Are you ready for Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019? 45 Galleries are officially participating in the 15th edition of Gallery Weekend, presenting emerging artists alongside established ones. Private collections offer extended opening hours and museums as well. If you are sitting at home right now, cold sweat covering your forehead, feeling perplexed and swamped by what seems like endless options – RELAX! We’re here for you with suggestions and highlights.
THURSDAY evening – at 19:00 the exhibition “Mishpoche” by Andreas Mühe will be opening at the Hamburger Bahnhof. Mühe is known for being Angela Merkel’s favorite photographer and has many other elite politicians in his oeuvre, such as George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev. His beautiful photographs, mostly portraits, produced entirely with analogue technology, dealing with German history and Identity are often ambivalent and ambiguous. This exhibition is more personal, revealing an analysis of the relationship within Mühe’s family as well as an art theoretical investigation.
FRIDAY evening – the official Gallery Weekend’s kick off starts at 18:00 with the openings at all the participating galleries. Put your comfortable shoes on and start your gallery hopping. I must admit that it’s sometimes hard to actually see the art as it’s usually packed with people but there is always an enjoyable festive ambiance, cool crowd and… free drinks (:
>>> This year for the first time, visitors can use the app MyArtWalk to compose their ideal gallery tour on their smartphones!
This year Charlottenburg offers a boost of activity (mainly along Fasanenstraße and Bleibtreustraße). Galleries such as the wonderful Friese Gallery in collaboration with Kicken Berlin will present works by William N. Copley, Robert Frank, Saul Leiter and Saul Steinberg – four American artists who share a mutual thread in their investigation of everyday culture in the U.S, each in his respective medium: photography, painting and drawing. Meyer Riegger Gallery which joined the neighborhood lately, will show Daniel Knorr; Contemporary Fine Arts with Tal R and Eberhard Havekost; Wentrup Gallery showing in their new space in Bleibtreustaße Florian Meisenberg and David Renggli; Buchholz Gallery with Michael Krebber – just to name a few.
Another promising area is Potsdamer straße with: Blain|Southern presenting Bernar Venet’s sculptures; Galeria Plan B with Horia Damian; Guido W. Baudach Gallery with Björn Dahlem; Esther Schipper showing Ryan Gander; and a special exhibition of the wonderful artist Jorinde Voigt at Klosterfelde Edition. Voigt, who is known for her large-format drawings, takes her works beyond two dimensions as she experiments in spatial explorations of her research. Not so far from there at PSM gallery the artist Daniel Lergon will show a new series of beautiful red paintings.
SATURDAY – a good opportunity to visit private collections that usually requires booking months in advance – such as the the Boros Bunker, the Hoffmann collection and more. I would go to Fluentum – a new space in Dahlem, dedicated to time-based media art such as film and video, will be showing the works of
Guido van der Werve – a Dutch filmmaker and visual artist. Fluentum is located in the former main building of a military facility built in 1936-38 for the German Luftwaffe, which served as the headquarters of the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1994. Over the past three years, the historic building on Clayallee has been extensively redesigned for use as an exhibition and private space, so that seven areas spanning over 600 square meters can be used to exhibit art and host discussions with artists.
SUNDAY – If you are missing the art fair atmosphere go visit Paper Positions Berlin in the historic atrium of the former telegraph office. Paper Positions is dedicated to showcasing works on paper such as drawings, collages, photos, prints etc. The fair aims to attract young collectors, offering affordable artworks in an intimate scenery, with 48 galleries from 11 countries: Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, USA, Latvia, Israel and more…
Wishing you all a lovely & inspiring weekend! ❤