Corona Culture – new exhibition with over 100 artists:inside the Alte Münze

Corona Culture - new exhibition with over 100 artists:inside the Alte Münze

On 13 October, after more than two years of pandemic-related closure, the Alte Münze opens its catacombs and invites you to the exhibition Corona Culture – What the fuck is happening?!

During the dark days of the lockdown, more than 100 artists from over 30 nations have been asking how the still-present pandemic affects our values, relationship sand desires.

For the first time, the vaults and production halls of this historic location in the heart of Berlin will be brought together for an exhibition.

The result is a unique exhibition on 4000m2 of the former minting plant – a mosaic of artistic snapshots that shows the challenges but also the possibilities of this time of profound transformation.

The exhibition is curated by Kala & Krüger, who look at new possible forms of future reality and are particularly dedicated to protecting and cultivating living safe spaces for art and culture.The exhibition will only be on view for a short time.The Corona Culture evening programme transforms the Alte Münze into a walk-onstage with music, performances, panel talks and workshops.

Corona Culture extends over 4000m2 across 30 rooms and halls on the grounds of the Alte Münze, the former mint in Berlin-Mitte on the banks of the Spree.

Since 2013, this historic site in the heart of Berlin has been transformed into an interdisciplinary cultural centre by the Spreewerkstätten. More than 50 artists and cultural activists have their studios on the site.

The building represents the future-oriented transformation of historical spaces in the city and symbolises an urban society in which solidarity between different protagonists and projects is lived.

For the very first time, within the framework ofCorona Culture, the vaults and production halls will be conjoined for an exhibition and opened to the public. The artworks enter into an intriguing dialogue with the architecture.

Kala & Krüger is a Berlin-based curator duo with the intention to develop unseen forms of art, culture and event formats to raise awareness about new possible forms of reality.

„Our aim is to bring people together to form new networks and communities by creating space for collective experiences. Especially in this time of profound socio-cultural change, we dedicate our work to protecting and cultivating vibrant safe spaces for art and culture.“


More information here OPENING: Corona Culture Exhibition



Shows of the new 43rd season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia are scheduled on October 19 through 23 at the Museum of Moscow in COVID-free format. Organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia remember about the uneasy epidemiological situation in the Russian capital and are going to take all the necessary precautions to prevent coronavirus spreading.

“COVID-free is a format that ensures safety of both participants and visitors as well as promotes responsible attitude in the fashion community. This is also just another take on the sustainability development and clean future subjects that need each of us to take part and be involved in. For the third time in a row, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia is arranged phygitally. As soon as the pandemic burst out, we’ve developed sanitary regulations and strictly follow it at our events. We update the list of proceedings before every event, and the Fashion Week backstage has been COVID-free since the fall of 2020,” – says Alexander Shumsky, President of Russian Fashion Council and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

To attend MBFW Russia and designer shows, visitors will need a valid QR code that is issued to the following groups:

– those who have completed a vaccination course with two components of a two-phase vaccine or one component of a mono-phase vaccine registered in Russia;

–  those who have had COVID-19 not earlier than 6 months (180 days) according to the official register;

–  those who have a negative PCR test result, which is valid for 72 hours after its issue. Tests have to be made in Moscow-based labs that submit test results to the United Medical Information and Analytical System of Moscow  – EMIAS.

QR codes can be obtained at Gosuslugi platform, as well as in the apps Gosuslugi and Gosuslugi STOP Coronavirus. Moscow citizens can also obtain their QR codes at For more details please follow the link to visit the Moscow’s Mayor official website.

At the entrance to the site, event organizers may ask to show a QR code and an identity document (passport / driver’s license / birth certificate / military ID). Sanitary protocol MBFW Russia will include temperature measurement at the entrances, mask mode, use of sanitizers, regular sanitation of public areas, etc.

This time, once again Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia will go phygital. New collections will be presented by 50+ designers from Russia and abroad. The agenda will comprise both offline events and livestreamed shows by fashion designers. Moreover, the participants will showcase their new collections in social networks, as well as at media websites, showrooms, and concept stores. Live streams will be available for journalists, buyers, influencers, and viewers worldwide.

Purplehaze Genderless issue presentation at Hazegallery


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Purplehaze Genderless issue presentation at Hazegallery

Last night, PURPLEHAZE MAGAZINE celebrated the launch of their 6 issue by throwing an incredible fashion industry launch party in Berlin’s beautiful and historic Schoneberg Area. HAZEGALLERY heated up like a sauna jammed packed with fashion insiders, photographers, stylists, make-up artists, models – some budding, others aspiring, were all there eager to get in on the PURPLEHAZE buzz and swap business cards.

