Urban Spree Galerie

logo_urban_spree1Urban Spree Galerie is a Berlin based, 400 sqm independent contemporary art gallery. Set up in a vast postindustrial compound, the gallery defends an artistic grassroots approach, directed towards cities, street & graffiti artists, photographers and contemporary artists.

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ogino:knauss | Re>Centering Periphery

“Marginal Notes/Randbemerkungen Exhibition”

21.03.2015 – 11.04.2015


“Randbemerkungen | Marginal Notes” is a photographic exhibition summarizing 8 years of urban explorations by the ogino:knauss collective into the modernist built environment. After their award-winning movies about Cuba and Moscow, the exhibition also becomes the platform to launch the new movie project about Berlin, called “Randbemerkungen”, as well as the release of travelogue books about Berlin and Cuba and the launch of “Reconnoitering Berlin“, a series of urban “dérives” that will investigate the urban identity of the Hauptstadt through multiple perspectives.


For 3 weeks, Urban Spree will host an installation of printed works and videos, completed by a series of events including live concerts, talks, workshops, book presentations, screenings and performances.

ogino:knauss is a Berlin-based, independent research group dealing with audiovisual language, urban cultures and human environment’s transformations.

Re:centering Periphery originated in 2006 with a live-media work commissioned by the Biennial del Arte de la Havana. Starting from Alamar, a new city built in the 70s in Cuba, the group investigated everyday life practices that inhabit, question and reinvent urban peripheries produced as a result of modernist ideology. The main outcome of the project was a film-series produced through a participative methodology. Until now the group has worked extensively in La Habana and Moscow, with the production of two films, set preparatory works and surveys in Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin; and opened up research files on such cities as Mexico City, Casablanca, Marseille, Tel Aviv, Detroit and Hong Kong. The project advancements are regularly published on the R>CP blog.



The first film in the series “Doble Forza” (2008, 30’) tells the story of a self-constructed new city built with Soviet-style prefabricated panels in the 70′s in the outskirt of La Habana. It has been awarded with the Best International Documentary at the Istanbul Architecture Film Festival in 2008 and at Sezze Videofest.

The second episode “Dom Novogo Byta“, explores the imagined and built landscape of Moscow, confronting utopian visions which emerged in the light of the October revolution with the reality of contemporary post-communist Russia. The film takes the cue from the dilapidated Narkomfin building, a prototype for revolutionary communes designed in 1927 by Moisei Ginzburg, today facing hard survival in a central plot of land highly attractive to real-estate speculators.

During the exhibition the two films will be screened at Il Kino in Neukölln.

The exhibition displays a selection of photographs of La Habana, Moscow, Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin, capturing the urban and social landscape of modernist peripheries and the inner margins of the metropolis. The textures, geometries and patterns designed by the brutal architectural practices of the 20th century are shown alongside cracks, eruptions, signs of colonization and the re-appropriation by the everyday life.
Two video installations complete the set up, representing opposite directions of research. The first, focusing on the abstract substance of the architectural modernist vision, shows geometrical patterns and symmetries being digitally explored and transformed into a hypnotic graphic landscape. In the second work, conceived as a study for the forthcoming full-feature film, the attention is conversely shifted towards the human body- “Der Mensch, das Maß aller Dinge”, following through a longer sequence an elderly hindered man slowly crossing the streets of Berlin, Mitte. A live audiovisual performance will be presented at the opening night.

More than a showcase of past productions, the event at Urban Spree is primarily intended as a discursive platform for realising the new film project Randbemerkungen.

During these 3 weeks, a series of events will involve known as well as new collaborators of the group presenting and performing theme-related works in progress. According to the participative methodology of the group, interdisciplinary conversations, live audio video performances, live sonorisation of films, workshops of spatial assessment and dérives, will act as resource-material for the upcoming film. During the last days of the exhibition, the launch of Reconnoitering Berlin will take place, a series of urban dérives that in the following months will investigate the urban identity of Berlin according to multiple perspectives.



The Re:centering Periphery Travelogues is a new series of photographic essays documenting the survey into global urban peripheries done by the collective:

-La Habana InT/Ext (2006) is a 5-week diary shot in Cuba, focusing on the strong dichotomies affecting the Cuban social landscape.

The basic cinematographic dialectics interior / exterior is variously reinterpreted as centre and periphery, legal and illegal, private and public…

-Exposing Berlin, is the result of a long-term observation of the transformations of the city since 2007, when the collective moved its base. The photographic essay dedicated to Mitte and Friedrichshain points at the conflation of image and spatial production in a neo-liberal urban development. The camera investigates the attempt to reinvent a unified central identity of Berlin in the place of the fragmented urban reality which carries scars and memories of a divided past.

The R>CP Travelogues are printed in a limited edition of 200 copies, available at Urban Spree’s Bookshop.

R>CP Crowdfunding
One of the exhibition’s main purposes is to sustain the future development of the project and support the realisation of the film Berlin Randbemerkungen. In the occasion of the exhibition a crowdfunding campaign will be launched to support the pre-production work for the film. Photographic prints, silkscreen prints, books and other limited-edition products will be on sale during the events at Urban Spree.

FULL PROGRAM: The full program of events accompanying the exhibition is available here.

