On the 8th floor with a magnificent view of the capital, GOLVET × THE HAUS meets top gastronomy with “urban art”, right in the heart of the pulsating creative center of Berlin. Eight artist collectives from THE HAUS have made their own space in GOLVET available and given absolute freedom for their work. The result is an extraordinary interplay between the elegant, straightforward interior of the GOLVET and the very different styles of street artists, most of whom are only found in urban spaces. Traditionally influenced by the sign of salon culture, that was lived around Potsdamer Strasse at the beginning of the 19th century, the GOLVET now once again offers a space in which art, cuisine and culture enter into a unique liaison.
Our THE HAUS artists at a glance
Masha was born in the early 90s in Russia in the enclave of Kaliningrad and now lives in Berlin. She discovered her intuitive talent and quickly developed a recognizable style. Her work draws the viewer into a world in which one discovers new images and spheres over and over again. Her works arise spontaneously, without sketches or drafts directly on the wall and allow a glimpse into the emotional world of the young Russian woman. She does not strive for perfection, but invites the viewer to go on a journey of the soul with her, in which one seems to be lost at the beginning, but on closer inspection finds one’s way around. The work Masha created in the GOLVET reflects her own reality, her environment, impressions and events that happened during the time of painting. No paintings is like the other, just as people are always changing, their art is also subject to constant change.
Felix Rodewaldt studied at the Munich Academy of Art. He made his first steps with stencils, stencils with which graffiti is sprayed, and then found his own fascinating way to tape art. During his studies he developed into one of the most influential Tape-Artists in Germany. Felix is always concerned with geometry in space and creates with his work a play with architecture and the feeling of space. For the design of his surface in the GOLVET, Felix paints two interlocking anamorphoses that show circles from a certain viewing angle and from other perspectives create a zigzag pattern. The inspiration for the picture concept comes from the series by Sol Lewitt and the anamorphosis by Felici Varini. Both are artists who continue to inspire Felix in his work and whose essences influence his works.
Christian Rothenhagen a.k.a. deerBLN is a freelance artist and designer who grew up in Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin in the deerBLNstudio and has been published nationally and internationally in various books and magazines. Known for his conceptual, architecture-focused drawings and installations, his personal view of the city and its transformation, and his attempt to stop time, his art is primarily to be seen in galleries, and also somewhat hidden in urban space. Over the past two decades his work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe, the USA, Canada, Lebanon and Japan, and for Christian the project was a perfect fit. Fits, because especially the inner city area around the GOLVET is going through an exciting and permanent time of change. Culture-Clash between Potsdamer Platz, the New National Gallery, the Kulturforum… from Pink Floyd, “The Wall” to the architecturally ambivalent financial center of the City West. …and the rapidly changing Potsdamerstraße – from the forgotten Berlin of the 80s to the art and gallery mile. An exciting, pulsating area in every respect. And from the GOLVET you can see all this, it fits to his work – capturing time.
NOTES OF BERLIN
Munich-born Joab Nist is the founder of the successful blog Notes of Berlin. Besides his work on the net, he publishes entertaining non-fiction books such as “Wellensittich entflogen – Farbe egal”, “Wir duschen am liebsten nackt” or “Heute geschlossen wegen gestern”. He studied cultural studies as well as culture and media management at the European University Viadrina and the Free University of Berlin. Joab lives and works as a freelance content creator and urban concept developer in Berlin. The award-winning Berlin blog Notes of Berlin is a tribute to all the notes that Berlin leaves behind in the cityscape every day. Notes of Berlin has reached cult status and is one of the most read blogs in Germany with up to 1 million page views per month. Since 2010, Joab Nist has been documenting Berlin’s vibrant paper economy with his project Notes of Berlin, posting a selection of the most entertaining finds every day. Whether angry neighborhood complaints, romantic expressions of love, or bizarre Lost & Found notes, citizens use their city as a platform to communicate. Pure everyday culture in its purest form. So far, more than 25,000 finds have been submitted, and the GOLVET offers the ultimate best of these.
The Berlin Streetart Gang knows how to draw attention to important messages. It all started with “murals” (wall paintings) of oversized portraits in perfection and decorate their hometown with one mural after the other. Driven by passion and perfectionism, they surpass themselves with each new piece. Besides photorealistic themes and detailed portraits, they also create fascinating illustrations. When they are not working in Berlin, they travel the world to create new works with other street artists. For the work in the GOLVET, The Dixons have ventured into something new and unusual for the boys – instead of working with a spray can, this time foils are the focus of their work. Now, when standing at the window front, the strong color squares hide or emphasize the view to Potsdamer Platz and open a new view on what lies and happens under the 8th floor of the restaurant.
Jens Tümmel aka GogoPlata was born in Rüdersdorf and grew up in Berlin. In his youth he started with “Graffiti Writing” and developed his creations to animated cartoons, illustrations, paintings, sculptures and murals. Since 2007 he has been participating in national and international exhibitions and projects.
His chief sculpture in the GOLVET has everything a real GogoPlata must have: wit, charm, and he does not take himself so seriously. So he interpreted the heart of the GOLVET – the chefs – in a charming, comic-like way and gave us a new team member.
One Truth is an artist duo consisting of the two brothers Dr.Drax and Pase. Both discovered their passion for graffiti in 1998 and started to work autodidactically underground. They are internationally recognized, part of the Swiss graffiti culture and have worked with legends like Cope2 and Bates in the past. In 2003 they founded One Truth Graffiti and since then they have shaped the graffiti landscape as well as the cityscape of Zurich. Their work can be found in many public places such as the World Exposition (Expo) Milano, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the 2012 Olympic Games (London), Google headquarters (Zurich), the FIFA Museum and many more. They are also present at several international collections such as “Galerie Vertes Modern” (Bahnhofstrasse Zurich). Furthermore, their work is traded at the “Galartis Auction House” Lausanne. In the GOLVET, the One Truth Brothers designed the bathrooms. They call their work “Streets of Berlin”, because the spaces reflect the streets of Berlin and the charm they exude with their urban street art. “We wanted to capture the flavor of the city in the spaces, and the context of the noble Golvet meets Street Art was also interesting for us. A lot was created intuitively, out of the moment, without hours of conception, just let it drift, that stands for us and Berlin.
Case aka Andreas von Chrzanowski has been a pioneer of photorealism for over two decades. “Power” and “Movement” are both cornerstones of his German roots and provide the inspiration to express his significant contents of unity and power with hands folded over each other.
His work in the GOLVET is inspired by William Bouguereau’s work “The Birth of Venus”. The interlocking hands depicted in the GOLVET captivate the viewer with their luxurious, erotic aura and play with the metaphor of birth – like the GOLVET, his work is the beginning of something noble and completely new: Wit, charm, and he doesn’t take himself so seriously. So he interpreted the heart of the GOLVET – the chefs – in a charming, comic-like way and gave us a new team member.