The star attraction was the cover star himself Mark Bryan , who came extra for the presentation in a dazzling skirt and high heels! We would like at this point thank you Marriott Hotel for hosting our special guest for his stay in Berlin.

Other big highlight of the evening was the fashion show “fashion moment” styled by Miguel Maldonado with designer stars like Giuseppe Tella, BRACHMANN, Remesalt Official, Tanja Christiani and makeup and hairstyling by Nadia Kosh. And many others who had worked with, or were keen on the prospect of working with PURPLEHAZE.

Although this is the magazine’s 6 issue, PURPLEHAZE is a fully visual fashion and art magazine that targets fashion insiders as well as contemporary art creatives in graphic and photography industry. Their focus is on long editorial spreads that push boundaries of fashion, photography, art, design, creative talent/artists, contemporary culture, beauty, while showcasing fascinating models and their personalities.

When discussing the 6 issue’s theme «GENDERLESS», Editor-in-Chief Iren Russo states in her Letter From the Editor, «Today the issue of gender has gained particular importance. The digital society we exist in incorporates tons of images in our daily lives. Being constantly bombarded by the obtrusive pictures that tell us who we are and what we should be, we finally give up, identifying ourselves with the imagery. How may it affect our ways of life, worldviews, artistic activities? With the #006 issue titled ‘Genderless’, I invite you to discover the endlessly appealing topic of gender, the way it’s being formed, perceived, and challenged“

13th edition FASHIONCLASH Festival, 26 – 28 November

13th edition FASHIONCLASH Festival, 26 - 28 November

13th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht will take place from 26 – 28 November 2021 in Maastricht.

During this three-day hybrid (on- & offline program) festival, a new generation of designers and performing artists from all over the world are given the opportunity to show their work to a broad (inter)national audience. The program with exhibitions, fashion and theatre performances, talks, workshops and film screenings, showcases projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary fashion culture.

FASHIONCLASH Festival is all about discovering, stimulating and co-shaping current developments in fashion and opening up these developments to a wide audience. The festival program focuses on developing and presenting performative experiences in which designers are challenged to actively experiment with presentation forms and inclusive audience participation. Participants of the festival belong to a generation of designers and artists who explore and question the boundaries of their discipline. With their works they move between the transdisciplinary domains of fashion, social design and visual arts.

The program consists of a selection from the submitted proposals and from the projects initiated by FASHIONCLASH itself that are being developed in co-production with other organizations.

FASHIONCLASH Festival consists of a number of on- and offline program components:
– The Clash House: talent development trajectory and presentations from five designers
– New Fashion Narratives: a virtual showcase with performances and installations
– Fashion Film & Video: a program with fashion films, videos and digital fashion
– Open Mic Night: a theatrical evening program with performances and shows
– Talks: moderated conversations with various speakers and festival participants
– Fashion Makes Sense: participation projects ‚Stand-In‘ and ‚Off the top of my head‘.
– Individual Events: various own initiatives and activities to be seen at physical locations in Maastricht, Aachen and The Hague.

FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible to everyone through ticket sales and free activities. The program consists of online and offline presentations. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of November. More information about the program, participants and ticket sales will soon be available on:

Campaign image in collaboration with filmmaker Luca Tichelman

Each edition, FASHIONCLASH collaborates with a different designer on artist for the festival’s campaign. The campaign image for the 13th edition was developed in collaboration with filmmaker Luca Tichelman and was inspired by the hybrid festival program. It is a campaign that contains both static and moving images and uses mixed manual set and film techniques.
She worked together with Leo van den Boorn, costume designer and head of the Opera Zuid costume department.

FASHIONCLASH Festival is an initiative of the Maastricht (Netherlands) based FASHIONCLASH Foundation, an interdisciplinary showcase and development platform for fashion and fashion culture and a worldwide network of new generation fashion makers and (performing) artists. Since 2009, the FASHIONCLASH Foundation has realized more than 200 projects in the Netherlands and abroad, including China, Portugal, South Africa, Malta, Germany, Belgium, Poland, etc.

Photography & concept: Luca Tichelman
Gold outfit: Leo van den Boorn
Video campaign sound: Dikkie Baan

The Manege Fair is over, but Cosmoscow Online continues


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The Manege Fair is over, but Cosmoscow Online continues

Dear Friends,

The 9th edition of Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair took place against all odds this year and was a huge success. Thank you for all your support!