R>CP RANDBEMERKUNGEN is a production of Ogino Knauss and Tesserae Urban Social Research in association with Urban Spree.


contact information: info@oginoknauss.org

Re>Centering Periphery
“Randbemerkungen/Marginal Notes”
An exhibition by ogino:knauss at Urban Spree Galerie
Vernissage: 21 March 2015 at 19:00
Exhibition: 22 March 2015 // 11 April 2015
Tu-Su: 12:00//19:00

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28.02.2015 – 20.03.2015

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For its first show of the year, Urban Spree Galerie has asked 20 top-of-the-line Berlin graffiti writers to customize a screen print based on a Berlin imaginary cityscape featuring the U-Bahn.

The drawing was designed by French artist Niklos and screen printed by Dolly Demoratti in her Urban Spree studios in an edition of 2 colors, black and ‘yellow U-Bahn’ on 270 gsm archival paper, in a large 100 x 70 cm format.

Against this backdrop, French photographer Thorfine, curator of the show, has asked 20 Berlin-based & still active graffiti writers to be part of the adventure and freely project their art and vision on the drawing.

20 artists, 20 prints, 20 visions of Berlin.

The resulting line-up is one of the strongest Berlin has to offer:

Fach – Trik – Spirit – Roza – 1UP Crew – Poet – Fino – Quis – Tour -Shade – Bas2 – Chika – Igid – Inka – Leroy – Roger – Pesd – Eshok -Stereo – Tin

The Metroidz series can be viewed as a historic slice of the Berlin subway graffiti culture of the past decade as well as a strong artistic manifesto for Berlin style writing, in a format never attempted before.

The 20 prints will be presented on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the Urban Spree Galerie, with 3 additional A/P prints hand painted by Niklos himself.

Niklos will draw directly on the gallery walls to create an original scenography for the print show.

The regular, 2 color edition print series will also be available at the galerie in a limited run of 20 prints.

Exhibition curated by Thorfine, supported by Montana Cans and The Grifters.

Vernissage; Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Urban Spree Galerie
Warschauer x Revaler Str. 
10245 Berlin Friedrichshain
Doors: 19:00 – Free Entry
Afterparty with the Alphagang – 23:00 – 5€

Exhibition: 01-20 March, 2015
12:00 – 19:00 or by appointment


The Teufelsberg series: 

@urban_spree @montanacans @thegrifters @niklos_hardos @thorfineparis


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21.11.2014 – 24.12.2014


For our Winter Show, we have asked our Berlin based PEACHBEACH friends (Vidam + Look // The Weird Crew) to organize the last gallery show of the season at Urban Spree.

“Our Friends on the Peachbeach” is a street art group show curated by Peachbeach which adds to the two wunderkids some of the most talented street artists and illustrators of the Berlin and Hamburg scene:

Group Show: Vidam, Look, Dxtr (The Weird Crew), Mike Friedrich and John Reaktor (SAM Crew), Base23, Martin Krusche, DeeDeeKid, & Zipper die Rakete.

For the after show, Vidam will release his new EP “Evil Love” under the moniker AAAAA (out now on  tonfreude Records).


Our friends on the Peachbeach
Opening | Friday 21 November | 19:00
Exhibition | 22 Nov. – 24 Dec. 2014
Tuesday-Sunday | 12:00 – 18:00







13.11.2014 – 16.11.2014

Urban Spree Galerie is proud to invite you to the “Polish Urban Art” travelling exhibition curated by the Brain Damage Gallery in Lublin, Poland.

The exhibition aims to present Urban Art from Poland in an ambitious group show featuring excellent artists such as Autone, Chazme, Czarnobyl, EloMelo, Etam Cru, Kamil Kuzko, Mat, M-City, Nawer, Pener, Proembrion, Pepe, Robert Proch, Paweł Ryżko, Sepe, Szczerbak, Uran, Zbiok, and others.

Launched in Kiev in October 2014, the exhibition travels to 7 eastern and western European cities before concluding in December in Lublin – the home base of the gallery, with a selection of artworks, murals and photographic archives.

In the recent years Polish urban art has become a rapidly growing phenomenon. Polish urban artists are now not only mentioned among the world elite, but above all, within the broad spectrum of urban art they managed to develop their own, unique, clearly recognizable style. A style, which on the one hand, corresponds to the most notable achievements of Polish contemporary art; on the other, it often emanates from the most radical form of art created on the streets – graffiti writing.

The aim of the Polish Urban Art project is to present and promote Polish urban art in Europe. In Batumi and Lviv we plan to exhibit murals created on the spot by Polish artists. In Kiev and Minsk we will be presenting a collection documenting Polish urban art starting from the 1950s to the present. After completing our project in Eastern Europe, its results will be presented and discussed on exhibits organized in the major capitals of street art and graffiti – Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm.

Finally, the project will be closed and summed up in Brain Damage Gallery in Lublin in December 2014.

Polish Urban Art
Exhibition | 14 Nov. – 16 Nov 2014
Friday – Sunday | 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance






Dubl Trubl >> Ich bin in Berlin

18.09.2014 – 30.10.2014



During the Berlin Art Week and until the 30th of October 2014, Urban Spree Galerie presents the collaborative street art group show “Dubl Trubl“.

