Berlin Art Week // Art Fairs and Event Selects

In the tradition of Art Forum’s previous efforts, the second week of September will inhabit the city with a new visage: Berlin Art Week. The event, which will be marked by a variety of privately coordinated fairs from a variety of groups, ranging from abc –art berlin contemporary to major institutions like the Akademie der Künste. In addition to fairs, Berlin Art Week features shows at hundreds of galleries.

With morphing perspectives on methods in which art is presented in urban life, Berlin Art Week is attempting to fuel such necessary discussions. The coordinators of this weeklong event urge visitors to reconsider the ways in which a city can be a platform for art and artists– how has Berlin evolved as a mecca of contemporary art, and how can it further advance? Shows, exhibitions, and fairs will allow ample space for Berliners to appreciate and ponder the state of the city’s current art scene.

Preview Berlin Directors // Photograph by Susann Zielinski & Tim Adler for Berlin Art Link (2011)


Art Berlin Contemporary, a hybrid of curated exhibition and art fair, will host over 150 artists’ works this year, as well as 30 creative organizations from around the world. Additionally, abc has invited New York’s “Artists Space” to coordinate two “interventions,” as well as a lecture series.

Open Dates: Sep. 13 – 16, 2012
Opening Reception and BBQ: Thursday, Sep. 13; 6–9pm
Station-Berlin Luckenwalder Strasse 4—6 (click here for map)

In its eigth year, the Preview Berlin Art Fair will return for Berlin Art Week. The fair, hosted in Hangar2 of the former Templehof Airport, both Berlin-based and internationally renonwed galleries will present a variety of works, specializing in exciting emerging artists. Thus, the newest trends and artists in the world will be on display.

Open Dates: Sep. 13 – 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep. 13; 6-10pm
Airport Berlin Tempelhof, Hangar2, Columbiadamm 10 (click here for map)

The Berliner Liste fair will be presenting over 120 galleries, projects and artists, exhibiting their latest and greatest works in central Berlin. In coordination with the Berlin Art Week, the fair underlines Berlin’s status as the home of a significant art culture internationally.

Open Dates: Sep.13-16, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sep. 12; 6pm
MUMA | Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Straße 70 (click here for map)

Focusing on the unprecedented rapidity of contemporary urbanization, the Urban Art Fair focuses on the manifestations of such a significant trend. With this revolution of lifestyle, contemporary culture has been overturned– cities have engendered new forms of expression. The fair promises exciting new interpretations of classist notions of art, and furthermore, gallery-buyer relationships.

Open Dates: Sep. 13 – 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep. 13; 7-12pm
Postbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, Berlin (click here for map)

MOMENTUM - Cassandra Bird & Rachel Rits-VollochMOMENTUM Directors – Cassandra Bird and Rachel Rits-Volloch; Photo by Anthony Georgis for Berlin Art Link (2012)


Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012

On Wednesday, AJLart has selected the Epicentro Art Space on Karl- Marx- Allee to exhibit a variety of works by prominent artists. The show, “sublim kursiv” promises to be one of the highlights of the week and features works by: Christian Boltanski, James Lee Byars, Gianni Caravaggio, Douglas Gordon, Markus Keibel, Imi Knoebel, Robert Montgomery, Christine Rusche, Junior Toscanello, Björn Wallbaum, and Ralf Ziervogel. It promises to be an overwhelmingly significant collection of works.
Opens: September 12: 6-10 pm
September 12- October 9th
Karl-Marx- Allee 82-84 (click here for map)

An anomaly in the contemporary art scene, Frenchman Cyprien Gaillard was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst for his work “Artefacts,” a film that studied the story of Babylon through the lens of the current war in Iraq. On Wednesday night, he will perform his work “What It Does To Your City” at the Schinkel Pavillon.

Exhibition: Sept 15 – Oct 21, 2012
Opens: Wednesday, Sept 12, 2012; Performance at 8pm
Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstr. 1 (click here for map)

Thomas Eller will speak to Cassandra Bird and Rachel Rits- Volloch from Momentum Berlin at the Berlinische Gallery. Momentum, which was created in Sydney in 2010, and secondly, in Berlin in 2011, is a self-described “global platform for time-based art.” It invites artists and galleries to exhibit in Berlin, creating an international network. The scheduled talk is part of a series by the Berlinische Gallery entitled “Demonstrate!” which invites participants to discuss practices, concepts, and projects in art.

Talk: September 12; 7 pm
Museum Cafe at Berlinische Galerie
Admission free; Talk is in English
Alte Jakobstraße 124 (click here for map)

A week-long (Sept 11 – 16) opening celebration for Johann König’s new space at St. Agnes Church will go on through the week (Sept 11 – 16). Highlights over the week include dj’s every night, talks and the ABC opening after party.

Week Events: Sept 11 – 16, 2012
Opening Party: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 | Panel discussion (in German): 11am – 12pm | Open House: 12 – 8 pm | Times Bar & Grill Party with Your Body und DJ Sweat: 8pm on
Alexandrinenstrasse 118 (click here for map)

Alex Duve and Alex Levy will be hosting King Sizes’ notorious Artist Night on Tuesday. The program, initiated by Martin Kwade, is an ongoing staple for Mitte’s creative’s nightlife. Each week, Kwade commissions a different artist to create artworks saying “Artist’s Night, 2.50 Euro Beer” for the event.

Party: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012; 10pm – 6am
King Size Bar, Friedrichstr 112 b (click here for map)

Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012

Berlin Art Link will be hosting their third exhibition in our Night & Day Series, presenting pieces by Swiss artist Eva Maria Salvador and American artist John Kleckner. The show, which will take place in Mitte’s Sur la Montagne project space, will feature Salvador’s photographed head sculptures, juxtaposed with Kleckner’s drawings and collages. The pieces work in conjunction with each other to explore the theme of historical European military helmets.

Vernissage: Saturday, Sept 15, 7-11pm
Exhibition: Sunday, Sept 16, 12-5pm
*After-party at KIM BAR (Brunnenstrasse 10) from 11pm on
Sur la Montagne Project Space, Torstrasse 170 (click here for map)

Co Verlag is launching re:MMX, an exhibition that will be held over two days. The exhibition will feature a new sound sculpture installation, panoramic video works, photography, painting and the return of the Circadian Light room. On view is the never before seen art project “The Cave” plus the unveiling of the public Video Box in the garden and a large scale mural. The Video Box program is open daily 5-11pm with videos changing weekly.

Exhibition Dates: Sept 15, 14–22h & Sept 16, 14 – 20h
Linienstrasse 142 (click here for map)
Blog entry by Anna Purcell in Berlin; Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

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