LOLA Recommends: Art Events in June

Choice contemporary art, film, and performance

Words By Erika Clugston
Photos By Main image: Soul for Wet by Greta María Ásgeirsdóttir

This summer is shaping up to be hot AF, but Berlin’s art happenings continue on regardless – dripping contemporary art events into our laps like a triple-scoop ice-cream cone melting in the sun.

From the bizarre to the conceptual, we’ve selected a few highlights to whet your appetite. The 10th Berlin Biennale, festivals, artsy parties and open-air cinema are taking place all summer. Slip on those Birkenstocks, grab yourself a Wegbier, and hit up some of these events while the days are long and the nights are warm. 

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Various venues in Berlin
June 9 – September 9

This year’s Berlin Biennale, We don’t need another hero, is a complex meditation on the “political potential of the act of self-preservation” and rejection of the saviour. With a series of curated exhibitions, performances, and events spanning June to September, Berlin’s 10th Biennale is intended to invoke “Berlin as a city in dialogue with the world,” exploring themes of knowledge and power. Visit the website to explore this summer’s offerings and to further immerse yourself in the curatorial concept, which is quite intellectually dense.

We don’t need another hero is curated by Gabi Ngcobo with a curatorial team composed of Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba. All the exhibitions are free and open to the public. Don’t miss the opening on June 8th at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. More info on their calendar.

Isle of Dogs – Ataris Reise (Engl./ Ger. subs)
Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
June 15, 21.45

Open-air cinema is at the core of a quintessential Berlin summer. Wes Anderson’s new film, Isle of the Dogs, is just one of the many flicks available to see under the stars this June. The animated movie tells the story of dogs exiled to an island and a boy’s quest to find and save his beloved dog. If you’re hungry for more, check out the plethora of open-air cinemas as well as the travelling cinema, Mobile Kino to see what’s being shown this summer.

Llama Emoji Launch Party
June 16

Because, why not? Emojis have become a language of their own, and sometimes a replacement for the written word altogether. With the cultural hype surrounding emojis, it’s only fitting that there will be a Llama emoji launch party in celebration of the upcoming addition to the Unicode offerings. Join in celebration of the llama emoji and in true Berlin spirit, celebrate any excuse for a party. The event will be hosted by Epic Llama, a group that curates travel adventures. More details will be announced soon in the FB event, stay tuned.

48 Hours Neukölln// Reality Exchange/ Barcelona/ Berlin
June 22

As a part of the 48 Hours Neukölln art festival, FK-Galerie / Fk-Kollektiv is presenting Reality Exchange, a photography exhibition and curatorial exchange between the Berlin based gallery and the Barcelona gallery, Fifty Dots. For the 48 hour period, the FK-Galerie will exhibit photographs from the Barcelona gallery and they will in turn exhibit works from the Fk-Kollektiv. Images of natural beauty contrasted with man-made objects constitute the exhibitions theme of “the paradox of awe and distance between us and the natural world.” Add this to your agenda of things to see during 48 Hours, and if you happen to be in Barcelona, swing by Fifty Dots gallery for a visit.

Diving – Immerse Yourself by Virginia De
19:28 Tattoo Club
June 23, 19:00

Photographer Virginia De captures the unbridled expression of id and dark fantasy in her series,  DIVING___ Immerse yourself. Gaze into the world of the DIVE QUEER Party, set in the old Veterinary University of Edinburgh, and visually experience the long night of partying and chaos from whence the artist’s images came. For her first Berlin vernissage, the series will be exhibited at the 19:28 Tattoo Club, opening on June 23rd at 19:00 with a bondage performance by artist, Lily Deknott. The exhibition is on view for one month – we’ll see you there!

WHOLE | United Queer Festival – Warm Up
June 28, 19.00

As a warm up to the upcoming WHOLE – United Queer Festival in August, the Berlin-based collectives involved are gathering for a night of art, music, performance and family-style BBQ. Curated by GIRLS and photographer Victor Luque will present installations of artwork–providing just a hint of what will be in store for the three-day camping festival. Enjoy the vegan-friendly spread from 19:00 to 22:00 and dance your way through the magical ://aboutblank garden to music played by collective DJs from 19:00 to 10:00 in the morning. The collectives featured include CockTail d’Amore Berlin, Buttons, Pornceptual, Horse Meat Disco, and many more. See the full list of those involved in the Facebook event.

Elena Helfrecht, Afterbirth