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11 tips for Berlin Art Week

Highlights, Places, Prizes

Visitors at Berlin Art Week meeting at Uferhallen in Wedding
Visitors at Berlin Art Week visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

For the eleventh Berlin Art Week, over 50 exhibition houses, private collections, galleries and project spaces invite you to discover contemporary art in Berlin. An exciting supporting programme with performances, music, talks and much more awaits you. Because the choice is not easy, we have selected 11 highlights for you. You can look forward to an exciting art weekend.

By the way: many of the exhibitions can be seen beyond the official duration of the Berlin Art Week from 14 - 18 September. 

Tip 1: BAW Garten at Uferhallen Wedding

The best starting point for a visit to Berlin Art Week is the BAW Garten. In the courtyard of the Uferhallen in Wedding, you can plan your discovery tour of Berlin's art scene while enjoying a café and cake. Exciting artworks already await you in the courtyard, including posters with poem collages by Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller. Rosa Barber brings sounds from the studio to the courtyard with the sound sculpture Behind Broadcast. Take part in guided tours of the grounds and visit the artists in the Open Studio. Performances, DJ sets, talks and workshops will be held here over the five days. For the opening on 14 September, Mouse on Mars will be playing from 8 to 10 pm.

When: 14 to 18 September 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Uferstraße 8 - 11, Wedding

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Tip 2: On Equal Terms at Uferhallen Wedding

You enter the large exhibition hall through Karin Sander's fly curtain, which is symbolically meant to keep out all unwanted guests. The group exhibition "On Equal Terms" focuses on the economic displacement of artistic free spaces in Berlin. Incidentally, this is a topic that also occupies the Uferhallen time and again. Here you can see cent coins rolling over an assembly line, the model of an insurance building on fire. With her neon sign "Liberty", armed with pigeon repellent spikes, Selja Kameric asks what freedom actually means for those who don't have it. And Ann Schomburg shares her art space with other artists in the mini-galleries she curates. In short, it's about capital & curators - and how the relationship of current power structures affects the art scene. Uferhallen Kunstaktien: Documentation of a public company shows the artworks that were designed as "shares" to finance the takeover of the site by artists.

When: 15 to 25 September
Where: Uferstraße 8 - 11, Wedding

Tip 3: Kiez Tours

Georg-Kolbe-Museum in Berlin
Garden at Georg-Kolbe-Museum visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

Because it's not always easy to discover art spaces and works of art on your own, we recommend taking part in one of the guided Kiez tours. Accompanied by experts, you can explore Berlin's neighbourhoods on foot, by bike or by bus and discover the contemporary art to be found there. If the tours are already fully booked, you can check the stops on the BAW website.  - and, of course, you can also put together your own individual tours. You can find more walks for art lovers in our blog.

When: 14 to 18 September
Where: various locations 

Kiez Tours

Tip 4: KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art: Mona Hatoum

Kindl - zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst: Gebäude
KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Photo: Marco Funke, 2019

Last year's festival venue is, of course, back again this year. You can visit a total of four exhibitions here, including "all of a quiver" by Mona Hatoum, whose work will be shown at three different venues during Berlin Art Week, in addition to the KINDL Centre also at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the Georg Kolbe Museum. The artist, who was unable to return to her homeland even after the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon, uses her art to address the fragility of human existence in relation to political and social change. In the 20-metre-high tower of the historic Kesselhaus, you will see an expansive installation of hers that approaches collapse in a five-minute rhythm, only to straighten itself out again.

When: until 14 May, Wednesday 12 - 8 p.m., Thursday to Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln

All of a quiver

Tip 5: Everything will be fine by HAU und Tactical Tech

Is technology the problem or is technology the solution? This is the question posed by the exhibition of the NGO Tactical Tech in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer in front of the Museum of Technology. 19 works by various artists are intended to arouse the curiosity of passers-by and invite them to enter the roundel under the white balloon. Here, various projects are presented that deal with how tech influences our future and how crises, politics and social change in turn affect the development and use of technology. A place to browse, reflect, explore further and discuss. Everything will be fine!

When: 14 September to 4 October
Where: In front of the Museum of Technology, Trebbiner Straße 9, Kreuzberg


Tip 6: Schinkel Pavillon: Egregores & Grimoires

You probably won't feel at all fine when you visit the basement rooms in the Schinkel Pavillon. Here, artist Jon Rafman invites you to immerse yourself in a disturbing gaming world. Surreal, virtual dystopias unfold in two films. If you haven't seen enough yet, you can pass through a heavy, blue-washed plastic curtain into a space in between, where a tryptich of bizarre, dark sequences of images are lined up, with which Rafman holds up the distorting mirror of the Internet to society. Not for the faint-hearted. In the pavilion above you can see the whimsical furniture sculptures by Anna Uddenberg.

