Galerie Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball Book Salon

Origin artist books and performances
From April to June 2021

The exhibition is on, you can visit the Book Salon according to the actual Covid 19 pandemic regultations for Berlin. Please contact us for an appointment!

The GCB Book Salon – Collage von Lydia Karstadt, 2021

The Crystal Ball Book Salon features original book art, artists’ books and performances. The salon has a fireplace, a carpet and comfortable seating on which you can rest in a pleasant atmosphere and look at the artistically designed books. You can visit the salon individually or by household, according to the currently valid hygiene rules. Here on our website we´ll show you the performances of the participating performance artists recorded in the salon.

im Avignon, Julia Appelt, Marion Bösen, Herve Cabin,
Françoise Cactus, Claudia Christoffel, Stefan Demming,
Roland Eckelt, Evita Emersleben, Gabi Garland, Elke Graalfs,
Marco Goldenstein, Henrik Jacob, Manfred Kirschner, Andreas Kotulla,
Miriam Jadischke, Lydia Karstadt, Patricia Lippert, Julia Neuenhausen, Sigrun Paulsen,
Wolfgang Müller/ Ogar Grafe, Monika Müller-Kroll, Ulrike Kötz,
Isolde Loock, Javier Lozano, Namosh, Pia E. van Nuland, Sigrun Paulsen,
Magnús Pálsson, Gabriele Regiert, Inken Reinert,
Stefan Ruf, Berit Schneider, Frank Schoppmeier,
Bea Schlingelhoff, Veronika Schumacher, Kathrin Schädlich,
Michael Schädlich, Peter Schneckenberg, Spunk Seipel, Annette Stemmann,
Streichelwurst, Rolf Thiele, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Tamara Trölsch,
Treuka, Robert Urban, Oliver Voigt, Heike Walter,
Sabine Wewer, Daniel Wolter and further artists.

Special Gallery Weekend, May ’21

With his song “Bücher lieben dich!” Frank Schoppmeier brings meaningfulness to the book salon, followed by Caren Sielaff, who warns in her song “Datenhintertür” of the dangers of increasing digitalization. Two specials for the Gallery Weekend, May 2021.

CBG Buch Salon

Performances #1

On Friday 28 May, Lydia Karstadt, Caren Sielaff and Frank Schoppmeier will perform in front of the gallery:

Frank Schoppmeier with “Books love you!”

Book presentation & reading by Manfred Kirschner: “Going crazy in East Germany / Rügen mon Amour”.

Caren Sielaff with her new song: “Berlin Online

and

Degustazione-Special: We will open some natural wines from our friends from the Sette Aje in Sicily for you to taste.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lydia Karstadt and the Crystal Ball team

During the event, the current hygiene rules will be followed.


Books alone at home!

The book salon has been fully set up for a few days now, but since it seems hardly practical for visitors to embark on a voyage of discovery here at the moment, the books are taking on a life of their own ……

360° Buch Salon, books allone at home!

The works Lydia Karstadt has collected in her book Salon are no hot potatoes – but the matter must nevertheless be approached with a little courage. Tackling and opening up requires more than just a brief overview that exposes the works at a calculable distance. Approach with initiative. Ah, here is a stack of photo books. What’s in this box? Unboxing Streichelwurst. Underneath, Unboxing Latin Lovers… Funny, it’s not what I expected at all … ah … Latin for Lovers – that’s what the second reading says … Time slips away, new systems of order emerge and disintegrate. At the end, stretched out on the chaise longue – the flames in the fireplace give a cosy atmosphere…. To be continued.



We mourn the loss of Françoise Cactus

We mourn the loss of a good friend, wonderful artist and musician.
Françoise Cactus passed away in Berlin on February 17, 2021 at the age of 57.
We also remember her wonderful, collegial
and humorous company and will keep Françoise in our hearts.

Françoise Cactus in her exhibition at Crystal Ball Gallery, Foto: M. Kirschner, 2009

Gallery Crystal Ball and friends

Collage D´Automne Discothèque

For entrance please look for the “Open” flag at the door or call us spontaneously from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tel: 030 60052 828

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M 107, Papier/ Acryl auf Leinwand, 160 x 150 cm, 2020

Lydia Karstadt curates for the second shutdown and the end of the year, a lonesome 1-person discotheque adapted to the circumstances – In one installation, the large-format collages handmade this year on canvas by Manfred Kirschner, curator Karstadt puts records on the individual visitors’ request. The access functions individually according to the slogan and strictly follows the current pandemic protection rules. In addition to the new large works, there is a small SALE series, which the gallery helps to buy, since 100% of the sales proceeds go to Crystal Ball.

