Franka Eberlein

Tell us about yourself and what you do?
I moved to London ten months ago though I lived here for a short time already in 2012. I am originally from Thuringia, a region in central Germany best known for the Thuringian forest, but I lived in Berlin for the last seven years. I started my blog franklyyours.de in 2016 where I review and recommend contemporary art shows in both commercial galleries and museums.

Why did you decide to do an art blog? When and how did it happen? Why art and not fashion for example?
I actually thought about starting a fashion blog when I moved to Berlin in 2010 and my first job was in fashion. I love fashion but I didn’t feel like I could make a meaningful contribution by writing about it. With art it was different since the idea evolved very naturally. I always used to go to art exhibitions a lot. My friends asked me if they wanted to know what was on and I gave them recommendations by text messages or email. Then I thought– why not put them on a blog and make them accessible for a wider audience. I feel that people are very hesitant when it comes to talking about contemporary art or asking questions about it. I want to provide an easy access to art without using complicated language or assuming that my reader has an education in the arts.

David Shrigley “Eye”

What are your favourite museums/galleries and why?
That is a tough one – there are just some many good ones. Especially in London the number of galleries can be overwhelming. I like some of the bigger, well established ones like Hauser & Wirth, Lisson and White Cube but also smaller ones like Karl Kostyal, The Sunday Painter and Hannah Barry Gallery. The Berliner Johann König opened his first outpost in London this fall, which is a quite unusual space – a former parking lot in Mayfair. Regarding museums, I love places that combine great art with great architecture and a beautiful landscape. My favourites are Serralves in Porto, Chichu Art Museum on Naoshima, Louisiana in Copenhagen and Dia: Beacon in upstate New York.

What inspires you the most?
My beautiful and ambitious friends. And reading. I read tons of magazines, and I force myself to finish a book every now and then, too.

Who are your favourite German artists?
Another tough one since I never really thought about artists in relation to their nationality. Two artists that I think of very spontaneously are Hito Steyerl and Wolfgang Tillmans.

As someone who grew up in Germany, lived in Berlin and then moved to London, what are the things that you like the most about both cities?
Berlin is just so relaxed and unbeatable when it comes to going out – you don’t need to purchase a ticket three months in advance for a club night. But London is a truly global city. I like that my London friends are a mixture of people from all over the world, I like how fast everything is, how much the city is constantly changing and how beautiful the parks are. But most of all the number and quality of art exhibitions in the city is just mind-blowing.

Finally, what are your favourite spots in Berlin and London? Why do you like them?
I picked a restaurant, a bar and a gallery for each city. For Berlin that would be Le Petite Royal in Charlottenburg, Victoria Bar on Potsdamer Straße (both packed with great art) and König’s St. Agnes gallery in Kreuzberg. In London I would stay in my “Kiez” and recommend my neighbourhood restaurant Ellory and my favourite bar Wolfie’s (try Martina’s dirty Martini!). Maureen Paley Gallery is always worth a visit.

Franka is wearing skinny scarves from our last collection.

 

  • Jesse Draxler 1

    This piece deals with both mental and actual landscapes. The artwork rendered digitally then manipulated to become a fracturing sphere or planet. It meant to illustrate the dichotomy of winter as both harsh and beautiful, mentally and physically.