The Ground

Berlin | ArtRegion: Berlin, Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg Pavillon

Joshua Schwebel: The Ground

Berlin Art Prize 2019

31. August – 27. September 2019

Joshua Schwebel (b. 1980, Toronto, Canada) is a conceptual artist seeking to make visible the inter-relationships between art and its broader political and economic contexts. His work does not begin with an independent material process; rather, he uses the hosting art institution as his raw material. The works unfold over time through a proposal to alter the administrative, symbolic, or architectural structure of the institution. Given that his work is concerned with the relational systems at play in contemporary art, the negotiations towards the successful or unsuccessful realization of the project are also incorporated into the final exhibition.

Schwebel’s intervention for the Berlin Art Prize 2019 departs from its site, the Kreuzberg Pavillon, a socially engaged project space situated between Kottbusser Tor and Moritzplatz in the heart of Kreuzberg. The erection of real estate developer Pandion’s new block of commercial and creative enterprises on Moritzplatz, a five-minute walk from the Kreuzberg Pavillon, will irrevocably reorient the neighborhood’s businesses and services. Drastic increases in rent have already forced several local businesses to close, and the neighborhood’s population has consequently already shifted. Before starting construction, Pandion rented the vacant spaces at Moritzplatz for temporary artistic use (including last year’s Berlin Art Prize exhibition and ceremony), a seemingly open gesture that carried with it the implicit message that artists’ use of Kreuzberg is henceforth to be temporary, and must soon give way to the more permanent activity of commerce.


Berlin Art Prize 2019
Nine solo exhibitions by nine nominees in nine project spaces. And: a performance with fabric-covered taxis at a car wash, a critical city tour through Wedding with Berlin Postkolonial, a specialist discussion about the Asian art market, and a series of conversations during art berlin – the Berlin Art Prize 2019 is a multi-faceted and city-wide collaborative project. The nine exhibition openings on August 30 and 31 launch a diverse four-week program addressing critical topics in contemporary art in Berlin and beyond. We cordially invite you to participate.

August 30, 2019
6 – 10pm
Ashley, gr_und, Kreuzberg Pavillion, SMAC, Very

August 31, 2019
6 – 10pm
Display, Horse & Pony, Kinderhook & Caracas, The Institute for Endotic Research

August 31 – September 27, 2019
Thursday – Sunday
12 – 6pm

September 14, 2019
at Flutgraben e.V.
Doors open at 9pm

Besondere Öffnungszeiten

Thursday - Sunday: 12-18 Uhr

Kreuzberg Pavillon
Naunynstraße 53
10999 Berlin

Öffentlicher Verkehr

U1 & U8 bis Kottbusser Tor
M29 bis Oranienplatz