There was a lot that was new at this year’s fair, and we are not just referring to the change in dates and venue. Cosmoscow 2021 played host to a record number of galleries, which came from the widest range of countries in the fair’s history. We introduced ‘The Inbetween: Digital Art as NFTs’, a new section of the fair that was developed in collaboration with CADAF (Contemporary and Digital Art Fair). It was also only the second time that we presented the collective booth Created in Moscow, together with Moscow’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development and the Agency for Creative Industries. This year, the booth was dedicated to sculpture.

As usual, the fair presented a number of projects in connection with programs run by the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art. Visitors were greeted by Razzle-Dazzle, a new work by Irina Korina (our Artist of the Year), and Clot, an installation by Misha Bury (winner of the Ruinart Art Patronat competition) which was created specially for Cosmoscow Fair. Visitors also had the chance to see booths by Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and Vyksa Art Residence, who featured as our Museum of the Year and Institution of the Year respectively. Finally, for our Collector’s Eye program, we displayed selected works from the collections of Alexey and Vera Priyma (Moscow) and Evgeny Khamin (Voronezh).

We are infinitely grateful to our partners who made it possible for the fair to take place: the official partner Ruinart, the automotive partner Audi, the innovative partner Samsung, the partner Hutton Development, the watch partner Breguet, the Cosmoscow Online partner Visa, the partner Otkritie Private Banking and the official hotel The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya.

We also thank the partner for fundraising and special projects v confession agency, VOSS official water, the insurance partner „Alfastrakhovanie“, the logistics partner Fine Art Way, the partner for the design of Collector’s Lounge DesignAid, the partner for the design MPS Pooling Systems, the partner for transfers Ultima Yandex.Go, partner of VIP Preiview Zelinsky & Rosen.

Thank you for joining us at the Moscow Manezh. We were delighted that you were able to spend time with the art and enjoy our wider program of events, including performances and a series of discussions at our Mediaforum and Cosmoscow Talks.

The good news is that Cosmoscow Fair continues online! The online version of fair will be available until September 26 and can be found on the platform TEO. Whether you didn’t manage to attend the fair in person or just feel that you didn’t have long enough with the art, we encourage you to visit us at Cosmoscow Online.

Remember, online visitors can receive access to special rewards by making a purchase with any Visa card, including an invitation to an exclusive event by Cosmoscow Collectors Club. They can also enjoy free delivery on all purchases over 150,000 rubles within the Moscow region as part of a special offer by Otkritie Private Banking.

We’ll see you next year when Cosmoscow will be celebrating its 10th edition!

One Step Further with Form. Function. Friendship. Family. Freedom. Fassbender.

One Step Further with Form. Function. Friendship. Family. Freedom. Fassbender.

For Spring-Summer 2022, Fassbender goes on a journey to one of the founders most beloved places: Ibiza. Since childhood, this special place with its breathtaking landscapes and warm, welcoming people has been Christina’s and Sebastian’s summer sanctuary. Diving into the rich culture of this Mediterranean island, Fassbender blends its signature Hanseatic elegance with Balearic colours, textures and heritage.

The 29 looks reflect the colours of the Mediterranean with bright coral and blue inspired by the paintings of Carolanna Parlato and Sarah Crowner, whereas natural sandy shades are reminiscent of Spanish deserts. Paying tribute to Balearic artisanship, Fassbender presents their first jewellery collection with Galician ceramic artist Maria Josefa Sanchez Castedo. The floral necklaces, bracelets and ceramic details are influenced by Mediterranean fauna – delicate, yet strong. Essential wardrobe styles are complemented with new playful summer dresses that celebrate the joie de vivre of Ibiza.

With a deep respect for our environment and the life within, Fassbender continuously searches for the most exciting innovations to make fashion more sustainable, and ultimately more beautiful. For the SS22 collection, Fassbender also continues to support small environmentally-friendly productions. The collection features a light leather jacket made from the novel Desserto® cactus leather and a signature fringe dress made of a unique sustainable cotton-and-lyocell-mix, developed exclusively for Fassbender by an Italian manufacturer.

As part of the SS22 collection, Fassbender also launches its first classic denim collection, which can be ordered straight from the runway. Based on new, innovative dyeing processes, the production is nontoxic and environment-friendly compared to conventional denim making. Staying in line with nature’s resources, the collection features five different fits in five natural dyes.

Furthermore, to show how sustainable fashion comes full circle, Fassbender Second Life will debut in September 2021 to offer personalized custom-made, up-cycled garments from previous seasons‘ stock.

About Fassbender
Fassbender is the eponym of elegance and strength. She is a woman on the move, effortlessly balancing family, friends, and work. She is creative, smart and vivacious, chic, but with a sense of sophisticated Hanseatic understatement. And she cares. She cares deeply about the people around her and the environment she inhabits.

