September 16, 2013 - Berlin Art Week - 2013 programming and highlights
September 16, 2013

2013 programming and highlights

Berlin Art Week
17–22 September 2013

Opening: 17 September, 7pm

Tomorrow, on 17 September, Berlin Art Week kicks off with an open-air celebration starting at 7pm on Auguststrasse in Berlin-Mitte. Together with the opening of the joint exhibition Painting Forever!, we are celebrating the start of Berlin Art Week 2013 with an exciting evening program of live acts and DJ sets on the main stage and further offerings of the local galleries, institutions, bars and restaurants.

From 17–22 September, Berlin Art Week, a joint effort of the two art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR along with the renowned institutions Akademie der Künste, Berlinische Galerie, C/O Berlin, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 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 a comprehensive programme highlighting the variety, creativity, and quality of art in Berlin.

A highlight of Berlin Art Week 2013 is Painting Forever!, a joint effort of Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Participating artists include Franz Ackermann (Berlinische Galerie), Martin Eder, Michael Kunze, Anselm Reyle, and Thomas Scheibitz (Neue Nationalgalerie), and Antje Majewski, Jeanne Mammen, Katrin Plavčak and Giovanna Sarti (Deutsche Bank KunstHalle). KW Institute for Contemporary Art will present over 70 works by prominent and still unknown Berlin painters.

The innovative, artist-based format abc art berlin contemporary presents around 120 individual positions of contemporary art at Station-Berlin. Upcoming and established galleries from around the world will be showing primarily new work. In its sixth year, abc art berlin contemporary has further expanded its programme: with a range of performative and time-based works and a lively program of performances, artist conversations, musical contributions, and actions that will take place across the entire grounds of the fair.

With 77 participating galleries from five continents, PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR will once again provide an overview of the most innovative positions in art around the world and a highly varied insight into Berlin’s galleries and art producers. For its ninth year now, the fair will this year be held at Opernwerkstätten, Zinnowitzer Strasse, a previously undiscovered location in the middle of the city now transformed into a vibrant showplace for contemporary art. 

New this year: an expert jury consisting of the artist Monica Bonvicini, art journalist Claudia Wahjudi, and Kasper König, the former long-term director of Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, selected ten project partners that will enrich the official programme with additional important sites of contemporary art. The programme of Berlin Art Week 2013 will also include the art film festival DOKU.ARTS – Second Hand Cinema, the municipal galleries Galerie M and Kunstverein Tiergarten | Galerie Nord, self-run project spaces after the butcher, AUTOCENTER, and Schinkel Pavillon, the art school initiatives Kleine Humboldt Galerie and Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, the women artists project Goldrausch, and the artist in residence program ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik.

Berlin Art Week 2013 also includes the awarding of the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst and the closing event of the award for artistic project spaces and initiatives in the realm of visual art, organized by the Network of Berlin Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives, and initiated by State Secretary André Schmitz and the Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.

The Berlin Art Week Ticket this year is available in two versions: as a six-day ticket, it offers single access to all institutions from 17 to 22 September. The two-day ticket enables single access to all institutions on two subsequent days. Tickets are available at ticket counters of the participating institutions or online at

Berlin Art Week is made possible by the Senate Administration for Economics, Technology, and Research and the Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and is supported by Deutsche Bank. Its coordination and communication is managed by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.

The next Berlin Art Week will be held 16 to 21 September 2014.

For more information, and the complete program of Berlin Art Week, please visit

Press contact
Markus Farr
Kulturprojekte Berlin
Klosterstr. 68, D-10179 Berlin
T +49 30 247 49 841 / press [​at​]


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