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(Fragment) Franz Ackermann: My local horizon. 2013. Courtesy Dirimart Istanbul

Berlin Art Week 2013 0

Berlin Art Week
September 17 - 22

21 venues, 6 days, 1 ticket: in its second year, Berlin Art Week presents an even more comprehensive programme, kicking off on 17 September with an open-air celebration on Auguststraße in Berlin – Mitte. But what makes BERLIN ART WEEK different from other similar events in Europe? Berlin Art Week not only includes art fairs, but also offers specifically designed exhibitions in prestigious institutions, galleries and off-spaces. Art Week’s organizers note that this year, Berlin Art Week opens up its concept by adding ten additional off-spaces, municipal galleries, and self-run project spaces to the official program.


Berlin Art Week 2013 is a must on this fall’s international art calendar, with its exciting programme of top-notch exhibitions, openings, and special events at the participating institutions: Akademie der Künste, Berlinische Galerie, C/O Berlin, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK).

Last year Berlin Art Week, a joint effort of renowned institutions of contemporary art, along with the two art fairs abc art berlin contemporary and PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR, already thrilled an audience of both Berliners and art experts from around the world. This time, abc presents around 120 upcoming and established galleries from around the world, while PREVIEW presents 77 galleries from five continents. While abc has a more international approach, PREVIEW gives a highly varied insight into Berlin’s galleries and art producers.

Since organizers have described Berlin Art Week as “a safari through the art capital of Berlin”, it is a good idea to have some kind of road signs, and that’s why they suggest to pay attention to the two kinds of tickets available for this year’s event: a 6-day ticket for 30 euros, and 2-day ticket for 20 euros. Besides the two art fairs and nine partner institutions, they also encourage their visitors to see the exhibitions of ten selected project partners of 2013, many of which are located in little-explored districts like Moabit, Weißensee, Marzahn, Lichtenberg, and Neukölln.

Besides the official highlight that is joint exhibition Painting Forever!, the organizers of the Berlin Art Week 2013 gave us additional suggestions of things to see to get a more comprehensive impression of Berlin’s contemporary art scene.

Hush Hush by Trevor Good

Opening of Berlin Art Week
17 September 2013, 7 pm

Berlin Art Week kicks off with an outdoor celebration on Auguststraße in Berlin-Mitte. Join us for an exciting evening programme with music acts Egill Saebjörnsson, Hush Hush, Unmap, and Acid Maria, and additional offerings at the local galleries, institutions and bars to celebrate the start of six days of art spread across the entire city!

Eran Schaerf: Stock Footage #2897, 2013. Photo: Eran Schaerf/fm-scenario

Award Ceremony & Exhibition Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis 2013
20 September 2013, 7 pm

This year's winner Eran Schaerf with an impressive show "Disorder of Appearance".

This year's winner Eran Schaerf with an impressive show "Disorder of Appearance". C/O Berlin has asked 14 photographers from the agency OSTKREUZ to explore the theme of Charlottenburg and its residents.  Work of Tobias Kruse

C/O Berlin
Ostkreuz. To the west
19 September 2013, 7 pm Exhibition opening

With an outdoor exhibition in cooperation with the photo agency Ostkreuz, C/O Berlin explores its new neighborhood Charlottenburg in the former West part of the city.

Ayse Erkmen, Plan B, 2011

21 September 2013, 5—10 pm

Performance program with Turkish artists Johanna Adebäck and Merve Ertufan, Sunah Choi, Ayşe Erkmen, and others at the theatre HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer. A project of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in cooperation with TANAS. Space for Contemporary Turkish Art.

Group picture Gelatin. Photo: Gelatin

Schinkel Pavillon
18 September 2013, 5—9 pm
19 September 2013, 6—10 pm
20 September 2013, 5—9 pm
21 September 2013, 3—7 pm

Performances by Austrian artist group Gelatin with the Berlin based group ANNA LY SING. For four days, Gelatin und Anna Ly Sing meet in a public collaboration. Anna Ly Sing consists of 12 Berlin-based artists. From the conversation between Anna Ly Sing and Gelatin sculptures emerge. These sculptures in turn feed the conversation, resulting — probably — at the end of the performance with 12 sculptures.