16.07.2015  •  Art NEWS

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WHO CARES? – Social responsibility in contemporary art. Bernheimer Contemporary opens on 700 square meters, including a shop in Berlin. We wish we were artists too!

Who cares? Isabel Bernheimer encourages the art world, as well as the design world with her gallery concept to think, and perhaps even to rethink. After academic studies and working at international galleries, she decided to open an agency for artists – and succeeded in a very short time. Her newest idea was followed by prompt action: Just last winter, she told us about her vision of a new type of gallery in the Monbijou Palais opposite the Bode Museum on Berlin's Museum Island – and, a little over half a year later, she already invited us to the grand opening. She likes it big! And she cares! And Isabel takes care of her handful of selected artists from the area of art to design the same way she realizes her visions.

So – what is there to see? The artists represented by the agency Bernheimer Contemporary show their works in all eleven rooms of the Monbijou Residence in the heart of Berlin, and ask the question with the exhibition, what responsibility art may, can, has to or should take for our society. "Together with my artists, I invite visitors to come and look, to reflect and maybe even rethink." Isabel says to GoSee.

The very successful art exhibition presents sculptures, installations, drawings as well as paintings by Bernheimer Contemporary artists Milana Schoeller, Jan Kuck and Victor Alaluf, and nearly half of the objects shown were already sold during the pre-premier. There is also a design area in which designer Dirk Biotto presents his concepts and objects. In addition, work by Johannes Buss (Radical Adults Productions), Igor Vucic as well as video works by Tim Wolff and Oh-seok Kwon are presented.

In contrast to the typical program gallery, the agency Bernheimer Contemporary presents the exhibition with a constantly accompanying program. There is, for instance, a one-hour gallery where selected artists present a piece of art to the public for only one hour. Plus, there are plans for podium discussions and talks.

As varied as the approaches of the individual artists and their works may be, they all have a common denominator: They want to encourage and inspire visitors to think about the question "WHO CARES?". And Isabel would not be the perfectionist she is, if she did not also have a museum shop sales room right next to the artwork, which stands up to comparison with the large international museums.