Collage D´Automne Discothèque – 360 Panorama
Music: Funky Moon by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Apoxode

Manfred Kirschner’s new semi-abstract series plays more with colors and geometric forms and deals with the loss and emptiness, the absence of physicality. His protagonists; people, mannequins, who actually usually appear on canvases and books in Kirschners collage sets, stories and as in stage sets populating his works, seem to have disappeared in favor of a painterly, aesthetic language of forms. As it turns out, however, man is not completely forgotten, on the contrary. “I am landscape – put me in” is the title of one of the great works in which beautifully shaped empty spaces open up for insertion. The title functions like a manual for the overall installation of the exhibition, inviting visitors to amuse themselves and to fit into the exhibition context. The artist’s collage photo novels, which he often sticks in photo albums or watercolor books, are also a secret tip. But to do so, one must follow Kirschner deeper into his fantasy and wonder worlds, perhaps like Alice, as she follows the forthoppelden rabbit into the dark hole, into an unknown sphere. For a visit to the exhibition, please look for the “Open” flag at the door or call us spontaneously from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Evita Emersleben: Kussmunddrucke

Performance/ video/ lipstick prints
Fr. 4 September at 7 p.m., opening with performance
Sat. 12 Sept. at 5 pm Performance for the Art Week: Kissing Monster- Evita Emersleben

Evita Emersleben, Untiteled, Alterra: Classice Red/ Papier, ca 60 x 80cm, 2020

Evita Emersleben shows her performative art here once again in a conceptual context that gives rise to a new series of works. She kisses the drawing paper and thus „prints“ in a processual performance, portraits and pictures with her mouth. In complex work performances, the artist has already had the works of art themselves cast, moulded, cut up, served and eaten. Her most recent performance was as a meat saleswoman, selling her works in portions by the gram. The artist Evita Emersleben works on a holistic form of her works in that the products, the interventions or the actions are always an equal part of the artistic practice. The work action: kisses set sensitively and accurately, which build up her prints, is therefore just as important as the artifacts themselves. If we understand the paper, the canvas or the painting grounds as the classical medium of the artists*, Emersleben plays with a universal, the desire for artistic affirmation in this amusing series of works. But the gestural phatos of the production of the lipstick pictures, together with an almost absurd motivation, creates a wonderfully serious and ridiculous ambivalence that touches us in our own living context.

Kussmundmonster – die Ausstellung in 360°

Evita Emersleben showed her performance twice during artweek. Due to the applicable hygiene regulations, visitors* were only able to follow the events through the shop window. Each performance lasted about one hour.

Evita Emersleben – Performance/ Kussmunddrucke, Crystal Ball, 2020

The exhibition is kindly supported
by the Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation.


Fuck Your Selfie! #6 – Portraitsalon

F*** Your Selfie #6 Portraitsalon
25 to 28 August 2020 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

FYS Numero Sei, Galerie Crystal Ball, Berlin 2020

Forget your selfie and exchange it for a real portrait situation, a happening and choose a style that suits you from the oeuvre of the artist team. Let yourself be drawn in a classical way or be presented as a collage, in poetry, as an art song, as a watercolour or even as a cat litter sculpture. This year, the legendary Crystal Ball portrait salon festival will take place for the sixth time! from 25 to 28 August. With some exclusive stars and artists performing and portraying all visitors. As always, it is also possible for other artists* to participate. Already announced have been: Meike Doelp, Elke Graalfs, Mareike Hube, Carola Humboldt, Lydia Karstadt, Andreas Kotulla, Bibi Kreuzberg, Annett Lau, Mini Mo, Rias, Stefan Ruf, Berit Schneider, Caren Sielaff, Veronika Schumacher, Oliver Voigt and others.


Gabriele Regiert – Plan B

The exhibition of Gabriele Regiert is open to individual visitors during the usual opening hours from Friday 8 May.
Finissage: 16 August, 5 p.m.

The exhibition is open to the public again. You can now visit the gallery again during the usual opening hours. In view of the Corona Pandemic we have also published a 360 degree panorama including an interview with the artist.

Gabriele Regiert, Plan B, ca. 320 x 350 cm, Installation/ Detail, 2020

You can also access a 360° view and an interview with the artist by Stefan Ruf via the sphere.

