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11 tips for Berlin Art Week

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Berlinische Galerie in Berlin Kreuzberg
Außenansicht Berlinische Galerie © Berlinische Galerie, © Foto: Noshe

Look forward to an exciting art weekend. For the first time this year the Berlin Art Week, the Gallery Weekend and the Biennale for Contemporary Art are taking place simultaneously and invite you to discover contemporary art. Visit collections and project spaces and get inspired by talks and panel discussions. At the same time, you can experience Berlin's vibrant art scene in the open air. 

Open air exhibitions can be found on the meadow in front of the HAU or on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport. There will be rickshaw rides to the award ceremonies. Spectators at the roadside are welcome. Many of the exhibitions can be seen beyond the official duration of the Art Week from September 9 - 13. We have put together 11 tips and highlights for you here.

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: Marc Bauer – The Blow-Up Regime

The basis for the expansive installation "The Blow-Up Regime" by Marc Bauer (left) was research on the history of the Internet. This year's winner of the GASAG Art Prize asks the question of how digitalization affects our perception of reality. The result is a system-critical and socio-critical immersive work of art. In wall-sized drawings you can see a snapshot of Trump's inauguration, excerpts from digital video game worlds and partly dystopian drawings to quotes from Sibylle Berg's novel "GRM Brainfuck". Composer and musician Thomas Kuratli (Pyrite) underscores the scenes with an almost cinematic composition, which is peppered with various sound snippets ranging from the sounds of nature to military drums.

When: September 9, 2020 - April 5, 2021
Where: Berlinische Galerie, Old Jakobstraße 124 - 128, Kreuzberg

Berlinische Galerie

Tip 2: Positions Berlin Art Fair

More than 130 galleries are showing works by around 400 artists in the spacious halls of the former Berlin Tempelhof airport. Large sculptures will be presented on the airfield as part of the Open Air Positions. Furthermore, an exciting supporting program with various performances, talks and also some award ceremonies awaits you. If you want to start your own art collection, the special exhibition Selected Positions offers small works at comparatively small prices. The paper positions mainly shows drawings on paper.

When: September 11th and 12th from 14 - 20 h, September 13th from 13 - 18 h
Where: Tempelhof Airport, Hangar 3 + 4, entrance via Columbiadamm 10, Tempelhof

paper positions

Tip 3: Lerato Shadi – Maru a Pula is a Song of Happiness

Four oversized fists pump upwards on the opposite walls. Depending on the position of the thumb, they give room for different interpretations. The multimedia exhibition by Lersto Shadi, a representative of "Black Feminism", is one of four starting at the Berlin Art Week in the Kindl - Center for Contemporary Art. The overall aim of curator Kathrin Becker, who took over the artistic direction in February, is to retell history - on the basis of personal biographies. Let yourself be surprised by unusual perspectives

When: September 13, 2020 - February 7, 2021
Where: Kindl - Center for contemporary art, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln

Kindl - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst

Tip 4: Lost in America @ n.b.k.

The Neue Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) has taken the elections in the USA as an opportunity to take a closer look at transatlantic relations. The focus is on the deeper structures that are responsible for the loss of the U.S. pioneering role on the political and cultural level. A critical, artistic examination of the current structures of the economy and social fabric. Works by Dan Graham and Martha Rosler, among others, are on display.

When: September 10, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Where: n.b.k. Chausseestraße 128-129, center


Tip 5: "Kieztouren"

The Kieztouren are a great way to explore the Berlin Art Week on your own. Many tours lead from the center to the suburbs, where there are also many interesting collections to discover. In Dahlem, for example, the Brücke Museum, which is expanding its exhibition space with large canvases in the museum's garden. Nearby you can visit the Fluentum in Dahlem and the Haus am Waldsee with its adjoining sculpture garden.

