Photography & Text CHRISTOPHER WINTER
Chris Winter is a British artist and curator living in Berlin since 2001. He first moved to the city to develop his artistic career and follow colleagues and friends who moved here to join the burgeoning art scene that developed in the capital of reunified Germany. Having lived in the city for more than 17 years, he has seen great changes take place in the city and notably the effects of gentrification affecting the bohemian and artistic lifestyle that once drew people to the city. But his love for the city remains, with many hidden gems left to discover and untouched pockets of raw creative potential still visible. To him the city means vibrancy, creativity, urban edge, history and resilience; and space to create and inspiration to bring change.
König Galerie – Contemporary Art in a Brutalist Setting
St. Agnes, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, 10969 Berlin
Housed in a former church built in the style of Brutalism by the Berlin architect Werner in the 1960’s with further renovations added by the renowned architect Arno Brandlhuber, the site now holds one of Berlin’s most internationally regarded galleries, along with the headquarters of avant-garde publisher 032c. The gallery itself consists of both emerging and established artists with works ranging from paintings, photography, sculptures, to video and sound. The building itself is worth the trip but the exhibits are also top-notch, bringing together the works of the art world’s younger generation and presenting them in this amazingly bold, idealized modern space.
Pineapple Factory Gallery – Curated Collection of Designer Pre-owned Clothing
Gormannstraße 23, 10119 Berlin
Only the best high-end designers, perfectly curated, and in pristine condition—this newly opened clothing “gallery” and online vintage shop, as the name suggests, is a gallery presenting clothing as art, and obviously also for sale. An ever changing collection of beautiful pieces from designers like Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and Yohji Yamamoto to name just a few. A true retail reference for fashion people in the know.
VEB Orange – Vintage DDR shop
Oderberger Str. 29, 10435 Berlin
I check out this shop all the time for a blast from the past and a little home design inspiration. I bought lamps for my apartment here, perfect modernist pieces from the DDR. The owner is always adding more fabulous finds and he creates these scenes out in front of the store that are just little time capsules of Eastern Berlin’s past. Plus if you love the color orange, this is your place. Furniture, fashion, and accessories from the ’60 & ’70’s Berlin.
Babel – Lebanese Restaurant
Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin
In a city full of falafel places, Babel is truly the best. It’s a neighborhood institution with delicious platters and salads. Affordable eats on a beautiful street. And in the summer Babel is absolutely packed with flowers from the local florist. I eat here quite often and I just love the atmosphere – spices, flowers, and the kitschy middle eastern travel posters covering the walls make the healthy platters taste even better.
Prinzenstrasse 35-38, 10969 Berlin
Capturing the spirit of rebirth and bohemian culture that made Berlin what it is today, the Prinzessinengärten (Princess Garden) combines urban gardening and DIY culture with a modern take on the traditional German beer garden, and pretty great pizza as well! The project has existed since 2009 and took over an abandoned plot at a busy intersection in the heart of Kreuzberg; an area that was once renowned for neglect and is now at the center of hip Berlin. It is easy to enjoy the long nights and lose track of time in the summer at a wooden table with a bunch of friends. Prost!
About Christopher Winter
Christopher Winter is an English contemporary artist based in Berlin. In addition to painting and drawing, both abstract and figurative, Winter also makes video and sculpture. His work interprets contemporary reality and reactions to modern life. He is active both as artist and curator and was the director of the exhibition program launched in 2014 at Berlin’s Kino International “KIK”.
His work can be found in various international collections across the world including the Berlinische Galerie Museum, Museum for Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, Berlin, Germany; Vassar College, The Frances Lehmen Loeb Art Center, New York; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany and Julio Serrano Segovia Collection, and Fundación Amparo y Manuel (AMMA), Mexico City.
In 2015, Kerber Verlag published a large monograph of Winter’s work to mark 20 years of painting in Germany titled “Dizzyland. 20 Years in Germany”.Winter is represented by Edelman Arts, New York; Garis & Hahn, Los Angeles, and Lehr Zeitgenössisches Kunst, Berlin.
The next chance to see his work in person, Winter will have a solo exhibition at Edelman Art, New York in April 2019.