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We show you Berlin's Art & Architecture off the beaten track

We believe Berlin's creative energy can best be explored in its niches. Be it unconventional art spaces or inventive architecture, it’s our passion to explore the uncommon perspectives of our city and we want to share it.

NICHE Berlin offers private personalized art and architecture tours that will get you there. In an authentic Berlin experience, we will show you the city's hard-to-find, innovative architecture gems and experimental, emerging art spaces.

Want to comprehend Berlin's latest artistic tendencies, discover its newest hot spots or meet the people behind the scenes? Look no further.

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Berlin has much more to offer than the well-advertised museums and reputable galleries. Artists initiatives, non-commercial art spaces and unusual galleries with inventive approaches make Berlin such a special art metropolis.

NICHE Berlin offers private guided tours to these unconventional locations. It showcases art that has yet to be discovered and elucidates its context.

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Berlin's architectural landscape is made up of much more than historical buildings and profit driven construction projects. The creative re-usage of existing structures and vacant spaces leads to an astonishing and intelligent mix of architecture that makes the city so distinctive.

NICHE Berlin puts together individual viewings to the most fascinating architectural projects and explores their histories and contexts.

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Since May 2009 NICHE Art and Architecture Tours has been opening up new Berlin perspectives for art and architecture lovers from all over the world NICHE Berlin is the brainchild of Katharina Beckmann (heritage conservation & architecture), Stefanie Gerke & Nele Heinevetter (both art history).

If you would like to work with us as a guide, please check our Facebook page for openings or just send us your CV.

Today Niche Berlin employs a multidisciplinary team of art historians, architects, heritage conservators and artists:

  • Simone Bogner
  • Hannah Hallermann
  • Christina Landbrecht
  • Gregor Quack
  • Franziska Solte
  • Sandra Teitge

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„Madame-Redakteur Rüdiger von Naso und die Fotografin Silke Weinsheimer folgten Niche an Orte, an denen jungen Künstlern eine erste Chance gegeben wird, und zu einer Architektur, die man erst einmal entdecken muss. Und waren hingerissen von Charme, Intelligenz und (Insider-)Wissen der drei, die perfekt moderierten, auf jede Frage eine Antwort wussten und anregende Begegnungen ermöglichten. Spielerisch und mit Humor“
Madame (Juli 2010) "Lieber ein bißchen intimer"

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„If you want to explore galleries like Cruise&Callas, Streetart in Kreuzberg, the Haubrok Collection on Strausberger Platz or the Arno Brandelhuber house, Niche's tours are tailored to fit your knowledge, schedule and special requests “
BMW Magazin (April 2012)

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„If you want to find your way around Berlin's ever growing landscape of off-spaces, alternative locations and architectural pecularities, Niche Art & Architecture Tours is for you.“
Sleek (Winter 2010/2011) "Berlin People"

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„Die Drei-Frauen-Firma Niche bietet Rundgänge durch Berliner Galerien an. Sogar auf Italienisch“
ZEITMagazin (Januar 2010) "Heiter bis Glücklich“

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„Stefanie Gerke, Nele Heinevetter and Katharina Beckmann had a winning idea when they started their art and architecture tours of Berlin.“
Lufthansa Magazin (Oktober 2010)

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„Die Berliner Kunstszene jenseits des Mainstreams steckt voller ungeborgener Schätze. Sie zu entdecken und die Begeisterung dafür zu teilen, darum geht es bei Niche.“
Zitty (Dezember 2009) "Pulsmesser"

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„Les trois jeunes Berlinoises de Niche proposent un tour à la découverte des endroits où sont exposés de jeunes artistes - encore - méconnus.“
Le Figaro Magazin (Mai 2011) "Berlin, arts majeurs"

„We just wanted to thank you for taking us on the tour yesterday, we both really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the DDR styles and architectural details thanks to your research and information.“
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    A fantastical night

