The new season is about to begin, and the Berlin Art Week is the one to toll the bell. From September 13 to 18 Berlin becomes the center of the art world and shows off all of its best features. Galleries, project spaces, private collections, and various other art venues across the city are gathering for the Week of endless stream of happenings: exhibitions, art fairs, art awards, talks, films, tours, parties, and much more. Dont miss the key events, and stay updated for more insider tips.
19.30 Sven Drühl – "Simulations – Landscape Beyond Reality" @ Haus am Waldsee
WHY: In his paintings, neon-objects, and drawings, the painter, mathematician, and art historian Sven Drühl contemplates the relationship between pictures of the past and present, combining diverse levels of imagery, references and details from the most varied sources. The decisive subject matter is the landscape as cultural projection. The combination of Romantic motifs and cool analytical techniques in his paintings unfolfds a hypnotic effect.
Haus am Waldsee / Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin, U Krumme Lanke / open through 07.11 / more info
18.00 Philip Grözinger – "From here to now and back again" @ Sexauer Gallery
WHY: Philip Grözinger is a painter of battle scenes; he sees the defeats of modernity, the insults of the future, the danger of the past, and forms a frieze from it. He paints in relation to movies. In a certain way, the paintings also reflect a journey that Philip has made, beginning in the nineties – the phantasies which had been populating Grözinger's paintings back then were fantasies in a time of liberal free-handedness, while today the authoritarian political systems establish their conflict areas with fantasies.
Sexauer Gallery / Streustr. 90, 13086 Berlin, Station Friesickestraße Straßenbahn 12 & M13 / open through 07.10 / free entry / more info
19.00 Gordon Parks – "I Am You. Selected Works. 1934 – 1978" @ C/O Berlin
WHY: With his humanitarian view of the world, Gordon Parks was one of the most important and critical chroniclers of American society and its problems, particularly the oppression of the black community and the Civil Rights movement. He worked actively for political issues that today have lost none of their explosiveness. At the same time, he worked for magazines like Vogue or Life. This simultaneity of glamour and misery makes his work in retrospect an overwhelming visual social history of America during the twentieth century.
C/O Berlin / Hardenbergstr. 22-24, 10623 Berlin, S+U Zoologischer Garten / open through 04.12 / more info
18.00 T̶̶o̶̶y̶ Exhibition @ Zwei Drei Raum
WHY: Graffiti crew T̶̶O̶̶Y̶ will be exhibiting for the first time in Berlin from 10th to 11th of September at Zwei Drei Raum. It will be their debut exhibition with large format canvases, installations, video screenings, and live music. Artists included are among the biggest players of Berlin's graffiti scene, with crews like TLS, CTM, CMD, TBR, IMK, to name just a few.
Zwei Drei Raum / Gitschiner Strasse 20-22, 10967 Berlin, U Prinzenstr. / open through 11.09 / free entry / more info
18.00 Linda Bäckström – "The Altar of Speed" @ Kanya Berlin
WHY: With her interest for cars and engines as a starting point, Linda Bäckström tells the story of freedom and speed, the dream of winning, and the romantic tale of the independent individual man. At the same time she contrasts these symbols of competition, work, and passion with the aspects of the resources used to drive the wheel of speed, bringing our attention to how we use them. The car – once a symbol of freedom and individual luxury and independence – is today changing into a political question of responsibility and bad consciousness.
KANYA BERLIN / Choriner Str. 81, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 31.10 / free entry / more info
18.00 Andreas Greiner – GASAG Art Prize 2016 @ Berlinische Galerie
WHY: This year’s GASAG Art Prize winner is Andreas Greiner. In his work Greiner addresses phenomena of the natural sciences and humanities, medicine, anatomy, and music, covering a range of themes – from flies, microorganisms, and fattened hens to biological processes, explosions, and musical notation systems. In his exhibition, „Agentur des Exponenten“, Greiner uses it to describe the relationship people have in our society towards nature, art, and themselves.
Berlinische Galerie / Alte Jakobstr. 124–128, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 06.02 / more info
18.00 Yvonne Roeb – "Im Über All“ @ Schering Stiftung
WHY: The Ernst Schering Foundation presents the sculptural world of the German artist Yvonne Roeb. In her work Roeb creates a world full of hybrids, reminiscent of primeval creatures, which represent the mutual intersection of human and animal, civilisation and nature. The show's concept resembles a modern cabinet of curiosities; fantastical sculptures, formed from naturalistic, surreal, and artificial elements, are displayed in a tableau of niches. The second part of the show consists of drawings of the sculptures, reinterpreting the three-dimensional works at the two-dimensional level.
Schering Stiftung / Unter den Linden 32—34, 10117 Berlin, S+U Friedrichstr. / open through 06.11 / more info
20.00 Anne Imhof – "Angst II" @ Hamburger Bahnhof
WHY: Anne Imhof presents her new production, „Angst: a living image“, that generates an unsettling atmosphere of disturbance and beauty. The hybrid formation combining choreographed actors, falcons, sculpture, musical composition, and the painterly act of their emergence oscillates between acceleration and deceleration. As the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2015, the artist is being honoured with this solo exhibition in the historic hall of Hamburger Bahnhof and her first publication.
Hamburger Bahnhof / Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin, S Hauptbahnhof / September 15–18 & 22–25 / more info
18.00 abc art berlin contemporary art fair @ Station Berlin
WHY: This year sees the ninth edition of abc, Berlin's biggest art fair, with over 100 galleries from Germany and around the world presenting individual positions and curated projects inside and outside the exhibition halls. In addition to the main fair events at Station Berlin, on Friday September 16 from 18h on the participating galleries will present their gallery openings at the abc gallery night.
Station Berlin / Lückenwalder Str. 4–6, 10963 Berlin, U Gleisdreieck / September 15–18 / more info
18.00 Ingrid Burrington – "Reconnaissance“ @ NOME
WHY: In her debut solo show, „Reconnaissance“, the artist, writer and researcher Ingrid Burrington shows a series of large-scale lenticular prints of politically and technologically significant sites – data centers, air bases, space stations, downlinks – captured by high-resolution aerial photography. The lenticulars show two different versions of a single location at different points in time, to reveal the instability and shifting realities of satellite views.
NOME / Dolziger Str. 31, 10247 Berlin, U Samariter Str. / open through 11.11 / free entry / more info