Curated by Dscreet, the show invites street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to Berlin to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis. The whole Urban Spree compound is being repainted as well in a variation of only 3 colors (power yellow, white, black).


Aeon, Alex CF, Alex Fakso, Andrew Gillman, Anthony Lister, Base 23, Billy, Birdseed, BO 130, BRK 192, Chips, Chips For The Poor, Christiaan Nagel, Chris Stead, Chum101, Cityzen Kane, Civil Civic, Cone, Crack, Creeps, Crilly Smalls, Cyclops, Dabs & Myla, Dan Speight, Darren John, Dave the Chimp, Deus, Dmote, Drax, Dscreet, Ebot, Eazel E, EMA, Eoin, François Jenssard, Fred Fowler, Gemma White, Ghostpatrol, Girl In The Cartoon, Jumble, Kasio, Kid Acne, Kid Crow, Kirpy, Lucas Dupuy, Ludvig, Lush, Malarky, Mark McClure, Matt Sewell, Merda, Microbo, Olivia Skalkos, Party, Paul Insect, Phil Ashcroft, Phlegm, Pure Evil, Rainman, Rask, Reka, Richt, Rone, Rowdy, Run, Rylsee, Sickboy, Sinic, Skary, Skewville, Skip WD, Sumo, Thierry Noir, Tim Head, Timba Smits, Tizer, Trico, TwoOne, Vents 137, Vinnie Nylon, Xeme, Word To Mother, Ziggy Grudzinskas, 44 Flavours, 45RPM and 616

The whole Urban Spree compound was repainted with the help of Montana Cans with interventions from: Aeon, Dscreet, Dave the Chimp, Paul Insect, Citizen Kane and Gav, Cone (The Weird), Eoin, Reka, Sumo, Ghettoblaster, Mark McClure, Kirpy, Party, Billy, Rainman, Andrew Gillman, Birdseed, Ludvig, Christiaan Nagel…

Group Show Finissage: Thursday, October 30th from 18:00 | Free Entrance
Exhibition: 19.09.14 – 26.10.14
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance

http://dubltrubllove.tumblr.com/ // Please request the catalogue/price list to: galerie@urbanspree.com





“I AM 1UP”

03.09.2014 – 14.09.2014


From the 3rd September to the 14th September 2014, Urban Spree Galerie presents the first solo show and book release of the iconic Kreuzberger & world-famous graffiti crew ONE UNITED POWER.


After 10 years of hardcore legendary actions, train bombings and rooftops 1UP Crew takes over the whole Urban Spree’s compound in Berlin with charismatic outdoor pieces and invest the Galerie floor with an exceptional display of adrenalin-pumped photographs and several large scale installations, all reflecting the diverse skills of the crew members.


The show is also the occasion for the crew to publish their first book, 140 pages of pictures from their private archives, self-published, full of behind-the-scenes action, an exceptional volume that is poised to become a milestone in graffiti documentation in the first decade of the 21st century. We invite you to the vernissage of this exceptional event happening on Sept. 3rd, starting at 19 :00.


« I AM 1UP »:

Opening Date : Wed. 03/09/2014 – 19 :00
Exhibition : Tu-Su : 12 :00–20-00
Freier Eintritt.

Revaler x Warschauer

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1535748569981713


1UP Crew :
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/1UP-Crew-Official/670900046310534
instagram: @1up_crew_official
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/SWX84whOn3Fik

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/UrbanSpree
twitter : :@Urban_Spree
Blog/Website : http://www.urbanspree.com/





ONIO >> ONIO’s Ecke

14.08.2014 – 30.08.2014



Urban Spree Galerie  presents ONIO’s Ecke, a new solo show by Brazilian street artist ONIO.presents ONIO’s Ecke, a new solo show by Brazilian street artist ONIO.

Onio’s Ecke presents a range of various artworks from drawing and murals, as well as screen prints and zines. As a multidisciplinary artist, ONIO explores abstract shapes, intricate patterns and dynamic compositions in his work.

The works displayed in the new section of the Galerie is the fruit of a 2-week residency at Urban Spree, at the invitation of Urban Spree Resident Artist Rylsee as well as works created as part of ONIO’s European Tour, an artistic wandering in Barcelona, Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, London and Berlin over a 75-day span, meeting fellow artists and paintings walls.

In addition, ONIO collaborates with Leipzig based artist and friend KID GRINGO on a mural within Urban Spree.

About ONIO:

ONIO portrays the hustle and bustle of life of metropolis Brasilia through his paintings. The repetitive forms and the bundles of lines in his works give an idea how the city is carved into his soul.

ONIO’s impressions of Brazil might be chaotic and disorganized, but on the other hand, the warm colors and friendly shapes convey an atmosphere of hope and positive energy. His works have already been shown in Brazil, notably in Sao Paolo, Brasilia as well as other cities internationally.

Opening | August 14th 2014 | 19:00

Exhibition | August 14th – August 30th 2014

Tuesday – Sunday | 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance



13.06.2014 – 29.06.2014



The group exhibition, Spaces, will gather a group of 14 photographers from the Berlin Fotografen collective in attempt to explore the photographic medium in all possible dimensions.

