dinner Soul Food
We’re not really into celebrating Valentine’s Day but we’re really into good food. Every opportunity is good to eat something delicious.
14th February. 18-21:00. Yummy Mummy Bistro. Raumerstraße 12, Berlin.
Elena Asins / Ramon Haze
ELENA ASINS (1940 – 2015) was a prominent Spanish visual artist, writer, lecturer and critic. Her plastic language was based on computer systematic calculation. Asins pioneered the convergence between theoretical computer science and the minimal and geometrical tendencies of the 1960s. She belongs to the first generation of artists using computers to generate art. The Cabinet of RAMON HAZE is a unique collection and 20th century art document. It brings together more than 150 key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Andreas Baader, Ruth Tauer and Jeff Koons, and traces the developement of their Ouevre and its conceptual foundations.
Opening 14, February. 18-22:00. KOW. Lindenstrasse 35, 10969 Berlin
If you love indie-pop with synth sounds, this concert is is for you.
14, February, 19:00 – 23:00. Musik & Frieden. Falckensteinstraße 48, Kreuzberg.
Fish Klub presents: Oyster Night at Bergschloss
Just like last February, Berliner Berg and Fish Klub decided to team up for a night of fresh, organic Oysters and delicious sour & special beers at Bergschloss – Berliner Berg’s cosy taproom in Neukölln!
14, February. 19-23:30. Berliner Berg. Kopfstraße 59, 12053 Neukölln.
Magic of Sound – Sounds Like Love.
Sounds from the realm of intuition and meditation.Three alchemists in sound & singing, that elicit sounds from the magic of the moment. A sound ceremony that follows the creative logic of its moment, visionarily inspires and nourishes, with audible love in invisible form.
14, February, at 20:00. Kapelle am Urban. Grimmstrasse 10, Kreuzber.
Four Years SYNOID Weekender
Recently closed on its Neukölln location, Griessmuehle is going into exile and has found a temporary home at Alte Münze. They will integrate their program as well as cinema screenings and poetry slams into the program of Alte Münze – all weekend long!
February 14th-22:00 – 17th-7:00. Alte Münze Berlin. Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin.
House all weekend long with Yulia Niko, M.A.N.D.Y., Maga, Mimi Love and Zim.
From 14 to 15, February – 23:59 – 12:00. KaterBlau. Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin
Axel Boman and Robag Wruhme hang up for Finest Friday party together with Joel Mull and BLITZ resident Sedef Adasi. Spoiler: Axel Boman never disappoints with his warm and playful house sound.
14, February, at 23:59. Panorama Bar.
Saturday, 15th Feb
From Russians with Love
Te exihbition offers a staggeringly unique vision into Russian contemporary art. Ballery director Simon Williams has brought together a group of celebrated Russian artists including Slava Mogutin, Igor Skaletsky, Katerina Belkina, Fedya Ili, Sergej Ehses and Kristina Okan. ‘From Russians with Love’ illustrates the complex imagery of dreams or subconscious visions and irrational space and form combinations in fine art painting and digital art graphic.
15, February. 17-20:00. The Ballery.
Screening and concert: Dragonflies with birds and snake
An evening dedicated to the Hamburg musician Felix Kubin and the french director Marie Losier. After the Berlin-premiere of the film biography „Felix in Wonderland“ from Marie about Felix, there will be an onstage talk with both of them. The documentary and meditative nature movie „Dragonflies with Birds and Snake“, from the artist and movie director Wolfgang Lehmann, has been screened in the Berlinale section Forum Expanded already. Felix Kubin composed a new score for this flickermovie and will produce it on stage with a light scanner and accompany it with a live electronic soundtrack.
15, February, 19.30. Silent Green, Kuppelhalle, Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding.
Borshch Magazine presents Rrose, Animistic Beliefs, and more
Borshch Magazine and Traumabarundkino curate an event inspired by the “Dark Side” issue. The lineup is in next level with Rrose, Animistic Beliefs, Ignes Fatui, Ciarra Black, and more.
15, February, 20:00 – 6:00.Trauma Bar und Kino. Heidestrasse, 50.
Jenny Hval: The Practice of Love
“The Practice of Love” is a multidisciplinary immersion in music, literature and movement by Norwegian musician, composer and writer Jenny Hval. It explores sonic, visual and choreographic ideas while transforming voices, sounds and even bodies into texts, in a process that Hval herself describes as a form of magic. With a multinational ensemble including experimental musicians, vocalists, dancers and video artists, this new project extends Hval’s work into new and even more challenging territory.
15, 16 and 17, February at 20:00. Hau Hebbel am Ufer. Hallesches Ufer, 32, Mitte.
MESS – Club Affair
We are back and ready to start our new season full of energies, fresh music and dance floor chemistry as usual celebrating diversity and supporting underground club culture around the world. Clara Cuvé will be joining the fam as their new resident!!
15-16, Feb 23:55 – 12:00. OHM Berlin.
Liquid’s February invites an eclectic clan of selectors. Roman Lindau, Sascha Rydell and Monomood come together under Colorcode Records, holding down the black room with a ‘Full Spectrum’ takeover. Meanwhile, LowMoneyMusicLove appear undercover with new guise System Error in the green room. Music with a lighter touch meets the party-geared house elements Liquid is so known for.
15-16, February. 23:55 – 12:00. Salon – Zur wilden Renate. Alt-Stralau, 70.
Sunday, 16th Feb
We can’t wait to see Isobel Campbell, the former Belle and Sebastian, playing your new album “There is no other”.
16, February. 20:00 – 23:00. PRIVATCLUB Berlin. Skalitzer Strasse, 85-86.
Bonus: Monday, 17-22th Feb
KNOK STORE Closing Sale
KNOK STORE is closing its doors – but don’t worry, they’re making way for their new project so you’ll be hearing more from KNOK soon. There will be a final closing sale with everything at sample prices to say goodbye to the store. Menswear, womenswear, accessories and homewares at up to 80% off, including Used Future, The Internatiiional, and eeeverything else.
17-22, February, 11:00 – 19:00. KNOK STORE.Hasenheide 54, 10967..
Save the date
Sleater Kinney: 18, February @ Astra
Georgia (the new Robyn?): 22, February @ Musik & Frienden
Psicotrópicos Brazilian Arts Festival: 22, March @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Underworld: 21, March, 2020 @ Tempodrom
März Festival: 20-29 March 2020 @ Various Venues
Gal Costa: 28 mar 2020 @ HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Jon Hopkins – Polarity Tour: 2, April, 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin
Steve Reich – 6 Pianos: 15, April, 2020 @ Philharmonie Berlin
Thundercat: 17, April, 2020 @ Astra Kulturhaus
James Blake: 23, April, 2020 @ Verti Music Hall
Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin: 8 – 9 may 2020 @ Tempodrom
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: 27, May, 2020 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
XJazz Festival: 8-10 may 2020 @ Various Venues
*Cover photo: Isobel Campbell