From 11th - 15th of september, Berlin Art Week once again presents the diversity of Berlin’s art world. This year’s programme is particularly rich in variety: two art fairs with around 200 galleries, important solo and group shows at seventeen museums and other art institutions, a major joint collaboration at the heart of the city and new exhibition partners.
For the eighth time, Berlin Art Week provides an overview of current events in contemporary art. Visitors at the two art fairs can follow current trends on the art market at the former Tempelhof Airport, where this year’s art berlin expands the presentation of up and coming and established contemporary artists alongside modernist art in Hangars 5 and 6 with two special formats, the sections ›Special Projects‹ with individual positions and curated booths and the ›Salon‹, which presents new platforms and project spaces. The extensive four-day auxiliary programme will include a video programme, performances, and talks. At Hangar 5, Positions Berlin Art Fair will also focus on presenting contemporary and modern art. Talks, performances, book presentations, and an award ceremony complement the art fair, also offering new collectors an entree to the art market. On Friday evening, the Berlin galleries participating in art berlin will be holding the ›art berlin Gallery Openings‹, including shows by artists like Carl Andre, Yael Bartana, Anne Collier, Bernhard Martin, and Laure Prouvost. At ›Friday Night Positions‹, the Berlin galleries participating in Positions Berlin Art Fair will also be presenting their exhibitions until 9pm.
Until Sunday, 15th of september, additional programme highlights will also take place: Kindl—Centre for Contemporary Art will present Bjørn Melhus, who embodies the various and bizarre figures in his films, alongside video installations from recent years and a new production. At Haus der Kulturen der Welt over the weekend, the event programme ›Reading Bodies!‹ will take place, featuring performances, workshops, and debates that explore the body as a complex sign system. For the collaboration project Statista, located in the middle of the city near Alexanderplatz, various participants will present their artistic prototypes for an urban society based on the commons. The results will be presented during Berlin Art Week and the building that has been vacant for ten years will once again be accessible in parts to the general public. Museum Berggruen will be participating in BAW this year with ›Pablo Picasso x Thomas Scheibitz‹. The fifteen participating private collections include several newcomers alongside collections that are renewing their involvement this year. The collection Fluentum presents media and video art at its historical spaces in Dahlem while the haubrok foundation presents works by Rudolf Polanszky and Franz West at the invitation of Konrad Fischer Galerie in the spaces of the gallery’s renovated power substation. Sammlung Arthur de Ganay will also be presenting top-level photography for the first time in many years, featuring artists such as Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth.
In addition, four prizes will be awarded during Berlin Art Week: on 12th of september the tenth Preis der Nationalgalerie will be awarded to a relevant position of contemporary art at Hamburger Bahnhof. On 13th of september, VBKI-Preis Berliner Galerien will honour an especially successful exhibition presentation at an up and coming Berlin gallery, and nine artists have been nominated for this year’s Berlin Art Prize, which will be awarded on 14th of september. The Project Space Award will be presented to twenty Berlin project spaces and initiatives on 13th of september, which with their exhibitions round off the diverse and dense programme of Berlin Art Week.
Berlin Art Week is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin. It is made possible by the support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as well as the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, and realized with the support of GASAG AG.
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