Founded in Berlin in November 2012, Berlin Fotografen is an online platform that gives space to emerging local talents who have a special eye in perceiving photography and the world around us.

Spaces  is not only dedicated to the various ways of photographic depiction, but also investigates the medium’s potential as an art form, expanding its limits of representation. Through the dynamic ways of presentation –  consisting works that are traditionally-hung, in book format or as  installations, Spaces raise the awareness of how the different formats and presentations can changes the way the viewers perceive and interact with the photographic medium.

Group Show Vernissage: Friday, June 13th from 19:00 | Free Entrance
Exhibition: 13.06.14 – 29.06.14
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance


Berlin Wonderland

05.06.2014 – 09.06.2014


Urban Spree Galerie will be looking back at the golden years of Berlin after the fall of the Wall, with an exhibition of 50+ black and white photographs linked to the release of the self-published book “Berlin Wonderland” (bobs airport/Gestalten).


Berlin Wonderland is a grassroots testimony on the post-Cold War Berlin from artists and activists that were living the rebirth of Berlin in those years of re-enchantment. The exhibition displays a selection of 50 iconic photographs -out of the 200 pictures that make the book- from 7 photographers who were part of this period, living an era of freedom in the Haupstadt.

The exhibition is mainly focused around the central figure of Ben de Biel.

Ben de Biel is at the crossroads of documentary photography (in the same vein as Atget), vernacular photography & memorial work. It is also a prime testimony about the vitality of the Berlin bohême in the 90′s, the squat movement, a counter-culture that largely structured what represents Berlin today, a state-of-mind between club culture and libertarianism.

The photographic exhibition, “Berlin Wonderland”, will be held at Urban Spree Galerie Berlin on 05-08 June 2014. On this occasion, the book will also be signed by the photographers and be available for sale.

In addition, Ben de Biel’s original photographs are available for sale at Urban Spree Galerie and online here

The monograph “Berlin Wonderland” is published and edited by the new Berliner imprint bobsairport, founded by Anke Fesel and Chris Keller.

“Berlin Wonderland”: Photographs by Ben de Biel, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Stefan Schilling, Hilmar Schmundt, Andreas Trogisch, and Rolf Zöllner.


More information about the exhibition in our Events section here.





Saucisse Curry

09.05.2014 – 01.06.2014

poster-webUrban Spree Galerie proudly presents ‘Saucisse Curry’, its first graffiti group show of the season.


Saucisse Curry introduces in Berlin 9 renowned French graffiti artists, from different crews but united by friendship and the desire to realize a common exhibition.

Saucisse Curry or Currywurst is a play-on-words about the famous Berlin specialty from a French perspective. Moreover, it’s a sort of homage from the French homies to the german capital city, its importance in the graffiti world and a personal reference for all the artists.

HorfeeKeno, IlkYeemdBruce, Mina2shy, Sexy display a whole new series of artworks, including a special photographic show by Thorfine related to his self published graffiti photobook “Flash#1″.

Saucisse Curry or Currywurst is a play-on-words about the famous Berlin specialty from a French perspective.
Moreover, it’s a sort of homage from the French homies to the german capital city, its importance in the graffiti world and a personal reference for all the artists.

9 artists will display artworks during a 3 week-span, including HorfeeKeno, IlkYeemdBruce, Mina2shy, Sexy as well as a special photographic show by Thorfine.

DJ Pone (Ed Banger Records) will have a special set during the night.

DJ Pone x The Grifters x Cokney

Group Show Vernissage: Friday, May 9th from 19:00 with After DJ Show by DJ Pone (Ed Banger Records)
Exhibition: 09.05.14 – 01.06.14
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance


Narrative Urban Poland

15.03.2014 – 6.04.2014

narrative-urban-polandUrban Art or Street Art has turned from youth culture to a recognized art form during the last years. Street Art is shown internationally in museums and foundations. Berlin forms a center of this still relatively young flow, artists from all over the world are visiting the city and they find an international audience here in town.

Urban Spree Galerie is presenting 4 prominent street artists from Poland: Zbiok (Wrocław), M-City (Gdansk), Otecki (Wrocław) and Magda Drobczyk (Katowice). They develop different styles but share the design of large-scale walls and a certain aesthetics that dominated by the choice of colors, designs and often a poetic touch and narrative threads.

Group Show Vernissage: Saturday, March 15th from 20:00
Exhibition: 16.03.14 – 06.04.14
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance


Julia Benz: Everything Amazing – Nobody Happy

29.11.2013 – 21.12.2013

julia_benz_triptychonJulia Benz (b.1985 in Wittlich) is a 28-year old Berlin-based painter trained at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Using a highly colored palette, her painting style range from figurative to conceptual art, with works mainly on canvases and some inroads into street art. Having exhibited in Cologne or Hamburg, the german artist is now having a solo show at the Urban Spree Galerie in her new hometown of Berlin.

The exhibition is organized around an enigmatic Triptychon. The 3 canvases measure 600 cm x 240 cm. Traces of figuration and geometric patterns (triangles, circles) are slowly subsiding, recessing into an inorganic state, albeit highly coloured, letting the viewer slowly sliding into oblivion.