Fassbender is a Hamburg-based label that brings together the elegance of sophisticated tailoring, comfort and functionality. A Fassbender garment is an everyday piece that accompanies women alongside the rainy morning walk or a summer hike and still shines during an evening cocktail dinner.

Founded in 2017 by fashion industry veteran Christina Fassbender with her brother Sebastian Steinhoff, and designed by New York-based creative director Matthias Louwen, Fassbender is a business led by family &friends with a strong commitment to quality and responsibility.

Fassbender believes in the connectedness of living beings and nature and works towards a responsible circular economy that respects the environment and all its life. Every season, Christina and her team explore the newest material innovations, all sourced from certified workshops with the highest ethical standards for everyone involved in the creation process. Natural materials, like alpaca and lamb’s wool, are produced by animal-friendly farms, the peace silk is made without sacrificing living silkworms, the vegan leathers are sourced from organic materials and the label is continuously increasing the share of recycled materials in the collections. From head to toe, Fassbender is made in Portugal and Belgium and is committed to responsible production for everyone and everything involved.

Every single Fassbender piece is made with a human heart and creativity. The designs are handmade on a dress form, manually drawn and perfected with meticulous cutting techniques. Each garment is worn and tested by Christina and her friends before going into production to make sure it feels as beautiful as it looks.



NASTYA NEKRASOVA, a Russian brand and permanent participant of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia joined MBFW Berlin for the first time. The video presentation of NASTYA NEKRASOVA’s digital collection was streamed at on September 7, as well as at MBFW Berlin’s official social media accounts. The digital show by NASTYA NEKRASOVA was arranged under the global initiative MBFW International Editions Vol 1 for designer exchange between Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks.  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin made an agreement, and in turn a designer from MBFW Berlin will join the fall season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia scheduled for September 19 through 23.

“The new collection has been inspired by ASSA, a super-popular Soviet film, namely the night dreams of the protagonist,” says Anastasia Nekrasova.

“Global collaboration and allying are major trends of the new era. The more experience we share, the more we communicate, all the more opportunities for designers from across the globe – it is easier for them to get into the spotlight, to be sustainable and unique,” believes Alexander Shumsky, President of Russian Fashion Council and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

NASTYA NEKRASOVA uses organic and recycled materials, supports local artisans and manufacturers and follows the slow fashion principles – less clothes, better quality. In 2021, the brand started a new totally digital clothing line.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is taking place from September 6 to 8, both offline and online. Complementing these shows are presentations of fashion films by Marc Cain and talks by „She‘s Mercedes The Studio X MBFW Berlin“, a panel talk of the „Fashion Council Germany“ and three „Fashion Open Studio x MBFW talks“.

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Cosmoscow 2021 at Central Manege and Online

Cosmoscow 2021 at Central Manege and Online
Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair will be held in a ‘hybrid format’ for the second time.
In addition to the main event at Central Manege, the fair will be available online with the support of the Visa payment system – via the platform TEO. Launched by the Cosmoscow team in 2020, TEO is the largest online marketplace for contemporary art in Russia.
Cosmoscow Online will feature an expanded line-up of galleries, each with their own online booth. The online version of the fair also has a longer duration than the event at Central Manege and will be open to a wide audience on September 18-26. This will follow the Cosmoscow Online Preview, which begins on September 14 for an exclusive audience.
•Cosmoscow Online Preview – September 14 – 17, 2021
•Cosmoscow Online is open to the public – September 18 – 26, 2021
Cosmoscow Online 2021 will take place in partnership with Visa. After making a purchase with any Visa card, users will receive special privileges: the video course ‘How to Collect Contemporary Art’ from Cosmoscow experts as a gift, as well as an invitation to an exclusive event at Cosmoscow Collectors Club and a 20% discount on a six-month membership.
Quimera. Valentina Ansaldi, „Vostok 6“, 2018 (acrylic on canvas). Courtesy of Quimera and Valentina Ansaldi.

Pearl Lam Galleries. Mrs Dudl

Pearl Lam Galleries. Mrs Dudl

A convenient system for purchasing artwork online will operate at the on-site fair in Central Manege. Under each artwork in the gallery booths, visitors will find a QR code. Once scanned, it will take the visitor to the artwork’s page on TEO, where they can learn more about the artist and chosen work, including the price. A user-friendly advanced search function will make for easy navigation on the platform. You will be able to filter for works by your favorite artists, find similar works displayed by other booths at the fair, and make instant acquisitions online.
The 9th Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair 2021 will be held with support of Ruinart (Official Partner), Audi Russia (Automoblle Partner), Samsung (Innovation Partner), Hutton Development (Partner), Breguet (Watch Partner), Visa (Cosmoscow Online Partner) and Otkrytie Private Banking (Partner) from September 18 to September 20 at Central Manege (Manege Sq, 1, Moscow). This will follow the Cosmoscow Preview on September 17
77 galleries, including 13 international participants, will present booths at the fair — the largest number that the fair has seen in its history. Visitors of Cosmoscow 2021 will discover galleries from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Hong Kong, Norway, Russia, and Switzerland.

