September 3, 2016 - Berlin Art Week - Berlin Art Week
September 3, 2016

Berlin Art Week

(1) Sven Drühl, ETC, 2012. (2) Jérôme Bel, Gala. Photo: Dorothea Tuch. (3) Bundesarchiv Bild 183-H1103-0130-001, 1969. Photo: Christa Hochneder. (4) abc art berlin contemporary, 2015. Photo: Marco Funke. (5) Maurice Lemaître, Slogans héroïques, 1965. Courtesy EAM Collection, Berlin. Photo: Thierry Ollivier. (6) Anne Imhof, Angst, 2016. Photo: Nadine Fraczkowski. (7) Positions Berlin Art Fair, 2015. Photo: Edgard Berendsen.

Berlin Art Week
120 events / more than 50 partners / 6-day programme
September 13–18, 2016
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The fifth Berlin Art Week (September 13–18, 2016) combines two art fairs, exhibition openings around the city, a finale of the 9th Berlin Biennale, artist films, art prizes, project spaces and private collections

With around 120 events, more than 50 partners and six days of art, the fifth Berlin Art Week will be a key event for the international art world, featuring highlights of the art year during the third week of September. The art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin will present the work of over 350 artists, while large scale exhibitions at Berlin art institutions feature artists like Halil Altındere, Anne Imhof, Andreas Greiner, Sven Drühl, Yvonne Roeb, and Gordon Parks. In addition, three art prizes will be awarded, while a programme at Kino International will focus on the medium of artist films. A 12-hour special finale of the 9th Berlin Biennale takes place alongside openings and events at 20 project spaces and nine private collections, highlighting the vibrant art life of the city, which presents itself each year in a new way with its many facets.

This year’s Berlin Art Week will reflect specifically on what moves, influences, and motivates artists today: science and technology, social processes and political developments, and the world of advertising surrounding us. From established art institutions to project spaces in courtyards, Berlin Art Week invites visitors to discover new themes and trends, to question and debate them. Each day will offer special programme emphases.

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 13 and 14
Berlin Art Week’s partner institutions present exhibitions of the work of this year’s Käthe-Kollwitz-Award winner Edmund Kuppel (Akademie der Künste), landscape paintings by Sven Drühl (Haus am Waldsee), works by photographer Gordon Parks (C/O Berlin), artists from neighbouring Poland at Common Affairs (Deutsche Bank KunstHalle), contributions to Berlin’s election this autumn (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst) and humanoid robots by Goshka Macuga (Schinkel Pavillon). Eight of 20 recipients of the Award for Artistic Project Spaces and Initiatives will open on Tuesday for Berlin Art Week.

On Wednesday, five exhibition openings and two special events fill up both day and night with art experiences. At 11 am, Artist Films at Kino International will begin, while at noon the finale of the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will kick off and the exhibition My Abstract World will open at me Collectors Room. In the evening, exhibitions by Yvonne Roeb at Schering Stiftung and Halil Altındere at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein will open, Andreas Greiner will be awarded with the GASAG Art Prize at Berlinische Galerie and the performance Angst II by Anne Imhof will be presented at Hamburger Bahnhof.

Thursday, September 15
On Thursday, the art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and Positions Berlin will be the focus of interest. The ninth edition of abc art berlin contemporary will continue its commitment to a format that places the presentation of individual artists at the centre of attention. The exhibition space at Station Berlin reflects characteristic features of the city—a passion for experimentation and an openness to evolution and change, enabling abc’s continual development and transformation. At its new venue Postbahnhof, Positions Berlin Art Fair will provide once again this year an overview of what’s important for the international art scene: discoveries and rediscoveries, quality and a discourse that reaches both established collectors and a younger audience of art enthusiasts. This year, 74 exhibitors from 13 countries presenttheir most concise artistic positions.

As a new partner of Berlin Art Week, HAU Hebbel am Ufer will present three performances by French choreographer Jérôme Bel from Thursday until Saturday (Jérôme Bel and Gala). In cooperation with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the installation Köfte Airlines by Halil Altındere will be on view at HAU.

Friday, September 18
This year 20 art locations and initiatives have been named as recipients of Berlin’s artistic project space award. Before the awards presentation, most of the current exhibitions of the prize-winners around the city will be on view and the Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives will host a panel discussion on “Who and what advances art production in Berlin?” During the evening, abc Berlin galleries will hold openings as part of the citywide abc Gallery Night.

Saturday / Sunday, September 17 and 18
All exhibitions will be on view over the weekend. Berlin Art Week offers the opportunity to visit select private collections. Nine collectors show their own personal emphases and collecting passions: Collection Regard, Elke and Arno Morenz Collection, Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin, Salon Dahlmann, the collections of Christian Boros, Axel Haubrok, Erika Hoffmann, Ivo Wessel and The Feuerle Collection. Niche Berlin provides tours to selected project spaces in various neighbourhoods.

Berlin Art Week is made possible by the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research. Realisation with kind support of the Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. Coordination and Communication is managed by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH

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Press contact:
Susanne Kumar-Sinner
Communication Berlin Art Week
Kulturprojekte Berlin
Klosterstr. 68, D-10179 Berlin
T +49 30 247 49 849 / s.kumar [​at​]

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