Everything Amazing – Nobody Happy” will open on November 29th, 2013 in the Galerie and run until Dec. 21st.

The whole painting process is currently being documented by the team Editude Pictures and will culminate into a short movie that will be presented in January 2014.


Vernissage: Friday November 29th from 19:00 in the presence of the artist.

DJ Set by Efalive of the Jazoburbs.



Felix Gephart: Book Release & Art Show

22.11.2013 – 24.11.2013



Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents the Berlin release of the first monograph about Felix Gephart as well as a selection of his large-sized artworks.

Felix Gephart (b.1986 in Bochum, West Germany), started graffiti quite early, and later formally studied art in Münster, Dortmund and at the New York School of Visual Arts.

His body of work is hard to categorize: inspired by the ‘Neue Sachlichkeit’ as well as the underground comics world, he is a figurative artist, a satirical & newspaper illustrator, and graffiti writer, whose work is often dark with some steampunk elements (à la Kevin O’Neill).

The monograph released by Kettler Verlag, presents all the facets of the artist: seemingly literary and old master-like drawings face murals, landscape representations, portraits and surrealist mythological creatures.

fjiagaadLarge-sized illustrations and numerous detail photographs offer an insight into the powerful, thematically, stylistically and technically diversified oeuvre.

Vernissage: Friday November 22nd from 19:00. 
Book signings in the presence of the artist.

Exhibition until Sunday, November 24th. 12:00-20:00

Order Felix Gephart’s monograph ‘Auf Linie gebracht’ here.



Smachine Art Nights by Art de Allumage & Urban Spree

08.11.2013 – 15.11.2013


From November 8 to November 15, 2013, the machines will take full control of the Urban Spree spaces.

On Friday night, The ‘Smachine Art Nights‘ week kicks off at Urban Spree with a galore of robots, kinetics, machines & fire installations brought to you by 24 international artists, such as members of the legendary Mutoïd Waste and Dead Chickens metal & cyber -punks.

EVERYDAY, until the great finish on November 15th, the robots will rise starting at 18:00.

The bookstore will be opened from 12:00 to 18:00 from Sunday, November 10th to Thursday, November 14th. Due to the finissage, there will be no bookshop on the next weekend.

You can access the full program on the Urban Spree website here.



The first German solo show of the Broken Fingaz Crew

10.10.2013 – 01.11.2013

1374280_638088769569629_248153196_nFounded along the Haifa shores around 2001, the wandering Street Art Crew, the Broken Fingaz, has adorned many murals in numerous cities worldwide in the past decade.

The crew is made of 4 artists (Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga) who collectively define the imagery of the Broken Fingaz, which includes numerous references to the American pulp & Marvel comics, B-movies of the 70’s and 80’s, psychedelic & pop art, collage & poster works, Szenenbildner, Italian giallo genre that composes an original & visually striking iconography.


Their drawing and spraying skills, masterful sense of composition and selection of pop colors and pop/comics imagery have made them over time one of the most admired street art crews, in the wake of US power duo Faile (also for their installation skills) and British pop master D*Face.

The crew has seldom participated in exhibitions so far with only some appearances in the famed ‘Old Truman Brewery’ in London and at the ‘Inoperable Galerie’ in Vienna.


On October 10th is the opening of their stunning art show in Berlin at Urban Spree. The show will be divided in three sections:
Their first realization, the ‘Berlin Sticker Pack’ wall at Urban Spree  is a collection of graphic vignettes on a 12 m x 7 m mural cleverly inspired by the Holocaust and becomes the first step of the exhibition. The giant pop up wood installation and a series of silk screen prints are the second step.


Berlin has always been a magnet and reference to the crew. And It’s now for the Broken Fingaz the occasion to deliver an astounding artistic manifesto to the German capital.

Opening: 10/10/2013 |  19:00 | Free Entrance
Afterparty: Live Show from 3421 & Miss Red + Guest & Djs at 23:00
Exhibition: 10.10.13 – 01.11.13
Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 20:00



Sharing Paths from Ruben Brulat

06.09.2013 22.09.2013


Urban Spree Galerie presents ‘Sharing Paths‘, a photographic exhibition by French photographer Ruben Brulat (b.1988). On this occasion, Ruben Brulat will officially release in Berlin his self-published photobook based upon the current series ‘Paths’.

Paths is Ruben Brulat’s third photographic series (2013) after the acclaimed ‘Immaculate’ and ‘Primates’.

”It all started three years ago, there was the urge to go, to see a land far away, i went to India and encountered stories, people, so i asked them, if they would, get naked and embrace their surroundings, fear but also wonder..

Nepal, hiking, slowly, meeting, Clinton, Noah and Yaïr, Maxime and Lionel, a month on the trails, tales of a lake, one so high, bare skin against the snow. Bare skin against the leeches of the jungle. Each encounter, with each stories,we would share and then if the place would come to us, there would be an embrace. Bare body against the surrounding.

From ‘Gare de Lyon’ to ‘Gare de l’Est’. And so i left on august 2011 for more than a year travel. A journey that will take me across Europe and Asia by the slow means of transport and on land only.

