Art in Print
Volksbühne Theater’s new direction causes concerns over Berlin’s artistic future
The appointment of Chris Dercon of Tate Modern as new director of the Volksbühne theater last year was initially celebrated as a bold experiment at an institution known for pushing artistic boundaries. After revealing the new plans for the theater however, the appointment has caused much concern about the direction of Berlin’s arts scene.
Critics say that officials are forsaking an artistic tradition of locally produced, politically and aesthetically unconventional programming. Instead, they see an effort to redraw the theater’s mission to make Berlin a more attractive and marketable destination for tourists and for the internationally minded millennials who have moved into many of that city’s trendiest districts.
The rise of the temporary do-it-yourself art galleries
Since the 2008 economic downturn, temporary do-it-yourself art galleries have started to become very popular. Proliferating in apartments, storefronts and other places all over the country, they are interpreted as a response to an art world where dealership is increasingly hard to obtain, exhibitions are extremely expensive and affordable areas like Bushwick have become costly.
These do-it-yourself art galleries however also suggest artists’ desire to find community in an increasingly stratified art world and to take control over their careers, creating buzz and becoming tastemakers.
Art dealers are confident about art industry’s stability after Brexit
London’s gallery owners and dealers believe that the weak pound will make the UK’s €11.2 billion (£9 billion) art industry even more attractive to wealthy collectors.
Cristian Contini, boss of Mayfair-based ContiniArtUK gallery, said: “art has always been an alternative form of investment that, if played well, can give excellent results. I do not see how Brexit will influence the relationship we have with our EU clients.”