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11 tips for Berlin Art Week

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Berlin Art Week: Pavillon im BAW Garten
Berlin Art Week: Pavillon im BAW Garten © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

For the tenth Berlin Art Week, more than 50 museums, exhibition houses, private collections, and project spaces invite visitors to discover contemporary art in Berlin. The anniversary program will also focus on social debates and the intersections and areas of tension between real and digital spaces. For the first time, a Berlin Art Week Garden in front of the KINDL - Zentrum Open Air will invite cross-societal discourse, participation and joint discovery. Many of the exploratory tours into Berlin's vibrant art scene will start from here. 
Look forward to an exciting art weekend and be inspired by talks and panel discussions. Many of the exhibitions are on view beyond the official duration of Art Week from September 15 - 19. We have compiled 11 tips and highlights for you.

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Don't be shy, but show your love for Berlin with d i s t a n c e - in support of everyones safety.

Tip 1: Alicja Kwade: In Absence

Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie
Alicja Kwade zu ihrem Projekt "In Abwesenheit" in der Berlinischen Galerie © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

What actually makes a person? This is what the contemporary Berlin artist Alcja Kwade has been dealing with. Kwade lets her heartbeat resound through the room via 24 loudspeakers, has collected all 24 elements of the periodic table that make up a human being in glass ampoules and papered the walls with thousands of DINA 4 printouts of her very personal DNA. Because these were not sufficient, all other printed hereditary information is accommodated in the bronze boxes. Whether you can deduce from this who Alicja Kwade is exactly? Probably not, and her art plays with this discrepancy between meticulous breakdown of data and genuine understanding. By the way, she built the Helix columns from smartphones loaded with information. The height corresponds to the size of her closest friends. A self-portrait with many relations and points of connection and suggestions for philosophical self-reflection.

Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Kreuzberg

When: until April 4, 2022, Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Guided Tous: Alicja Kwade

Tip 2: Isla Pavilion by Sol Calero at BAW Garden

Isla-Pavillon von Sol Calero im BAW Garten am KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Isla-Pavillon von Sol Calero im BAW Garten am KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

With her Isla, Spanish for island, artist Sol Calero has created a meeting place in front of the KINDL Center in the form of a tropical-looking pavilion. Integrated into the courtyard, which has been in a state of flux for years and where a typically diverse Berlin public otherwise gathers, an open exchange, participation and discovery is invited here during Berlin Art Week. Here you can become artistically creative yourself, meet young female artists and enjoy the evening with different DJ sets.

Where: BAW Garden in front of the KINDL Center for Contemporary Art, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln

When: September 15 - 19 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BAW Garden Program

Tip 3: Berlin Art Week - Tours

The way to the "Haus am Waldsee"
exterior view "Haus am Waldsee" © Pressestelle BA Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Discover what Berlin's art scene has to offer. The Museumsdienst Berlin and other experienced art advisors will take you on a discovery tour, on foot, by bike or even by bus. You will get an insight into Berlin's gallery scene and look behind the scenes of the participating institutions and project spaces of the Berlin Art Week. Tours lead through almost all of Berlin's neighborhoods - and sometimes out into the countryside - for example, right Grunewald to the Haus am Waldsee and the Brücke Museum. 
When: various times during Berlin Art Week, registration for the bicycle tours through the project spaces by September 16 at the latest at biketours@projektraeume-berlin.net. 

Where: everywhere in the city

When: different dates

Berlin Art Week: Tours

Tip 4: Alexandra Bircken - Fair Game

Freiwild von Alexandra Bircken im KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Freiwild von Alexandra Bircken im KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Alexandra Bricken has created a rather dystopian landscape in the KINDL Center's Kesselhaus with her work "Fair Game". Around her Elektra, dressed in colorful knitwear, lie and hang the black latex sheaths typical for Bricken, partly arranged in such a way that they seem to be climbing up the walls like fleeing figures. It's a work that gets under your skin.

When: Opening Sept. 18 from 2-10 p.m., Sept. 19, 2021-May 15, 2022.

Where: KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln

KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art

Tip 5: Dance-Performance: Still not Still

Bühne des HAU: Ligia Lewis spricht über das Tanzstück "Still not Still"
Bühne des HAU: Ligia Lewis spricht über das Tanzstück "Still not Still" © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

The dance piece by Ligia Lewis is based on the story about a black Madonna statue that was found in Italy in the 8th century, but whose ethnic roots were denied by historiography. Thus, in striking scenes, the choreography tells of the violence of denial, of the erasure of historical events that did not fit into the ethnically linear narrative strands of Westernized historians. 