3_ PatiencesThe series ‘Paths’ resulted. Strangers just encountered would give themselves away to Nature. To embrace or be embraced. The unknown sometimes in the harsh snow, sometimes in the soft Gobi sand, sometime against the sharp rocks of a Japanese volcano. Ephemera of intensity, before often saying goodbye to each for ever.

A story created by the randomness of the encounter, places and bodies, with utopia and hopes, souvenir of a time for then pursuing their paths, after sharing one for a while.” Ruben Brulat.

Presented together with the main series ‘Paths’ are some travel pictures that narrate his almost 2-year long journey across Asia. This series of pictures prises sur le vif is called ‘Instants’.


Paths is our selected photography exhibition for the ‘Berlin Art Week‘ and will end also on 22/09/2013.



17.08.2013 – 01.09.2013


On Saturday, August 17th, Urban Spree Galerie invites you to the vernissage of ‘WHAT’S WORNG ?’, a solo show by Berlin based street artivist Prost which is at the same time conceived as a retrospective. The show includes a selection of older and iconic pieces as well as new artworks and collaborations with notorious graffiti writers.

Prost will also present his one-liners : portraits made of a single line, à main levée.

In Berlin, Prost is ubiquitous. His famous character, the Prostie, adorns many of the derelict walls of the city since years whereas his adbusting skills subvert the consumerist codes of our society. For Prost, advertising is the real violence. Commercial images invade the public space without permission and deserve to be twisted, diverted from their intentional purpose, with sheer provocation and an absolute  big laugh.

For Prost, art in the street must bear a message, and should not only be graphically nice but tells something about the state of our society. Prost is a whistleblower, a reminder that we should retain control over the public space. “Berlin schmeckt mir schon, aber Werbung stinkt”.

With over 500+ advertising billboards busted, Prost uses his wit to deliver messages, incite passers-by to choose new angles of thought, to think about the overconsumption of images and products, triggering a smile and a reaction against the totalitarianism of beauty as dictated by cosmetic and so called ‘fast moving consumer brands’, the rejection of an europeocentric approach, aesthatic canons and vitruvian proportions. However, with Prost, the humour and satire are always at the forefront of his work.

As he puts it: “I am a happy anarchist, (…) not an angry vandal.”

Seeing a Prostie in the street is a secret indication that something else is to be seen, a slight distortion of reality, however the spectator is free to see what he wants. Prost is just the question mark, he is offering questions, not serving answers.

Prost is a true voice of Berlin. Und Berlin spricht Wände.

Prost is a graphic situationist, and by using his art skills in the street to mock the ridicule of our “société du spectacle”, he was poised to run into trouble. Last year, Prost experienced a lot of graffiti/vandalism issues with the police and justice. His troubles today are far from being over.

To make a long story short, it is probably the last time a Prost exhibition will be shown in Germany.


The Circle Show

13.07.2013 – 09.08.2013

969893_10200575527924041_912934938_nTo kick off its summer art program, Urban spree Gallery showcases a summer group exhibition featuring a selection of Berlin based artists within our creative network.

Urban Spree is not only an exhibition space but also a cultural melting pot. Since it was found last year, we’ve already built a vibrant community attracting local creatives as well as artists from all over the world. For the first Circle Show, we’ve invited a great lineup of artists to make an art piece each, resembling the shape of a circle. The idea of the circle represents our circle of friends that made Urban Spree an amazing place. We are looking forward to showcase the best creatives in Berlin who are closely connected to us.


Alaniz ? Andrea Wan ? Anton Unai/ Anne Wenkel & Ekaterina Koroleva ? BASE23/Bene Rohlmann ? Billy & Alex ? Blo ? Boing ? Bosso Fataka ? Chìa ? Cren ? Dolly Demoratti ? Duncan Passmore/Drypnz ? Felix Bork ?? JBAK: James Bullough ‘ Karl Addison ? Julia Benz ? Justin Person ? KLUB7: Otto Baum ‘ Kidcash ‘ Disko Robot ? Max Gärtner ? Martin Krusche ? Mr. Talion/Niels Kalk ? Noa Snir ? Peter János Novák ? Prost ? Rylsee ? Sam Crew: John Reaktor ? Slava Ostapchenko ? Sophia Hirsch ? Spray ? Tine Fetz ? Tika ? THE WEIRD: Look ‘ Vidam ? Tomasz Kobialka ? Vanessa Rosa ? Wesr ? Wurstbande/ xXcrew: Elias Errerd ‘ Johannes Mundinger


Vernissage followed by an afterparty with a DJ program conducted by the artists themselves.

The Circle Show @ Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage on July 13th, in the presence of the artists (from 19:00 onwards).

Exhibition from July 14th to August 2nd

Tu-Sa 12:00-18:30




El Segundo. Instinctive Travels to the Hauptstadt

30.05.2013 – 21.06.2013

El Segundo. Instinctive Travels to the Hauptstadt

Berlin: capitol of creativity, libertine playground of Europe. Is it truth or myth? A gift or a burden?

Berlin rooted curator Lukas Feireiss invited Dutch artists Baschz Leeft and Janjoost Jullens to co-host an exhibition examining the most prevailing myths on the Hauptstadt. Merging backgrounds in societal research, design, interaction and street culture, El Segundo provides a thorough but humorous view on this city of arts, activism, immigrant entrepreneurs and omnipresent pink pipes.