    Niche’s night out at the 3rd edition of the festival Foreign Affairs turned out to be a huge success: Retrospectres - Phantoms and Ghosts (1999–2014) by Phantom/Ghost was extremely entertaining. Our highlight (seriously) was the amusing lecture by Eike Wittrock on underwater motifs of 19th and 20th century ballet productions… It was one of the many surprising variations of what was everything but a normal concert, but rather a cheerful revue in which Duo Phantom/Ghost (Tocotronic singer Dirk von Lowtzow & pianist Thies Mynther) staged a selection of their songs. Light-hearted numbers alternated with more melancholic pieces on a broad variety of topics from the pressure to perform to the early morning smoke next to baby tits (as in the birds!) or Freudian psychoanalysis. Phantom/Ghost’s somewhat lethargic but humorous exaltation made their performance extremely entertaining. So was the mise-en-scène. The stage design by visual artist Cosima von Bonin included recreated stage machinery, giant bikinis, fabric cartoon characters and most important: plush submarine creatures. The later were animated by puppeteers Tucké Royale and Rike Schuberty who made the mussels dance, had the octopus recite a poem and made the crab (a.k.a. Yves Saint Laurent) give a hilarious interview on the boring dresscode of the middle-class. Rather the opposite of boring were the stage costumes by Augustin Teboul, which complemented the friendly absurdity of the night. (And there was a fog elephant; we’ve never seen a better fog machine!) Anyways, the evening was only one of four pop performances presented at the Foreign Affairs festival for contemporary performative arts, which deserves much more attention. For this year’s version, curator Martin Hossbach and his team chose 25 productions, which combine music and theatre, visual and performing arts. All acts undermine genre categories (hence the categories »Musee de la Danse«, »Empowerment« and »Performing Pop«). On the occasion of the festival, architects REALITIES:UNITED fitted out the main performance venue, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, to create informal gathering places, while the garden hosts a street food market. In short: Foreign Affairs combines an amazing program with a thoughtful set-up. You should really try to catch some of the remaining events. For example: This Thursday and Friday London-based designer and artist Scott King stages The Festival of Stuff; his personal history of pop. In his practice, King circles around the seemingly ephemeral objects of pop culture such as gestures, style and visual productions on stage or in video clips. He’s currently on view at Wolfgang Tillman’s project space Between Bridges. On Saturday Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller presents Acid Brass comprising a brass band playing Acid House – then followed by a lecture on British DJ and journalist Dave Haslam, and a screening of Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave.  See you at Haus der Berliner Festspiele this weekend!

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    Angela Merkel and other magnets at the 8th Berlin Biennale

    So, the 8th Berlin Biennial. Sueddeutsche Zeitung found it too shy, too careful. In his artnet article, Alexander Forbes wrote he doesn’t really find much innovation in it. He points out really quite striking parallels to the past dOCUMENTA (13), like the wish to tackle peripheral subjects, locations or artists. Or the mini „brain“, in Juan A. Gaitán’s case called „A private collection“, in the venue Haus am Waldsee. (Both artists I will write about here participated in the last documenta, by the way.) Nonetheless, my visits to the peripheral venues in Dahlem during the first week of the show really paid off. This is not least due to two rewarding performances I got to witness. The first was Goshka Macuga’s 50 minute play Preparatory Notes for a Chicago Comedy (thanks, Leonie and Christina, for saving that seat!). It draws on an 1895 comedy script by notorious art historian Aby Warburg, founder of the iconological method. With the help of curator Dieter Roelstraete, the artist took Warburg’s tongue-in-cheek account of conservative and liberal factions in the art world of his time and adapted it to comment on the art circus of our time. Hysterically funny at times, for example when performance artist Marina Abramovic annoys everyone (including Warburg) with her self-publicizing ego, or when Angela Merkel comments laconically on the phone-hacking scandal, it is also a great example of how artists can rewrite historical narratives, one of Gaitán’s aims at this year’s Biennale. Unfortunately, the one I saw was the last staging – but it was videotaped. Goshka Macuga in collaboration with Dieter Roelstraete, stage of Preparatory Notes for a Chicago Comedy, 2014 © Photo: Haupt & Binder The second rewarding performance was a concert of Tarek Atoui’s Dahlem Sessions. Since October 2013, Atoui had repeatedly invited professional experimental musicians to play the historical instruments of the Ethnological Museum. Some of these instruments were unfamiliar to them and so they simply invented new ways of playing them: With magnets, portable fans, bouncy balls and other paraphernalia. The result was not only a very experimental half hour concert. Atoui and his musicians also recorded a “sound library” of their endeavours. They thus enhanced the collection of „field recordings“ of foreign sounds, ambiance, languages, chants and music already existent in the museum. I really like how incidentally, these sessions have now invented a new, experimental, weird musical language that could now once again be filed like an ethnological artefact. In this concert, the interconnection between history and presence was so tangible.  Both of these performances highlighted the curator’s approach to history in the best possible way. Our very attentive friend Friederike noted another positive feature of this Biennial: She pointed out that this is the first exhibition she has (maybe ever?) seen that tackles a postcolonial subject without making the mistake of stating the artists’ country of origin on every label. So there. As Sueddeutsche Zeitung put it, it is an elegant but shy biennial. Maybe that’s a good thing, for once? by Stefanie Gerke PS: If you missed these events, there are other happenings at the Biennale that might enhance your experience of it. Like this special guided tour or this talk with the curator. Make sure to check out the program! 

