Exhibition Berlin One City
June 14 – July 14
Monday – Saturday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz
Bellevuestraße 1 10785 Berlin
Art, unlike anything else in the world, manages to connect things that normally would not be brought together. In doing so, art opens up new worlds and gives rise to new insights. This creates mental space: the windows are opening. The more windows will open, the more exciting the view will be. Making new connections is no unnecessary luxury. In our “overly categorised” world, everything is put into boxes, to such an extent that we are losing sight of the original and natural togetherness and complexity of things. Now and then, art makes a small share of that visible again. In addition to our continuous tendency to categorise matters, we are increasingly more inclined to highlight and increase the differences between people instead of their similarities. No matter on which side you find yourself, people always think in terms of ‘us against them’. Sometimes, art shows us how we are behaving towards others (or could behave towards others).
To Birgit Stigter, the idea of “connections” is essential. In her series “Berlin – a city” she takes us on a tour along buildings that, no matter how diverse they are, show us both their past as well as their current similarities. Inspired by Wim Wenders’ film Der Himmel über Berlin (1987), she photographed Berlin mostly in black-and-white. To the photographed fragments of the city she added abstract organic patterns, inspired by DNA structures. The ridges of her scratched drawings subtly deconstruct the concrete images of the city. In doing so, Stigter is creating room for the indispensable new perspectives and new connections.
Sandra Spijkerman (Art historian and publicist)
Exhibition BERL1N ONE CITY
Thirty years ago, on the ninth of November 1989 the Wall came down and Berlin as a city was once again reunited. Potsdamer Platz was at the heart of Berlin before the Wall fell and is now again at the center of our vibrant capital city. This is the perfect location for the Dutch artist Birgit Stigter’s exhibition BERL1N ONECITY at the Sony Center from 14th June – 14th July 2019.
With her analog Hasselblad camera Birgit Stigter captures the grand and wild past of the Potsdamer Platz and her works of art are meant to be enjoyed in this dramatic and historical setting.
BERL1N ONECITY is an industrial photography collection inspired by the famous Bösebrücke. Located at Bornholmerstraße in Wedding, this bridge played an important role in November 1989 and is featured prominently in the “Kaisersaal.”
The exhibition will take place in the halls of the former Grand Hotel Esplanade, which was one of the most famous hotels in Berlin during the “Golden Twenties”. Here Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin and Billy Wilder once danced. The hotel was mostly destroyed during World War II, but miraculously the “Kaisersaal” and a few other elaborate halls survived. They are now integrated into the modern architecture of the Sony Center and embodies both classical and modern Berlin.
Fanny Zschau, Founder and Head of Digital Diva Deluxe Media Services