From one city to another the exhibition features works from all Rotterdam based artists:

Baschz Leeft is an omnimedial visual artist, designer and curator with a profound love for mass and sub cultures. Also founding father of Rotterdam cultural breeding ground and gallery SingerSweatShop. www.baschz.com

Janjoost Jullens is a researcher, writer and art director who uses arts to put societal issues in new perspectives and to fuel innovations. Did a street inspired Tedtalk on new simplicity. www.studiowolfpack.com

Selfcontrolfreak is an internationally known experiment on interactive video that explores choice and control in interaction. Also the maker of the interactive motion picture Order. www.selfcontrolfreak.com

Studio Spass is a design team that deliberately avoids being trapped into corners and fixed formulae, and values Spass in the design process. Winners of a Silver European Design Award for an arts festival poster campaign. www.studiospass.com


El Segundo. Instinctive Travels to the Hauptstadt.

Curated by Studio Lukas Feireiss @Urban Spree Galerie.

Vernissage on May 30th, in the presence of the artists.

Exhibition from May 31st to June 21st. Tu-Sa 12:00-20:00


Kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the City of Rotterdam.






Urban Spree Galerie is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art


THEY LIVE. An Exhibition by Etienne Pottier

03.05.2013 – 25.05.2013

Friedrichshain-based Urban Spree Galerie proudly invites you to the vernissage of the first german solo show of French artist Etienne Pottier. Entitled ‘They Live’, the exhibition will display Etienne Pottier’s most recent body of works, specially crafted for his Berlin solo exhibition.

Using the artistic medium of gravure on metal, Etienne Pottier delves into his underground memories to impress usually morbid images on used fabrics.

Based on his personal experience of tekno free parties & underground sound systems, anti-fascist punk and black metal culture, Etienne Pottier translates and carves the energy and vitality captured on the different scenes as well as its strong death appeal, mainly using skulls as his artistic trademark.

This ‘materia prima’ is then transformed, alchemized into a universal form of art.

Life and death. Time-resistant metal plates and fragile fabrics. Noble technics, vernacular experience.

Etienne Pottier captures random and personal energies and transmits the fragile echo of life pulsing through the dense morbidity.

Exhibition: 03.05.2013 – 25.05.2013

Tuesday – Saturday : 12:00 – 18:00

Vernissage 02.05.2013 at 19:00 in the presence of the artist.

Vernisssage followed by an aftershow party featuring Savon Tranchand + Aniaetleprogrammeur






Urban Spree Galerie is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art

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PUBLIK-PRIVAT. A photographic exhibition by Bilbo Calvez

15.03.2013 – 12.04.2013

Urban Spree Gallery is proud to start its 2013 artistic season with a photographic exhibition titled Publik-Privat (from 14.03 to 13.04 2013). 

The exhibition features 31 portraits composed by Berlin-based French photographer Bilbo Calvez of personalities that are part of the Berlin cultural and artistic milieu and include well known musicians/DJs, filmmakers/actors, kabaretists or visual artists.

All the persons photographed have come to Bilbo’s studio in Kreuzberg to pose in front of her camera and submit themselves to an intriguing protocol: Bilbo would edit one portrait reflective of their public side (the appearance under which those persons are known to their public through TV or press photos) and one portrait that takes on the private side, as their friends and family usually know them. But how can you force a person to try to simulate an official face or fake friendship when they hardly know the photographer?

Soon enough, both series of portraits started to produce striking impressions, creating larger-than-life effects. Patterns were soon to emerge. And left-handed persons had different features in their portrait than right-handed persons. Why would it be so? What could explain those similarities and discrepancies?

Because Bilbo’s portraits are actually portraits of brains. They are a composition based on the right and left sides of the face, and digitally reconstructed to create symetric portraits, the public side being about power, ego, logical thinking (left hemisphere of the brain), and the private side being about emotions and intuitions (right hemisphere of the brain). Based on Bilbo’s background in genetics and her intensive research on the topic, those doppelgänger portraits offer a stunning reading grid into the persona of the artists whose portrait was probably never seen before with such an acute precision.

Bilbo Calvez major exhibition at Urban Spree, subtitled ‘Asymmetrophobie 2’ explores the crossroads of genetics and scientific photography, the history of portraits in photography and questions photographic manipulations in our digital age.

Vernissage on March 14th, 2013, starting at 19:00 in the presence of the artist. Bilbo Calvez will be releasing and signing the Publik-Privat exhibition catalogue.

Exhibition: From March 15th to April 12th (Finissage). Opens Tuesday-Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00 and by appointment.


Urban Spree Gallery

Corner Revaler Str. x Warschauer Str.

(Warschauer Str. S+U-Bahn)


Urban Spree Gallery is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art


The Superficial Essence of a Deep Appearance


On December 1st, Urban Spree Gallery is proud to host Berlin’s first solo show of contemporary artists Blue and Joy.

Blue and Joy is an Italian-born, Berlin-based contemporary art duo made of Fabio La Fauci (Milan 1977) and Daniele Sigalot (Rome 1976).