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    NICHE FÜR CEE CEE: DIE TOP 5 DES GALLERY WEEKENDS 2014
Zum Gallery Weekend 2014 haben wir für Cee...

    NICHE FÜR CEE CEE: DIE TOP 5 DES GALLERY WEEKENDS 2014 Zum Gallery Weekend 2014 haben wir für Cee...

    NICHE FÜR CEE CEE: DIE TOP 5 DES GALLERY WEEKENDS 2014 Zum Gallery Weekend 2014 haben wir für Cee Cee Ausstellungen und Performances zusammengetragen, auf die wir uns besonders freuen. See you there! UNPRAKTISCHE GEBILDE BEI ARRATIA BEER: FRIEDRICH TEEPE "Unpraktische Gebilde" nannte Friedrich Teepe seine in der Tat sehr unpraktischen, aber faszinierenden Objekte. Der 2012 verstorbene Künstler arbeitete zeitlebens in Osnabrück und verwehrte sich einer internationalen Karriere, um stattdessen an einem Gymnasium zu unterrichten. Kuratorin Eva Wilson sagt deshalb über die gemeinsam mit Euridice Arratia zusammengestelte Ausstellung: "Es ist toll, der Ich-AG-Kunstwelt von 2014 eine sehr andere Künstlerbiographie entgegenzustellen." Die Abgeschiedenheit tat seiner Kunst keinen Abbruch, ganz im Gegenteil: Leinwände und Polster nähte, faltete, schnitt, bemalte und begürtete er zu großformatigen Gebilden, deren Eigenart fasziniert. Am 3.5. gibt es um 16 Uhr eine Performance des Cellisten Augustin Maurs mit Louis-Philippe Scoufaras, basierend auf der Zahl 3 und in Form einer abstrahierten Musikstunde. (Fotos: Courtesy Arratia Beer) Arratia Beer, Potsdamer Str.87, 10785 Berlin-TiergartenOpening: 2.5.2014; Laufzeit: bis 14.6.2014Performance: 3.5.2014, 16h IM HINTERHAUS: ALEXANDRA BIRCKEN — UPSTAIRS BEI BQ Die BQ Galerie ist schon länger für ihre konzeptuellen, philosophischen, wortspielerischen Schauen bekannt. Momentan widmet sie dem Turnerpreisträger Richard Wright eine sehenswerte Ausstellung in ihren Haupträumen, die ein Jahr lang (!) in Kapiteln aufeinander aufbaut. Zum Gallery Weekend kommt noch ein neuer Coup hinzu: “Upstairs” heißt die neue, regelmäßig zu bespielende Ausstellungsfläche der Galerie im Hinterhaus. Hier zeigt BQ aktuell Alexandra Bircken, die uns schon oft durch ihre eigenwilligen, organischen Skulpturen aufgefallen ist. Ihre Einzelausstellung heißt “B.U.F.F.”, das steht für “Big Ugly Fat Fellow”, die militärinterne, umgangssprachliche Bezeichnung für den amerikanischen Langstreckenbomber B-52. Die großformatigen Latexobjekte erinnern dabei nicht zufällig an überdimensionale Phallussymbole. Birckens experimentelle Verwendung von Material – sie hat Modedesign studiert – macht ihre Ausstellungen immer absolut sehenswert. (Fotos: Roman März / Courtesy BQ) BQ, Weydingerstr.10, 10178 Berlin-MitteOpening: Fr 2.5.2014, 18-21hLaufzeit: 3.5.