Artwork by David Shrigley in a “Späti” on Rosenthaler Straße (Photo: ART@Berlin, Stephanie Schneider)
What do a Berlin curry sausage stand on Friedrichstraße, a Späti on Rosenthaler and a traditional kiosk on Ku’damm have in common? Apart from the fact that they are iconic places for Berlin where you can buy a quick drink. All these places are unusual exhibition venues for contemporary art parallel to Gallery Weekend and Berlin Art Week. From 16 to 19 September 2021, works by the British painter David Shrigley will be shown there, which you can discover on the “Unconventional Bubbles Tour” by rickshaw and with a Michelin star picnic basket or by yourself on foot.
This exceptional exhibition project was conceived and organised by the Ruinart champagne house, which is known for its collaborations with artists and the implementation of art projects. Since 2008, Ruinart has launched 11 partnerships and carte blanche projects with leading contemporary artists. After Liu Bolin (2018) and Vik Muniz (2019), David Shrigley has now dedicated himself to Maison Ruinart in his unique way in an ensemble of 36 drawings and acrylic paintings. With unparalleled irony, he takes a look at his surroundings and uses rudimentary illustrations paired with absurd but irrevocable sentences. Now Ruinart is presenting selected results of the collaboration between David Shrigley and the champagne house in Berlin. Shrigley had received Ruinart’s Carte Blanche in 2020.
Under the title “Unconventional Bubbles at unusual Places”, Ruinart is showing a total of eight artworks by David Shrigley at six different locations in Mitte and Charlottenburg, some of them large-format paintings and space-related installations, such as in a window of the freestanding traditional kiosk cottage in front of the residential building at Kurfürstendamm 213.
In Berlin Mitte, Shrigley’s art can be found at Witty’s Currywurst on Friedrichstraße, among other places. This painting explains and comforts at the same time: Worms work harder than us.
For the creative process of the works, Shirgley intensively studied the demanding cultivation and elaborate production of champagne and painted all the works shown in relation to the project – always with a wink and a corresponding story. To this end, David roamed the vineyards, explored the cellars and studied the customs and traditions of the winegrowers.
“The wine is drunk and enjoyed, but it is a sustainable process. The vines are cared for and more grapes grow back. This idea of sustainability is important. The fragility of these things is part of our life, part of our political thinking: we have to acknowledge it and we cannot escape it. (…) This is an opportunity to say something about these things, albeit in my own weird and funny way.”David Shrigley
With his works, he now takes the viewer on an enlightening and at the same time playful journey through the production of champagne, building a bridge between the people involved in the production of champagne, through nature and all the creatures, elements and weather phenomena involved, to those who enjoy it.
THE UNCONVETIONAL BUBBLES TOUR
Rickshaw + Michelin Star Picnic
Interested visitors can view the works from 16 to 19 September. This art exhibition, which can only be experienced for a short time in this unique form of presentation, can be discovered by visitors on foot or in a rickshaw, and they can immerse themselves in David Shrigley’s special world, which is characterised by irony and a twinkle in his eye.
With every rickshaw tour, the guest receives a picnic basket from the well-known star chef Dalad Kambhu. The chef and her Berlin restaurant Kin Dee were awarded a Michelin star in 2021 for the third year in a row. With a half bottle of Ruinart and an “unconventional” food pairing, the art experience is also accompanied by a sophisticated culinary experience.
From 16 to 19 September 2021 in Berlin, daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., duration per tour: approx. 2 hours.
Register and book via E-Mail:
or by phone: +49 151 688 46 004
Unconventional Rickshaw Tour incl. picnic basket by star chef Dalad Kambhu: 40 EUR, Payment on site in cash
Unconventional “Walking-Tour”: free of charge
BQ Artroom, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 15, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
open Tue to Sat from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chaussee 131 Bar, Chausseestraße 131 A, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
open Tue to Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Witty’s Currywurst, Friedrichstraße 141, 10117 Berlin-Mitte (under S-Bahn bridge)
open Mon to Sun 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Kiosk am Ku’damm, in front of Kurfürstendamm 213, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Späti, Rosenthalerstraße 69, 10119 Berlin-Mitte