The artistic project was born in 2005 and since then, the duo has been challenging the codes of contemporary art through their doppelgänger characters Blue and Joy. Using various techniques such as mosaic, aluminum, video, drawing and painting, their abstract or figurative installations are always stunning and challenging (aluminum paper planes, Freedom Tower Museum, Miami, 2011).

Titled “The Superficial Essence of a Deep Appearance“, Blue and Joy’s new solo show at Urban Spree will consist of 3 huge canvases made of modular mosaics, the latest evolution of a technique that the La Fauci and Sigalot have began to explore since their debut exhibition 8 years ago.

“The Superficial Essence of a Deep Appearance” is a massive body of works made of method, irony, precision, lightness, seriousness and many doubts.

As part of the exhibition, Blue and Joy will paint a huge mural on Urban Spree’s Artist Wall off Warschauer Str. As well, the Italian duo will be a releasing a special series of hand-pulled screenprints made in collaboration with Urban Spree’s resident Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker), including a very special release. As part of our new shop opening, Blue and Joy will also run a pop up corner with self-made objects and goodies.


Vernissage (with the presence of the artists): Saturday, December 1st, 2012. 18:30

Exhibition: From Monday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 23rd.

Opens everyday from 12:00 to 18:30.




Urban Spree Gallery

Corner Revaler Str. x Warschauer Str.

(Warschauer Str. S+U-Bahn)


Urban Spree Gallery is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art


NEW LAND (we need new land). A solo exhibition by klone.


Urban Spree Gallery is proud to announce the first solo exhibition in Berlin by Israeli contemporary artist klone.

Having started graffiti in Tel Aviv in 1999, klone is considered as the pioneer of the local graffiti scene and today’s most prominent street artist in Tel Aviv, where his stunning murals adorn the derelict and ghost areas of the city. Over the years, in parallel to his outside work, klone has developed a more intimate practice with watercolors, drawings and collages, which form the inside part of his artist’s personal and complex universe.

Rooted with distorted, lost memories from his childhood in the USSR, shaped by his street work and acute perception of the environment, his artwork reflects his obsession with duplicity, multiplication and transmutation, adorned with eerie mythological bestiary and ubiquitous spirits.

His artwork is an endless questioning about the surface and deepness of living creatures, a sense of loss and the urge for creation.

Titled “NEW LAND. we need new land“, klone’s new body of works for the exhibition consists of watercolors on paper, collage works and ink drawings. The exhibition will also host what is klone’s biggest paper installation to date.

In connexion with the exhibition, klone will be releasing a limited edition screen print on paper in collaboration with Mother Drucker’s print studio, made in the Urban Spree Ateliers. klone will also sign his new artist’s book, self- and hand-published.


Vernissage (with the presence of the artist): Thursday, August 23rd, 2012. 19:00

Exhibition: From August 24th to September 20th. Opens everyday from 12:00 to 20:00.

Urban Spree Gallery

Corner Revaler Str. x Warschauer Str.

(Warschauer Str. S+U-Bahn)


Urban Spree Gallery is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art


klone, b.1983, is a Ukrainian-born and Tel Aviv-based contemporary artist.


Mother Drucker is a Berlin-based screen print studio.



Grand Boucle Exhibition

Urban Spree Gallery is proud to announce the Grand Boucle Exhibition, a collaborative show around vintage race track/fixie bicycles, including zine launch, display of bikes, bespoke saddles, and hand-pulled screen print editions!

Presented as a photographic documentation of racing bicycles dating back to 1903, graphic designer and bike enthusiast Christoph Reichert has produced a fresh looking magazine entitled ‘Grand Boucle’. This collection of imagery pulled together through modern design was the original catalyst to this project.

Now a silk screen production in celebration and tribute to the distinct design of vintage head badges in all their vibrant, metallic and colourful glory is the evolution to the Grand Boucle concept. The exhibition aims to take you through a visual narrative of vintage and contemporary design and their alliance to the racing/fixed gear bike. Whether you’re an enthusiasts or a novice to the world of racing/fixed gear bikes, the Grand Boucle exhibition will be captivating and enjoyable to visit. The launch of the Grand Boucle magazine will be the spirit of the exhibition and your first opportunity to see this unique publication. A selection of new and vintage bicycles will also be on display, some special bikes are even available for sale. In addition bespoke saddles made by the talented Mick Peel are to be exhibited as well as for sale.

Furthermore 10 posters of different vintage head-badge designs, all produced through silk screen printing by Berlin based company Mother Drucker will be on show. These prints, ranging from 2 through to 5 colour designs, will be for sale at affordable prices at the exhibition and afterwards online.

Mother Drucker is an independent Berlin-based print house located in the Urban Spree Ateliers.

Christoph Reichert, Chipsnchampagne, is an ambitious graphic designer based in Berlin.

Together they collaborate on the Grand Boucle Project.

More details on the project and the Grand Boucle Contest are on the Grand Boucle Tumblr.


Mother Drucker & Chipsnchampagne present The Grand Boucle Project


Urban Spree Gallery


Corner Revaler Str. x Warschauer Str.


(Warschauer Str. S+U-Bahn)




Urban Spree Gallery is a Berlin-based 400 sqm exhibition space dedicated to urban cultures, photography, and contemporary art


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