Opening and inaugural exhibition

Opening and inaugural exhibition

Spreepark Art Space

February 8, 2024
Opening and inaugural exhibition
Inauguration and first exhibition: March 23, 2024
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Spreepark Art Space
Kiehnwerderallee 2
Eierhäuschen at Spreepark
12437 Berlin
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–7pm
www.spreepark-artspace.de
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Twenty years ago, the amusement park in Berlin’s Plänterwald forest closed, leaving nature to reclaim its abandoned grounds. In anticipation of a new public park, the platform “Spreepark Art Space” integrates the crossover of art and nature as fundamental to the Spreepark’s development concept. It is set to launch on March 2024 together with the inauguration of Eierhäuschen, a recently renovated 19th century building, which will host exhibitions on landscape, nature, architecture, and public space.

Spreepark Art Space
Spreepark Art Space is an interdisciplinary platform focusing on artistic production in relation with urban planning, research, and mediation. Between Plänterwald and the Spree river, the projects and exhibitions that emerge here bring together artists, experts, locals, and people from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of exploring public space, actively shaping the role of art in it, and contributing to its broader dynamics.

Key to the future Spreepark’s design are the fresh impulses and new perspectives that art opens on the park: It inscribes itself into the entire structure of the site through permanently installed artworks, temporary exhibitions, and artistic interventions. Art is made touchable, walkable and immersive for all visitors—an accessible experience that encourages interaction and exploration.

Working with architects and engineers, among others, artists will create site-specific artworks—some ephemeral, others permanent. Former amusement park attractions such as the old Ferris Wheel and Monte Carlo Drive will be brought back to life as artistic interventions until Spreepark’s anticipated opening in 2026. Developed works include those by artists Iván Argote, Böhler & Orendt, Claudia Comte, Sol Calero, modulorbeat, realities:united and Stefan Shankland.

The Eierhäuschen
With the opening of the Eierhäuschen in March 2024, Spreepark Art Space will have a permanent home. Once a popular destination for day-trippers, the venue combines a restaurant and an art space with a no-cost exhibition area, as well as artist residencies that include living and working spaces. Visitors will be able to enjoy art, a diverse educational and public program, and a local cuisine—all in one place. 

The inaugural exhibition Park Insights, running from March 23 to May 20, 2024, features site-specific works by Marcus Maeder, Sabine Scho, Sissel Tolaas, and Annett Zinsmeister in a presentation of their artistic research conducted at Spreepark over the past few years.

What do the pristine waters and countless layers of mud in the Spreepark smell like? What sounds resonate on the grounds in the middle of the night? Where do the paths of people, plants, and animals converge, what echoes of history linger? Resident artists have used the park as a research site and a laboratory. With Park Insights, artist, researcher and composer Marcus Maeder, photographing author Sabine Scho, olfactory researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas, and artist and architect Annett Zinsmeister offer multi-sensory insights into their investigations, revealing hidden structures and dimensions of the park.

The new restaurant Ei-12437-B offers modern German gastronomy based on regional and seasonal dishes, with indoor and outdoor seating.

Program overview
March 23–May 20, 2024
Park Insights: Four Perspectives from Artistic Research
with Marcus Maeder, Sabine Scho, Sissel Tolaas, and Annett Zinsmeister

June 8–August 4, 2024
A Matter of Material: On Urban Ruins and Natural Resources
With Lara Almarcegui, Stefan Shankland, Robert Smithson, in cooperation with Anna Saint-Pierre and raumlaborberlin

August 25–October 20, 2024
The Gray Voice Ensemble
A Wonderful World
Presented by Kinderhook & Caracas

November 9, 2024–January 5, 2025
Past Pleasures: Exhibition, Oral History, Installations
In collaboration with Constructlab (Alexander Römer and Peter Zuiderwijk), Christian Hiller, Anne Waak, and others.

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