August 7, 2006 - Art Forum Berlin - Galleries and Special Exhibition
August 7, 2006

Galleries and Special Exhibition

View into the halls of AFB 2005, Photo credit: © David Brandt

The International Fair for Contemporary Art

30 September-4 October, 2006

Opening: 29 September, 2006

The International Fair for Contemporary Art
Fair Participants Special Exhibition BIG CITY LAB Season Start in Berlin

ART FORUM BERLIN – The International Fair for Contemporary Art is the opener of the autumn season again in late September. In its ideal setting, the elegant daylight halls 18-20 of Berlin’s Exhibition Grounds, the fairs provides art lovers, curators, artists, collectors and critics from around the globe with a captivating overview of new tendencies in the current art production.

121 galleries from 22 countries will show a high-quality selection of new work by their represented artists. Participating exhibitors come from Europe, Israel, North- and Central America as well as Australia. With its concise selection of galleries, the eleventh ART FORUM BERLIN promises to be a particularly fascinating new edition that surprises with its freshness and actuality.
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 / 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 / I-20 Gallery, New York / 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 /, 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
BIG CITY LAB is the title of ART FORUM BERLINs special exhibition which is being curated by Friederike Nymphius from Berlin. This year the show deals with the metropolitan myth as both positive and negative visions of modernity. BIG CITY LAB takes up actual currents of art which regard the city as laboratory and as a place of freedom and progress, where new forms and structures emerge. BIG CITY LAB gives an outlook upon the city as a microcosm in its diversity between traditional and new strategies. More than 40 artists will show their work on 2000 m2 adjacent to the galleries halls. In addition to painting, photographic and graphic work, installations, sculptures, wall drawings and video work will be on view. BIG CITY LAB also offers artists the possibility to show especially conceived site-specific and temporary projects at the fair.
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

Twice daily the ART FORUM BERLIN Talks 2006 will engage their audience in lively discussions with renowned artists, curators, collectors and scientists from across the globe. Topics include Europe United Slovakian Art Scene, Video Art, Artists Pension Trust and the South African Art Scene. Highlights: Fumio Nanjo, Deputy Director of the Mori Art Museum and Director of the Singapore Biennale will be discussing with colleague Angela Schneider from Neue Nationalgalerie and others similarities and differences between the two art cities Tokyo and Berlin. Alia Rayyan, Doreet Harten, Marilu Knode et. al. will take a look at the art scenes across the Mediterranean, while Marc Spiegler explores with Beatrix Ruf of Kunsthalle Zurich and other museum directors the knotty relationship between museums and the market. Franziska Zolyom, Barbara Steiner, Vanessa Joan Mueller and others discuss the need for change in art institutions.

The indispensable ART FORUM BERLIN catalogue provides practical information and image material on all fair exhibitors. As a catalogue within the catalogue” it will also feature a special of more than 80 pages on the exhibition, BIG CITY LAB with colour illustrations on all artists and texts by curator Friederike Nymphius as well as Georg Diez and raumtaktik. The catalogue will be released in early September and can be ordered directly through ART FORUM BERLIN.

Art lovers are invited to join special programs starting already 28th September, 2006 with the opening of Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection curated by Stan Douglas, Chris Eamon, Joachim Jaeger and Gabriele Knapstein at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art, followed on the 29th by the Preview of ART FORUM BERLIN, and the opening of the exhibition Felix Gonzalez-Torres and the formulation of art in the 90s curated by Frank Wagner of ngbk also at Hamburger Bahnhof on the 30th of September.

But there is even more, the city will be overflowing with a plenitude of exhibitions. ART FORUM BERLIN will be accompanied by a first-class program of events with many exclusive receptions, openings and inspiring exhibitions to which you are kindly invited. Parallel to the fair Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart will present the solo show of The Atlas GROUP / Walid Raad. Martin-Gropius-Bau opens an extensive Rebecca Horn retrospective, Kuenstlerhaus Bethaniens group show asks What is Modern Art? and KW Institute for Contemporary Art will host the exhibition Absent without Leave. New works by Sylvie Fleury and Shilpa Gupta will be presented at DaimlerChrysler Contemporary and Cai Guo-Qiangs installations are to be seen at Deutsche Guggenheim. Further highlights are the group exhibitions Berlin-Tokyo: The Art of Two Cities at Neue Nationalgalerie, as well as Ideal City Invisible Cities in Potsdam and the extensive program ART FRANCE BERLIN with exhibitions and projects by Adel Abdessemed, Claude Leveque, Jean-Luc Moulene and many others in several Berlin institutions.

ART FORUM BERLIN 2006 – The International Fair for Contemporary Art – will take place for the eleventh time from September 30th October 4th, 2006 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Halls 18-20. Preview on Friday, September 29th, 2006.

For further information please go to or contact:

The International Fair for Contemporary Art
Ph: 49 – 30 – 3038 1834
Fax: 49 – 30 – 3038 1830
Ph: 49 – 30 – 3038 1836
Fax: 49 – 30 – 3038 1838

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