Rick Owens Pops a Boner in Berlin

In Berlin, where artists outnumber civilians two to one, Gallery Weekend is a big deal. Beginning Friday, forty of the city’s hottest galleries join forces for a non-stop marathon of openings and related festivities that amount to an early Oktoberfest for the art set (and remember, in Germany, it’s legal to drink on the streets). For its part, vanguard boutique Apartment—which sometimes doubles as a gallery, like most of the city—is hosting a special exhibition of Rick Owens’ custom furniture, which debuted last year to much acclaim, and which is slated to go on view in New York (see below). Organized by publishing mogul Angelika Taschen, the exhibition, subtly titled To Pop a Boner, pits the industrial severity of the Alexanderplatz district against Owens’ sculptural vision, which is equal parts Brancusi, Stonehenge and the Flintstones. Made mostly from raw plywood, resin and fiberglass, with the occasional bit of fur, the pieces are as functional as they are sinister and haunting. Versatile, too, such as this antler and skull coffee table, which can accommodate afternoon tea as easily as a human sacrifice. Try finding that at IKEA.


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