Some weeks ago, coGalleries opened their first gallery space in Mitte, Berlin. The venue, Fata Morgana, in Torstrasse 170, it’s a perfect location due to its proximity to great restaurants and bars to continue celebrating after the vernissages and openings that coGalleries is and will be hosting there from now on. The goal of coGalleries is to have a new physical location in order to exhibit several selected pieces from the artists that conform it, host events, and connect better with the audience and of course, with those peeping toms passing by that attracted by the great artworks, pop by the gallery to know more.
Their first exhibition opened its doors on November 10th and features 12 artists, as well as the screening of video artist Leo Kuelbs latest piece, Digital Fairy Tales: Album One.
The artists that joined Leo Kuelbs, on coGallerie’s side were collage artist Pola Brändle with several superb pieces including the eye-catcher Amsterdam triptych, the new artist in residency from Rio de Janeiro Tahian Behring who also did a live piece on the Sunday brunch event, coGallerie’s director photographer Robin Resch, the street-art super duo Various & Gould, multi-colored artist Carlos Silva, Christopher Sage with his mathematical pieces, Nina Schönefeld’s dystopian futuristic works and more.
The opening day, coGalleries hosted a merry evening to celebrate the debut of their space. But this was only the beggining: on Saturday they hosted a lively party, and finally on Sunday we were summoned once again to the space, to share a friendly art brunch, get to know each other, watch Tahian Bhering do a live piece specially for the occasion, and finally, the icing of the cake, an exclusive visit to Pola Brändle’s studio.
After sharing delicious food, prosecco and nice chats where Robin, Clemmie and Emma from coGalleries walked us through all the works exposed and explained us how they switched from being an online platform to having this great space, we all jumped in the U-Bahn (Subway) to get to Kreuzberg’s Oranienstrasse, the epicenter of youth culture in Berlin, where Pola has her studio. This was an otherworldly experience, and Pola took her time to explain piece by piece, answer a million questions, and what’s best, she encouraged us to feel, touch and immerse in her collage/decollage pieces. There is so much to say about Pola, that we’ll prepare a special article on the studio visit soon.
There is a lot happening on the coGalleries front: the guys making this whole deal happen told us about the wide array of events that are already being organized such as a Christmas Market and a collaboration with a well-known artistic platform from Berlin.
Today Friday November 25th, Tahian Bhering will show his colorful and intricate works done while in residence at coGalleries in the exhibition Urban Fragments.
About Tahian Bhering:
He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works draw inspiration from the fractures and fragments that appear in everyday urban landscapes. Having lived and worked in Berlin, Tahian is now situated back in Rio de Janeiro, currently dwelling in an imaginary space in between the two cities, working to connect them by establishing a cultural bridge. He is constantly observing his surroundings and intricately examines how urban spaces are evolving.
coGalleries is an artist-first platform driven to empower professional artists by bringing the audience into the artist’s workspace. Based on the idea that meeting the artist in person creates a meaningful connection to each art piece, coGalleries opens the door to where art lives – in the studios and in the hands of the artists who create them.
All images courtesy of coGalleries