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Berlin Art Week and Gallery Weekend 2020: 10 must-see art shows

Berlin is about to become an art-lover’s paradise! It’s time for not only the Berlin Art Week, but also for the Gallery Weekend!

Until Sunday, September 13th, institutions, galleries, artists, collectors and other project spaces collaborate to create two of the most exciting art events of the year. There is just so much going on that you need a Doppelgänger to attend all the openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, performances and exhibitions!

Hans Haacke’s “Wir (alle) sind das Volk”/ “We (all) are the people”. Photo from Berlin Art Week website

In this very special year, visits to exhibitions sometimes require prior registration, as the number of visitors will be limited. The larger exhibition spaces and museums, private collections as well as art fairs will be offering time slot tickets to avoid line formation.

And don’t forget to: wear a mask at all exhibition sites, maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other visitors and wash your hands regularly, while improving your air hugging skills!

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

You can find the full program here and here. Although Studio Berlin, the association between Boros Collection and Berghain, turning the famous club into an art space to showcase Berliner artists is something that seems to be unmissable, not to mention the Biennale, the Olafur Eliasson exhibition, the fabric sculptures of Rosemary Mayer and the abstract paintings of Bridget Riley, we focused on the very special exhibitions and events taking place this weekend only. Check them out!

“Hallen #1” and “K60″ at Wilhelm Hallen:

The joint galleries exhibition, on a former iron foundry in Reinickendorf,  are dedicated to works of art and installations that far exceeds the traditional gallery space. 23 artists represented by the participating galleries offer a presentation spanning videos, sculptures, paintings and mixed media installations.

Abstract Art from the Miettinen Collection:

The collection of Timo Miettinen comprises artworks by contemporary artists of various generations and nationalities, mainly paintings, drawings and sculptures, among them a series of marble sculptures from the Roman Times. For this year’s Berlin Art Week, he will showcase selected abstract works from his collection in a stunning Gründerzeit apartment in Charlottenburg.

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

Open houses Werkhof L.57:

Werkhof L.57 is an exciting creative location in Moabit. Katharina Grosse, Karin Sander, Via Lewandowsky, Anri Sala and many others have their studios there. The studio building of Katharina Grosse, made of concrete, sets a special accent. The architects Sauerbruch Hutton also have their offices in Werkhof L.57: they added an unusual building with a reflective stainless steel façade with residences and studios to the brick architecture which once housed a military tailor.

For Berlin Art Week 2020, the residents will be hosting their first ever open house and food and drinks will be available in the courtyard.

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

Arthur de Ganay Photography Collection:

Arthur de Ganay already started collecting photography while studying architecture in Paris during the mid-1990s. In the Köpenicker Straße, in what used to be a jam factory perched on the banks of the river Spree, he has found the perfect space to show the collection.

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

Messe in St. Agnes #2:

The art fair in the former St. Agnes church in Kreuzberg, Berlin will present a high-profile selection of works from the primary and secondary market. The fair will be accompanied by a series of exclusive events such as dinners, concerts, readings, and panel discussions.

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

haubrok foundation:

The haubrok foundation has been showing works from the collection for many years, including Stanley Brouwn and Karin Sander. For the Berlin Art Week, a new location will open on Strausberger Platz with conceptual exhibitions. At the ›Fahrbereitschaft‹, three solo shows will be held by Jonathan Monk, Wade Guyton, and Günther Förg.

Photo from Berlin Art Week website

Positions Berlin Art Fair:

This year’s art fair presents selected international galleries showing their most important positions from the realm of contemporary and modernist art. Now in its seventh year, Positions Berlin will be held in Hangars 3 and 4 of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport and also offers visitors an attractive auxiliary program with talks, prize award ceremonies, special exhibitions, and other events.

Sun Oil at Open White Gallery:

On the 22nd floor of a high-rise building at Hallesches Ufer, in Kreuzberg, Open White Gallery presents “Sun Oil”, a group show with Charles Laib Bitton, Tadashi Toyama, Martin Aagaard Hansen and Yi Ten Lai. The exhibition speaks to the abstraction of consciousness from technology, the recovery of magic from technique.

Majhi International Art Residency Program:

The second edition of the 10-year-long project involves seven international artists from various cultural backgrounds working together on this year’s guiding question: How to shape a society of care?

The exhibition is open from 10-12 September at Der Bogen, next to Michaelbrücke.

Am Tacheles:

For this year’s Gallery Weekend, the former Kunsthaus Tacheles welcome nine international “women in art”, who will join the exhibition “Memories of Now” with live performances, video art, paintings and installations.

Photo from Am Tacheles website

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