BERLIN WHAT? – Urban art, painting, photography, illustration and collage by 102 Berlin artists
In May 2010 we opened a gallery called Neonchocolate, a place for contemporary art that offered both young and established artists a platform for their work, irrespective of genre, status or curriculum vitae. The art was – and is – all that mattered.
Over three years later, we have collaborated with more than 250 artists and have more than one hundred exhibitions under our belts. We organized auctions, were represented at art fairs and now produce art events for companies and institutions or on our own. Today we continue to work with many of the artists and count them among our friends.
No more than two months after the gallery had opened did we started thinking about a book. Though the initial spark may have caught too early, we took to the idea and grew the flame to an ever larger idea over the years. The book is only the beginning.
We sought out who we thought to be the most interesting national and international artists – emerging and established – based in Berlin. Five genres. A large format. And a lot of love and elbow grease. A small special edition is also to come, followed by an exhibition tour, auctions and art events to introduce the artists in and beyond Berlin, because all of this diverse collection, compiled carefully over the course of a year for the book, deserves to be seen with your own eyes. Over five hundred intimate moments by 102 Berlin artists, captured in paper, wood, paint and canvas.
The book, being published by Die Neue Sachlichkeit, sounding the starting signal.
We are looking forward to the next leg of the journey and are excited about what awaits us beyond the capital. Of course, along the way we will continue to keep our eyes out for new talents and trends in Berlin’s fascinating art scene.
Uwe Neu & Oliver Thoben
(Founders, Neonchocolate / August 2013)