When: 15 September to 30 December
Where: Oberwallstraße 32, Mitte

Schinkel Pavillon

Tip 7: YOYI Care, Repair, Heal at Gropius Bau

Entrance of the Gropius Building at the Berlin Art Week
Gropius Building at the Berlin Art Week visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

YOYI is the name given by the Tiwi people of northern Australia to a ceremony in which they celebrate and mourn together through song and dance. A term that, under the title "YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal", the Gropius Bau invited 26 artists to explore the themes of care, repair and healing. The result is a diverse and exciting mix of works, approaches and concepts ranging from the abstractly political to the deeply human, sometimes denouncing, sometimes critical, sometimes poetic and deeply rooted, but also solution-oriented and innovative. 

When: 16 September to 15 January, Wednesday to Monday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Kreuzberg

YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal

Tip 8: Positions Tempelhof

Positions Berlin Art Fair
Positions Berlin Art Fair Oana Popa für Kulturprojekte Berlin

88 international galleries show their selection of contemporary and modern art at this year's ninth edition of the Positions Berlin Art Fair. You can also marvel at the light-flooded backdrop of the gigantic hangars at the former Tempelhof Airport. Talks and special exhibitions promise deeper insights into crypto art, NFTs, fashion or how about a little modern yoga. Children can let off steam artistically in the supervised Kids Positions in the hangar,

When: 15 to 18 September
Where: Tempelhof Airport - Hangar 5 & 6, Tempelhofer Damm 45, Tempelhof


Tip:9: Spheres of Interest by ifa Gallery

The ifa Gallery Berlin is not only represented at the Berlin Art Week with its own exhibition, but also deals with its work as the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations with various performances in the urban space. On site at the gallery you will see a selection of objects that have been preserved from the collection of the Centre for Art Exhibitions of the GDR. Performances include a mobile exhibition on the forecourt of the New National Gallery on 14 September, the Motus Chess Club on Saturday on the northern Monbijou Bridge, or Isaac Chong Wong's performance bringing Käthe Kollwitz's woodcut "The Mothers" to life (15 and 16 September 5-7 p.m. Klosterruine Berlin). By the way: The Käthe Kollwitz Museum has moved. Find out more!

When: Wednesday 14 September 2pm-2pm, Thursday to Sunday 15 - 18 September 2pm-9pm.
Where ifa Gallery, Linienstraße 39/140, Mitte

Käthe Kollwitz Museum

Tipp 10: Berlin Art Prize at independent Project Rooms

Kunsthaus ACUD
Kunsthaus ACUD (c) visumate

Eight artists have been nominated for this year's Berlin Art Prize, which will be awarded at the Acud Club on 15 September. You can see the exhibitions of all the nominees until 14 October in eight different independent project spaces in Berlin. The eight selected artists come from seven countries and deal with different thematic areas, among others:  "imagining the future in the face of fossil capitalism", "strategies of political resistance" and "queer self-assertion"; "intimate memories and historical commemoration of colonial history" or even "collective fears and transcendental experiences".  Find out more.

When: Until 14 October
Where: Various exhibition venues in Berlin


Tip 11: Halls #3 Wilhelm Hallen: Group exhibition K60

Historic Wilhelm Halls
Historic Wilhelm Halls HALLEN #2

No fewer than 15 galleries will be exhibiting in the Wilhelm Hallen in Reinickendorf during Berlin Art Week. In the meantime, the listed industrial area has developed into a new centre for the creative and cultural scene that is really worth a visit. In addition to the galleries, various international artists are also involved. Performances and discussions complete the programme - and provide a kaleidoscopic insight into Berlin's art scene.

Where: Kopenhagener Strasse 60 - 72, Reinickendorf
When: until 18 September

Wilhelm Halls

Of course, there are many other exciting exhibitions, such as Queerness in Photography at c/o Berlin, SculpturePopulaire and LuYang: Doku Experience Center at PalaisPopulaire, Norbert Bisky Taumel at Galerie König, screenings and talks at Brücke Museum, and you can visit the Boros Collection on the occasion of Berlin Art Week on Sunday without admission.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


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