Gallery Weekend Berlin is coming up! We look ahead to the many events and highlights awaiting us this time around
Gallery Weekend Berlin is taking place for the 14th time between the 27th and 29th of April. A total of 47 galleries will be presenting amazing artists: Sprüth Magers is showing Andro Wekua alongside Senga Nengudi and Kara Walker; Galerie Neu is working with a solo exhibition by Norwegian artist Yngve Holen; Mehdi Chouakri is putting on Hans-Peter Feldmann. The fresh breeze of the new establishment is blowing through Tanya Leighton with Oliver Laric and Alexander Levy with Julius von Bismarck. Galerie Konrad Fischer stands out with a well-balanced combination of three heavyweights: Carl Andre, Manfred Pernice, and Lawrence Weiner. Esther Schipper is presenting AA Bronson and his collective General Idea – the artist can also be seen on Saturday morning on a BMW panel at Soho House discussing the topic “Why Berlin? The Arts and the City” with Maike Cruse, the director of Gallery Weekend, Gabi Ngcobo, the head curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale, and Marc Spiegler, the global director of Art Basel (even more of his works are on show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art). Isabella Bortolozzi is bringing American artist Danny MacDonald to the capital; Johann König is giving artist Claudia Comte the stage.
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If the weather plays along, the roof terrace at Michael Fuchs Galerie will be worth the trip. Monumental sculptures and extensive installation works by the likes of Christian Jankowski, Jeppe Hein, and Leiko Ikemura (who is celebrating a solo exhibition at Kewenig) are included in Rooftop Playground. Two performances are worth mentioning: Patrizio di Massimo at ChertLüdde and Mario Garcia Torres at neugerriemschneider.
It’s gotten around that this long weekend is a magnet for art experts, and so a wide variety of additional events, openings, and highlights have joined the ranks. (The map for a better orientation is available here).
Those who will already be in town before the official start of Gallery Weekend can still try to get one of the sought-after tickets for the Art Leaders Network conference of the New York Times (April 25th and 26th) where speakers will include Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, the artists Ai Wei Wei and Olafur Eliasson, as well as Amy Cappellazzo from Sotheby’s and gallerists Almine Rech and Thaddaeus Ropac.
Here are a few more good stops you shouldn’t miss:
Schinkel Pavillon: Louise Bourgeois “Empty House”. Unser Review ist hier
Julia Stoschek Collection: Ian Cheng “Emissaries (2015-2017)”
Leipziger Straße 60
Hamburger Bahnhof: “Hello World. Revision einer Sammlung”
Boros Bunker: The third hanging will be open without an appointment
Soho House/The Store: Hidden in the basement you’ll find the wonderful work Fly Paper by Khalil Joseph, which was previously on show at the New Museum in New York and is now in Europe for the first time. The sound system was designed for sound nerds, which makes for an exceptional sonic experience. It’s on show from April 21st until July 8th.
Grisebach: Christian Jankowski “Neue Malerei”. There will be an exciting talk with the artist, Rudolf Zwirner, and Florian Illies on Saturday, April 28th at noon.
Galerie für Moderne Fotografie: “Female Female” group exhibition. Find our review here
Marsano Blumen: Sarah Illenberger “Solid Air” & Other Flower Works
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All galleries will be open on Friday April 27th from 6pm until 9pm and on Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th of April from 11am until 7pm. More information and insights will be posted on the Gallery Weekend Instagram account over the course of the weekend (highly recommended: @galleryweekendberlin). An overview of the entire program, all participating artists, and the galleries can be found on the website here.
Translation: Melissa Frost
Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.