Norbert Bisky (Painting and object)
Marc Brandenburg (Installation)
Ali Kepenek (Photography)
Sven Marquardt (Photography)
Carsten Nicolai (Object / Projection)
Piotr Nathan (Painting, video installation and object)
Friederike von Rauch (Photography)
Sarah Schönfeld (Object and installation)
Viron Erol Vert (Installation)
The exhibition “10” at Halle am Berghain with works by various visual artists will be the prelude to Berghain's 10-year anniversary in December 2014. This listed space – formerly the teleheating center of the houses on Stalin-Allee (today: Karl-Marx-Allee / Frankfurter Allee) – is in its original condition and is only occasionally open to the general public.
Since the opening of Berghain in 2004, the triumvirate of music, arts and clubbing has been a central aspect and adds up to an entity. Many of the artists involved in the exhibition are closely associated with the club since its launch. Some also know Berghain as their workplace, with close connections and interactions resulting from the relationship with the venue. With the exhibition “10”, Berghain places a special emphasis on these visual artists connected to the club and dedicates the prelude to the club birthday with an homage to them.
Through a programmatic development of cross-platform and cross-cultural projects and event series Berghain has left its mark as an institution. In the past, Berghain already invited its staff members to show their works at Halle am Berghain (“ALLE”, 2011). With a natural combination of opera, ballet, theatre, fashion, and ‘Neue Musik’, the relationship between club culture, arts production and its aesthetics has been re-shaped constantly. This regular repetition of investigations regarding space, sound, imagery and movement adjusted the relationship to the club by the Berghain-originators as well as the general public.
All of the invited artists understand their projects as a reflection of the specific space and institution. Most of the works for “10” have been developed specially for this occasion. Topics include club culture, the phenomenon of mass, non elitism, cult of the body and tattoos, neoclassicism and the ruinous rawness of the building.