More about Kieztouren

Tip 6: The New Infinity

New art for planetariums: As part of an immersion at the Berliner Festspiele, this year's performance will take place at the Zeiss Großplanetarium. Experience the worlds of images and sounds specially produced for this setting in the gigantic dome of the planetarium. You will see works by contemporary artists as well as classic avant-garde visual music films and works from art history. The performance concert by Caterina Barbieri and Ruben Spini celebrates its world premiere.

When: 11 - 13 September from 14 to 22 hrs
Where: Zeiss Large Planetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, Prenzlauer Berg

The New Infinity

Tip 7: Jeremy Shaw


Jeremy Shaw is known for his multimedia works, with which he describes altered states of consciousness. He combines concept art with elements from music videos and uses findings from esoteric and scientific research. With the "Quantification Trilogy" the Julia Stoschek Collection shows three of his parafictional short films. A publication will be released to accompany the Berlin Art Week.

When: until 29 November, special opening hours 10 - 13 September from 12 to 18 hrs
Where: Julia Stoschek Collection, Leipziger Straße 60, Mitte

Julia Stoschek Collection

Tip 8: Readings from Below

With "Readings from Below", the Times Art Center explores the question of how contemporary artists relate to the present. The exhibited works usually start from a detail in order to face a larger context. One example is the projection of two hands showing words of authority in American sign language: one letter followed by a stamp movement. Also exciting is the record "The Currency" by Elom 20ce & Musquiqui Chihying & Gregor Kasper, which features a rap song on the A-side on the theme of currency. On the B-side you can hear an interview about an alternative currency.

When: September 10th - December 12th, every Tuesday - Saturday from 12 - 19 hrs
Where: Times Art Center Berlin, Brunnenstraße 9, Mitte

The artist talk on September 9th at 6pm can be experienced digitally here:

Times Art Center Berlin

Tip 9: From Breaking Bauhaus to Growing Gaia

The program of talks curated by Therme Art in the courtyard of St. Agnes is about how artists are involved in shaping our environment. How can bridges be built between nature and culture, what possibilities are there to redesign society and the environment in response to the ecological, social and health challenges of our time.

The König Galerie itself is presenting 300 works by 250 artists at Berlin Art Week, including Katharina Grosse, Anne Imhof and a painting by Georg Baselitz, which is on sale for 700,000 euros.

When: September 11 - 13, fair in St. Agnes: September 12 - 20 from 12 to 20
Where: St Agnes Church, Alexandrinenstrasse 118 -121, Kreuzberg

König Galerie

Tip 10: Rods bent into Bows

If you are interested in a small but inspiring exhibition, then have a look at ChertLüdde. In different, winding rooms you can see among other things the wall-sized fabric works of Rosemary Mayer. Born in 1943, the American co-founder of the feminist-oriented New York A.I.R. Gallery. Her nylon and silk fabrics hung on curved wooden rods are reminiscent of historical garments and accordingly bear the names of historical female figures. It is the first solo exhibition of the artist, who died in 2014. 

When: September 4 - October 31, 2020, Tuesday - Saturday from 12 - 18 o'clock, September 9 - 13 from 12 - 19 o'clock
Where: ChertLüdde, Ritterstraße 2a, Kreuzberg


Tip 11: During the exhibition the gallery will be closed

This exhibition is best explained to you by the father-son duo responsible for the haubrok Foundation. It is about the concept of an exhibition itself, whereby the title "During the exhibition the gallery will be closed", borrowed from the concept artist Robert Barry, can be defined as an allusion to the closure of many houses due to the Corona pandemic. On the other hand, the title is also an allusion to the rooms of the former FAHRBEREITSCHAFT of the Central Committee of the SED, which were purchased by the haubrok Foundation as exhibition spaces. Since April 26, 2018, however, these must remain closed according to a decision by the Berlin-Lichtenberg building authorities.

When: September 11 - November 8 upon request, special opening hours September 11 - 13 from 12 - 18 pm
Where: haubrock Foundation, Strausberger Platz 19, Friedrichshain

Book a ticket for a guided tour @ haubrock Foundation

And what else?

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


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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