February 15, 2008 - Art Forum Berlin - Lucky 13th anniversary
February 15, 2008

Lucky 13th anniversary

ART FORUM BERLIN celebrates its 13th anniversary and for once takes place in late October

Record results with excellent sales and a fantastic attendance of more than 44,000 visitors confirms once more ART FORUM BERLIN as Germany’s No. 1 fair for contemporary art.

In 2008 ART FORUM BERLIN celebrates its 13th anniversary and will for once be held in late autumn. For logistic reasons affecting the entire fairgrounds, Messe Berlin, the art fair’s organizer, had to change the dates of its most prestigious international fair. ART FORUM BERLIN, the catalyst of Berlin’s constantly growing and internationally expanding art scene will this year take place from 30 October (opening) until 3 November 2008.

Showcasing the most dynamic and captivating art of today, ART FORUM BERLIN offers its audience the latest works of celebrated international stars as well as an abundance of new talents.

ART FORUM BERLIN will again be set in the most beautiful art fair venue around, the spacious daylight halls 18 to 20 of the Berlin Fairgrounds. ART FORUM BERLIN 2008 offers ideal conditions with its trendsetting hallmarks: Extraordinary stand concepts, the now renowned AFB Talks, addressing questions of contemporary art and cultural politics. New this year, the Professional Monday will offer special featured programs with talks, conferences and reunions for art professionals from all over the world.

ART FORUM BERLIN will feature again a special exhibition, this year curated by the up-and-coming German curator Hans-Jürgen Hafner. His exhibition Difference, what difference? will question the value and significance of art, and reflect its position and specific function in-between the frontiers of market and discourse. The exhibition will include works of some 35 artists on view at the special exhibition hall 11 directly adjacent to the alphabetical parcours in which 120 international galleries present a concise and engaging overview of their artists’ latest production.

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 Ermen 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’s Life, photographs from the collection of agnes 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 Mois de la Photo (Month of Photography) will open during the fair.

All of this makes ART FORUM BERLIN 2008 an even more prominent and essential place to be in late autumn 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
E-Mail: maier [​at​] messe-berlin.de

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