-28.6.2014 OFFEN FÜR: SIMON DYBBROE MØLLER IN DER GALERIE KAMMSimon Dybbroe Møllers Ausstellung “Aperture & Orifice” zu Öffnungen, Begehren und Aneignung in der Galerie Kamm zeigt, dass die Kombination aus Ironie und Kunst durchaus gelingen kann. Im engeren Sinne geht es um Fototechnik und Essen, im Weiteren um die Nähe von Vulgärem und Stilisierten. Das Video “Untitled (How Does it Feel” (2014)) kombiniert absurde Netzclips zur Canon Mark ii Kamera – diese nahm als erste Spiegelreflexkamera auch professionelle Filmsequenzen auf – und unterlegt sie mit dem titelgebenden Lied von D’Angelo. Ein grauenvolles Phänomen greift auch die Serie “Negative Plates”(2014) auf: Das Fotografieren der angerichteten Nahrung vor dem Einverleiben. Auf den Keramiktellern befinden sich mit aus Kunstharz gegossene Nachbildungen halb gegessener Mahlzeiten. Eine “Denkmal für das peptische Nichtstun”, so der Künstler, setzt Møller dagegen an der Kurfürstenstraße 142. Auf der umzäunten Brache einer Baugruppe arrangiert er zwischen Müll und Unkraut eine Spritzbeton-Skulptur aus seiner Serie “Sporting” aus dem Jahr 2013. (Foto: Courtesy Galerie Kamm)Galerie Kamm, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.43, 10178 Berlin-MitteOpening: 2.5.2014 18-21hLaufzeit: 3.5.-14.6.2014 AUF DIE OHREN: IGNACIO URIARTE IN DER BERLINISCHEN GALERIEBeim Gallery Weekend gibt es viel zu sehen. Zum Auftakt des Wochenendes gönnen wir unseren Augen deshalb noch eine kurze Pause und konzentrieren uns allein auf unseren akustischen Sinn. Ignacio Uriarte präsentiert im Eingangsbereich der Berlinischen Galerie “Acht Stunden zählen”. Uriarte, der Betriebswirtschaft studiert hat, setzt sich in dieser Klanginstallation, wie auch in früheren Arbeiten, mit der Monotonie des Büroalltags auseinander. Hier hören wir einen Mann zählen. Acht Stunden lang. Jede Silbe nimmt dabei eine Sekunde ein. Uriarte verweist damit nicht nur auf den regulären Arbeitstag eines Angestellten, sondern gliedert diesen durch Sprache neu. Am Ende der acht Stunden ist der Sprecher bei der Zahl 3599 angelangt. Und wir vermutlich froh, dass wir den Büroalltag für diese Woche bereits hinter uns gelassen haben. (Foto: Courtesy Berlinische Galerie)Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124-128, Berlin-KreuzbergEröffnung mit Brunch: 3.5.2014, 11h; der Eintritt zur Ausstellung ist zwischen 10-12h kostenlos Laufzeit: bis 30.6.2014 RÄTSELHAFTES MIT KATINKA BOCK BEI MEYER RIEGGEREine weitere, mysteriöse Performance gibt es am Samstag auch bei der Galerie Meyer Riegger zu sehen und zwar im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Februar” von Katinka Bock. Bock verwendet natürliche Materialien – die Arbeit “Martinzùl”(2014) etwa besteht aus Holz, Stoff und Salz – ohne dabei ins Esoterische abzurutschen. Ihre Arbeiten sind angenehm einfach und klar und zeichnen sie sich durch aberwitzige Spannungsverhältnisse aus. Häufig konzipiert sie sie ihre Arbeiten erst in den Ausstellungsräumen, was die Skulpturen und Interventionen zu Begegnung von Gegenständen, Situationen und Räumen macht. Umso gespannter sind wir auf ihre Performance “Nord”. (Fotos: Courtesy Meyer Riegger)Meyer Riegger, Friedrichstr.235, 10969 Berlin-KreuzbergEröffnung: 2.5.2014, 18-21h; bis 31.5.2014Performance: 3.5.2014, 12h

