May 29, 2008 - Art Forum Berlin - Cutting edge from all over the world
May 29, 2008

Cutting edge from all over the world

The International Fair for Contemporary Art
31 October to 3 November, Opening October 30, 2008

ART FORUM BERLIN – The International Fair for Contemporary Art will exclusively in 2008 summarize the European art fair season in late October. In the perfect setting of its elegant daylight halls 18-20 on Berlin’s Exhibition Grounds, the fair provides art lovers, curators, artists, collectors and critics from around the globe with a captivating overview of new tendencies in the current art production.

120 galleries from more than 25 countries will show an exceptional selection of works by their artists. Participating exhibitors are coming from Europe, the US, Central America, Japan, Israel, Russia and India. With its concise selection of galleries, the 13th ART FORUM BERLIN has all to be a particularly fascinating edition which surprises with freshness, actuality and a certain cool roughness, typical for Berlin.

Adamski, Aachen | Akinci, Amsterdam | Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen | Anhava, Helsinki | Arndt & Partner, Berlin | art agents, Hamburg | Asbæk, Copenhagen | Guy Bärtschi, Geneva | Jürgen Becker, Hamburg | Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main | Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen | Spencer Brownstone, New York | Lena Brüning, Berlin | Ellen de Bruijne, Amsterdam | Buchmann, Berlin | Carreras Mugica, Bilbao | CHARIM, Vienna | Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin | Clages, Cologne | CONRADS, Düsseldorf | CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS, Berlin | Crone, Berlin | Erika Deák, Budapest | Elizabeth Dee, New York | Deweer, Otegem | Volker Diehl, Berlin | Dina4, Munich | Dogenhaus, Leipzig | EIGEN + ART, Berlin/Leipzig | ESPAI 2NOU2, Barcelona | Max Estrella, Madrid | Fahnemann Projects, Berlin | Figge von Rosen, Cologne | Freight + Volume, New York | SixFriedrichLisaUngar, Munich | fruehsorge, Berlin | Gazonrouge, Athens | Vera Gliem, Cologne | GMG Gallery, Moscow | Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin/New York | Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica | Karin Guenther, Hamburg | Cristina Guerra, Lisbon | Guild & Greyshkul, New York | Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne | Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart | Erna Hécey, Brussels/Luxembourg | hoet bekaert, Gent | Hohenlohe, Vienna | CORA HÖLZL, Düsseldorf | i8, Reykjavik | IBID PROJECTS, London | Ingleby, Edinburgh | Johnen, Berlin | GALLERI K, Oslo | Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe | GEORG KARGL FINE ARTS, Vienna | KICKEN BERLIN, Berlin | Kirkhoff, Copenhagen | Klemm’s, Berlin | Leo Koenig, New York | Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin | Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck | Le Guern, Warsaw | Stella Lohaus, Antwerp | Patricia Low, Gstaad | Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin | magnus müller, Berlin | Mai 36, Zurich | Maribel López, Berlin | Martin Asbæk, Copenhagen | Christine Mayer, Munich | nina menocal, Mexico | Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe | Michael Stevenson, Cape Town | Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai | MKgalerie, Rotterdam | Mireille Mosler, New York | Christian Nagel, Cologne/Berlin | Nathalie Obadia, Paris | Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg | Nusser & Baumgart, Munich | Alexander Ochs, Berlin/Beijing | OneTwenty, Gent | PERES PROJECTS, Berlin | Perugi, Padua | PIEROGI, New York/Leipzig | Plan B, Cluj | Gregor Podnar, Berlin/Ljubljana | Praz-Delavallade, Paris | Produzentengalerie, Hamburg | RONMANDOS, Amsterdam | Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg/Paris | Rubicon, Dublin | Jette Rudolph, Berlin | Michael Schultz, Berlin | Otto Schweins, Cologne | scq, Santiago de Compostela | SENDA, Barcelona | SEPTEMBER, Berlin | Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg/Beirut | Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf | Diana Stigter, Amsterdam | TaiK, Helsinki | Sassa Trülzsch, Berlin | Vallois, Paris | VAN HORN, Düsseldorf | TIM VAN LAERE, Antwerp | veracortes, Lisbon | Nadja Vilenne, Liège | WAKO, Tokyo | Ursula Walbröl, Düsseldorf | Fons Welters, Amsterdam | Jan Wentrup, Berlin | Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne | Christina Wilson, Copenhagen | Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt/Main | Wohnmaschine, Berlin | ZAK BRANICKA, Berlin/Kraków | Thomas Zander, Cologne | Michael Zink, Munich | Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam | Zwinger, Berlin | (subject to change 27.05.2008)

“Difference, what difference?”
is the title of ART FORUM BERLIN‘s special exhibition this year. The group exhibition addresses the general question of the value and significance of art. For this reason, the showing reflects upon its special function as a mediating situation on the front between the market and discourse. Curator Hans-Jürgen Hafner poses the crucial questions: What is the function of a curated thematic show within an art fair framework? Is it possible that a work of art is not just seen as a commodity in such circumstances? “Difference, what difference?” as an exhibition format imitates the conventions of the art fair. Not just because its concept reflects on the structure ‚art fair’, but also the means and form of display of the art works are derived from the usual conditions of an art fair.

List of participating artists in formation (please consult our website for updates).

Art lovers are invited to join special programs starting already in the evening of 29 October at Martin-Gropius-Bau featuring the last ten years of acquisitions of the German State Collection. The opening of ART FORUM BERLIN will be flanked by the opening nights of the blockbuster The Universe Klee. Paul Klee at Neue Nationalgalerie and the solo of Jeff Koons at the foyer of Neue Nationalgalerie. Further highlights of the late autumn in Berlin will be solo shows of Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and Ayse Erkmen at Hamburger Bahnhof and the group show Deconstructions of the Artists’ Myths’ with works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection and others at the Rieck Hall’s, adjacent to the museum. The Intimate in Everyday Life, photographs from the collection of agnès b., Paris, will be shown at C/O Berlin Forum for Visual Dialogues. Additionally, this year’s schedule contains many attractions, exclusive openings, parties and special events. Deutsche Guggenheim will show the always spectacular Anish Kapoor and Akademie der Künste presents the intriguing group show Notation, furthermore Berlin’s European Month of Photography will start during the fair. Last but not least the opening of the brandnew Temporäre Kunsthalle on Schlossplatz will be the exceptional highlight for Berlin’s art scene in late autumn. All of this makes ART FORUM BERLIN 2008 an even more prominent and essential place to be for collectors, curators and lovers of contemporary art.

The International Fair for Contemporary Art
31 October – 3 November 2008, Opening: Thursday, 30 October 2008

For further information please contact:
Messedamm 22, DE – 14055 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30-30 38 18 36/-37, Fax: +49-30-30 38 18 38

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