until 11.03. | #1887ARTatBerlin | Autocenter is a guest at KINDL and shows from 9th March 2018 its last exhibition “last dance” at Power House M0 (Maschinenhaus M0). The exhibition takes place as usual on a single weekend and is curated by Joep van Liefland and Maik Schierloh.
Alisa Berger, Antje Engelmann, David Jablonowski, Eva Vuillemin, Felix Kultau, Florian Meisenberg, Franz Burkardt, Frederic Spreckelmeyer, Hadassa Emmerich, Hiroki Tsukuda, Isabella Fürnkäs, Isabelle Fein, Jeewi Lee, Maik Schierloh, Manor Grunewald, Maria Kremeti, Marie Reinert , Marie Rief, Michael White, Mohamed Namou, Niklas Binzberger, Ossian Fraser, Paris Giachoustidis, Paul Laffoley, Robert Lucander, Sandra Vaka, Shira Wachsmann, Simon Laureyn, Sofia Hulten, Stephanie Stein, Tamina Amadyar, Taslima Ahmed / Manuel Gnam, Tilman Horny
Opened by the artists Joep van Liefland and Maik Schierloh in June 2001, Autocenter was one of Berlin’s most exciting artist-run spaces. It started out as an exhibition space next to a club on Simplonstraße, where it presented exhibitions that lasted only for a single weekend. There were very simple reasons for this conceptual decision: no budget meant no exhibition attendants, no money for commissions, no assistance, and no press officer. In 2007 they relocated to the first floor of a discount grocery store in Friedrichshain, and in 2013 they moved to Leipziger Straße. Autocenter discreetly closed in 2015. During its fourteen years of activity, no less than 200 exhibitions, 800 artists, a summer academy, a number of lectures and performances, an Oktoberfest, a few concerts, two auctions, a massive hardcover book (with 350 pages covering the history of the space), and an iconic tote bag were produced with barely any institutional support.
Following the rules that Autocenter set up in the beginning, the exhibition they are organising at the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art will take place only for a single weekend, beginning on a Friday evening. The two organisers could have decided to show the history of their space, a kind of best-of compilation like those released by Madonna or U2 before Christmas. Yet, true to their original philosophy, van Liefland and Schierloh decided to exhibit around thirty artists who were never shown at Autocenter. This is why the exhibition at the KINDL will cover photography, sculpture, painting, and video art in different ways. Because the Berlin art scene has changed, because younger artists are now struggling to find cheap studios and exhibition spaces, because Berlin’s true treasure lies in the number of creative people who live and produce their works in the city.
Vernissage: Friday, March 9th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 10th + Sunday, 11th March 2018, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.Zum KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenösische Kunst
Image caption: Courtesy Autocenter
Exhibition last dance – Autocenter at KINDL | Contemporary Art – Art in Berlin – ART at Berlin