In a city
where artistic freedom and tolerance prevail – and where funds are scarce – online
blogs and magazines are the lifeblood of Berlin’s ever-mushrooming creative
collaborative spirit of this web-based network, online
art portal a.muse is hosting an end-of-year
exhibition featuring eight emerging Berlin-based artists they’ve devoted
digital ink to this year.
painting, photography, drawing and illustration, the exhibition can be seen as
a microcosm of a thriving alternative scene that sits somewhere between mainstream
gallery collections and the artwork that decorates coffee shop walls around the
might expect from a curated exhibition, there is a solidity to the artists on
offer, from the intriguing “medium-is-the-message” newspaper-based works
of Winston Torr, to the dark-but-elegant pencil
sketches and street art of Felix Gephart, to the striking, large-scale
paintings of 21-year-old Elena Tamburini, a talented Berlin University of Arts graduate.
will the art be priced to allow for some creative gift opportunities (all
pieces are under 350 euros), the exhibition will also build a bridge to less
fortunate communities by donating 5% of the proceeds to the Kältebus.
This initiative gives warm food and clothing to the homeless in Berlin, a city
renowned for its brutally cold winters, and visitors are asked to bring warm
clothes to donate to a Kältebus collection basket on the night.
exhibition will take place from 17 to 22 December at atelier-cum-exhibition-space
Hoppla Charlotte. The artists
will be present at the opening and there will be special holiday treats and
drinks available throughout.
Sullivan is the Berlin Localite for BBC Travel. He also runs/writes slowtravelberlin.com.