Berlin’s Art Week celebrated its fifth edition with a full calendar of events — at least 120 — devoted to contemporary art. Among the exhibitions, fairs, talks and tours, fashion also managed to find its place in the six-day event, which ended Sunday.
Shops, galleries and pop-ups combined the two genres. Boutique Voo and Swedish footwear brand Eytys held a party to celebrate the launch of Eytys’ sneaker collaboration with German artist Simon Mullan.
Out-of-towner Anne Gorke, whose namesake eco-fashion brand is based in Weimar, chose to celebrate her hometown’s most famous export, the Bauhaus. Gorke engaged the talents of fellow Bauhaus University graduates — photographer Ina Niehoff, painter Ulrike Theusner and graphic design team Copa-Ipa. Their collaboration of uniquely decorated sweatshirts was on display at the Raab Gallery, the debut of Gorke’s project of limited editions, Bauhaus Made.
“We wanted to do a project that shows our Bauhaus roots even stronger,” said Gorke. “This is the first edition; the next group has already signed up for the next edition.”
Also on show and for sale were tops embossed with the message “Bauhaus Made” in flocked letters, and bandannas printed with a geometric abstraction Gorke dubbed Bauhaus Paisley.
On Potsdamer Strasse, which continues to develop as a go-to street for both galleries and boutiques, Swiss eyewear firm Viu’s Berlin shop played host to a small exhibition of five sculptural pieces by the artist Lindsay Lawson, organized together with KubaParis Magazine. Lawson’s work, which includes cast vases embedded with clothing, jewelry and coins, was also on display at ABC (Art Berlin Contemporary) fair.
At a party and separate screening, local fashion magazine OE released its first fashion film, “Flesh Bones Mind,” which was funded by Zalando shoe label Zign. The epistolary triptych from Sophie Louis Feith features spirited art direction by Susi Hinz and includes some of the city’s favorite designers, including Vladimir Karaleev and Marina Hoermanseder.
By holding the event now, instead of trying to compete for time during Berlin’s busy Fashion Week in January, “We got the attention of the fashion crowd, and some of the art crowd as well,” OE founder Arne Eberle said.
For anyone from both crowds in shopping mode, the pop-up Gallery Store at Studio Lo held the answer, offering curated art, design, books and fashion, all in one stop.