In just one month, the German capital will turn its attention to contemporary art for Berlin Art Week. This year’s special highlight: marking the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, art exhibitions as well will be exploring the social, political, and urban developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A fixed date on the global art calendar, the eighth Berlin Art Week from 11—15 SEP 2019 invites guests from around the world to enjoy a jam-packed programme of art fairs, exhibitions, openings, award ceremonies, and other special events. This year, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, several exhibitions will be dealing with the social, political and urban developments since 1989.
An international perspective on man-made walls, borders, and barriers is provided by the group show ›Walking Through Walls‹ at Gropius Bau. Artists such as Mona Hatoum, Anri Sala, and Jose Dávila explore the physical and psychological consequences of living in societies marked by division. Collection Regard will present photography by Patrick Tourneboeuf, who has been artistically documenting the temporal and spatial course of the border wall since 1988.
The exhibition curated by Arch+ ›1989-2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin‹ at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) takes as its starting point the narrative of the capital’s history—the myth of Berlin. It will explore urban development as of 1989, asking how has Berlin become what it is today. C/O Berlin will be exploring the cultural renaissance of the capital city after 1989 in the exhibition ›No Photos on the Dancefloor! Berlin 1989—Today‹ looking at the creative energies of Berlin club culture. During the day, the exhibition with photography, videos, films, and documentary material will offer insights into the club scene of the last thirty years. At night, renowned DJs, sound, and visual artists will transform the exhibition space into a club.
Statista is a project located in Haus der Statistik near Alexanderplatz, and one of the last still vacant spots in the city centre, over 45,000 square metres in size. In 2015, the building complex was saved by a broad coalition of urban agents from being sold to investors and demolished. This was tied to the demand to create a space for culture, social needs, education, and affordable housing in the heart of the city. The project Statista is a collaboration between ZK/U—Center for Art and Urbanistics and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, developing artistic prototypes for a city society rooted in the commons. The result of these artistic processes will be visible during Berlin Art Week: from a cryptocurrency based on the welfare of bees, through near-nature façade design, to neighbourly collaborations and an international conference featuring the Indonesian artists’ collective ruangrupa.
Berlinische Galerie will also be exploring the subject of space and the city with an exhibition by Bettina Pousttchi. For Berlin Art Week, she will be showing sculptures that explore the accessibility of the city space and also present a photographic façade work over the entire entrance, linking the museum to its immediate surroundings. Furthermore, seventeen museums and exhibition venues, two art fairs, fifteen private collections, and twenty project spaces make Berlin Art Week provide rich insights into the diversity of Berlin’s art world.
Berlin Art Week is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin. It is made possible with the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as well as the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and realised with funding from GASAG AG.
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