September 5, 2004 - Art Forum Berlin - ART FORUM BERLIN 2004 to open in just a few days
September 5, 2004

ART FORUM BERLIN 2004 to open in just a few days

ART FORUM BERLIN 2004 to open in just a few days
The International Fair for Contemporary Art

18 – 22 September 2004

Preview: 17 September 2004
Hours: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fax: +49 – 30 – 3038 1830

The 9th ART FORUM BERLIN – International Fair for Contemporary Art – opens in just a few days on September 17th, 2004 with a strong and balanced program.

A series of extraordinary stand concepts, individual presentations and freestyle stands with projects by up to three artists are in preparation and will set accents making ART FORUM BERLIN a fascinating and innovative fair dedicated to contemporary art. “Project Future” of the Berlin Senate for Economics honors conceptual achievement of participants by donating two prizes for the best gallery stands.

Works by more than 1,300 artists from all genres of contemporary visual art will be on view, presented by 120 galleries from 20 countries. More collectors, curators, and critics than ever before as well as more than 40 museum groups from Europe and overseas have announced their visit to the fair and the art metropolis Berlin.

Visitors can expect five inspiring fair days with 10 excellent ART FORUM BERLIN Talks featuring renowned international art experts and a parallel program full of highlights. Berlin’s institutions put their best feet forward at the 9th ART FORUM BERLIN and beckon with intriguing exhibitions by international artists: Solo shows by Sophie Calle as well as Francis Alys are on view at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Black Atlantic with Isaac Julien, Lisl Ponger and others at the House of World Cultures, Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition is to be seen at Deutsche Guggenheim, the last days of the “MoMA in Berlin” exhibition, and the world premiere of the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art and the adjacent Rieck Halls.

Always alive with a selection of prominent galleries and the most interesting of the emerging generation, at this year’s ART FORUM BERLIN Venice Biennial participant Ene-Liis Semper will present a brand new video work at art agents from Hamburg. Documenta participant Atlas Group /Walid Raad will be at Sfeir-Semler with works of his own as well as excerpts from the documentary inventory “Mapping Sitting” (with Akram Zaatari). Additional highlights: drawings by Mark Lombardi at Pierogi from Brooklyn, painting and photography from China at Urs Meile (Lucerne, and Alexander Ochs (Berlin). Painting stars with Neo Rauch, Matthias Weischer (Eigen +Art, Berlin & Leipzig), Jonathan Meese (Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin and Meyer, Karlsruhe), Martin Kobe (Dogenhaus, Leipzig), Chris Johanson (Gupta, Chicago) as well as Andre Butzer and Ed Ruscha (Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Patrick Painter, Santa Monica), along with the late Martin Kippenberger at Bleich-Rossi (Graz), Crone (Berlin) and Widauer (Innsbruck). Hardly an insider tip anymore: photography from the Nordic countries, including Ola Kolehmainen at Anhava and Janne Lehtinen at TAiK, (both Helsinki), Nanna Hanninen at Bjeergaard (Copenhagen) and Mette Tronvoll at Galleri K (Oslo). Masters of classical photography will also be on view: William Eggleston (Kicken Berlin) Walker Evans (Zander, Cologne) and Robert Mapplethorpe (Ropac, Paris; Schulte, Berlin; Senda, Barcelona and Arnes y Ropke, Madrid). Sculpture or installation impresses with works by Heimo Zobernig (Nagel, Cologne & Berlin and David Pestorius, Brisbane), Bjorn Dahlem (Luis Campana, Cologne), Manfred Pernice (NEU, Berlin and Lohaus, Antwerp), Peter Rosel (Wohnmaschine, Berlin and Dorrie*Priess, Hamburg), Iskender Yediler (Janssen, Cologne), Simone Aaberg Kaern (Asbaek, Copenhagen) and Rachel Harrison at Arndt & Partner, Berlin. Film and video highlights are Yang Fudong (Judin Belot, Zurich), A. K. Dolven (carlier | gebauer, Berlin), Felix Gmelin (Milliken, Stockholm), Reynold Reynolds (Roebling Hall, Brooklyn), Arturas Raila (IBID, Vilnius), and manifesta 05 participant Markus Schinwald (Georg Kargl, Vienna).

But this is only a small selection of the wealth of art to be shown. For more details please view the ART FORUM BERLIN catalogue on our website.

In addition to the inspiring selection of specially conceived gallery installations and artist-designed lounges by GREIGE, Esther Stocker, Les Schliesser and Nestor Kruger, ART FORUM BERLIN this year directs special attention to the international artistic production in Berlin. Zdenek Felix, former director of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg selected 42 artists represented by 22 Berlin galleries and 15 galleries from others cities for the fair’s new special exhibition Made in Berlin. The works of these artists, all of whom currently live and work in Berlin, provide a glimpse of the boundless productive diversity of the metropolis.

ART FORUM BERLIN 2004 – The International Fair for Contemporary Art – will take place for the ninth time from September 18th – 22nd, 2004 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The professional preview will be on Friday, September 17th, 2004.

For all participants or further information please go to or contact:
Ph: +49 – 30 – 3038 1834
Fax: +49 – 30 – 3038 1830
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