Announcement // Berlin Art Week’s Expanded Scope in 2016

Article by Julianne Cordray in Berlin // Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

For its fifth year running, Berlin Art Week will take place this fall and once again comprise a rich program of exhibitions, two major Berlin art fairs—abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin—art award ceremonies and more. With a program of special screenings, talks and tours, it also presents the opportunity to delve into Berlin’s sites of artistic production, independent project spaces and private collections. As media partner, Berlin Art Link is excited to announce this year’s upcoming program, which will kick off on Tuesday, September 13th.

Running from September 15th to 18th, the art fairs are once again the centerpieces of Berlin Art Week, as an event dedicated to international contemporary art within the unique context of Berlin’s cultural landscape. For its ninth iteration, abc art berlin contemporary will return to the site of Station Berlin, which physically and conceptually locates the aims of the fair within the realm of experimentation, continual change and transformation. Transcending simple categorizations, Positions Berlin generates a space for dialogue and exchange between modern and contemporary art, and both emerging and established artists and galleries. Another former junction of communication and transport networks, Postbahnhof—the site of the railway post-office near Ostbahnhof—will house Positions Berlin this year, reflecting the fair’s pursuit to cultivate a wide-reaching discourse.

Several prizes will be awarded during Berlin Art Week, with special exhibitions of recipients’ work to mark the occasion. Akademie der Künste is awarding Edmund Kuppel with the Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis for his innovative photographic work exploring the relationship between photography and sculpture; in conjunction with which an exhibition of selected works will be presented. As the winner of this year’s Gasag Kunstpreis, an exhibition of Andreas Greiner‘s multi-media work rooted in scientific explorations and natural phenomena will open at Berlinische Galerie on September 14.

Hamburger Bahnhof is opening a solo exhibition of Anne Imhof‘s ‘opera’ production, with evening performances scheduled throughout the week. And an extensive exhibition of selected works by American photographer Gordon Parks—an important chronicler of the civil rights movement—will be on view at C/O Berlin. Other events include dance performances by Jérôme Bel at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and a special program to mark the final week of the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

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