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    WHY SO SERIOUS

    Yes, it’s an anniversary – 10 Years of GW – and yes, there will be amazing gallery shows. Only, these shows will be on for a couple of weeks and this weekend you won’t see much of the actual works anyways (due to the crowds of people), so why not go for more fun activities and discover the less known spots to start with? Voilà: Our personal Gallery Weekend selection for our favorite Berlin blog – Stil in Berlin.  WEDNESDAY Alicja Kwade at CFL The Contemporary Food Lab states to be a platform for the hungry for knowledge, which investigates how our diet shapes our relationship to nature and vice versa. Part of their interdisciplinary approach is – of course – artistic collaborations and they invited Berlin based artist Alicja Kwade to react to their quarterly topic »stagnation«. As far as we’re concernced: we’re curious to see both, the CFL space and of course Kwade’s new pieces 24 Stunden and Stellar Day (23 Stunden, 56 Minuten, 4,099 Sekunden. Contemporary Food Lab Exhibition Space, Bergstr 22, 10115 Berlin Opening 30.4., 7-9 PM Kerstin Cmelka at PRAXES Now this is a good reason to finally visit non-profit institution PRAXES: Artist Kerstin Cmelka, whose experimental films, photographs and performances blur the line of staging and reality, will perform a live DJ-set and radio broadcast. If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right…, explores female emotional desires and their attempts of expression in pop music. Actually, there are plenty of reasons: We love the Werner Düttmann building, the research-based program by directors Rhea Dall & Kristine Siegel and the current, fun shows of Judith Hopf and Falke Pisano! PRAXES - Center for Contemporary Art, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, 10969 Berlin DJ-Set: 30.4., 8 PM Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann at NEW ART CLUB  Game for a little adventure? You should definitely attend the opening at New Art Club hidden in Wedding. Established in 2014 by Johannes Behlen and Noah Klink, New Art Club originates from the project space The Kings of B and refersto Art Club 2000 initiated by Colin de Land in New York in 1992. Cliffhanger by Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann – a show about expectations, potential and performance including installations made of tumbleweed and tickets of paralleling events as well as cardboard collages with firecrackers. Sounds fun enough to us. NEW ART CLUB, Lehrter Str. 30, 10557 Berlin Opening: 30.4., 6-9 PM Seth Price At EDEN EDEN If you wonder where all the real insiders are: Presumably at Eden Eden, the new project space by Isabella Bortolozzi. We heard the space is amazing – and that the show is going to be great. Enough said. Eden Eden, Bülowstr. 74 (Ecke Blumenthalstraße), 10783 Berlin Opening 30.4., 6-9 PM THURSDAY The Cable Guys at Future Gallery New space, iconic works – Future Gallery presents Alice Channer, Paul Sharits, Seth Price and Spiros Hadjidjanos aka. The Cable Guys with their views of a codified world and their respective strategies of appropriation and data procession. Interestingly the show has a rather nostalgic touch, featuring a 16-mm film by Paul Sharits (1966) and a screenprint of processed internet footage on polyester film by Seth Price (a series started in 2005) beside the beautiful, yet unusually physical Network Sculptures by Spiros Hadjidjanos’ (2010-2014) and Alice Channers embodiment pieces – since all four artists work with – already then – dated media and images. Future Gallery, Keithstraße 10, 10787 Berlin Opening: 1.5., 7-10 PM  It’s Just Us at New Theater Something more experimental in Kreuzberg: Artists Julien Ceccaldi and Leila Hekmat invite you to their guest play at non-profit space New Theater where they present the performance theatre piece It’s just us written by Ceccaldi. You never know what you get at New Theater. But this play could be fun – and at least the costumes will be inspiring for sure. Ceccaldi creates unique hand-painted garments and accessories starring muscular manga heroines you might have seen at Mathew gallery last year. New Theater, Urbanstrasse 36, 10967 Berlin Play: 30.4.-1.5., 10 PM  FRIDAY Admittedly, tastes are different and there are plenty of exhibitions we are looking forward to, are curious about or will just end up at by accident. Anyways, we will surely head to BQ very early to get a glimpse of Richard Wright’s installation at the Volksbühne Pavillon lent to BQ on the occasion of the opening of the second „chapter“ of his year-long exhibition Nine Chains To The Moon and will make sure not to miss the Wu Tsang performance Boychild (8 PM) at Isabella Bortolozzi gallery. We will try to include After the Butcher's new exhibition of Michaela Melián and Karolin Meunier. And maybe we manage to stop by at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler for the Katja Novitskova show. SATURDAY And here’s our Saturday program with some Non GW gallery shows we want to see: Alexander Levy shows Felix Kiessling Ausdehnung, Chert presents Petrit Halilaj of course blue affects my way of shitting and Galerie Thomas Fischer presents Marcel Frey z.B.u.s.w.. Don’t forget the day-long opening of the new Galerie Neu space with 20 Years Galerie NEU in Linienstraße 119 abc. SUNDAY We know you just can’t get enough: On Sunday, Schering Stiftung Projektraum hosts an artist talk with Pinar Yoldas (3 PM), project space Braennen on Stresemannstraße opens their show of Charlotte Dualé (4 PM) – and Schinkel Pavillon might exceptionally present Grosse Fatigue by Camille Henrot – the video Henrot won the Silver Lyon at the Venice Biennial for. But double-check on the website. By the way: Today is your last chance to see And Life Goes On… curated by Karl Holmqvist at Wolfgang Tillman’s space Between Bridges. ENJOY YOURSELVES! See you around.

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