Plan B, Gabriele Regiert 360° Perspektive mit Interviews

In the exhibition Plan B, Gabriele Regiert shows her installation of the same name, a large tableau of assembled drawings and canvases. Each work, and drawing stands on its own, but its own presence adds up to an overall effect. Gabriele Regiert’s drawings are processes; their sequence of events, her work that wants nothing but her actions, is her motif. In this way, very free, highly aesthetic sheets are created which do not want but become art. In Plan B., the sheets are hung on top of each other and partly on top of each other like emergency seats, parts of the picture disappear or appear to be brought together in an uncontrolled way. It is precisely this strategy of an unusual, succinct treatment that effectively produces the emanation of the pictures and is exemplary for the artist as an artistic attitude. Gabriele Regiert quotes and touches on visual universals such as in this case note boards, pinboards or the case collections known from crime novels – collections that resonate in this aesthetic. The interplay opens up to meaning – unexpected associations – it is about the moment. The artist keeps her drawings open. The handling of the unfinished, an unconscious drawing action whose lines are always on the way, whose patterns look for themselves elsewhere and are more committed to the tea stain than to a concrete goal, reinforce her present presence. The installation is always temporary in this way of working. When hung again, the presentation resembled a re-enactment rather than a precise repetition.
The working process is dynamic, the artistic products almost performative, lively in their creative context, not fixed. Some would certainly have disappeared because they continued working or became material again in the artist’s fund. This way of working is very committed to life, it democratizes the works among themselves and works on a new innovative attitude. Gabriele Regiert’s work contains a processual, superordinate understanding and thus shows that art is immediate liveliness.

On the occasion of the exhibition the edition „Pret A Manger“, framed, 18 x 12 x 5 cm, edition of 15, each 120,-

Pret A Manger 2/15 – Gabriele Regiert, Edition #1, framed/ signed, 120,- Crystal Ball, 2020


Pia E. van Nuland – A Second Moon

Vernissage on Sa. 8 February 2020 at 7 p.m., extended until Sa. 14 March 2020
Look out! Due to the pandemic, the finissage on 14 March will be cancelled

Pia E. van Nuland, Main Street,
-SLC- USA, 120 x 160 cm, multicoloured linoleum print on canvas, 2020

In February and March, the gallery will show new works by Pia E. van Nuland, some of which she realized during her fellowship abroad in Salt Lake City, USA. Pia E. van Nuland’s linocuts masterfully expand the printmaking boundaries of the medium. The artist likes to work with special colors and color mixtures to achieve special, opaque and painterly effects. Size formats, conception and sensitivity of the cut, go far beyond illustrative attributes in the prints. The motifs, the image detail, the choice of colours are combined in Van Nuland’s works in a high virtuosity, so that the artist can take a special position. Pia E. van Nuland often works in thematic series, with multi-coloured large formats, whose individual pictures are unique in quality and expressiveness. The exhibition shows for the first time in Berlin, an overview and multi-coloured linoleum prints on canvas.


Jim Avignon – Your Portrait Here!

Vernissage on Sat. 7 December 2020 at 7 p.m. until Sun. 22 December 2019

Your Portrait here, Jim Avignon 2020

Jim Avignon, who regularly participates in the annual Crystal Ball: “Fuck Your Selfie” portrait salon festival, will show his extraordinary portrait project in December 2019: “Your Portrait Here!”

The artist opens an exhibition with unfinished pictures, in which the spectators automatically take on an immanent role, as they can be painted into the pictures. An interactive art exhibition, which is only completed at the end by the composition of the portrait models with their scenery, their background. During this time, Jim Avignon will also use Crystal Ball as a studio to paint the empty spaces and develop the portrait series. Jim Avignon’s artistic work is refreshingly oppositional to elitist, high-priced positions. His working method is more life-oriented and is directed towards people and recipients. For more than two decades, Jim Avignon has tirelessly portrayed criticism in a humorous and stylistically confident manner as a kind of social reflexive in his art and music ouevre. In Kunstforum Volume 262, Borderlines /2019, Jim’s comparison to Charlie Chaplin stands out. The attention, the importance of such a position seems to have arrived there, at the same time as its explosiveness of the social in our hierarchized high culture.


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Oliver Voigt – Mind The Gap!

Opening Friday, 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m.
extended until 2 November 2019, with finissage at 8 p.m.

Oliver Voigt, New York #1, Tusche auf Papier, 2018

Oliver Voigt represents an equally free and modern artistic position. He works in different fields and frees himself from an always same artistic gesture. He works on thematic fields with high concentration, often developing the necessary production techniques and strategies in the respective medium.

For “Mind the Gap”, the artist has now developed an aesthetic methodology that circumscribes the tonal values ​​of the quoted images in numbers, which are then transferred with ink on paper. The basis of the pictures are newspaper photos, photographs of the victims of attacks and terror. Disturbing images, their content, their inherent brutal violence and contempt we are barely able to endure.

In this way, Oliver Voigt is convinced that in our social context we often already unconsciously work on distancing ourselves from certain pictures and messages and no longer “see” the images exactly. But it is about a personal, as pictorial approach. By analyzing the pictures analytically, getting them to himself and turning them into a mosaic, he can approach them. The interesting thing about this analytical, technical work of the artist is that he recreates exactly this created gap, the incomprehensible and makes it visible.


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