Friday, 20 August 2010
FORGOTTEN BAR PROJECT
It swears it's more of a bar than a gallery, but hanging new pictures every single day is enough exhibition installation work to qualify as the latter, at least for the duration of the Kreuzberg Biennale throughout which this daily changeover continues. Add the quotidian displays to the 'permanent' collection on the ceiling and you've got almost as many artworks as you have beers within its three tiny rooms.
The night I sampled, named Happy Birthday Charlie Sexton (for the simple reason that it was actually the guitarist Charlie Sexton's birthday... and there was cake...) was curated by Dora Csala and displayed her classmates' work from Visual Communications at UDK. The low-fi aesthetic of The Forgotten Bar and the work on show that night matches Dora's photography, shown above wallpapering the front of the bar.
Unpretentious and continually under construction, this non-gallery epitomizes the spaces popping up around the Kreuzberg / Neukölln border (Kreuzkölln if you must) - fun, DIY and getting hassle from the neighbours for spilling out onto the street.