September 13, 2014 - Berlin Art Week - 2014 programme
September 13, 2014

2014 programme

Berlin Art Week
16–21 September 2014

Opening: 16 September, 7pm
at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin, together with the opening of the exhibition Vertigo of Reality
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This coming Tuesday, 16 September, Berlin Art Week kicks off with an opening celebration  starting at 7pm at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg in Berlin-Tiergarten. Together with the opening of the exhibition Schwindel der Wirklichkeit / Vertigo of Reality we will be celebrating the start of Berlin Art Week 2014 with an exciting evening programme with open-air concerts of the bands HUNGER, BAR, and DENA, actions in the Metabolic Office for the Repair of Reality, and performances by the artists Christian Falsnaes, Tino Sehgal, and Richard Kriesche.

From 16 to 21 September, Berlin Art Week, a joint effort of the two art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin along with the renowned institutions Akademie der Künste, Berlinische Galerie, C/O Berlin, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Haus am Waldsee, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, me collectors Room, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), will once again thrill an audience of Berliners and art experts from around the world with an comprehensive programme rich in variety. The programme includes not only many exhibition openings, but also special events, including artists conversations, concerts, film screenings, and performances.

Whether with innovative individual positions or thematically curated group shows, during Berlin Art Week the city’s art and cultural producers will once again show with a great deal of creativity and commitment that Berlin richly deserves its reputation as an internationally attractive and innovative art capital. This year’s programme highlights include the large-scale show “Vertigo of Reality,” held at Akademie der Künste, where the perception of the beholder is the focus. KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents the American video artist Ryan Trecartin with his first institutional solo show in Germany. Right next door, me Collectors Room takes the cabinet of curiosities of the Olbricht Stiftung with the exhibition “Exotica… and 4 other cases of the self” as a point of departure for a contemporary reinterpretation of historical artefacts. In her exhibition Parergon at Hamburger Bahnhof, the winner of the 2013 Preis der Nationalgalerie Mariana Castillo Deball develops a dialogue between new works and historical exhibits. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein opens an exhibition in its spaces with works by Katharina Grosse and Luca Vitone. Haus am Waldsee shows Michael Sailstorfer’s sculptural work from the past 15  years. At Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in cooperation with Tate Modern a large-scale installation by Meschac Gaba “Museum of Contemporary African Art” will be on view and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst will show the exhibition The Ultimate Capital is the Sun, on the relationship of earthly life to the cosmos. Haus der Kulturen der Welt takes part in Berlin Art Week with an Open Studio project of the artist Adam Avikainen and Berlinische Galerie presents the Küchenmonument, a social sculpture by raumlabor berlin and plastique fantastique which expands the museum into urban space while it is closed, providing room for temporary communities to develop. 

With attractive sale exhibitions, special event programmes at the city’s art institutions and galleries, and insights into artists’ studios and other production sites, the week is increasingly attracting collectors of all kinds.

This year, abc art berlin contemporary presents 110 individual positions of contemporary art at Station Berlin from 18–21 September. Numerous galleries from Germany and all over the world, newcomers on the market and more established names, will show works by artists such as Harold Ancart, Mike Bouchet, Karsten Födinger, Camille Henrot, Judith Hopf, David Maljkovic, Charlotte Posenenske, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Roth, Analia Saban, Yorgos Sapountzis, Daniel Steegman Mangrane, Fiete Stolte and Haegue Yang. A variety of performative and time-based works will also be presented at the lively four-day programme across the entire venue. In addition, there will be two abc Gallery Nights with openings at the participating Berlin galleries, on Wednesday and Friday, one for Mitte and Kreuzberg, one for Schöneberg and Charlottenburg.

Positions Berlin, the successor to Preview Berlin – Art Fair, will open for the first time with 52 exhibitors from eight countries 18–21 September. Held at the former department store Kaufhaus Jandorf, the late 19th-century building is especially well suited to the fair’s new concept, with its large over-glazed courtyard and generous spatial distribution. Positions Berlin seeks to spotlight the city’s contemporary art world, showing young positions and highlighting the city’s variety of both up-and-coming and established artists from Germany and all over the world. Collectors and art academies will present themselves in thematic areas. In addition there will be a lounge for contemporary video art. The fair will offer a seminar for young collectors to get an orientation on the international art market (held in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin). 

Expanded programme: A jury consisting of the artist Mathilde ter Heijne, the journalist and art critic Kolja Reichert and the curator and lecturer Anna-Catharina Gebbers chose nine temporary project partners to complement the programme of Berlin Art Week. The selection shows a thematically and geographically broad spectrum of various independently organized initiatives, located in courtyards, former garages, a dance hall, or a church. They include the international discourse platform Archive Kabinett, DISTRICT, an interdisciplinary concept and work space, the project spaces die raum, Kinderhook & Caracas, L’oiseau présente and OZEAN, the curatorial initiative Import Projects, the mobile exhibition space and publishing house Scriptings and the artists’ collective team titanic.

New this year: the international conference Artfi – The Fine Art & Finance Conference will be held during Berlin Art Week on 17 September. Artfi will bring together leading figures from the worlds of art and finance to provide fresh and relevant insight into the global art market today. Open to specialists and art enthusiasts alike, participants can learn about latest developments in the global & local art markets and the fields of private and corporate collecting, art investment, art fairs, art & taxation, and entrepreneurship. For the Berlin edition, Artfi has an exceptional roster of key art world figures including Noah Horowitz, managing director, the Armory Show;  Sylvain Levy, DSL Collection; Philip Hoffman, chief executive, The Fine Art Fund Group;  Phillip Dodd, chairman, made in China; Lorenzo Rudolf, founder, co-owner and director, Art Singapore; Christian Boros, Boros Collection; Mehdi Chouakri, owner, Mehdi Chouakri Gallery;  Alexander Forbes, Artnet; Ivo Wessel, software developer and collector, and Thomas Köhler, director, Berlinische Galerie. The conference will be held in English at the headquarters of Tagesspiegel, Askanischer Platz 3. 

Berlin Art Week offers a combi-ticket in two versions. Both tickets provide single entry to all exhibition sites. Tickets are available online at and at all partners where admission is charged.

Berlin Art Week is made possible by the Senate Administration for the Economy, Technology, and Research with the support of the Senate Chancellery: Cultural Affairs and Deutsche Bank. Coordination and communication is managed by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH. 

The next Berlin Art Week is 15–20 September 2015.

For more information and the complete programme of Berlin Art Week 2014, please visit our website.

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Press contact 
Susanne Kumar-Sinner
Kulturprojekte Berlin
Klosterstr. 68
D-10179 Berlin
T +49 30 247 49 849 / s.kumar [​at​]

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