Klosterruine Berlin Playground Credit Katrina Neiburga min

Summer 2019

For the summer program of the Berlin Klosterruine, we invite contemporary artists to create works for the open space of the medieval building. Every year, the demolished nave of the Franciscan Church hosts new exhibitions, accompanied by performance and concert programs. Over the past years, a contemporary cultural program emerged at the intersection between history and the present, providing fresh perspectives on the links between the architecture and history of the monument and contemporary Berlin realities.

The curatorial focus of this year‘s summer program is the medieval garden as a place of change and transformation. Against the backdrop of traditional ideas of the Garden of Eden, alchemical sciences, and the ancient desire to prolong human life,this year‘s exhibition and performance program of the Klosterruine investigates the myth of »paradise« and utopias of survival. In both cases, the invited artists will, from today‘s point of view, explore the potentialities of the medieval garden and refer to the circulating scenarios of the apocalypse and promises of salvation of the present. With the installation »Playground - for accepting your mortality«, the monastery ruins in the center of Berlin once again become a contemplative retreat and futuristic space for thought in the midst of a rapidly changing urban landscape.


25.05. – 31.10.2019

Playground – for accepting your mortality
Katrīna Neiburga & Andris Eglītis
with Jānis Noviks

Opening: Friday, 24.05.2019 | 15 – 20 Uhr
Ausstellung: 25.05. – 31.10.2019 | täglich 10 – 18 Uhr

Opening speakers:
Dr. Ute Müller-Tischler [Director Klosterruine Berlin]
I. E. Inga Skujina [Ambassador of the Republic Latvia]
Solvej Helweg Ovesen [Curator]

The artist couple Katrīna Neiburga and Andris Eglītis - together with Janis Noviks - have created an »immortal« alchemist and sculpture garden. Parallel to the exhibition, the music program Paradise Found, curated by interdisciplinary platform Creamcake, looks towards the garden as refuge and a place that engenders practices of care and nurture. Against the simplified romanticism of slowing down in today’s hectic world, they investigate the diff erent volumes and speeds of acceleration and deceleration, concentration and contemplation, noise and silence. The performance program Cruising the End Times, curated by Christopher Weickenmeier, delves into these considerations as well. How can death be seen as a starting point, rather than the end? Amidst the 6th mass extinction and spreading climate change anxiety, the program aims, instead of cultivating the ominous dread of impending apocalypse, to critically examine the violence and ultimate uselessness of Man’s readily available futures.

Curated by Ute Müller-Tischler and Solvej Helweg Ovesen

Architecture and Art Weekend

The Klosterruine takes part in the Architecture and Art Weekend

Creamcake: Paradise Found

07.06.2019, 18 Uhr
Kara-Lis Coverdale, COOL FOR YOU, Lamin Fofana, Judith Sönnicken

27.07.2019, 18 Uhr
Bendik Giske, Cucina Povera, Nile Koetting, Michelle Woods

17.08.2019, 18 Uhr
Dorian Electra, Shygirl, i.Ruuu, Brooklyn Bridge

Parallel to the exhibition, the music programme "Paradise Found", curated by the interdisciplinary platform Creamcake, explores the potential of spaces as places of refuge and gardens as places of care and nursing. Against the romanticism of a slowed-down life in an increasingly hectic world, they examine the different volumes and speeds of acceleration and deceleration, concentration and contemplation, noise and silence.

Cruising the End Times

20.07.2019, 8:00 PM
School of Extinction + Ephemeral Harms

07.09.2019, 6:30 PM
Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Friends

14.09.2019, 8:00 PM
Young Boy Dancing Group

The performance programme "Cruising the End Times" attempts to view death not as the end, but as the starting point. In the midst of the 6th mass extinction and the concern surrounding climate change, the three-part program aims not to cultivate fear of the impending apocalypse, but to critically examine the violence and uselessness of existing anthropocentric plans for the future.

Curated by: Christopher Weickenmeier

Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds für Ausstellungsvergütungen, dem Bezirkskulturfonds, dem Musikfonds und von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

With the kind support of EKJU, Lettland 100, Pranamat ECO, Rettenmeier Holding AG, State Culture Capital Foundation, Yes We Can und Andrzej Raszyk.

Presskit for the exhibition Playground-for accepting your Mortality