Preview: Gallery Weekend 2017

©Collage / Oriane Baud

The Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017 will take place this upcoming weekend, including 47 galleries

This year’s Berlin Gallery Weekend is taking place between the 28th and 30th of April 2017 with 47 participating galleries. Known for its wide array of art, collectors have been coming to the event from all over the world since it began 13 years ago. While the official program may partially overlap with Art Cologne, a fair taking place nearly four and a half hours from Berlin by train, don’t despair – it’s a task, but one that’s doable.

Kick things off with the welcome reception and a musical performance in the newly opened Pierre Boulez Concert Hall. The exhibition and dinner marathon can start in the days that follow. Here are a few tips for some stops worth seeing:

1. Sprüth Magers

Sprüth Magers is showing Pamela Rosenkranz, Lucy Dodd, and Otto Piene. The Sky Art event in 2014 over the Neue Nationalgalerie remains unforgettable, and here once again one of the late artist’s light ballets will be presented. Rosenkranz (b. 1979) is currently showing at the Fondazione Prada and represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 2015, where she filled the Swiss Pavilion with a skin-colored, glossy liquid.

2. Helga Maria Klosterfelde

Helga Maria Klosterfelde will present a series of new editions by Kay Rosen. Named UH OH NO AH HA, it is, as usual, “humorous, political, witty, and never reserved.”

3. Kewenig

Kewenig is showing Korean artist Kimsooja at its Brüderstraße location and artists Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko in their new studios.

4. Michael Fuchs

Michael Fuchs Galerie | Roni Horn Portrait of an Image (with Isabelle Huppert), 2005, Detail Courtesy Michael Fuchs Galerie

Michael Fuchs will be presenting the group show Behind the Screen – An Art Tribute to Isabelle Huppert. And yes, the actress will be present on Friday for a talk with Roni Horn. Other participants include Marco Brambilla, Douglas Gordon, Christian Jankowski, and Oda Jaune.

5. Buchholz

Galerie Buchholz will show Caleb Considine for the first time with an exhibition entitled Cancelled. The paintings set themselves apart through a sense of absence. Their development process is routine – it doesn’t go deeper than the surface. Melvin Edwards is also on show.

6. Chert

Chert Lüdde presents Kasia Fudakowski (b. 1985) in an exhibition about the idea of the artist as jester: The artist is meant to question the existing system in which he or she has been instructed, but also be amusing at the same time. This underlying double standard is the theme running between the works on display.

7. Galerie Neu

Galerie Neu is showing Andreas Slominski, who staged the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg with porta-potties in 2016, in a solo exhibition entitled transhumanistisch at the Linienstraße location. Cosmia von Bonin – whose rockets, among other things, adorn the main room of the restaurant Pauly Saal – is being shown at its offshoot MD72 in Kreuzberg.

8. Boros Bunker

© Sammlung Boros

Boros Bunker will finally show a new hanging after a break that feels like an eternity, but actually began in January. The first guests will be able to view the new works between 11am and 3pm on Sunday before the public can book tours again starting from the 4th of May.

And while not part of the official program, these are still worth a mention:

1. Galerie für Moderne Fotografie

Galerie für Moderne Fotografie will be presenting Camille Vivier with La Frontale. Parallel to the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie taking place in Hyères, the city and its surrounding area can be seen in the photographs.

2. Schinkel Pavillon

Schinkel Pavillon has been showing artist Pierre Klossowski with Roberte Ce Soir since March. Moving between reality and fiction, the drawings and sculptures examine the gaze between couples as well as the role play of dominance and submission.

3. KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Kunst-Werke Berlin will be showing Anthony McCall between the 27th and 30th. Since Krist Gruijthuijsen has recently been appointed director, it’s worth a visit to feel the fresh air
flowing through the institution.  

4. Julia Stoschek Collection

Julia Stoschek Collection opened Jaguars and Electric Eels on the 5th of February. The exhibition will be up until the 26th of November and features videos by Kader Attia, Cyprien Gaillard, Hugo Boss Prize winner Anicka Yi, and many more.

Impressionen: Review Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017

April 28th 2017: 6-9 pm
April 29th /April 30th 2017: 11am-7pm

More information can be found on their website here.

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Translation: Melissa Frost