September 18, 2006 - Art Forum Berlin - ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 opens in just a few days
September 18, 2006

ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 opens in just a few days

The five rejected proposals for the Athens Tower</em>, 2004 by BIG CITY LAB participant Vangelis Vlahos, Courtesy The Breeder, Athens

ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 
The International Fair for Contemporary Art
30 September-4 October, 2006

Opening: 29 September, 2006

www.art-forum-berlin.com

ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 the not-to-be-missed season kick-off
The 11th edition of ART FORUM BERLIN – International Fair for Contemporary Art opens its doors in just a few days on September 29th, 2006. A series of extraordinary stand concepts and individual presentations and a full range of discoveries make out of ART FORUM BERLIN the most fascinating and innovative fair dedicated to contemporary art. The Berlin Senate for Economics “Project Future” will honour conceptual achievement of participants by donating two prizes for the best gallery stands.

Works by more than 1,500 artists from all genres of contemporary visual art will be on view, presented by 121 galleries from all five continents. More collectors, curators, and critics than ever before from around the globe have announced their visit to the fair and Berlin Europes metropolis of the Arts. Always alive with a selection of prominent galleries and the most interesting of the emerging generation, this year’s ART FORUM BERLIN offers a wider range of international upcoming galleries and an abundance of new constellations and presentations: For the first time in Berlin: Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica, Max Wigram, London. New-Berliners and ex-Cologners Aurel Scheibler and Andre Buchmann are awaited with great expectation. The Black Dragon Society from Los Angeles is bringing Gustavo Herrera, Nick Lowe and Julie Kirkpatrick to the shores of the Spree River. The presentation of the young Scottish Sorcha Dallas Gallery of Glasgow promises to be riveting. Controversial and exciting is also the mixture at the Breeder from Athens. Parisians Fabienne Leclerc (in Situ Gallery), Kamel Mennour and Laurent Godin are among the strengthened faction of French participants. Sculpture is the promising new trend to be discovered at Eigen Art, Berlin/Leipzig and many other galleries this year. Nasty little paintings by Nicole Eisenman will be shown at Leo Koenig, New York. Hammelehle and Ahrens, Cologne, exhibit the Swabian Bunker, a thematic showing with four artists from Baden-Wuerttemberg who all live and work in Berlin. Further highlights are paintings of Axel Geis at Jan Wentrup, Berlin, Arab Snow a new video work by Sigalit Landau at Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main. But this is only a small selection of the wealth of art to be shown. Constantly updated information can be found on our website www.art-forum-berlin.com.
Galleries:
Adamski, Aachen / Akinci, Amsterdam / Helga de Alvear, Madrid / Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen / Anhava, Helsinki / Arndt & Partner, Berlin/Zurich / Art:Concept, Paris / Asbaek, Copenhagen / Aurel Scheibler, Berlin / Guido W. Baudach, Berlin / Juergen Becker, Hamburg / Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main / Black Dragon, Los Angeles / Bleich-Rossi, Vienna / The Breeder, Athens / Spencer Brownstone, New York / Lena Bruening, Berlin / Ellen De Bruijne, Amsterdam / Buchmann, Berlin / carlier|gebauer, Berlin / Marta Cervera, Madrid / Charim, Vienna / Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin / Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin / Crone, Berlin / Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow / Erika Deák, Budapest / Elizabeth Dee, New York / Volker Diehl, Berlin / Dogenhaus, Leipzig / Doerrie*Priess, Berlin/Hamburg / Anselm Dreher, Berlin / Eigen Art, Berlin/Leipzig / Espai 2nou2, Barcelona / Ulrich Fiedler, Cologne / Frank Elbaz, Paris / Fred, London / Frehrking Wiesehoefer, Cologne / Gazonrouge, Athens / Laurent Godin, Paris / Goff Rosenthal, New York / Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica / Grimm | Rosenfeld, Munich / Karin Guenther\ Nina Borgmann, Hamburg / Kavi Gupta, Chicago / Habana, Havana / Hammelehle & Ahrens, Cologne / Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart / Haunch of Venison, Zurich / Patrick Heide, London / In Situ, Paris / Johnen, Berlin / K Galleri, Oslo / Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe / Kamm, Berlin / Georg Kargl, Wien / Ben Kaufmann, Munich/Berlin / Kicken Berlin, Berlin / Martin Klosterfelde, Berlin / Leo Koenig, New York / Kuckei Kuckei, Berlin / La Casona, Havana / Stella Lohaus, Antwerpen / Linn Luehn, Cologne / Martin Asbaek, Kopenhagen / Urs Meile / Caaw, Lucerne/Beijing / Kamel Mennour, Paris / Nina Menocal, Mexico City / Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe / Milliken, Stockholm / MKgalerie.nl, Rotterdam / Magnus Mueller, Berlin / Mark Mueller, Zurich / Christian Nagel, Berlin/Cologne / Neu, Berlin / Noga, Tel Aviv / Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/Beijing / Paolo Bonzano, Rome / Peres Projects, Los Angeles/Berlin / Pestorius, Brisbane / Pierogi, Leipzig/New York / Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hamburg / Jesco von Puttkamer, Berlin / Robert Miller, New York / Ronmandos, Rotterdam / Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg/Paris / Rove Schachter, London / Jette Rudolph, Berlin / Schmela, Duesseldorf / Michael Schultz, Berlin / Otto Schweins, Köln / Senda, Barcelona / Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg/Beyrouth / Sies Hoeke, Duesseldorf / Springer & Winckler, Berlin / Taik, Helsinki / Tanit, Munich / Barbara Thumm, Berlin / Tim van Laere, Antwerpen / Upstream, Amsterdam / Van Horn, Duesseldorf / Vanguardia, Bilbao / Veracortes, Lisbon / Susanne Vielmetter, Culver City / Nadja Vilenne, Liege / Voges Partner, Frankfurt/Main / Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam / Ursula Walbroel, Duesseldorf / Klara Wallner, Berlin / Gitte Weise, Berlin / Jan Wentrup, Berlin / Johann Widauer, Innsbruck / Max Wigram, London / Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt/Main / Jan Winkelmann, Berlin / Wohnmaschine, Berlin / Thomas Zander, Cologne / Zderzak, Krakow / Michael Zink, Munich / Zuercher, Paris / Zwinger, Berlin