When: September 16-18 at 8:30 p.m. (remaining tickets at the box office).

Where: HAU 1, Stresemannstraße 29, Kreuzberg

Hebbel am Ufer

Tip 6: Akademie der Künste: NOTHINGTOSEENESS

Akademie der Künste: We Buy White Albums von Rutherford Chang
Akademie der Künste: We Buy White Albums von Rutherford Chang © Rutherford Chang

With NOTHINGTOSEENESS, the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) wants to lure the audience away from the ever-available window of digital media and into reality. Works were therefore selected that require the presence of the viewer, simply because one must look closely for the work to unfold. On view are works, predominantly white in color, that question seeing itself and present a broad spectrum of renowned artists* from the 1950s/60s to the present. Among them John Cage, Bruce Naumann, Yoko Ono, James Turrell and many more.

When: during Berlin Art Wee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (opening day until midnight), exhibition September 15 to December 12, 2021.

Where: Hanseatenweg 10, Tiergarten

NOTHINGTOSEENESS

Tip 7: House at Lützowplatz - Clemens Krauss: Masses

Ölgemälde von Clemens Krauss im Rahmen der Ausstellung Masse  im Haus am Lützowplatz
Ölgemälde von Clemens Krauss im Rahmen der Ausstellung Masse im Haus am Lützowplatz © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

The oil paintings by Austrian artist Clemens Krauss can sometimes weigh 20 kilos. That's how thickly he applies the paint to show the massive presence of the bodies he has designed. In a parcours, for which walls were drawn into the room especially for this exhibition, you wander past the works that, despite their massiveness, tell of vulnerability, of loneliness and alienation, sometimes also of horror. The tour ends in a room with a circle of chairs, where the artist, who is trained as a psychoanalyst, invites visitors to group sessions. Individual places are still available. Register at sitzungen@hal-berlin.de 

When: Opening Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., exhibition from Sept. 16, 2021, to Jan. 9, 2022.

Where: Lützowplatz 9, Tiergarten

House at Lützowplatz

Tip 8: Gallery Alexander Levy – Su Yu Hsin

Berlin Art Week: Arbeiten von Su Yu Hsin in der Alexander Levy Galerie
Berlin Art Week: Arbeiten von Su Yu Hsin in der Alexander Levy Galerie © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Under the title "frame of reference", the artist and filmmaker Su Yu Hsin, who was born in Taiwan and lives in Berlin, has created a poetic film essay from data and image prints. Here, the pictorial elements of boreholes, landscapes, rivers reflect the process of change and put it in direct comparison with the data of science.

When: September 16-October 16, 2021.

Where: Alexander Levy Gallery, Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26

Galleries in Berlin

Tip 9: The New Infinity at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium

Berliner Festspiele: The New Infinity im Zeiss-Großplanetarium zeigt Sun Araw von Theo Triantafyllidis
Berliner Festspiele: The New Infinity im Zeiss-Großplanetarium zeigt Sun Araw von Theo Triantafyllidis © Theo Triantafyllidis

New art for planetariums: As part of the fourth edition of "The New Infinity," the Zeiss Grand Planetarium will be played as a gallery of the future. Experience the visual and sound worlds produced especially for this setting in the planetarium's gigantic dome, including the world premieres of "Grey Interiors," a post-industrial symphony by British musician Darren J. Cunningham aka Actress & the artist* collective Actual Objects, but also experimental film formats.

When: September 17-19, 2021, different times.

Where: Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg

The New Infinity

Tip 10: HKW Illiberal Arts

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The concept of "illiberal arts" which Lu Märtens developed as early as the 1910s is both the point of orientation and the starting point of this search for artistic and social self-understanding. Not only is the status quo of art itself called into question, but also the liberal-capitalist world order, which seemed to have prevailed, but is now showing cracks everywhere.  Existing property relations are called into question. Performances and workshops complement the exhibition.

When: September 11 to November 21, 2021

Where: John-Foster-Dulles-Alle 10, Tiergarten

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures)

Tip 11: Digital Berlin Art Week

Berlin Art Week: Logo vor der Berlinischen Galerie
Berlin Art Week: Logo vor der Berlinischen Galerie © visitBerlin | Josefine Köhn-Haskins

If you can't be there yourself or if you would like to delve further into the topics surrounding Berlin Art Week, you will find numerous exciting formats in the Berlin Art Week Journal and Playlist. Read essays, discourses, features and get to grips with the current topics. The playlist complements the program with live streams, screenings, podcasts.

When: during Berlin Art Week

Where: online

Berlin Art Week: Playlist

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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