Opening Programme

Radical Playgrounds

Opening Weekend

From Competition to Collaboration – Ein Kunstparcours am Gropius Bau

Gropius Hain © Gropius Bau, Luis Kürschner

Radical Playgrounds arrives at the Gropius Bau parking lot for eleven weeks like an itinerant or a temporary funfair.

It merges a sculpture park with a maze, adds a skywalk, a display on the history of playgrounds and activism, and ongoing performative workshops. A range of artworks will tackle the healing potential of collective play, creating a public space that addresses both adults and children, and shifts focus from competition to collaboration.The artistic positions include a Maya-inspired pyramid by Edgar Calel, a skate ramp developed by Florentina Holzinger, and Céline Condorelli’s large-scale playing field “Play for Today”, which looks at gender equality in sports. In a performance piece by Massimo Furlan, two performer re-enact the 1974 World Cup match between East and West Germany on the border strip where the Berlin Wall once stood.

For the opening, Radical Playgrounds invites you to experience walk-throughs, talks and performances with the artists present. Families are very welcome at Radical Playgrounds!


Saturday, 27 April 2024

Matthias Pees & Jenny Schlenzka (Director Berliner Festspiele, Director Gropius Bau)
Claudia Roth (Minister of State for Culture and the Media)
Joanna Warsza & Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius (Curators Radical Playgrounds)

With artists, partners, guests and team

With the curators Joanna Warsza and Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius with the artists present: Edgar Calel, Alice Chauchat, Céline Condorelli, Florentina HolzingerIngela Ihrman, Agnieszka Kurant, Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Tomás Saraceno, The School of Mutants, Irad Verkron, Raul Walch and Gabriela Burkhalter

From 13:00
“Jun Juyu Juxuj / A Mountain of Drawings” 
By Edgar Calel

Activation of the installation “Halfpipe. Bent Metal on 2 Cars”  
By Florentina Holzinger and skaters

“Love Me Love Me Not”
By Ingela Ihrman

18:00–20 00
Dance for everyone
“Dance Gathering”  
By Alice Chauchat

Sunday, 28 April 2024

“The Playground Project” 
With Gabriela Burkhalter

With the curators Joanna Warsza and Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius

“On Feminist and Decolonial Playability”
By Madina Tlostanova