Mathilde Bonbon and Henry Anno have been sharing the large studio in Wedding since the summer of 2017. Although very different in their respective approaches to art making, here – somehow – it all comes together.
A windowed wall and an opening in the high ceiling floods the room with light, even under Berlin’s grey sky, making this the perfect place to both create and exhibit art. But more than that, Studio 3926 provides the frame for a lifestyle with art at its centre, and the set of new and surprising relations that fall into this orbit. Diagonally across one corner of the space is a big dining table on a beautiful rug, and an orange corduroy sofa. Along the wall, a fully equipped kitchen has sprung, little by little, from various found components. Here, the couple hosts intimate dinners for friends, strangers and art lovers, interrupted by trips to the back room, where countless canvasses await discovery in the impressive storage space.
The studio is routinely cleaned up, the unfinished works put away, and exhibitions mounted. In September 2018, the complex, which houses several other artists’ ateliers, hosted its first Open Studios event with great success. On these occasions, Bonbon and Anno’s works appear side-by-side. For instance curated around colour, as in the exhibition Destination Red in May 2018, or in November 2017’s Between the Lines, where Anno’s dense black monochromes became the perfect match for Bonbon’s haunting totem sculptures.
At the end of 2018, the wall was lined with three antique monogrammed bedsheets stretched onto massive frames. These will be the couple’s first collaborative works. Judging from the immense versatility of their practices, what will come of this effort, only time can tell.