After managing last year to successfully bring together some of Berlin’s finest art events and institutions, Berlin Art Week returns with an even more extensive and exciting program, running from Sept. 17-22. Berlin Art Link are media partners with Berlin Art Week this year and we’ll be bringing you updates, editorials and sneak previews throughout.
Berlin Art Week includes the two art fairs—art berlin contemporary and PREVIEW Berlin Art Fair, as well as some of the cities primary contemporary art institutions, and promises six days brimming with openings, exhibitions, events and special projects. Berlin Art week will launch on Sept. 17, by closing off Auguststrasse and throwing a massive street party, complete with a stage, live acts, and other offerings from local galleries, bars and restaurants.
As part of its efforts to expand the scope of Berlin Art Week, this year a special jury has selected ten additional art projects and institutions to join the program. These additions include project spaces such as Autocenter and Schinkel Pavillon, the Doku.Arts film festival, the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik ZK/U artist-in-residence program and a Goldrausch artist’s project. With so much of Berlin’s art-scene operating outside of the major venues, these project partners seem an appropriate inclusion.
Above: Bernard Piffaretti – “sans titre” (2013); acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm; courtesy by the artist and Klemm’s, Berlin
Below: Nina Beier – “Green” (2013), beach towel, pressed house plants (Dracaena Marginata), glass, 75×150 cm; courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin
Despite dropping its thematic programming last year, art berlin contemporary remains a different breed of art fair. The participating galleries are asked to present a singular position on contemporary art, usually only displaying a few artist’s works. Dispensing with the white-cube booth format, the interior architecture of abc is more of an open-plan, responding to different galleries requirements. Once again, abc will host Miss Read, Berlin’s independent publishing festival, and will also include an area curated by Shanaynay (Paris) where international project-spaces will “stage” temporary exhibitions within a two-hour time-frame.
PREVIEW Berlin runs for its ninth time and continuing with its tradition of using unique venues, will take place inside the former painters’ halls of an opera workshop. While PREVIEW sits closer to a more traditional art fair, it also includes some distinctive elements, such as a “solo wall” dedicated to emerging artists and an art prize, awarded together with Berlin Hyp, to a young artist or recent graduate.
Along with the art fairs, the institutional partners of Berlin Art Week will present their own exhibitions and this year four of them will partner to present the much anticipated Painting Forever!. Examining the whole spectrum of contemporary painting in Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Neue Nationalgalerie will each present an exhibition on the theme.
BERLIN ART WEEK
Opening Party: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013
DEUTSCHE BANK KUNSTHALLE
“To Paint is To Love Again” – JEANNE MAMMEN, ANTJE MAJEWSKI, KATRIN PLAVCAK, GIOVANNA SARTI
Exhibition: Sep. 18 – Nov. 10, 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Sep. 17; 6-9pm
Unter den Linden 13-15 (click here for map)
“BubeDameKönigAss” – MARTIN EDER, MICHAEL KUNZE, ANSELM REYLE, THOMAS SCHEIBITZ
Exhibition: Sep. 06 – Nov. 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep. 05; 8pm
Potsdamer Straße 50 (click here for map)
“One from None” – DAVID OSTROWSKI, CHRIS SUCCO, SAMUEL FRANCOIS, EVA BERENDES, SAM MOYER
Exhibition: Sep. 14 – 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep. 13; 8pm
Leipziger Straße 56 (click here for map)
“Discursive Construction. Communicative Destruction”- GELATIN
Performances by artists from the group Anna Ly Sing: Sep. 18 – 21
Grand Finale Opening: Wednesday, Sep. 25; 7pm
Oberwallstrasse 1 (Click here for map)
Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst:
KERSTIN BRÄTSCH, MARIANA CASTILLO DEBALL, SIMON DENNY, HARIS EPAMINONDA.
Exhibition: Aug. 30, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, Aug. 29; 8pm
Invalidenstraße 50-51 (click here for map)
Blog entry by Jessyca Hutchens in Berlin; Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013.