Every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to August 27th from 6 to 10 pm, the bar “MIES-liwska”, designed by the artist Karsten Konrad, opens on the terrace of the Neue Nationalgalerie for all visitors and offers drinks and music. The sculptural bar created especially for the museum’s terrace is based on architectural designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It refers directly to the architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie with its black and white colour concept and references to the iconic roof construction. The name of the bar “MIES-liwska” is a reference to the “Mysliwska” bar run by Karsten Konrad and Hannes Gruber, which has existed in Kreuzberg for over 30 years in close connection with Berlin’s art academies.
Image above: Barbara Kruger. Bitte lachen / Please cry, exhibition view, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 29.4.-28.8.2022 / courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers / Mies van der Rohe, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 / Photo: Timo Ohler
The exhibition by Barbara Kruger “Please laugh, Please cry” (until August the 27th 2022) is open to the public during the special Sundowner evenings extended opening hours from 6pm to 2pm. Here, visitors will be able to view the floor work specially designed for the Mies space in the late evening hours. The light conditions of the setting sun create a completely new visual experience of the site-specific work that cannot be experienced during the usual opening hours.
Karsten Konrad, born in Würzburg in 1962, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and at the Royal College of Art in London with the sculptor David Evison and the performance artist Marina Abramović in the late 1980s. His recurring themes are identity and memory, material and history, structuralism and linguistics, and urbanity and urbanism. For all his works, he exclusively uses found objects and thus focuses on sustainability and recycling in his everyday artistic practice. He has presented and exhibited his works worldwide – among others at the Esbjerg Art Museum, Denmark, the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Tennispalatsi Art Museum, Helsinki and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. Since 2016, he has been a professor of sculpture at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to August 27th 2022 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Kulturforum, Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50