It is not very often that you will hear an architect speak about destruction and the instability of our world. Zvi Hecker does so, in a very poetic kind of way. At this year’s abc, the galleries Neumeister Bar-Am and Nordenhake will be showing an object by Hecker that will most likely astonish you: A cave-like installation, a shelter, but without walls and nonetheless with paleolithic cave paintings, found online, pixelated and enlarged. We cannot really decide if the title “IF WE ARE LUCKY” is an optimistic one.

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Born in Krakow, trained in Israel and residing nowadays in Berlin, Zvi Hecker is an architect and a trained painter. He has built a couple of astonishing educational, official and residential buildings, published a couple of books, shown his work at a couple of exhibitions, participated in a couple of Venice Biennials and won a couple of prizes. If you think this is too much for one person, let us comfort you a little: Hecker is 83 years old. But he still runs his architectural studio in Berlin.

Here, he co-designed the memorial for the synagoge in Kreuzberg’s Lindenstraße and the Heinz Galinski school in Grunewald (1990-95), which from above looks like a rotating flower or book. None of his more recent buildings are rectangular. If all this doesn’t make you anxious to see his installation, then we don’t know what will.

Niche looks forward to guiding you at abc.

Daily (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at 1, 3 and 5pm

Price: 5 Euro / person

Group-tour for up to 10 people, bookable on request as a group

Price: 75 Euro / group

Meeting point at the “guided tours” counter

Booking via guides@artberlincontemporary.com and on site at abc

Courtesy Zvi Hecker