Polina Polikarpova & Diane Arbus | Twins meet Twins | Hazegallery | 29.08 – 04.09.2021


P.C. Neumann

Polina Polikarpova & Diane Arbus | Twins meet Twins | Hazegallery | 29.08 – 04.09.2021

Until 04.09.2021 | Hazegallery shows from 29th August 2021 Twins meet Twins exhibition with the works by the artists Polina Polikarpova and Diane Arbus, curated by P.C. Neumann

The exhibition about otherness in sameness (Diane Arbus) presents exclusively two photographs by Ukrainian photographer Polina Poilkarpova and American photographer Diane Arbus, which enter a dialogue with a musical layer in an exhibition architecture curated especially for this event.

Polina Polikarpova staged her twins in a location with an old, heavy, depressed post-Soviet background and a strong green color palette. Valeria (black-haired) and Regina (red-haired), they never met before the shoot, although they have the same facial features and Tatar roots and are both artists. At that time Valeria was an art student and liked to draw academic paintings, and Regina was a bass guitarist in her indie music group and a collage artist.

Diane Arbus also paid close attention to staging in a location specially chosen for the subject. The photo shows the two young twin sisters standing vertically against the wall, isolated from the outside world in an imaginary room. Both wear matching corduroy dresses and white headbands in their dark hair. The only exception is the different design of their white stockings. The twins, Cathleen and Colleen, were seven years old in 1967 when Arbus discovered them at a Christmas party in a small town.

Both photos show two girls each, who are the same and yet different. Both photos are taken from waist level. Like Polikarpova’s twins, Arbus‘ twins are wearing green clothing (though it appears black). The looks into the camera are different for all four, as is the individualized body language, documenting the sense of otherness and difference. Documented here is also art and reality – and that photography always shows more than what you see.

Twins are fascinating and at the same time unreal. The music Is following these feelings in using surround techniques that repeat melodies from different positions in the room and overlaying them, to become one. The historical and the contemporary aspect is determined by use of real orchestral instruments and synthetic soundscapes. So, these Twins meet Twins melt and counterpoint in Time and Space.

Polina Polikarpova is a photographer and stylist born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1992 and holds a BA in Art History from KSADA (Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts). She is currently photographing in Kiev. She has participated in many photo exhibitions and international fairs. Her work can be described as construction of scenes and figures in her hometown, focusing on local provincial poetry and her place in it. The appearance and sculpture of her figures are infantile, erotic and extravagant. Based on the objective sexuality of the woman, the compositions created „here and now“ are also characteristic of her style: instead of the artificial environment of the studio, she prefers the interiors of real spaces and the landscapes of the city, saying that she prefers to „hold the mirror“ instead of being constantly reflected in it.

Diane Arbus was born in New York City, where she studied at the Ethical Culture School. Working with her photographer husband Alan Arbus as a stylist on fashion assignments, she developed an interest in photography that led her to take classes with Lisette Model from 1955 to 1957. Model encouraged her to pursue her own projects, and in 1961, Arbus published her photographs for the first time, in a Harper’s Bazaar feature, which began her successful career. Her work appeared in Esquire, Show, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications, attracting attention very quickly. Arbus’s photographs possess a disarming psychological frankness. Her subjects were often odd-looking characters on the margins of society or „ordinary“ people whose normalcy was made strange by Arbus’s camera. Because she used a flash and held her camera directly opposite the faces of her subjects as they looked into the camera, her photographs often appear confrontational. Her personal work is thus considered by some to be exploitative, and it has been the subject of controversy.

Date Vernissage:
Vernissage: 28. August

Exhibition Period:
Exhibition Period: August 2021 bis 04 September 2021

HAZE GALLERY presents 12-21 August „SIE“ by TOTEM

HAZE GALLERY presents 12-21 August "SIE" by TOTEM

presents 12-21 August

She as the mirror which reflects our deepest fears and desires, she as the deposit of one’s tenderness and vehicle for self-awareness, she as the bridge to connect with one’s feelings and emotions. In the exhibition ‚Sie‘, Francisco ‚Totem‘ Perez shows us the different nuances of life thought the color spectrum with androgynous and feminine figures as the interpreters of scenes who invites us to a vindication of feelings, the creative spirit and the inner feminine which resides in every individual.