The package is completed by ART FORUM BERLINs signature site-specific artist lounges this year conceived by prize winning artists Ulrike Kuschel, Gitte Schaefer and Peter Welz as well as Andrew Simsak..

The fair’s third special exhibition BIG CITY LAB within the luscious 2000 sqm exhibition space is curated by Berlin based Friederike Nymphius. BIG CITY LAB takes up actual currents of art which regard the city as laboratory, that in many respects holds a wide range of capabilities. BIG CITY LAB gives an outlook upon the city as a microcosm in its diversity between traditional and new strategies.
Participating Artists: Saadane Afif \ John M. Armleder \ Jordi Bernadó \ Jeremy Blake \ Keren Cytter \ Stéphane Dafflon \ Tacita Dean \ Elmgreen & Dragset \ Angus Fairhurst \ Berta Fischer \ Carsten Fock \ Alicia Framis \ Carlos Garaicoa \ Torben Giehler \ Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom \ Sabine Gross \ Peter Halley \ Anthony Hernandez \ Lori Hersberger \ Jeroen Jongeleen \ Till Krause \ Antal Lakner \ Brandon Lattu \ Erik van Lieshout \ Jen Liu \ Stefan Loeffelhardt \ Bernhard Martin \ Soren Martinsen \ Maix Mayer \ Josephine Meckseper \ Ryuji Miyamoto \ Nils Norman \ Markus Oehlen \ Daniel Pflumm \ Jack Pierson \ Anselm Reyle \ Gerwald Rockenschaub \ Dennis Rudolph \ Paul Snowden \ Sean Snyder \ Frank Thiel \ Vangelis Vlahos \ Amelie von Wulffen \ Akram Zaatari

Visitors will experience five inspiring fair days with 10 excellent ART FORUM BERLIN Talks featuring renowned international art experts and a parallel program full of highlights. Special attention will be drawn to topics around the art market and its knotty relationships to museums as well as art scenes beyond the usual trails of the art world. Among the panellists are artist Santu Mofokeng from Johannesburg, curators Doreet Harten and Claire Davies, Beatrix Ruf of Kunsthalle Zurich, Fumio Nanjo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Singapore Biennial, Sebastian Cicocki, Galeria Kronika, Bytom, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Witte de With, Rotterdam and Curator German Pavilion Venice Biennial 2007, Susanne Titz, Museum Abteiberg Moenchengladbach, Shamin M. Momin, Whitney Museum New York.

Berlin’s institutions beckon with intriguing exhibitions by international artists parallel to the 11th ART FORUM BERLIN such as Felix Gonzales-Torres, Walid Raad, Rebecca Horn, Mika Rottenberg, Valerie Favre, Via Lewandowsky, Claude Lévêque, Vanessa Beecroft and many more, while Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien investigates What is Modern Art? in a group show and Hamburger Bahnhof goes Beyond Cinema the Art of Projection.

But that is not all, the evenings after the fair hours will be busy with a multitude of openings, receptions and events all over Berlin, one of the high-lights will be the ART FORUM BERLIN Party on September 30th at Radialsystem the latest art space in Berlin and co-organized by ART FRANCE BERLIN.

ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 – The International Fair for Contemporary Art – will take place for the 11th time from September 30th October 4th, 2006 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The professional preview will be held on Friday, September 29th, 2006.
For all participants and further information please go to www.art-forum-berlin.com or contact:

info@art-forum-berlin.com
Ph: 49 – 30 – 3038 1834
Fax: 49 – 30 – 3038 1830

maier@messe-berlin.de
Ph.: 49 – 30 3038 1836/37
Fax: 49 – 30 3038 1838

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